Bachelor of Engineering - Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science - Biotechnology

RMIT University

As an RMIT chemical engineering and biotechnology double degree student, you'll be able to work as a chemical engineer who applies biotechnology to make products on a large scale. Chemical engineering brings together science, engineering practice and design. Biotechnology uses knowledge at the molecular level of living systems to devise strategies to solve important practical problems, such as controlling disease and making the environment safer. These integrated skills can be applied to environmental management, agriculture and natural resource management, as well as a range of biological-based products and processes. At RMIT you'll undertake design projects and practical experiences which allow you to apply your knowledge and skills. You'll gain real world experience through work placement in industry or by working on an industry-suggested project in a simulated work environment.

Course Fee:

Australian: $159,960
International: $185,760

Entry Requirements:

Current Year 12 prerequisites units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry and a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (any) or Specialist Mathematics and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).


You will develop fundamental knowledge of chemical engineering principles and learn to apply these to design sustainable processes and products for the benefit of society, environment, and businesses. The program will give you a thorough understanding of biotechnology and equip you with skills in genetic engineering, industrial microbiology, molecular agriculture, bioinformatics, and regulatory, ethical and legal issues in biotechnology. Design projects and practical experiences throughout the program allow you to apply your knowledge and skills. In your final year the science and design project courses will give you the opportunity to either undertake work placement in industry or work on an industry-suggested project in a simulated work environment. In Process Plant Design and Economics, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a week-in-industry program, where you'll work closely with process engineers and learn the roles and responsibilities of professional engineers.

Subjects you can Study:

Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Bioprocessing, Biotechnology, Biotechnology design project, Biotechnology engineering, Cell biology, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular biology.

Further information:

In order to graduate from this program you must complete a minimum 12 weeks of engineering industry experience. This allows you to gain first-hand experience in an engineering practice environment under the supervision of a practising professional engineer. During the third year of the program, you'll spend a week in a process industry, learning about the roles of chemical engineers. In the final year of your studies you will undertake a major project that is either industry-based or simulates an industrial situation. You will work with industry leaders using the theory and practical experience gained through the program to solve a problem.


This program is fully accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates of the program are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Australia is one of 15 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Washington Accord, for professional engineers. The qualification of graduates from this program is recognised in all countries that are signatories to the Accord. The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), based in the UK, is the primary international professional society for the chemical engineer. The program is accredited by IChemE, UK, at the BEng level. Graduates may also qualify for professional membership of scientific societies including: The Australian Society for Microbiology, The Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Chemical Engineer, Life Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City No info No Part time 10 years
City No info No Full time 5 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
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  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
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  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
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  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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