Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical Product Engineering)

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

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical Product Engineering) is a four-year, full-time degree at Australia’s leading engineering faculty. Chemical Product Engineering is a unique area of engineering where skilled professionals apply science combined with the needs of consumers to their work. This delivers improved products and solutions for everyday life.

Chemical Engineering has an emphasis on product design and development. A major focus in this field is on new materials and breakthrough technologies that overcome high costs and scarcity to create value-adding solutions. Chemical Engineers work in areas from cosmetics, drugs and solar cells to advance biomedical devices by identifying customer needs and creating products that meet those needs.

As a Chemical Product Engineer, you’ll examine and improve the chemistry of the production process, develop new materials and create products for manufacture and use. The degree studies Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Computing combined with more progressive subjects. This includes courses in Environment & Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Engineering, Business Management, and Humanitarian Engineering to develop an all-inclusive understanding of Chemical Product Engineering.

The School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW has a long history of teaching, research and service to solve real-world problems. You’ll be mentored by leading industry partners and skilled researchers to nurture your technical and entrepreneurial skills – key to success in today’s career landscape. Under the skilled guidance of our award-winning academics, you’ll analyse raw materials and verify the quality of products to master the entire development process. With these skills, you’ll be empowered to tackle global challenges such as water delivery and environmental management to name a few.

At UNSW we believe the doing makes the thinking stronger so practical projects and hands-on learning are a big part of your study. Product design, project theses, research theses, maker games, student Projects and undergraduate special projects are opportunities for you to test, explore and learn as you take charge of your own education and career path.

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

The latest 2019 QS World University Rankings recognised 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.

You’ll study in facilities that deliver a world-class research and teaching environment, providing purpose-built modern laboratories and collaborative learning spaces. We’ve invested $1 billion into delivering state-of-the-art facilities for our engineering students, researchers and academics.

Benefits of studying with us:

  • Strong partnerships with industry in education, research, training and employment
  • 60 days of Industry Training built into your degree to promote career readiness
  • Our degrees are accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord meaning they’re globally recognised
  • Study in ultra-modern teaching labs and cutting-edge facilities such as the $67 million Ainsworth Building
  • We’re making important research discoveries in Food, Health & Medicine, Environmental Technology, Manufacturing & Resourcing and Energy Engineering
  • We offer a flexible first-year program with a wide choice of electives and five core courses in Maths, Physics, Engineering, Design and Computing
  • $3 million worth of scholarships are provided each year
  • Countless student exchange opportunities are available for over 200 universities around the word

Engineering a Better Future

The School of Chemical Engineering is focused on working with national and international partners to develop sustainable chemical solutions in the energy, resources, water, food and health sectors.

We partnered with Goodman Fielder, one of the major flour millers in Papua New Guinea (PNG), to improve public nutrition through micronutrient-fortified wheat flour. In a collaboration between universities, private companies and governments, this research initiative is providing better food sources for vulnerable communities.

You can explore how to use your engineering knowledge and skills for positive change through our courses in: 

  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Fundamentals of Humanitarian Engineering
  • Humanitarian Engineering Project
  • Sustainable Product Engineering & Design and Ecology
  • Sustainability & Environmental Science 

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 

Chemical Product Engineering is a new and exciting area of Chemical Engineering. This degree will increase your employability by connecting technology, creativity, and consumer product usage. Our graduate’s ability to design and take a product to market is an in-demand skill amongst employers.

This degree opens career opportunities in industries including:

  • Energy
  • Materials science
  • Fine chemicals
  • Inks, coatings, and thin films
  • Human and veterinary pharmaceuticals
  • Health
  • Cosmetics and household care
  • Food
  • Environment
  • Electronics 

What Our Graduates Say 

"I love the countless fields where your skills can be applied and recommend UNSW Engineering's industry and career events, as they are a great place to network and explore job prospects."

- Bridget Aitkenhead

Sample Program Outlines

Year 1

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
MATH1131 Mathematics 1A -
or
MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A -
ENGG1000 Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation -
CHEM1811 Engineering Chemistry 1A -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM1821 Engineering Chemistry 1B -
MATH1231 Mathematics 1B -
or
MATH1241 Higher Mathematics 1B -
COMP1911 Computing 1A -
or
COMP1511 Programming Fundamentals -
or
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1121 Physics 1A -
or
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A -
CHEM2041 Analytical Chemistry: Essential Methods -

Year 2

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics -
CEIC2000 Material and Energy Systems -
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2002 Heat and Mass Transfer -
CEIC2005 Chemical Reaction Engineering -
CHEM2021 Organic Chemistry: Mechanisms and Biomolecules -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM2031 Inorganic Chemistry: The Elements -
L1 Elective L1 Elective -
MATH2018 Engineering Mathematics 2D -
or
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E -

Year 3

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM3021 Organic Chemistry: Modern Synthetic Strategies -
L1 Elective L1 Elective -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
General Education General Education -
POLY3000 Polymer Science -
Elective Elective -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
General Education General Education -
CEIC3001 Advanced Thermodynamics and Separation -
DESN2000 Engineering Design and Professional Practice -

Year 4

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
Elective Elective -
CEIC4007 Product Design Project Thesis A -
CEIC6711 Complex Fluids Microstructure and Rheology -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
CEIC4000 Environment and Sustainability -
CEIC4008 Product Design Project Thesis B -
CEIC8204 Topics in Business Management in Chemical Engineering -
or
ELEC4445 Entrepreneurial Engineering -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
Elective Elective -
Elective Elective -

Year 1

Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
MATH1131 Mathematics 1A -
or
MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A -
PHYS1121 Physics 1A -
or
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A -
COMP1911 Computing 1A -
or
COMP1511 Programming Fundamentals -
or
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation -
MATH1231 Mathematics 1B -
or
MATH1241 Higher Mathematics 1B -
L1 Elective L1 Elective -

Year 2

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM1811 Engineering Chemistry 1A -
CEIC2000 Material and Energy Systems -
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM1821 Engineering Chemistry 1B -
CEIC2002 Heat and Mass Transfer -
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
DESN2000 Engineering Design and Professional Practice -
CEIC3001 Advanced Thermodynamics and Separation -
L1 Elective L1 Elective -

Year 3

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM2041 Analytical Chemistry: Essential Methods -
General Education General Education -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM2021 Organic Chemistry: Mechanisms and Biomolecules -
CEIC2005 Chemical Reaction Engineering -
POLY3000 Polymer Science -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM2031 Inorganic Chemistry: The Elements -
MATH2018 Engineering Mathematics 2D -
or
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E -

Year 4

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
CEIC4007 Product Design Project Thesis A -
CEIC6711 Complex Fluids Microstructure and Rheology -
CHEM3021 Organic Chemistry: Modern Synthetic Strategies -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
CEIC4008 Product Design Project Thesis B -
CEIC4000 Environment and Sustainability -
CEIC8204 Topics in Business Management in Chemical Engineering -
or
ELEC4445 Entrepreneurial Engineering -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
Elective Elective -
Elective Elective -

Year 5

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
Elective Elective -
General Education General Education -

Year 1

Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
PHYS1121 Physics 1A -
or
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A -
MATH1131 Mathematics 1A -
or
MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A -
ENGG1000 Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation -

Year 2

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM1811 Engineering Chemistry 1A -
MATH1231 Mathematics 1B -
or
MATH1241 Higher Mathematics 1B -
General Education General Education -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics -
CHEM1821 Engineering Chemistry 1B -
L1 Elective L1 Elective -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
COMP1911 Computing 1A -
or
COMP1511 Programming Fundamentals -
or
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers -
DESN2000 Engineering Design and Professional Practice -
MATH2018 Engineering Mathematics 2D -
or
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E -

Year 3

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM2041 Analytical Chemistry: Essential Methods -
CEIC2000 Material and Energy Systems -
CEIC2001 Fluid and Particle Mechanics -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
CEIC2002 Heat and Mass Transfer -
CEIC2005 Chemical Reaction Engineering -
CHEM2021 Organic Chemistry: Mechanisms and Biomolecules -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM2031 Inorganic Chemistry: The Elements -
CEIC3001 Advanced Thermodynamics and Separation -

Year 4

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
CHEM3021 Organic Chemistry: Modern Synthetic Strategies -
Elective Elective -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
POLY3000 Polymer Science -
CEIC4000 Environment and Sustainability -
Elective Elective -
Term 3
Course code Course name Notes
Elective Elective -
General Education General Education -
Elective Elective -

Year 5

Term 1
Course code Course name Notes
CEIC4007 Product Design Project Thesis A -
CEIC6711 Complex Fluids Microstructure and Rheology -
Term 2
Course code Course name Notes
CEIC4008 Product Design Project Thesis B -
CEIC8204 Topics in Business Management in Chemical Engineering -
or
ELEC4445 Entrepreneurial Engineering -