Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Chemical Engineering

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Chemical Engineering

Your JCU studies will focus on developing safe, efficient and ethical processes to convert raw materials into useful products, as well as research and develop new technologies to solve current world problems. Industry placements and specialist guest lecturers are an active part in your education, giving you genuine industry knowledge and practical experience, in addition to your theoretical fundamentals.

JCU's Chemical Engineering course is supported by leaders from major industrial plants who facilitate industry placements and provide input to ensure that JCU courses are relevant to today's industry needs.

The broad academic knowledge you gain, along with practical industry experience will give you an advantage over your peers when you're ready to start work. Your JCU Chemical Engineering Honours degree will help you get the job you've dreamed of.

Townsville, Cairns
Full course in Townsville
Cairns - 1st year only
Cairns - no mid-year intake
Start dates
February, July
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English, Maths B

Career opportunities

JCU Chemical Engineering graduates are in high demand and are employed around the world in a wide range of industries. When you graduate you will have career choices that involve using your Chemical Engineering qualifications in environmental health and safety, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, minerals, water and wastewater treatment, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, food processing, biotechnology, electronic and advanced materials and much more. For example, you may choose a role where you:

  • Improve food processing techniques as well as methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available foods
  • Develop methods to mass-produce medicines, making them more affordable
  • Create more efficient methods of refining minerals, making energy and chemical sources more productive and cost effective
  • Develop solutions and remediation to environmental pollution problems
  • Process chemicals – which are used to make or improve just about everything you see around you.

Professional Recognition

Your JCU Chemical Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and following a period of professional practice may become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) - an accreditation that is recognised in all states of Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa.

Course highlights

JCU's Chemical Engineering studies provide a sound combination of academic and practical learning. You will learn advanced chemical technologies such as minerals processing, extractive metallurgy and bioprocessing. You'll benefit from visiting and building networks within the major process industries that partner with JCU. Laboratory and design work and the opportunity to work in teams with students in other engineering disciplines add value to your learning. In your final year, your design project and thesis will give you the opportunity to design a full-scale processing plant.  You may also be involved with genuine design and research projects - often with direct industry input and support.  Such research may include:

  • Improvements to sugar processing
  • Development of biomaterials
  • Process development for the production of designer materials.

After a first year studying topics that are common to all Engineering students, you will branch out into subject areas such as:

Course overview

At JCU, your four year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical Engineering gives you broad academic knowledge in Chemical Engineering, along with practical industry experience. You will have opportunities to explore locally important research areas which include improvements to sugar processing, copper electro-refining and solvent extraction processes.

Depending on your own interests and career aspirations, minor streams available to Chemical Engineering students.

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give you expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance your career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Engineering degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (314021) - Apply now
Cairns (324021) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.


Major Structure


Level 1

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

CH1002:03 Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Level 2

CH2103:03 Analytical Chemistry

CL2501:03 Process Analysis

ME2512:03 Thermofluid Mechanics

Level 3

CL3010:03 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

CL3021:03 Mass Transfer Operations

CL3030:03 Reactor Design

CS3008:03 Fluid Mechanics

EE3600:03 Automatic Control 2

ME3512:03 Heat and Mass Transfer

Level 4

CL4040:03 Safety, Environment & Sustainability in the Process Industries

CL4071:03 Chemical Engineering Design (Part 1 of 2)

CL4072:03 Chemical Engineering Design (Part 2 of 2)

CL4537:03 Mineral and Solids Processing

CL4538:03 Bioprocess Engineering

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. It is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

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Course code


Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and, following a period of professional practice, may become Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng).

Course type

HON – Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion

Approved exposure to Professional Engineering Practice, including required activities and industry placement, equivalent to a minimum 60 days full-time industry placement

Must hold current Senior First Aid certificate at the time of graduation

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility.  JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia.  They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability.  They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent and advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including depth in the   underlying concepts and principles in one engineering discipline
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of engineering in society, with specific reference to practices and priorities for creating sustainable communities and industries in the tropics
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of engineering methods, including design processes, whole system approaches, formal project management and decision-making strategies and their application in engineering practice
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise, evaluate and manage information from a range of sources for engineering practice and   research
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments, by selecting and applying methods,   techniques and tools as appropriate to the engineering discipline
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific and/or engineering data using appropriate mathematical, statistical and   technological skills
  • Communicate ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences, through advanced English language skills and a variety of media
  • Develop components, systems and/or processes to meet specified requirements, and creative approaches to synthesise   alternative solutions, concepts and procedures for unpredictable or complex problems
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams
  • Prioritise multiple demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of performance to manage   continuing professional development
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and   scholarship with some independence.

Course Structure


Level 1

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

EG1002:03 Computing and Sensors

EG1010:03 Process Engineering

EG1011:03 Statics and Dynamics

EG1012:03 Electric Circuits

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations or MA1009:03  Algebra and Calculus 2

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

Level 2

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

Level 3

EG3000:03 Engineering Project Management or BX2077:03 Project Management (only students taking the Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Major will be required to take BX2077)

Level 4

EG4011:03 Thesis Part 1 of 2

EG4012:03 Thesis Part 2 of 2


Select a major from Table A at the end of first year


Select a minor from Table B (after you have selected a major) or if undertaking MA1009: Algebra and Calculus 2 select MA1008:03 Algebra and Calculus 1 plus 9 credit points of subjects from List 1

List 1

CC2511:03 Embedded Systems Design

CC3501:03 Computer Interfacing and Control

CL2501:03 Process Analysis

CP1404:03 Programming II

CP2406:03 Programming III

CS2001:03 Engineering Strength of Materials

CS2004:03 Surveying and Construction

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EA3005:03 Minesite Rehabilitation

EE4000:03 Signal Processing 3

EG2010:03 Materials Science and Engineering

EV2301:03 Urban Geography and Design

EV3002:03 Environmental Impact Assessment

MA2100:03 Mathematical Methods and Differential Equations

MA2201:03 Numerical Mathematics

ME2525:03 Machine Element Design

ME4521:03 Bulk Materials Handling

PH2002:03 Classical Mechanics and Quantum Physics 1

PH2019:03 Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics and Early Quantum

PH2240:03 Atomic and Nuclear Physics

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

48 credit points

Special requirements

Some subjects in each of the majors may require students to participate in field trips, site visits or other off-campus activities.  A fee may be charged by the College for transport or subsistence associated with these trips




Chemical Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Civil Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Electrical and Electronic Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering



First year only in Townsville

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Mechanical Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns


Type of minor

Optional, single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

Special requirements

Some subjects in each of the minors may require students to participate in field trips, site visits or other off-campus activities. A fee may be charged by the College for transport or subsistence associated with these trips.

TABLE B (Minors)






Available with all majors except Chemical Engineering Major

Intelligent Systems


Available with Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Majors

Infrastructure and Planning


Available with Civil Engineering Major only

International Logistics


Available with all majors with prior approval of the Course Coordinator.  This minor is linked to an exchange program agreement.

Materials and Mechanical Design


Available with Chemical Engineering Major only



Available with all majors

Mining and Minerals


Available with all majors




Available with all majors




Available with all majors



Available with all majors

Water and Waste Water


Available with Chemical Engineering Major only





Course not available for mid-year entry

See TABLE A (MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Course available for mid-year entry

See TABLE A (MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment

The engineering thesis topic must be specific to the student’s chosen engineering major

Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.-

Other restrictions

A minimum of 18 credit points (including 6 credit points of fourth year thesis) should be completed at James Cook University for each of levels 3 and 4.

If the student requests advanced standing approaching this maximum level, then the advanced standing should be predominantly from the first two levels of the Bachelor of Engineering program.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

The minor will not appear on the testamur, but will appear on the academic transcript

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable


The Honours component of this degree is embedded into the course.

What is Chemical Engineering?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.