What will I learn?

Lead positive change and improve lives. The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular) will enable you to develop creative solutions throughout the chemical and environmental engineering fields.

By combining collaborative learning and research with first-hand industry experience, you will be positioned to revolutionise society's processes and address pressing environmental challenges.

As a chemical and biomolecular engineering student, you will learn from leading professionals and researchers as you develop a sophisticated knowledge of chemical, combustion, environmental, petroleum and water engineering. You will understand how to transform raw materials into beneficial products using chemistry, biology and physics. Throughout your studies you will also discover the emerging fields of nanotechnology and molecular biology, which are revolutionising energy and storage systems, food production and the healthcare industry.

During your four-year degree you will explore the challenges faced by process industries, including the chemicals, minerals, energy and agriculture, food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. Through practical learning, industry projects and specialised electives you will become an agent in the drive to create a sustainable society. A 12-week internship will give you invaluable professional experience, to complement your comprehensive knowledge. An embedded honours thesis enables you to design your own research project in a field of your choice.

With a growing need for more efficient renewable energy sources and environmentally sustainable processes, the knowledge and experiences you gain will position you at the forefront of a diverse and dynamic industry.


All majors below are optional. This stream does not currently have best aligned majors. Commencing 2019 there will be two new best aligned majors for this stream; Water and Environmental Treatment Processes and Process Intensification. Certain majors may have limited capacity.

  • Computer Engineering (Major)
  • Construction Management (Major)
  • Electrical Engineering (Major)
  • Environmental Engineering (Major)
  • Geotechnical Engineering (Major)
  • Humanitarian Engineering (Major)
  • Information Technology (Engineering) (Major)
  • Internet of Things (Major)
  • Materials (Major)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Major)
  • Mechatronic Engineering (Major)
  • Power Engineering (Major)
  • Structures (Major)
  • Telecommunications Engineering (Major)
  • Transport Engineering (Major)

Careers & future study

Career paths

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies enjoys strong professional and research links with Australian and global industry, affording unparalleled opportunities for Sydney engineering graduates. Engineers working in this field may specialise as;

  • combustion engineers
  • petroleum engineers
  • chemical engineers
  • smelting engineers
  • water treatment engineers
  • environmental engineers

There is also scope for chemical and biomolecular engineers to move into related areas including biotechnology, food engineering and mineral engineering.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $48,500; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 August 2020


The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

160 City Road, Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02),


New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained a ATAR score: 28 -40; English Language Requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Paper based score of 565; TOEFL IBT: 85; PTE Academic score of 61; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 58; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 45; Cambridge English scale: CAE and CPE: 176.

For international students

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

a secondary education qualification (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.

English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 85 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing.

IELTS score: A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 565 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing

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About this uni

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • Consistently placed among the world’s top 50 universities
  • 2 subjects in the world’s top 10 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • 30 subjects among the top 50 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • Sydney is ranked 3rd in the list of the world’s best cities