UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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B Engineering (Chemical)

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480250  4F/EqP 75.75 3 Mar 2014
28 Jul 2014
16 Jan 2014
11 Jun 2014

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Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage. Applicants who have achieved less than Band 5 or have not completed a science-related subject may be admitted but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the mathematics requirement of the program.

Recommended studies: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or higher and any two units of science.

Major studies: Chemical engineering with electives in coal and mineral processing, environmental processing, safety, and catalytic processing. Availability depends on student preferences. Minor studies: Fundamental process-engineering topics; reactions and separations involving solids, liquids, and gases; process control design of clean and economical processes; project management and research.

Career opportunities: Examples include employment in industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, health care, biotechnology, nanotechnology, microfluidics, biomedical, microelectronics, environmental health, construction and design, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, energy production, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, food and drink processing, speciality chemicals, water treatment, polymers, ceramics, mining and metallurgical extractive industries.

Additional information: The program comprises a series of core and elective courses majoring in environmental processing, food and bioprocessing, and mineral processing. The core course focuses on fundamental process-engineering topics such as heat and mass transfer; thermo-fluid engineering; particle technology; reaction engineering, separations involving solids, liquids, and gases; process control; plant design for clean and economical processes; project management; and research.

The chemical engineering academic staff at the University of Newcastle are heavily involved with cutting-edge research in the emerging fields of biotechnology, microfluidics and nanotechnology. For more information, visit

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Industrial experience: You will complete a minimum of 12 weeks' industrial experience during the program and have the opportunity to undertake an industry-related project in your final year of study.

Honours: Awarded on the basis of superior performance in the program.

Professional recognition: Engineering degree programs offered by the University of Newcastle are accredited by Engineers Australia, and through the Washington Accord by reciprocating bodies in the United Kingdom, USA and other countries. Software, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering programs are also accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Additional information: For further information call (02) 4921 5000, email or visit

Scholarships: For the latest information on the range of scholarships and cadetships available, call the University on (02) 4921 6539 or fax (02) 4960 5759. Several scholarships are available, including the University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship Scheme (UNISS), which provides financial support of between $25,000 and $75,000 for the duration of an undergraduate degree, combined with industry experience while you study. For details, visit or read 'Scholarships'.

Employment: The employment rates of graduates from these degree programs are currently above national averages. The accreditation of these degrees ensures portability of qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning: There are extensive credit transfer arrangements for students who have completed a TAFE certificate, Associate diploma or Diploma, or other university/formal study in related and associated fields. Read 'Academic credit'.

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