Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Chemical)

A foundation for advanced engineering

Chemical engineers sustain and improve industries as diverse as food processing, petrochemicals, ceramics, petroleum refining, primary metals, plastics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, glass and specialty chemicals.

Our Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Chemical) is suited to engineering graduates and working engineers with relevant experience.

What will you do?

The program acts as a foundational year for the Master of Engineering (Chemical). It’s designed to upskill students for advanced studies and career opportunities. You will:

  • explore separation processes
  • build expertise in kinetic, reactor, simulation and concept design
  • study fluid and particle mechanics
  • develop skills for research, communication, critical thinking, business and management.

Note: If you’re currently enrolled in the master program and wish to exit with the graduate diploma, see the academic requirements for this degree.

  • Ranked #48 in the World for Computer Science and Engineering*
  • Taught by our research-active staff and industry experts
  • Gain credit towards the Master of Engineering (Chemical)

*ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

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This program is an Exit award for the Master of Engineering (Chemical) SATAC Code: 3CM058

Domestic applicants

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent in a related discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.5

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $43,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

Chemical engineering graduates can seek national and global careers, and may work in an office environment, the outdoors, an industrial plant or a combination of these. Some industries and careers that chemical engineers are involved in include:

  • biotechnology industries (e.g. biofuel production, production of nutrients from microalgae)
  • pharmaceutical industries (e.g. production of vaccines and antibiotics)
  • winemaking
  • food production (e.g. beer, milk, cheese)
  • petrochemicals (e.g. oil refining and natural gas processing)
  • industrial bulk chemicals industries (e.g. production of chlorine and explosives)
  • personal and home care products (e.g. production of detergents, soaps and cosmetics)
  • plastic and rubber products industries (e.g. production of polymers from raw materials such as oil or wood, production of items from polymers ranging from cling film to rainwater tanks to high performance products for building, automotive and aerospace applications)
  • mining and minerals processing (e.g. concentrating minerals, production of iron ore, steel, aluminium, uranium and similar from minerals)
  • environmental engineering (e.g. air pollution control, water and wastewater treatment, waste disposal, resource management)   
  • semiconductors and microelectronics (e.g. production of computer memory and central processing units, flat screen televisions)   
  • nanotechnology (e.g. production of nanoporous materials for catalysis, separations and energy storage)
  • management consulting (e.g. engineering business and financial management).
Many chemical engineers go on to manage companies, or start their own businesses.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Manufacturing Engineer;  Mining Engineer;  Biotechnology;  Biotechnology Engineer;  Pharmaceutical Engineering;  Food Engineer;  Winery Engineer

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.


Example Study Plan

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Chemical), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 12 units
  • Chemical specialisation courses to the value of 12 units

All courses are 3 units unless stated otherwise

Core Courses

Students must complete all of the following:

ELEC ENG 7164 Business Management Systems PG

MATHS 7025 Research Methods and Statistics

PROJMGNT 5021 Project Management Fundamentals

Core Course, choice of

Students must complete one of the following:

COMP SCI 7317 Using Machine Learning Tools PG

ENG 7057 Communication & Critical Thinking

MECH ENG 7056 Systems Engineering 1

PROJMGNT 5004 Risk Assessment and Management

PROJMGNT 7012 Project Governance and Contracts

PROJMGNT 7038 Project Leadership and Communication

Specialisation Courses

Students must complete all of the following:


CHEM ENG 7050 Fluid and Particle Mechanics

CHEM ENG 7051 Chemical Reactor Engineering PG

CHEM ENG 7052 Separation Process Engineering PG

CHEM ENG 7054 Process Design PG


Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Friday, 1 Mar 2024