Course Description

Studying chemical engineering at RMIT brings together engineering science with engineering practice and design, providing a practical and vocational focus that is well recognised by industry.

In this program, you’ll cover the application of chemical, physics, and biological sciences and technology, for the design and improvement of industrial processes such as water purification, food production and processing, or developing products such as cosmetics or pharmaceuticals.

You’ll learn how to make processing industries work more efficiently and minimise their environmental impact by using less energy and producing less waste.

You’ll also develop the skills to design and develop ways in which raw materials, such as minerals and oil, are converted into useful products including composites, petrol, plastics and paper.

You’ll have the opportunity to design creative solutions through inspiring and sustainable design-and-build projects, as well as taking part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a humanitarian-focused course offered in all RMIT engineering degrees.

To ensure you graduate job-ready, you’ll also have an opportunity to undertake a work-integrated learning (industry experience) elective.

Why study chemical engineering at RMIT?

RMIT University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for engineering (chemical). Studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours) at RMIT offers the following benefits:

  1. Prepare yourself for employment
    With at least 12 weeks of industry placements undertaken locally or internationally, you’ll be work-ready when you graduate. There are also opportunities to tackle research projects in partnership with industry, like the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.
  2. Industry-relevant experience
    You will have a number of opportunities for industry interaction during your studies including work placements and industry-based projects.

    Tuition Fees

    Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $26,264 total course cost
    International Students: $36,480 per year full-time


    4 years full 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: 079626B
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH079

    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 acad