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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
4 years
Start date: 01-March-2021
University of Auckland
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This four-year programme, comprising a blend of theoretical and practical work, ensures that you’re career-ready upon graduation. You’ll pursue one of the nine specialisations available at our country’s leading Engineering faculty.

We are known also for our passionate, active community. With dedicated support services and student networks to help you with personal or academic issues, we’ll provide you with all the resources necessary for success.

A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Materials Engineering Introduced you to applied chemistry, materials characterisation, process engineering, energy, and mathematical modelling. This gives you the solid grounding necessary for a broad range of careers. The University of Auckland is also the only tertiary institution in New Zealand that offers an undergraduate specialisation with this unique combination of both Chemical and Materials Engineering.

Core topics include:

  • Chemical engineering: the design, operations and process control for the value-added upgrading of raw material, with an aim to minimise environmental impact
  • Materials engineering: an interdisciplinary field that explores the relationships between the structure, processing and properties of engineering materials
  • Applied chemistry: the study of analytical, physical and organic chemistry, and biochemistry, including their instrumental techniques
  • Materials characterisation: the fundamental sciences behind atomic structure and bonding, properties and testing, and the effects of corrosion, degradation and failure
  • Process engineering: one of the most important unit operations in chemical industry, which covers safety, energy balances, and multiphase systems
  • Energy: an essential topic that extends to the practical applications of thermodynamics, and theoretical concepts such as chemical potential, fugacity, vapour-liquid equilibria and reacting systems
  • Food process engineering: the application of heat and mass transfer to the process and structuring of one of our essential industries

Programme structure

  • The BE(Hons) is split into four ‘Parts’ that correspond to your year of study.
  • In Part I, you will be exposed to our nine available specialisations and study a broad base of engineering and professional fundamentals.
  • You will also select a General Education paper – this is a distinctive feature of our University’s degree designed to broaden your education.
  • Parts II, III and IV are customised based on your chosen specialisation. Along with your specialisation courses, you will study a common core of mathematical modelling, technical communication, and professional development. You will also pursue elective courses to explore the topics that interest you the most.
  • Practical work is an essential component of your degree. You will be required to complete a 40 hour workshop practice course in Part II, and 800 hours of practical work experience throughout your degree.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Analyst
  • Consultant engineer
  • Hardware and software developer
  • Project manager
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Research and design engineer
  • Systems engineer

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.


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