Highlights

  • Gain skills and qualifications for designing industries such as oil and gas, LNG, water treatment, coal and minerals processing, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, paper and sugar.
  • Learn how to use chemistry, physics and business principles to design processes for making modern society’s energy (fuels), essential products (for example, water; pharmaceuticals), food and clean waste.
  • Practice designing and managing these processes using assessment which mimics real industrial situations.
  • Hone a creative ability required to come up with imaginative solutions to scientific issues.
  • Learn from enthusiastic lecturers with recent real world industry experience.

Highlights

  • Gain skills and qualifications for designing industries such as oil and gas, LNG, water treatment, coal and minerals processing, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, paper and sugar.
  • Learn how to use chemistry, physics and business principles to design processes for making modern society’s energy (fuels), essential products (for example, water; pharmaceuticals), food and clean waste.
  • Practice designing and managing these processes using assessment which mimics real industrial situations.
  • Hone a creative ability required to come up with imaginative solutions to scientific issues.
  • Learn from enthusiastic lecturers with recent real world industry experience.

Why choose this course?

By studying chemical process engineering at QUT you'll have a qualification that is highly recognised by industry, with more training around business skills to prepare you for the real world financial environment in which industry operates. Your learning of chemistry, maths and physics will be applied to the energy and materials sectors of the economy. You'll also develop project management and leadership skills to approach complex and multidisciplinary problems. You'll have access to opportunities for site visits, work integrated learning and research projects.

As part of our commitment to diverse and real world learning, our mobility tours give you the opportunity to visit sites overseas. Visits have previously included Germany and Scandinavia.

Our engineering courses, whether a single or double degree, now include honours-level content integrated throughout the course. A bachelor honours degree is a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree, and along with the advanced knowledge and skills, it will benefit you in your professional career or future research and study. The duration of the degree remains unchanged: a single engineering honours degree is a four-year program, and a double degree is five years.

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What to expect

A process engineer develops and optimises industrial processes to make the huge range of products on which modern society depends. This includes oil and gas, water, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, paper and sugar. Chemical process engineers have an understanding of the chemistry and physics required for these processes, the related equipment and how to integrate many individual operations into an integrated factory.

Chemical process engineers typically work in either large consulting firms in head offices where the design occurs, or onsite in factories. In Australia, process engineering is the destination career for chemical engineering graduates.

Sample companies include:

  • Energy, oil and gas production (Shell, Caltex, BP, Origin Energy, Santos)
  • Liquefied natural gas (Woodside, Santos, Shell)
  • Food and beverage (Parmalaat, Arnotts, Coca Cola, large wineries, Carlton and United Breweries, Bundaberg Distillery, Schweppes, XXXX, Mars, Nestle, Cadbury)
  • Meat processing (Teys Australia, JBS Australia, John Dee)
  • Sugar production (Wilmar, Maryborough Sugar Limited, Mackay Sugar)
  • Minerals processing (BHP, Rio Tinto)
  • Pharmaceuticals (Bayer)
  • Industrial chemicals (Orica, BASF)
  • Water treatment (SA Water, Urban Utilities, United Water)
  • Biofuels (Wilmar, Manildra)
  • Paper industry (Amcor, Visy)
  • Personal care products such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, detergents, cleaning chemicals, nappies and feminine hygiene (Unilever, Kimberly Clark, Johnson & Johnson)
  • Consulting firms (Hatch, Worley Parsons, Beca, GPA Engineering)

Sample jobs include:

  • Process engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Consulting engineer
  • Process technologist
  • Industrial engineer
  • Operations engineer
  • Production manager
  • Factory manager

Explore your options

Your engineering degree features common units in the first year that combine broad foundation principles with a wide range of major choices, giving you flexibility and options before you choose your career specialisation.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is embedded in the curriculum and it is a core component for all engineering students. WIL allows you to graduate with a portfolio of professional skills that provides evidence of your professional competencies.

You are required to undertake 60 days of approved work experience in the engineering environment as part of your work integrated learning.

Careers and outcomes

Professional recognition

All graduates are eligible for an Engineers Australia (EA) membership. EA is a signatory to the Washington Accord, which permits graduates to work in various countries across the world. This course is recognised internationally in the engineering profession, giving QUT graduates more career opportunities overseas.

Chemical Process Engineering is a relatively new degree and we are currently in the process of seeking accreditation by the Institution of Chemical Engineers to provide additional international recognition.

Possible careers

  • Consultant
  • Project Manager

Details and units

To graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), students are required to complete 384 credit points of course units, as outlined below:

  • First year (96 credit points): four core units 48cp + one Maths option unit 12cp + foundation strand options 36cp (include two discipline foundation units 24cp + one option unit 12cp)
  • Major: one (1) block of eight (8) major units 96cp plus eight (8) honours-level units 96cp (192 credit points)
  • Complementary studies: one x second major or two x minor (96 credit points).

Honours units to consist of:

  • Research methods 12cp
  • Project 24cp
  • 5 x advanced major units 60cp.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), students are required to complete 384 credit points of course units, as outlined below:

  • First year (96 credit points): four core units 48cp + one Maths option unit 12cp + foundation strand options 36cp (include two discipline foundation units 24cp + one option unit 12cp)
  • Major: One (1) block of eight (8) major units 96cp plus eight (8) Honours level units 96cp (192 credit points)
  • Complementary Studies: 1 x 2nd major or 2 x minor (96 credit points)

Honours units to consist of:

  • Research methods 12cp
  • Project 24cp
  • 5 x Advanced major units 60cp

Requirements

OP
12
Selection rank
75.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

Don't have an OP or selection rank?

Find out other ways you can apply

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

Find out how these changes might affect you

Course code
EN01
QTAC code
412502
CRICOS code
084921G
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
4 years full-time
Duration
4 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 1
Selection rank 99
OP 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 7
Selection rank 87
OP 6
Selection rank 89
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 13
Selection rank 9
OP 9
Selection rank 82

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Subject prerequisites
  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
12
Rank
75
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $7,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $39,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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