“I want to learn how to develop and design processes to produce, transform, and transport energy and materials”

“I want to learn how to develop and design processes to produce, transform, and transport energy and materials”

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)

R2/0711/6/0001 | MQA/FA8845 (01.08.2029)

Chemical engineering is a discipline influencing a great variety of industrial processes ranging from the production and transformation of materials to transferring energy and matters. Chemical engineers are responsible for the design, development, operation and management of the processes and plants with the minimum environmental impact. A chemical engineering background implies sound knowledge of both the engineering and scientific principles underlying these technological processes.

Graduates are eligible for registration under Chemical branch with Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

Degree including honours

February, September

4 years

Graduates are eligible to register as Graduate Engineers with Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM) and to apply for graduate membership with Engineers Australia (EA).

Course details

Course objectives

The following course educational objectives define the achievements of Swinburne graduates in their professional engineering career a few years after graduation.

  1. CEO1 Professionalism: Graduates are employed and working as practicing engineers in related engineering fields.
  2. CEO2 Continuous Development: Graduates engage in continuous pursuit of knowledge and development of competencies.
  3. CEO3 Social Involvement: Graduates contribute to sustainable development and well-being of society.

Course learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. apply coherent and advanced knowledge of the chosen major in engineering in diverse contexts and applications using critical thinking and judgment
  2. apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with some independence, as preparation for research higher degrees
  3. apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to identify and provide innovative solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  4. apply abstraction, mathematics and engineering fundamentals to the analysis, design and operation of a model, using appropriate engineering methods and tools
  5. communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team, and use the basic tools and practices of project management within project work
  6. demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, professional accountability and an awareness of professional engineering practice in a global and sustainable context
  7. reflect on and take responsibility for their own learning and self-management processes, and manage their own time and processes effectively by regularly reviewing of personal performance as a means of managing continuing professional development and lifelong learning.

At the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical), graduates should be able to demonstrate the attainment of the following Chemical Swinburne Engineering Competencies, required for external professional recognition:

  • K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
  • K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools in complex engineering activities.
  • K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of Chemical Engineering within that context.
  • K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Proficiently applies research principles and methods on current or emerging complex problems of Chemical Engineering.
  • K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the societal, environmental and other contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
  • K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
  • S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications and complex engineering problems.
  • S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses current or emerging knowledge and research methods to undertake independent research in solving complex engineering problems and as preparation for research higher degrees.
  • S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in designing solutions to complex engineering problems.
  • S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing project work including finance.
  • A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
  • A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences including in complex engineering activities.
  • A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice.
  • A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
  • A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism and life-long learning.
  • A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
  • A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): Find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies. 

Course structure

For the completion of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) , students are required to complete a total of 32 units (400 credit points) consisting of:

  • 10 Core Units of Study (125 credit points)
  • 18 units of study from Chemical Major (225 credit points)
  • 4 Elective units (50 credit points), either from Specialist Studies electives or an approved minor
  • 1 compulsory, not-for-credit units (0 credit points)

Units of study

Core units

  • ENG10001 Humanitarian Engineering Design Project
  • ENG10002 Engineering Materials
  • ENG10003 Engineering Mechanics
  • COS10009 Introduction to Programming
  • MTH10012 Calculus and Applications
  • MTH10013 Linear Algebra and Applications
  • PHY10001 Energy and Motion
  • COS10025 Technology in an Indigenous Context Project
  • ENG40005 Final Year Capstone Project 1*
  • ENG40006 Final Year Capstone Project 2*

Chemical Major

  • CEE20001 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Design
  • CEE30002 Reaction Engineering
  • CEE20002 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CEE20003 Fluid Mechanics C
  • CEE20004 Process Safety and Sustainability
  • CEE20005 Engineering Chemistry
  • CEE30004 Process Heat Transfer
  • CEE30006 Process Modelling and Optimisation
  • CEE40005 Environmental Engineeringing
  • CEE30001 Transport Phenomena
  • CEE30003 Process Mass Transfer*
  • CEE30005 Multiphase Processes
  • CEE30007 Process Control & Measurements*
  • CEE40002 Process Plant Design 1*
  • CEE40004 Process Plant Design 2*
  • MEE40011 Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Technologies
  • MME30002 Engineering Management Project
  • MTH20010 Statistics and Computation for Engineering

* Outcome unit – completion demonstrates the attainment of course learning outcomes
Honours merit unit – results are used in the honours merit calculation

In the final year, students will be required to undertake two Final Year Research Project units (capstone experiences) which helps meet professional accreditation requirements.

Students are required to complete EAT20008 Professional Experience in Engineering (non-credit point unit), a 12-week approved relevant industrial practical experience before the commencement of the last semester of study.

Fees & scholarships


Malaysian students
RM33,080 (annual)
International students
RM45,024 (annual)

* The indicative course fees shown here applies to students studying on-campus in Malaysia for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student’s study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.


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Application process

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Career opportunities

Chemical Engineering is a growing global profession as modern industries require more specialists with a chemical engineering background. Graduates have a diverse and exciting range of careers to choose from, many with extensive international linkages. Opportunities include chemical industries, energy production, dairy and food industries, petrochemical, agrochemicals, electronics manufacture, environmental health and wastewater treatment, biotechnology, and many more. A graduate may work as a field engineer, research engineer working on ground-breaking scientific research, or designer and adviser for engineering projects in engineering consultancies, environmental agencies and government departments. Chemical Engineering also provides excellent basis for careers outside of engineering as graduates are experienced at solving problems and have good analytical and management skills.

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