Course Description

Chemical engineers apply biotechnology to make products on a large scale.

Chemical engineering brings together science, engineering practice and design. Biotechnology uses knowledge at the molecular level of living systems to devise strategies to solve important practical problems, such as controlling disease and making the environment safer.

These integrated skills can be applied to environmental management, agriculture and natural resource management, as well as a range of biological-based products and processes.

This double degree covers the application of chemical engineering and biotechnology methodologies and technologies for better management of the environment, in order to:

  • prevent, diagnose and cure disease
  • improve crop plants and livestock
  • detect pollutants and contaminants
  • use organisms to produce chemicals, including drugs, food and agrichemicals

Tuition Fees

International Students: $37,152 per year full-time


5 years full time, 10 years part time

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 57.6% (national average 48.3%)
Improved skills: 83.2% (national average 83.1%)
Overall satisfaction: 77.2% (national average 74.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 70.5% (national average 76.8%)
Studying full time: 22.9% (national average 13.7%)
Median full time salary: $60,000 (national average $63,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 079781B
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH087

Entry Requirements

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR or GPA (including any adjustments).

Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or