Chemical Eng/Biomedical Eng - 3048

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


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

UAC Code: 425012

ATAR: 91  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

Master of Biomedical Engineering (Specialisation)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

This dual degree program is specifically designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles to developing technologies and solving problems in a diverse range of health care related fields e.g. implantable bionics, drug delivery systems, medical imaging, radiotherapies, orthopedic devices, telemedicine, robotic surgery, cell and tissue engineering, records management, physical rehabilitation and others. This program is integrated to provide fundamental engineering skills with an undergraduate focus on Chemical Engineering and specialist postgraduate level training in Biomedical Engineering.

At the end of the program successful candidates will graduate with a Bachelor in Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. Students are expected to perform at a credit average (65%) or better in their first three years to be permitted to continue with the Masters part of the program. Students who do not satisfy this requirement can revert to the Bachelor of Engineering program.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please see Rules

Program Structure

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

For a semester by semester version of the preferred course sequence please see School website.

Year 1

Choose ONE of:

And ONE of:

And ONE of:
And one of the following pairs of courses:

Pair 1
Followed by
Pair 2
Followed by

Pair 3
Followed by


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

Suggested elective for this program:
  1. COMP1911 is an acceptable alternative for ENGG1811
  2. Not all courses are offered in both sessions but students should complete 24 UOC in each session.
Year 2

Year 3
  • CEIC3003 Chemical Engineering Laboratory (6UOC)

Year 4
And ONE of:
  • Biomedical Elective (6UOC)
  • Biomedical Elective (6UOC)
  • Chemical Engineering Depth Elective (6UOC)

Year 5
And Choose ONE of:
  • BIOM9000 Electives (12UOC)
Plus the following courses:
  • General Education
  • 2 Biomedical Electives (12UOC)
  • Chemical Engineering Depth Elective (6UOC)
For updated Biomedical Electives Courses please consult Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering or visit

General Education Requirements

Please see Rules


Please see Rules

Academic Rules

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For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:

Industrial Experience Requirements

Please see Rules

Further Requirements

Students are expected to possess a calculator having exponential capabilities, however, more advanced calculators and personal computers, will be found useful.

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.

Area(s) of Specialisation