Learn how to develop technology to get the most out of our natural resources, via the use of sustainable methods.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
As a chemical and metallurgical engineer, you’ll play a major part in finding new ways to make the most of our natural resources, turning raw materials into useful products, while ensuring the sustainability of our planet.
In this course you’ll learn the mining and manufacturing processes required to turn low value raw materials into high value products, suitable for existing and emerging industries, including energy storage batteries and capacitors.
You’ll master the technology required to extract metals and commodities from the earth using sustainable methods and explore the design, commissioning and operation of engineering processes and plants. This includes how to harvest mineral resources in safe and responsible ways, using the latest chemical and metallurgical processes.
You’ll even have the opportunity to work in mineral processing and metallurgical plants as part of your studies, developing your understanding of the resources industry and markets through direct links with industry.
7 reasons to study Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
- Murdoch is ranked number 1 in Western Australia for graduate salary, learning resources, student support and full-time employment for engineering*.
- Murdoch is ranked number 1 in Australia for Teaching Quality in Engineering*.
- Murdoch is ranked number 1 in Australia for Overall Experience in Engineering*.
- Make use of our $10.1 million Bayer Pilot Plant – a real-world engineering plant with a dedicated control room, the only one of its kind in WA.
- Gain 480 hours of real work experience in mineral processing and metallurgical plants.
- Travel overseas to create positive change through our Engineers Without Borders Program.
- Access great scholarships like the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship Program and Murdoch First Scholarship.
*Source: The Good Universities Guide, 2019
Some of the things you’ll learn
- engineering thermodynamics
- fluid mechanics
- heat and mass transfer
- mineral processing
- reactor engineering.
Your future career
Graduating with a major in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering will open the doors to a wide range of career opportunities in natural resources across the globe.
Careers could include:
- Chemical or Process Engineer
- Hydrometallurgist or Pyrometallurgist
- Mineral Processing Engineer, Consultant or Researcher
Recommended double majors
Our Engineering degrees are accredited by Engineers Australia. As a graduate, you will be eligible to become a professional member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus (some units external)
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
- School of Engineering and Information Technology
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Students enrolling in units that have a practical component must make allowance for on-campus attendance to complete the practical work. The on-campus sessions for external students are generally held in a one-week block for each unit; the dates are published in each unit guide. All students will undertake at least 500 hours of approved work experience, plus complete a report outlining the experience gained, in order to complete the requirements of the degree. This work experience must be in a suitable engineering-related area and be approved by the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Academic Chair.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
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