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Undergraduate Handbook

Chemical Eng/Biomedical Eng - 3048

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Typical Duration: 5 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
Max UOC Per Semester: 27
Min UOC For Award: 240
Bachelor of Engineering (Major)
Master of Biomedical Engineering (Specialisation)

Program Description

This concurrent degree program is specifically designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. This allows students to enter an integrated program which provides both the prerequisite engineering education and the specialist Biomedical Engineering training. Students are expected to perform at a Credit average (65%) or better in their first three years to be permitted to progress to the Masters component of a concurrent degree program. Students who at the end of Year 3, do not satisfy the requirements for progression to the Masters component may complete the Bachelor of Engineering. At the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering, students may enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering with advanced standing for the (postgraduate) biomedical courses previously completed. Students may elect at any time to revert to the BE program. If, once entering a concurrent degree program, students wish to revert to the normal BE programs they will need to satisfy the requirements for the BE as set out in the relevant sections of the Handbook. Since the concurrent degree program introduces courses additional to those in the BE, the student reverting to the normal BE program may require up to an additional year to achieve a BE after completing years 3 or 4 of the concurrent degree program.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Program Structure

At the end of the 5th year, you will graduate with BE in Chemical Engineering and MBiomedE. The program is based on modified 3040 with additional courses in preparation for Masters.

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Year 1

Choose ONE of:

And ONE of:

And ONE of:

Plus these following 3 courses:
Plus choose 2 Electives from the Year 1 Elective List

Suggested Year 1 electives are:
  1. COMP1911 is an acceptable alternative for ENGG1811
  2. Students can take the combination CHEM1011 and CHEM1021 or the combination CHEM1031 and CHEM1041 as a replacement for the combination MATS1101 and CEIC1001 Note: MATS1101 and CEIC1001 combination may not be the optimum combination for Session 2 starting students - consult School.
  3. Not all courses are offered in both sessions but students should complete 24 UOC in each session.
Year 2

Year 3

Year 4
And ONE of:
  • Biomedical Elective (6UOC)
  • Professional Elective (6UOC)

Year 5
  • General Education
  • Biomedical Elective (6UOC)
  • Professional Elective (6UOC)
And ONE of:
  • 2 Biomedical Electives (12 UOC total)
Please check updated program structure at

For updated Biomedical Electives Courses please consult Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering or visit

General Education Requirements


Academic Rules


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Industrial Experience Requirements

Further Requirements

Students are expected to possess a calculator having exponential capabilities, however, more advanced calculators and personal computers, will be found useful. In examinations, students may be required to use calculators supplied by the University, so that no student will have an unfair advantage over another. Further information may be obtained from the Head of School.

Students of both Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry are advised to have a copy of Perry J H Ed. Chemical Engineers Handbook 6th Ed. McGraw-Hill. This book is used extensively for most courses and units. Certain courses and units do not have specified textbooks and in these cases reference books are used or printed notes supplied.

If you are required to complete a varied program of physics or maths in your first year (i.e. General Maths or Fundamentals of Physics), then students are not permitted to undertake studies in higher options of other courses.

Professional Recognition

The Institution of Engineers, Australia, recognises the Bachelor of Engineering components of the BE/MBiomedE courses as meeting the examination requirements for admission to graduate and corporate membership. In addition, examination requirements are met for membership of the Institution’s College of Biomedical Engineering. The degrees are accorded substantial or complete recognition by overseas engineering institutions.

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