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Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular) will enable you to develop creative solutions throughout the chemical and environmental engineering fields.

By combining collaborative learning and research with first-hand industry experience, you will be positioned to revolutionise society's processes and address pressing environmental challenges.

As a chemical and biomolecular engineering student, you will learn from leading professionals and researchers as you develop a sophisticated knowledge of chemical, combustion, environmental, petroleum and water engineering.

You will understand how to transform raw materials into beneficial products using chemistry, biology and physics as well as discover the emerging fields of nanotechnology and molecular biology, which are revolutionising energy and storage systems, food production and the healthcare industry.

During your four-year degree you will explore the challenges faced by process industries, including the chemicals, minerals, energy and agriculture, food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. Through practical learning, industry projects and specialised electives you will become an agent in the drive to create a sustainable society. 

As part of your degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection and extra-curricular activities throughout your degree.

The specialisations that best align with this degree are:

Important information for students commencing in 2021

As part of our continual effort to improve our academic offering, we are making some exciting changes to the Bachelor of Engineering Honours.

What’s changing?

Taking effect Semester 1, 2021, students in the Bachelor Engineering Honours will undertake enhanced foundation studies in data and computation, and a sequence of real-world project units throughout their degree, which will enable them to apply technical knowledge in practice.

Why are we changing?

The future of work is increasingly dynamic and digital. These changes have been made in response to the rapid advancements in computational tools and the utilisation of rich data in engineering practice. They will ensure our students continue to graduate job-ready and at the forefront of engineering innovation.

What does this mean in practice?

Degree and stream names will remain unchanged, however, from 2021, specialisations will replace majors. We have created a number of new exciting specialisations to choose from. There is however, no change to the graduate outcomes or to the duration of the degree.

Subject areas

All specialisations are optional. The specialisations available for this degree are shown below.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

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 apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To complete the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) you must undertake 192 credit points (cp) worth of units (ie, subjects), which will take 4 years of full-time study.

A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. Full-time students normally enrol in 48 cp worth of units each year.

During the degree you will study:

  • 18 cp of foundational units in Maths and Computing
  • 30 cp of project units, including a thesis in the final year
  • 102 cp of core units in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • 12 cp of Chemistry electives
  • 24 cp of Chemical and Biomolecular electives
  • 6 cp of free electives which can be chosen from across the University

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP) - see Work Component section.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 200 hours.

The work component must be completed as part of the award requirements and is undertaken as part of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP).

Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

  • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Mathematics Project 1 Computing Free elective
  2 Mathematics Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
2 1 Project 2 Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
  2 Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
3 1 Project 3 Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
  2 Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
4 1 Thesis Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
  2 Thesis Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Chemistry. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course.

Applying for honours

This course has an integrated Honours program, with all students undertaking a research thesis in the final year. 

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

In addition to your Professional Engagement Program (PEP) commitments, there are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers AustraliaInstitution of Chemical Engineers and other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Student profile

Emma Stevens

"Studying chemical engineering and project management online opened my mind to a new way of learning through live lectures, tutorials and additional help sessions, run by the supportive teaching staff. I was able to go at my own pace and enjoyed taking the extra time to look into some current and real world applications of the subject matter."

Emma Stevens
Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical) and Bachelor of Project Management

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

  • Combustion engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Smelting engineer
  • Water treatment engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Biotechnology
  • Food engineering
  • Mineral engineering.
  • Production 
  • Health
  • Government
Future study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Domestic students

International students

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