Postgraduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering

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  • Objectives
    In this course, you will complete an individual design project. You will also choose from a variety of subjects to develop specialised knowledge and skills in the chemical engineering field.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree in engineering or applied science plus honours or relevant experience. If you have an appropriate bachelor degree but do not meet the other requirements, you may be required to complete additional units which would extend the duration of the course.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering
  • Course description
    Postgraduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering


    Course CRICOS Code: 038787B
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


    This course provides an advanced professional qualification for graduates in engineering or applied science disciplines (not usually for graduate chemical engineers). Applicants will be graduates with qualifications in areas related to chemical engineering and intending to work in the chemical processing industries. Chemical engineering graduates, especially those with honours, should consider enrolling in the Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) by research.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    A recognised degree in engineering or applied science at honours level or a recognised degree in engineering or applied science without honours but with relevant experience. Such candidates will be accepted at the discretion of the Head of Department. Candidates with an appropriate pass degree can be accepted at the discretion of the Head of Department but will be required to complete up to 12 full units (25 credits) over one and a half years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent). Transfer from the Graduate Certificate to this course is allowable subject to the approval of the Head of Department.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    This fee paying course is one year full-time study. Two intakes are offered each year, in March and August.

    Intermediate Awards 1

    A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

    Intermediate Awards II

    Graduate Certificate in Chemical Engineering

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                               Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Year 1 Semester 1

                                      SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:           100.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    302222     v.2 #           ChE 599 Design Project     12.0     50.0
                                       SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:           50.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 1     Hrs/Wk     Credit

    302195     v.2               ChE 511 Process Heat Transfer                             6.0     25.0
    302196     v.2               ChE 512 Fluid Mechanics                                       6.0     25.0
    302197     v.2               ChE 513 Fluid and Particle Processes                    6.0     25.0
    302198     v.2               ChE 514 Process Control                                       6.0     25.0
    302199     v.2               ChE 515 Reaction Engineering                              6.0     25.0
    302200     v.2               ChE 516 Mass Transfer Operations                       6.0     25.0
    302201     v.2               ChE 541 Risk Management                                    6.0     25.0
    302202     v.2               ChE 542 Advanced Separation Processes             6.0     25.0
    302208     v.2 *            ChE 552 Mineral Processing                                  3.0     12.5
    302209     v.2 *            ChE 553 Petroleum Processing                             3.0     12.5
    302214     v.2 *            ChE 558 Advanced Process Control                       3.0     12.5
    302215     v.2 *            ChE 559 Advanced Process Simulation                  3.0     12.5
    302394     v.2 *            ChE 517 Process Design and Synthesis                3.0     12.5
    304767     v.2               ChE 518 Process Plant Engineering                      5.0     25.0
    304768     v.2               ChE 579 Special Topics                                         2.5     12.5
    307065     v.1 *            ChE 570 Gas Reservoir Engineering                      3.0     12.5
    309301     v.1               ChE 571 Special Topics (Bioprocessing)                3.0     12.5
    310248     v.1               ChE 521 Mass and Energy Balances                     8.0     25.0
    310755     v.1               ChE 522 - Fundamentals of Air Pollution Control   3.0     12.5
    311183     v.1               ChE 502 Wastewater Treatment                          3.0     12.5
    311312     v.1               ChE 531 Advanced Risk Management                   3.0     12.5
    311677     v.1               ChE 504 Fundamentals of Oilfield Processing       3.0     12.5

    #              Enrolment is only permitted if four full (25 credits) units have already been successfully completed
    *              Only four of these units may be selected each semester

    Year      Location                 Period     All*     Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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