Frequently asked questions

How much chemistry and physics are involved in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry?

All first year students are required to enrol in chemistry, maths and physics classes. These courses are prerequisites for later year courses in the program.

The recommended knowledge for these courses are HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or 2,  Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Studies.

What is the recommended knowledge for Food Science & Technology/Nutrition?

There are no prerequisites but you will be at an advantage if you have studied HSC Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. 


Are there Bridging Courses available at UNSW?

The UNSW Bridging Courses offer you the opportunity to revise or strengthen your knowledge of HSC Chemistry, HSC Mathematics Extension 1, and/or HSC Physics and are open to:

  • Domestic or International school leavers
  • Mature-age students
  • Deferred students or
  • Currently enrolled UNSW students

Can I transfer into Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry or Food Science & Technology after completing a year in a different program?

Yes. You must still meet the minimum requirements for entry into the program, but many students choose to transfer into a different program after one year of study. 

Students who are enrolled in the Flexible First Year Engineering program can enrol straight into the 2nd year of study. Students who have not completed the prerequisite courses must enrol in those first. 

What is the male/female student ratio?

The student ratio is approximately 2:1 male:female, the highest of any engineering school at UNSW.

How many graduates find full-time work after finishing?

Nearly all of our graduates find jobs immediately after graduation, if not before. In 2011, a Sydney Morning Herald Survey listed Chemical Engineers as the third highest graduate salary. 

Many of our graduates also choose to go on to complete further postgraduate studies and research.

Chemical engineers are often referred to as 'universal engineers', what does that mean?

Chemical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering qualifications available. As such, our graduates are able to move into many different fields such as: water treatment and management, food process, environmental management, energy and petrochemical industries, the opportunities are endless!