Chemical Process Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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2 years
February and September
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 codeCourse nameNotes
CEIC8104Topics in Polymer Technology

Choose 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CEIC8204Topics in Business Management in Chemical Engineering
CEIC8205Fuel and Energy Engineering
CEIC8330Process Engineering in Petroleum Industry
CEIC8341Membrane Processes
CHEN6701Advanced Reaction Engineering
CHEN6703Advanced Particle Systems Engineering
CHEN6706Advanced Transport Phenomena


Course codeCourse nameNotes
CEIC8102Advanced Process Control
CEIC8105Advanced Polymer Science and Research
CEIC6711Complex Fluids Microstructure and Rheology

Choose 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9701Engineering Economics and Financial Management
CVEN9731Project Management Framework
CVEN9888Environmental Management
CVEN9892Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis
GSOE9017Managing Energy Efficiency
GSOE9210Engineering Decision Structures
GSOE9340Life Cycle Engineering
GSOE9510Ethics and Leadership in Engineering
GSOE9712Engineering Statistics and Experimental Design
GSOE9810Process and Product Quality in Engineering
GSOE9820Engineering Project Management
GSOE9830Economic Decision Analysis in Engineering


Course codeCourse nameNotes
CEIC9951Thesis A
CEIC9952Thesis B
CEIC9953Thesis C
GSOE9010Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Research Skills

Choose up to 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Read moreCourses 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 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.