Bioresource Engineering

Master degree

The Master of Bioresource Engineering provides engineering graduates and science graduates with an enhanced understanding of the engineering and scientific aspects of the conversion of bioresources into fuel, materials and speciality chemicals.

During the course you can focus on biorefining or on the specific conversion of bioresources into pulp and paper.

Students benefit from interaction with industry and from the outstanding facilities at the Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA) and the Faculty of Engineering at Monash.

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the availability of bioresources for conversion into energy, chemicals and materials in biorefineries and into pulp and paper products, in a global context.

You will critically evaluate the political forces, public attitudes and ethical issues which have an impact on the utilisation of bioresources, including issues such as the carbon footprint and the effect of legislation which places a price on carbon and introduces carbon trading.

The course will ensure you have sufficient working knowledge of statistics to plan and analyse the results of trials and understand the issues and processes associated with the recycling of paper products and the processes for removal of contaminants.

You will understand biomass conversion processes and products and develop creative solutions to minimise the water and energy resources required, and the effluent from such processes.

Graduates from the Biorefinery/Biorefining stream are in demand from industry across the board, given the extensive interest and investment in renewable fuels, green chemicals and advanced materials. Graduates from the pulp and paper stream are sought after by both national and international pulp and paper industries, as the demand for sustainable processes and materials continues to grow.

This course is coordinated by the Bioresource Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA) which is located in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration: 1.5 years (full time), 3 years (part time)
Start date: First Semester (February) Second Semester (July)
Qualification: Master of Bioresource Engineering

Information about fees

Overview

This course provides science or engineering graduates who wish to pursue a career in the bioresource industry with an enhanced understanding of the scientific and engineering aspects of the conversion of bioresources into fuel, materials and specialty chemicals.

Study areas

Bioresource Engineering

This course provides science or engineering graduates who wish to pursue a career in the bioresource industry with an enhanced understanding of the scientific and engineering aspects of the conversion of bioresources into fuel, materials and specialty chemicals. Participants may choose from streams to suit their particular interest. They can focus on biorefining (Biorefinery stream) or on the specific conversion of bioresources into pulp and paper (Pulp and Paper stream).

Career opportunities

Graduates with comprehensive knowledge and expertise in maintenance and project management with a pulp and paper emphasis, will be sought after by a variety of local and national pulp and paper industries.

Due to the extensive world-wide interest in the biorefinery area, graduates from this stream will be required by industry globally, and local pulp and paper and related industries.

Speciality course

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements

Qualifications

A three year undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline of either engineering or science. However, students entering with only a three year degree will be required to undertake a prescribed program of 24 credit points of undergraduate units before commencing the postgraduate units. This requirement is waived for those with a four year engineering or science degree.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 4612

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$33,200

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Scholarships

We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

For more information visit the faculty website