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Chemical engineering at RMIT brings together engineering science with engineering practice and design, providing a practical and vocational focus that is well recognised by industry.
This program covers the application of chemical, physics and biological sciences and technology for the design and improvement of industrial processes.
You’ll learn how to make the processing industries work more efficiently and minimise their environmental impact by using less energy and producing less waste.
As a chemical engineer, you may be involved in water purification, food production and processing, or developing products such as cosmetics or pharmaceuticals.
You’ll design and develop ways in which raw materials, such as minerals and oil, are converted into useful products including composites, petrol, plastics and paper.
You’ll discover how chemical engineering is important to health and wellbeing, as technology is applied to make vaccines and drugs.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions, and syndicate work.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
In the final year of your studies you'll undertake a major project that is either industry-based or simulates an industrial situation. You'll work with industry leaders using the theory and practical experience gained through the program to solve a problem.
In order to graduate from this program you must complete a minimum 12 weeks of engineering industry experience. This allows you to gain first-hand experience in an engineering practice environment under the supervision of a practising professional engineer. The nature and timing of this engineering experience can take a range of forms.
Opportunities exist for an overseas work placement of between six and 12 months (this satisfies the work experience requirement). These placements are normally taken during a one-year break in the middle or at the end of the third year of the degree.
RMIT students have worked for organisations such as Basell, BP, Cadbury, Cryovac, CSL, CUB, ExxonMobil, Kraft, Moldflow, and Rio Tinto.
In Australia, the major employment areas are:
- the chemical, petroleum, and petrochemical industries
- the food industry
- environmental management and pollution control
- mineral and metallurgical industries
- biomaterials and diagnostic agents
- pharmaceuticals and vaccines
- electricity and gas utilisation
- research and development
- project design and consulting.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is fully accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates of the program are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Full membership as a professional engineer may be obtained after an appropriate period of professional practice.
Australia is one of 15 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Washington Accord, for professional engineers. The qualification of graduates from this degree is recognised in all countries that are signatories to the Accord.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), based in the UK, is the primary international professional society for the chemical engineer. The Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours) degree is accredited by IChemE, UK, at the BEng level.
You can spend one or two semesters in universities in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, China and Korea. You can also undertake industry work experience with some of the world’s leading companies in Europe.
Chemical engineering is a truly international career. The RMIT program is recognised around the world, and many Australian companies provide the opportunity for engineers to travel.
Program and course information
Design and improve industrial processes
Bringing together engineering science with engineering practice and design, you'll be provided a practical and vocational focus of chemical engineering which is well recognised by industry.