BH122 - Bachelor of Engineering(Chemical Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Plan: BH122CEHDD - Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering(Honours)/Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering(Honours)/Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Award abbreviation: BEng(ChemEng)(Hons)/BPharmSc
Total credit points: 516
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years Full Time
Location: City Campus and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 030301
CRICOS code: 093315M

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons)/Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences double degree is designed to prepare you for a career in large scale production of chemical products focussing on the pharmaceutical industry.  As the pharmaceutical industry expands in Australia and world-wide, the industry will require graduates able to design and operate pharmaceutical facilities.  You will develop an understanding of fundamental knowledge of chemical engineering principles and apply them to design sustainable processes for the benefit of society.  This will be achieved through a combination of traditional lecturing practices, problem-based learning group work and hands-on experience. 

The final year of the program includes the capstone courses OENG1167 Engineering Capstone Project Part A and OENG1168 Engineering Capstone Project Part B where you will apply the knowledge and skills gained from your previous courses. The program is to be accredited by both Engineers Australia (EA) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and be internationally recognised. 

This program is delivered on campus.  

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Articulation and pathways

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

Pathways from this degree include, Honours, Masters and PhD programs. On successful completion of this program you may be eligible to enrol in the following post-graduate research programs:

  • MR217    Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
  • MR227    Master of Science (Biomedical Science)
  • DR217    PhD (Chemical Engineering)
  • DR227    PhD (Biomedical Science)

For more information on options available to you, contact your Program Coordinator or Discipline Head.

Students who apply to transfer to one of the single degrees that are components of this double degree program, will be eligible for credit for any equivalent courses in the single degree structure, and may transfer credit for any other courses that can meet elective requirements of the single degree structure.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 —
A study score of at least 20 in Chemistry; a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (Any) or Maths: Specialist Maths, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

  • A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   
  • For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.
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External accreditation and industry links

For the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering):

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), based in Rugby, UK is the primary international professional society for the chemical engineer. The RMIT chemical engineering degree fully satisfies the requirement for accreditation at the (UK) MEng level. The Chemical Engineering single degree is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

Accreditation from IChemE and Engineers Australia will be sought for the new program offering in 2019  within the accreditation time lines set by Engineers Australia.  Provisional accreditation will be sought as soon as possible after the first significant intake of students.  Full accreditation will be sought as soon as possible after the first significant cohort of graduates.

For the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences:

Graduates of the Pharmaceutical Science program or the double degree with Chemical Engineering may be eligible to join various Australian professional societies in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. Examples of these societies include:


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Chemical Engineering, refer to

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Chemical Engineering specific software are available for students' use in many computer labs in the City Campus.

Services for students

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning, career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 
You can find more information at


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