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

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

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.


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.


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

Standard 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).


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

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
City International: $159,960
  • ATAR: 86
  • Full-time : 5 years

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.

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