Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) Honours

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
    WA, Bunbury
  • Career Outcomes:
    Chemical Engineer | Process Engineer | Engineer |

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Course Rundown

You’re curious about how things work together and want an interesting career in science. Take the first step with this Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) Honours course from Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA.

Designed for students with an interest in chemistry looking to work as engineers, this course offers the essential skills, knowledge and experience required to work in the exciting field of chemical engineering. In this course, you’ll develop advanced knowledge in the mechanics and science of chemical engineering and will graduate with the skills to work as an engineer in a broad range of industries, including mining, mineral processing, pharmaceuticals, food, packaging, clothing and fertilister production.

If you’re interested in how things work together and can be converted to more useful forms, a career in chemical engineering is for you! With a focus on developing critical workplace skills, this qualification will also equip you with the leadership, problem-solving and teamwork skills required to thrive in the workplace. You’ll graduate with strong skills in analysis, critical thinking, project management and leadership, and have the opportunity to complete work experience, connecting engineering theory and practice.


Eligibility You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 82 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s higher entry requirements; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements  and special admission requirements (see below).

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

Special Admission Requirements: All applicants are required to have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents considered, and Chemistry ATAR, with equivalents considered.
It is desirable that all applicants have Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, with equivalents considered.

In this engineering course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Introduction to engineering
  • Electrical engineering 1A
  • Mathematics 1
  • Engineering drawing and computer-aided design
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Mathematics 2
  • Materials and manufacturing 1
  • Electrical engineering 1B
  • General chemistry
  • Engineering systems
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Process engineering fundamentals
  • Chemistry: Structure and reactions
  • Thermodynamics
  • Process systems analysis
  • Signals and systems
  • Organic chemistry
  • Engineering innovation and ethics
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Control systems
  • Chemical thermodynamics
  • Reaction engineering
  • Industrial control
  • Engineering practicum
  • Environmental and process risk management
  • Minerals and solids processing
  • Process engineering unit operations
  • Project development
  • Engineering honours thesis 1
  • Engineering management
  • Process design
  • Process control
  • Engineering project
  • Engineering honours thesis 2

Elective subjects:

  • Instrumentation and measurement
  • Principles of industrial maintenance
  • Hydrostatics
  • Microprocessor systems
  • Data communication and computer networks
  • Mechanical design and development
  • Advanced materials and manufacturing systems
  • Multivariate calculus
  • Forensic and analytical chemistry
  • Programming fundamentals

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: South West (Bunbury), Joondalup

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) Honours from Edith Cowan University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to pursue employment in the field of chemical engineering, working as a chemical engineer, process engineer, plant engineer, design engineer or petrochemical engineer.

Chemical engineers have strong employment opportunities in many sectors of industry, including mineral processing, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, fertilisers and food. You'll also graduate from this course with strong skills in project management, leadership and analysis, complementing your technical skillset.

This qualification is accredited by Engineers Australia.

Curious about where a career in engineering could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Fees may be paid up-front, or financial assistance is available to help with study costs.

For some postgraduate courses, Edith Cowan University offers Commonwealth Supported Places to Australian citizens, permanent residents, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens.

If you’re an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may be able to defer payment of your fees through a HECS-HELP study loan.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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