Chemical Process Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Fatma Bahwan Al Mukhaini

My postgrad study helped me to develop a comprehensive understanding of my area of specialisation, and allowed me to meet a diverse range of of interesting people.

Fatma Bahwan Al Mukhaini, Master of Engineering Science

The UNSW Sydney Master of Engineering Science (Chemical Process Engineering) is a two-year full-time, postgraduate degree that gives students advanced technical, process design and project management skills. The degree provides the essential specialist knowledge in chemical engineering, preparing students for a number of chemical process engineer jobs across a range of industrial settings such as the fuel and energy sectors, mineral processing, fine chemistry, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, consumer products and the food industry.

When you choose a degree in Chemical Process Engineering as part of a Master of Engineering Science, you will explore efficient process design, as well as robust and objective analysis of chemical plants, industrial processes and general operations in the chemical industry. Your studies will include extensive coverage of current business and environmental issues in the chemical and food industry.

Topics and concepts covered may cross over with those typical in other engineering courses including water treatment, mechanical engineering, engineering design, process systems, heat transfer and fluid mechanics.

The Master of Engineering Science promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for local and international students who already have a four-year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross-training, re-training or specialisation. It is most suitable for the chemical engineer graduate, while graduates in Food Science and Engineering or Biomedical Engineering may also be considered.

This program takes two years to complete full-time and students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program. Note that the Chemical Process Engineering course is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.

The typical program structure comprises 16 courses, broken down into four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives. UNSW Engineering is Australia’s largest and longest standing engineering faculty and is home to a plethora of internationally recognised degrees. The UNSW School of Chemical Engineering is ranked as one of the top Chemical Engineering Schools in Australia and offers local and international students the very best research training.

Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 70% average in one of the following:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Food Science and Engineering OR Biomedical Engineering degrees may also be considered

Sample Program Outlines*


Course code Course name Notes
CEIC8104 Topics in Polymer Technology

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Course code Course name Notes
CEIC8204 Topics in Business Management in Chemical Engineering
CEIC8205 Fuel and Energy Engineering
CEIC8330 Process Engineering in Petroleum Industry
CEIC8341 Membrane Processes
CHEN6701 Advanced Reaction Engineering
CHEN6703 Advanced Particle Systems Engineering
CHEN6706 Advanced Transport Phenomena


Course code Course name Notes
CEIC8102 Advanced Process Control
CEIC8105 Advanced Polymer Science and Research
CEIC6711 Complex Fluids Microstructure and Rheology

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Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics and Financial Management
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework
CVEN9888 Environmental Management
CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis
GSOE9017 Managing Energy Efficiency
GSOE9210 Engineering Decision Structures
GSOE9340 Life Cycle Engineering
GSOE9510 Ethics and Leadership in Engineering
GSOE9712 Engineering Statistics and Experimental Design
GSOE9810 Process and Product Quality in Engineering
GSOE9820 Engineering Project Management
GSOE9830 Economic Decision Analysis in Engineering


Course code Course name Notes
CEIC9951 Thesis A
CEIC9952 Thesis B
CEIC9953 Thesis C
GSOE9010 Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011 Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills

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Course code Course name Notes
Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Read more Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course
Students should choose the undergraduate pre-requisites for the Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses as electives if they do not have the assumed knowledge

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 70% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 75% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.