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Melbourne City and Bundoora
Gain an end-to-end understanding of how pharmaceutical products are designed and developed, as well as their process involved in the large scale production.
As the pharmaceutical industry expands in Australia and world-wide, your understanding of the engineering process and other scientific fields involved in drug development and production, will ensure you’re well equipped to work across a range of roles.
You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the principles of chemical engineering and pharmaceutical sciences, allowing you to apply your knowledge to large scale production in the pharmaceutical industry.
You’ll have the opportunity to design creative solutions through inspiring and sustainable design-and-build projects, as well as taking part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a humanitarian-focused course offered in all RMIT engineering degrees.
To ensure you graduate job-ready, you’ll also have an opportunity to undertake a work-integrated learning (industry experience) elective.
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.
Before graduating from this program, you are strongly encouraged to 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.
In Australia, major employment areas are to be found in:
- 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
Graduates have gone on to work at a range of organisations including:
- Rio Tinto
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program does not yet have accreditation by Engineers Australia. Accreditation will be sought for this program as soon as it is feasible to do so within the accreditation time lines set by Engineers Australia. Once it is fully accredited, graduates of the program will be 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. Once it is fully accredited, graduates with this qualification will be recognised in all countries that are signatories to the Accord.
Note: The single Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.
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. Accreditation will be sought for this program as soon as it is feasible to do so within the accreditation time lines set by IChemE.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences may be eligible to join various Australian professional societies in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. Examples of these societies include the Association of Regulatory and Clinical Scientists to the Pharmaceutical Industry (ARCS), the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (APSA), the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT), the Australian Physiological Society (APS), and the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).
RMIT encourages you to aspire to a global career, not just a local one, and as an engineering student you’ll have a range of global opportunities.
Through partner organisations in Europe, Asia and the United States, the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) offers workplace training and academic research placements of between six and 12 months.
There are also opportunities to study abroad through Education Abroad.
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