Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)

About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) at UNSW

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) is a four-year full-time degree taught at Australia’s number one engineering faculty. You’ll study chemical engineering, the conversion of raw materials into products fundamental to our daily lives such as foods, polymers, fuels, wine and pharmaceuticals. Chemical engineers are some of the most flexible and highly employable graduates from UNSW, working across many industries.

Over four years you’ll learn to design and develop the chemical processes and equipment you’ll use in your future career. With climate change being an important consideration across all sectors, you’ll examine environmental issues and pollution control by optimising the systems and equipment used in chemical, industrial, biological and environmental processes.

This degree was designed to be relevant to the world we live in today. You’ll not only gain an in-depth knowledge of chemical engineering but you’ll also receive training in management, quality control, critical analysis and economics to meet current demands on professional chemical engineers. In addition to our core courses you can explore electives in Sustainable Product Engineering and Design, Data-Driven Decision Making, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering Fundamentals and Grand Challenges for Engineering.

We believe that doing makes thinking stronger and that’s why we empower you with hands-on practical learning. Our students become strategists and operation managers, charged with taking projects from inception to execution during their degree. You’ll complete a research thesis project with the support of leading researchers where you can explore an area of chemical engineering you’re passionate about. You’ll bring together engineering principles to innovatively solve problems such as the development of a specific design, process and/or the investigation of a hypothesis.

 Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) at UNSW 

The latest 2019 QS World University Rankings awarded UNSW as the top engineering faculty in Australia and #38 in the world. For the past three years, we’ve received a five-star rating for employability, teaching and research.

Benefits of studying with us:

  • For 70 years the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW has delivered excellent teaching and research
  • We have a five star ranking, the highest-ranking, in Chemical Engineering and Food Sciences
  • UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) is industry accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Study in ultra-modern teaching labs and cutting-edge facilities such as the $67 million Science Engineering Building (SEB)
  • A flexible first-year program consisting of a wide choice of electives and five core courses in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Design and Computing
  • $3 million in scholarships provided each year
  • Student exchange opportunities are available for over 200 universities around the word

Develop Close Industry Ties

The School of Chemical Engineering was set up with industry in mind. We have close links to industry leaders and companies in the field of engineering to ensure our research and education are in line with industry requirements and real-world demand.

We work hand in hand with Bluescope Steel, Sydney Water, Veolia and many other companies through sponsored projects, consulting and graduate recruitment. All students undertake industrial training as part of our undergraduate degrees. This means that you’ll graduate with first-hand experience in a professional organisation. Industrial training will provide you with a range of networking opportunities and engineering experience in design, analysis, experimental and on-site activities.

ChallEng Yourself to Make a Difference

When you study at UNSW Engineering you can take part in ChallEng, real-world, project-based learning initiatives. This award-winning program is made up of Vertically Integrated Projects, The Maker Games, Student Projects and Social Impact. You’ll connect with students, academics and industry to develop sought-after technical and professional skills for your future career as an Engineering professional.

Many of the ChallEng projects are eligible for Academic Credit. You can get hands-on with an industry partner to design and build a prototype through The Maker Games or help solve a problem for a community in need through initiatives like Engineering World Health or Impact Engineering. Our student projects bring together multidisciplinary teams to achieve competition goals through projects including Redback Racing or Flight Labs UNSW.

Your Career Opportunities 

Our graduates complete their degree at UNSW with an industry renowned and accredited qualification. The undergraduate degree in chemical engineering is valuable across a range of different industries such as design and construction, energy and fuels, government, law and mining.  

Chemical engineers are often known as “universal engineers” due to their skills in chemistry, physics, maths and economics. Our graduates have gone on to work for leading companies including Caltex/Shell, Seimens Water Systems, Orica and BOC.

As a chemical engineer, you could work in many different roles in a range of industries including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food and Beverage
  • Chemical Processing
  • Combustion
  • Environmental
  • Minerals
  • Petroleum

What Our Graduates Say 

"The professors at UNSW invited me to get involved in their cutting-edge research, an amazing opportunity to work on the development of cool, new nanoparticles for cancer treatment. "

- Alex Dunn