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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Engineering (Chemical)

A competitive edge in chemical engineering

Chemical engineers sustain and improve industries as diverse as food processing, petrochemicals, ceramics, petroleum refining, primary metals, plastics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, glass, and specialty chemicals.

Our Master of Engineering (Chemical) is suited to high-achieving engineering graduates, as well as engineers with relevant work experience. It is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

What will you do?

This intensive degree comprises a foundation year and an advanced studies year. You will:

  • explore separation processes and simulation design
  • build skills in business and project management
  • study fluid and particle mechanics
  • pursue electives according to interests and career goals—from Pyrometallurgy to Transport Processes in the Environment
  • undertake a significant research project.

To stay in the program, you’ll need to maintain a high-grade point average. An exit path will be available if you’re only completing the foundation year. In this case, you’ll receive a graduate diploma.

Where could it take you?

You could develop pharmaceuticals, biofuels, cosmetics or foods. You might work in water treatment, waste management or even tissue engineering. You could conduct safety and risk assessments on process plants. Perhaps you’ll design environmentally sustainable combustion systems.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Chemical engineering graduates can seek national and global careers, and may work in an office environment, the outdoors, a chemical plant or a combination of these. Some industries and careers that chemical engineers are involved in include:

biotechnology industries (e.g. biofuel production, production of nutrients from microalgae)
pharmaceutical industries (e.g. production of vaccines and antibiotics)
winemaking
food production (e.g. beer, milk, cheese)
petrochemicals (e.g. oil refining and natural gas processing)
industrial bulk chemicals industries (e.g. production of chlorine and explosives)
personal and home care products (e.g. production of detergents, soaps and cosmetics)
plastic and rubber products industries (e.g. production of polymers from raw materials such as oil or wood, production of items from polymers ranging from cling film to rainwater tanks to high performance products for building, automotive and aerospace applications)
mining and minerals processing (e.g. concentrating minerals, production of iron ore, steel, aluminium, uranium and similar from minerals)
environmental engineering (e.g. air pollution control, water and wastewater treatment, waste disposal, resource management)
semiconductors and microelectronics (e.g. production of computer memory and central processing units, flat screen televisions)
nanotechnology (e.g. production of nanoporous materials for catalysis, separations and energy storage)
management consulting (e.g. engineering business and financial management).
Many chemical engineers go on to manage companies, or start their own businesses.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers
Chemical Engineer, Engineer, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Food Engineer, Food Scientist, Food Technologist, Winery Engineer, Metallurgist, Nanotechnologist, Process Engineer, Environmental Engineer

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications A completed four-year Bachelor degree or equivalent in the field of Chemical, Pharmaceutical or Environmental Engineering.