Bachelor of Engineering - Chemical Engineering / Bachelor of Science - Extractive Metallurgy

Curtin University

Chemical Engineers find the best sequence of physical, chemical and biological processing steps, and the right operating conditions, to convert raw materials into higher value products safely, economically and on a large scale. In the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), students examine the development, design, assessment and management of processes for the production of a wide range of materials. It covers the theory and applications of thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat transfer, mass transfer and reaction engineering. Building on this foundation, students go on to explore process control, synthesis and design, process economics, risk management and safety, and research studies for general chemical processes. Extractive metallurgy is a specialist field that deals with the extraction of metals and mineral products from their ores. Extractive metallurgists play a key role in the mining industry. In the Bachelor of Science (Extractive Metallurgy) students learn about the development of the best process to treat a particular ore and the efficient operation of the processing plant to convert the ore into metal and other products, as well as the basics of resource geology, mining engineering and the socio-environmental aspects of mining. The combination of the two degree programs provides graduates with enhanced abilities to work at the interface between the two disciplines in the research and development of new processes and the improvement of existing industrial operations in the minerals processing and metals sector. Students doing this double degree spend their third year at Kalgoorlie campus.

Course Fee:

International: $175,000

Entry Requirements:

Applicants require an 'an ATAR score of 80 or higher;' Mathematics Methods ATAR; and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR; Chemistry ATAR; Engineering Studies ATAR. Desirable: Mathematics Specialist ATAR. STAT is not accepted for mature age entry but may be used to demonstrate English Competence requirements.


This course contains core units plus options/electives. To satisfy obligated requirements, students must complete minimum 12 weeks or equivalent exposure to professional practice. This can be met by appropriate work experience. Students must demonstrate they met these requirements by using a formal log book to record their professional experiences during this period of their degree study.

Subjects you can Study:

Engineering-chemical; Extractive metallurgy

Further information:

This course is five years full-time study or equivalent part-time study. Only one intake is offered each year, in Semester 1. Students are based for the first two years at the Bentley Campus, for their third year at the Kalgoorlie Campus, and for the fourth and fifth year at the Bentley Campus. The opportunity to spend two semesters at a major regional centre for mineral processing and extractive metallurgy provides valuable experience for students. In certain cases, the need to complete appropriate bridging and special course units may result in extension of studies beyond the regular five-year term. If you need more course information, you may contact the relevant areas: For Current Students: Student Services Office, please click here for further details: For Domestic Future Students: Future Students Centre, email: Tel: +61-8-9266 1000 For International Future Students: Curtin International, email: inter


The Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering has full recognition by Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers. To qualify for the grade of Corporate Member, graduates must complete a minimum of 4 years approved experience following the Bachelor of Engineering award. The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy recognises the science course for admission to membership.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Chemical Engineer, Metallurgist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bentley - main campus 76.55 No Full time 5 years
Bentley - main campus 76.55 No Part time 10 years

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