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Chemical engineers apply biotechnology to make products on a large scale.
Chemical engineering brings together science, engineering practice and design. Biotechnology uses knowledge at the molecular level of living systems to devise strategies to solve important practical problems, such as controlling disease and making the environment safer.
These integrated skills can be applied to environmental management, agriculture and natural resource management, as well as a range of biological-based products and processes.
This double degree covers the application of chemical engineering and biotechnology methodologies and technologies for better management of the environment, in order to:
- prevent, diagnose and cure disease
- improve crop plants and livestock
- detect pollutants and contaminants
- use organisms to produce chemicals, including drugs, food and agrichemicals.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
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 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.
During the third year of the program, you’ll spend a week in a process industry, learning about the roles of chemical engineers.
In the final year of your studies you will undertake a major project that is either industry-based or simulates an industrial situation. You will work with industry leaders using the theory and practical experience gained through the program to solve a problem.
Graduates work in research, production and testing positions, with government and commercial industry.
Areas if employment include:
- government departments (including CSIRO)
- medical research institutes
- secondary teaching
- private industry.
Further options include forensics and food processing.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is fully accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates of the program are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia.
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 program 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 program is accredited by IChemE, UK, at the BEng level.
Graduates may also qualify for professional membership of scientific societies including:
Program and course information
Specialist knowledge in engineering and science
Integrated skills enable you to manage our environment, agriculture and natural resources, or develop a range of biological-based products and processes.