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Overview


 

If you are seeking to make the transition from a science or mathematics-based career to become an engineer, or if you already have an engineering degree and would like to change paths to a different specialisation, the Master of Professional Engineering offers an accredited qualification that will enable you to practise in Australia and overseas. The chemical and biomolecular specialisation explores industrial processes in which material in bulk undergoes physical of chemical changes.

This degree will also help you develop the sound communication, management and decision-making capabilities necessary to interpret and discuss complex issues in your area of specialisation. The program will provide you with the engineering professional practice and research skills that lead to recognition as an Australian graduate engineer. Your qualifications will be recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Subject areas

This degree does not have a specialisation or major.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Study plan for this course

Candidates for the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical and Biolmolecular) complete 144 credit points.

Eligible candidates may undertake a research pathway, by completing two research units (24cp) instead of the engineering project units (12cp) and two elective units (12cp).

Areas of study in the course include cellular biophysics, biochemical engineering, chemical and biological processes, and process design. 

Units of Study

Work placement

Mandatory work component = 420 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

This will usually be undertaken over 12 weeks and will provide you with an opportunity to gain industry exposure within an engineering environment.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

- an Australian Bachelor of Engineering degree with a 65 percent average, or equivalent qualification or

- an Australian bachelor's degree in a non-Engineering discipline with a 65 percent average, with studies equivalent to 48 credit points (equivalent to 1 year full time study load) in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computing or statistics, as related to the stream sought for admission.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

Fast-track your Master's

- If you have the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering degree with a 65 percent average in an unrelated specialisation, or a Bachelor of Science of similar (in a related discipline), you may be eligible for a Reduced Volume of Learning (RVL) of up to 24 credit points or 1 semester.

- If you have an equivalent of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering degree with a 65 percent average in a related specialisation, please apply for the relevant two-year Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) degree.

- If you have a postgraduate engineering degree with a 65 per cent average in a related specialisation, you may be eligible for RVL of up to 72 credit points or 1.5 years.

Applying for RVL/Credit:

To be assessed for RVL/Credit, you are required to indicate in your application for admission that you would like to apply for credit. You will then receive an email with instructions on how to submit your application for credit. If you receive an offer of admission, the outcome of your credit application will be included in your letter of offer. For information on RVL and degree requirements visit CUSP.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) has been accorded full accreditation at the level of Professional Engineering by the industry governing body Engineers Australia.

Future study options

The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer, industry leadership and commercialisation. Research activities in the faculty focus on a wide range of areas from aerospace, biomedical, combustion, processing and manufacture, design, robotics, electronics, networks, wireless and satellite systems. If you would like to be part of Sydney's engineering research community, you may consider applying for admission to a research degree. Students completing a Master of Professional Engineering program with excellent average marks are eligible to undertake supervised research in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Career Pathways

Engineers working in this field may specialise as combustion engineers, petroleum engineers, chemical engineers, smelting engineers, water treatment engineers or environmental engineers. There is also scope for chemical and biomolecular engineers to move into related areas including biotechnology, food engineering and mineral engineering.

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