Graduate Certificate in Chemical and Process Engineering

Course Overview


This Graduate Certificate in Chemical and Process Engineering will enable you to gain in-depth understanding of key concepts of thermodynamics, mass transfer and heat transfer principles, fluid transport phenomena, process dynamics and control systems. It offers an opportunity for industry professionals in the field to enhance their knowledge and skills in chemical and process engineering without having to complete a full Master’s degree.

Upon completion of this graduate certificate, graduates will be able to identify, analyze and apply advanced knowledge of the process and phenomena related to mass transfer and associate separation processes. Graduates will also be able to identify, analyze and apply advanced knowledge in thermodynamics and heat transfer applications with sound engineering judgement of solutions relevant to the Professional engineering domain.

At a glance

  • 6 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online
27 June 2022
Course Type
  • Graduate Certificate

Program Details

Today’s world relies heavily on Chemical and Process Engineering, from energy & oil industries to pharmaceuticals & biotechnology. The Graduate Certificate in Chemical and Process Engineering covers knowledge and skills underpinning processes and phenomena related to mass transfer and associated separation processes and equipment, thermodynamics and heat transfer applications heating and cooling systems, multi-phase flow, and solid transportation. This certificate will also prepare you with the requisite knowledge to comprehend, manage, and resolve issues within detailed process dynamics and control systems.

The learning outcomes of the course is designed to equip students with professional engineering skills and knowledge to identify, analyze and apply advanced knowledge in process and phenomena related to mass transfer and associate separation processes and heat transfer applications with sound engineering judgement of solutions relevant to the Professional engineering domain through the application of these concepts, and to develop the problem-solving skills essential to good engineering practice.

You must complete 12 credit points comprising four core units. There are no electives in this program. The program duration is six months across two terms, and you will study two units per term. For further study, graduates may consider EIT’s Master of Engineering (Mechanical).

Unit Code Subjects Credit Points
MPE502 Mass Transfer and Separation Process 3
MPE503 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 3
MPE504 Transport Phenomena and Fluid Flow 3
MPE505 Process Dynamics and Control 3

To gain entry into this program, applicants need one of the following:

  • A recognized 3-year bachelor degree* in an engineering qualification in a congruent** field of practice,
  • An EIT Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree in a congruent** field of practice.
  • A 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent), that is recognized under the Washington Accord or Engineers Australia, in a congruent**, or a different field of practice at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
  • A 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent)* that is not recognized under the Washington Accord, in a congruent** field of practice to this program.


An appropriate level of English Language Proficiency equivalent to an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education, or an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no individual band less than 6), or equivalent as outlined in the EIT Admissions Policy.

* With integrated compulsory 12-week professional industry experience, training or project work of which 6 weeks are directly supervised by a professional/eligible professional engineer as determined by EIT.

** Congruent field of practice means one of the following with adequate content (fields not listed below to be considered by the Dean and the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis):

  • Chemical Engineering (and variants such as Chemical and Process, Chemical and Metallurgical, Bioprocess);
  • Instrumentation, Control and Automation;
  • Industrial Automation Engineering;
  • Agricultural Engineering;
  • Mechanical and Material Systems;
  • Manufacturing and Management Systems;
  • Electronic and Communication Systems;
  • Electrical Engineering;
  • Mechatronic Systems; and,
  • Production.

Note: If applicants do not meet the above requirements, applicants are welcome to apply in writing to the Admissions Committee.

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Like all Australian higher education providers and universities, EIT programs are accredited by the exacting standards of the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This Graduate Certificate is a formally recognized qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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As a graduate from this course, you have increased employability in the areas of chemical engineering and process engineering. Job outcomes include but are not limited to: Process Engineer or Chemical Engineer in food, pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals, hydrocarbons (including petrochemicals), bioprocesses, polymer and paper manufacturing industries. 

Our graduate certificates take six months to complete. We deliver our online graduate certificates on a part-time intensive basis. Part-time Students are expected to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week per unit learning the program material and completing assessments. This includes attending tutorials.

You must submit your application at least four weeks prior to the start date to be considered for your desired intake.

A census date is the date at which an enrolment is considered to be final. Any withdrawal you make after the study period census date will incur an academic penalty (for example, a fail grade) and a financial penalty (for example, no refund of your student contribution or tuition fees). See our current census dates.

Any student has a right to appeal a decision of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) or any member of the institute’s staff. EIT has a comprehensive Policy on Appeals and Grievances to assist students.

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