Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

University of Newcastle

About Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Business

Deepen your technical skills and broaden your career options with this combined degree program. Complete both degrees in five years.

We train engineers capable of solving the greatest global challenges. You will apply the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry, and specialised disciplines such as bio and nanotechnology to key problems in our community. You will analyse and design processes, plants and control systems for productivity, safety and sustainability.

Pursue a leadership position in the engineering field. Launch a start-up. Whatever your aspirations, this combined degree will open doors to a wide range of exciting career paths. With a strong focus on real-world experience and industry connections, this combined program will also allow you to build your professional network while you study.

Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.

What you will study

Learn critical technical and engineering skills by studying courses in:

  • Heat transfer and design of energy systems
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mass transfer and separation processes
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Kinetics and reaction engineering
  • Green engineering and sustainability processes

Embark on a global experience- develop a global mindset, diversify your skill set and build your international network with virtual study options or travel abroad and undergo a semester exchange, short course, internship or study tour to enhance your program.

Become job-ready by studying our professional practice courses. You'll learn to tackle ‘wicked problems’ and develop essential workplace skills in finance, project management, sustainability, communication and entrepreneurship.

Develop your business skills in:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • microeconomics for business decisions
  • law
  • management
  • leadership and ethics
  • entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entry Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process, adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible. 

The UAC code for this program is 482620.

English Program Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0

English Requirements

  • Min IELTS: 6


Chemical engineers are employed in a wide range of industries.  They may be involved in creating products like plastics, fertilisers, consumables, pharmaceuticals and paints. They might also work to develop fields such as environmental control, resource utilisation, minerals processing, renewable energy, waste management and recycling. Average starting salaries for our engineers are great – more than $70,000 per annum and above the national average. *

Chemical engineering is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • biotechnology engineer
  • nuclear engineer
  • chemical safety manager
  • water treatment designer
  • mineral processing engineer
  • environmental remediation engineer

Remarkably, engineering is the most commonly held degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs – the CEOs of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers.

* Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-2021

The combined degree advantage: your business skills will help you move into leadership roles, support you to start your own business or take your technical skills into a different work environment altogether.

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Course Summary

Study level







5 years

Study mode

On Campus


A$62,893 per year
University Summary

AU Ranking: 11

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