The SIT-Newcastle University (NU) joint degree programme in Chemical Engineering aims to produce graduates who have a clear understanding of Chemical Engineering, combining a sound theoretical grasp of the subject with practical experience and an awareness of their responsibility to society and the environment. Consisting of key, traditional Chemical Engineering topics such as Transfer Processes and Unit Operations, and including contemporary and globally important areas such as Sustainable Design and Clean Technology, students will learn how to critically analyse real-world process engineering problems through the use of computational tools. Assessment will be based on several components such as coursework and written examinations. Students will have the opportunity to creatively apply what they have learnt to solve challenges posed by their final year capstone plant design project. The academic training and soft skills acquired through the programme, will produce capable graduates who will go on to become professional chemical engineers in the industry. Graduates may also eventually choose to pursue industrial research to develop new solutions and innovative processes or a postgraduate route to an academic career.
Subjects are taught with a practical bias and the majority of modules have a substantive coursework component, complementing theory with practice.
Problem-solving and the use of Computational Tools
Students will develop problem-solving skills and gain valuable experience through the use of commercial computational tools to solve chemical engineering problems.
Gain Work Experience While Studying
Students will gain six to eight months of work experience under the Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) in the process engineering industry, with the unique opportunity to work on industry projects and solve problems.
Eligibility and Exemption
Diploma holders from any of the five local polytechnics and A level graduates are welcome to apply. Subject to approval, applicants with Chemical Engineering or closely related diplomas may be granted module exemptions, based on the modules taken during their diploma.
Applicants must note the following additional English requirements for this programme:
(To be submitted two weeks before class commencement)
a. GCE O-Level English must be C6 or better, or
b. IELTS 6.5 or better
Students will undergo a credited, 26-week full-time employment at an organisation relevant to their area of study. The IWSP provides students the opportunity to apply their engineering knowledge and practice professional skills learned through the programme, at the same time gaining valuable work and first-hand industry experience.
Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP)
Students will undergo a three-week overseas immersion programme at the home campus in Newcastle, United Kingdom during which they will have the opportunity to participate in personal and career development workshops and other academic activities. The OIP also presents students with sufficient time to travel around the region, and participate in cultural and social events.