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Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) - BEng(Curtin) - MJRH-CHENG Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 80 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley or Sarawak This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

Chemical or ‘process’ engineering involves finding the best sequence of chemical and physical processing operations, and the right operating conditions, to convert raw materials into higher-value products.

A great variety of process industries serve the needs of society, such as gas processing, oil refining, petrochemicals, polymers, minerals processing and metals, agrochemicals, high-performance materials used in the automotive and aerospace industries, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, and the emerging bioengineering and biotechnology industry. Graduates may find work in these or other industries.

What this course involves
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice. After completing this common year you can select to specialise in chemical, or oil and gas engineering areas.

After you complete the Engineering Foundation Year you can specialise in one of the following streams:

General Chemical Engineering
In the general chemical engineering stream you will examine the development, design and operation of processes for the extraction, conversion and purification of a wide range of materials. This stream covers the theory and applications of fluid flow, energy transfer, separation and chemical reaction for the synthesis, design, control and optimisation of general chemical processes.

Oil and Gas
The oil and gas stream covers chemical engineering fundamentals, but will also give you more detailed knowledge of the exploration, development and conservation of oil and gas resources. You will explore the theory and practice required to plan and supervise drilling and well-completion programs; design and select drilling and production equipment; estimate reserves; and manage oil and gas processes.

For both streams you need to complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during the summer breaks.

Double degrees
You can study the following double degrees:

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR and Engineering Studies ATAR.

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Specialist ATAR


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfill the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia (EAust) as the pathway to chartered-engineer status (CPEng), a benchmark in professional engineering.

The course is also recognised by the Institution of Chemical Engineers at master level.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Chemical Engineer