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OP 10

Rank 78

Course information set

  • 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.
QTAC course code412502
QUT course code EN01
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July

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

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 084921G
  • Consultant
  • Project Manager


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.

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.

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.

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.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical Process)

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.

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Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 10

Rank 78

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English
  • Maths B

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended study: Chemistry, Maths C and Physics.

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

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

2019: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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

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

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical Process)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (412502) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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