Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Arts

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Arts is a combined degree that will give you two qualifications with just one extra year of study and expand your career options in the humanities, social sciences and technologies sectors. The Bachelor of Engineering Honours emphasises practical aspects of science and technology while the Bachelor of Arts provides choices which balance and complement the Bachelor of Engineering Honours. You will pursue academic interests outside the engineering field and graduate as an engineer with all-round professional abilities.

The Bachelor of Arts offers a range of subject areas unmatched by any other university in Australia. More than 15 languages are offered at beginners or advanced level, along with choices in 50 other areas, each of which offers specialist units of study.
Selection of your engineering stream will take place at enrolment. Note that, although you may have achieved the ATAR or equivalent for admission to the combined degree, you must also achieve the ATAR or equivalent for the engineering stream you wish to pursue as part of the combination.

Course outline

Study plan

The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Arts is undertaken full-time over five years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. For the Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree, students will complete core and available elective units of study as required by their engineering specialisation. Students undertake an honours thesis or engineering project in fifth year. For the Bachelor of Arts degree, the structure provides for the required completion of one major of 36 senior credit points. Students will undertake more engineering units of study in the first three years and complete the Bachelor of Arts subjects in the later part of the five year degree.

Majors

What is a major?

Completion of a major is a requirement of the Bachelor of Arts. Students can choose to major in any subject areas as listed in table [include link to table or table below]. A major requires the completion of either:
(a) a minimum of 36 senior credit points in a single subject area; or
(b) 18 Senior credit points in a single subject area combined with no more than 18 senior credit points cross-listed to the major, except in the case of film studies and medieval studies, or in other subject areas as may be approved by the dean, where the entire major may be cross-listed from the schedule of cross-listed units of study; or
(c) a double major in sociology and social Policy, requiring a minimum of 48 credit points.

Further course information

Progression rules

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the progression requirements of the Coursework Rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Arts. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as set out in the provisions relating to progression in the coursework rule), students must not fail more than 50% of the credit points in any semester of enrolment.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.

Engineering electives are often recommended within an engineering degree as they are directly related to, or build a more comprehensive understanding of content taught in, core units of study within the degree. Each degree will also list acceptable alternative units of study, and free electives, providing a flexible study plan.

There are no compulsory units of study in the Bachelor of Arts. Students may select from the electives available within the Bachelor of Arts.

Course opportunities

All streams of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours include a mandatory 10-12 week practical/industrial placement, plant and site visits, and opportunities for the development of significant professional relationships with industry partners.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences both offer one-year exchange programs with universities around the world.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies enjoys strong professional and research links with Australian and global industry, affording unparalleled opportunities for engineering graduates. See the details provided separately within each school of Engineering and Information Technologies.


Bachelor of Arts graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The course offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding - qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Course accreditation

Sydney engineering degrees are accredited by Engineering Australia www.engineersaustralia.org.au and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance www.washingtonaccord.org

Arts students are encouraged to become members of professional associations concerned with their areas of study. Association membership for students is often heavily discounted and may provide: opportunities for networking; conferences on topical issues providing local and international perspectives; research on areas of practice, quality and innovation; interest groups in specific areas of industry; regular journals and other publications; access to current salary information based on surveys conducted by the association; advice on workplace agreements; events offering professional development and ongoing learning; scholarships, awards and prizes; further study (including short courses, professional accreditation programs, or postgraduate qualifications).

Further study

After completing the Bachelor of Engineering Honours, further study is available via research or coursework. The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Following the completion of the Bachelor of Arts eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Masters' degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

About honours

Both the Bachelor of Engineering Honours and the Bachelor of Arts can be awarded with honours.

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points; which is made up of varying units from the Engineering Core Table, the Engineering Stream Core Table and the Engineering Stream Specialist Table. The candidate must also have an EWAM (Engineering Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65 immediately prior to the semester in which a thesis unit of study is first attempted; and have an EIHWAM (Engineering Integrated Honours Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65 at the completion of the degree. The candidate must complete the requirements within a time limit of 5 years. If a candidate passes the program but does not meet the requirements as listed above, then the candidate will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering.

The Bachelor of Arts Honours year is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree. The honours year comprises seminar classes and work toward a short thesis on an independent research project under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field of your research. For detailed advice see the Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Other study options

Cross-Institutional Study –
Provided permission has been obtained in advance, the Dean (or Delegate) may permit a student to complete a unit of study at another institution and have that unit credited to the student's course requirements, provided that:
(a) the resolutions of the student's course of enrolment do not specifically exclude cross-institutional study; and either;
(b) the unit of study content is not taught in any corresponding unit of study at the University; or
(c) the student is unable, for good reason, to attend a corresponding unit of study at the University

International Exchange –
The Faculty encourages students to participate in international exchange programs, except where specified otherwise in the resolutions for a particular course. Students must apply to the Head of the relevant School of Engineering and Information Technologies to obtain approval for their planned enrolment while on exchange. This guarantees that the units completed externally will be correctly matched to the core requirements of their Course.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

Flexible Entry Scheme available for this degree sydney.edu.au/engineering/futurestudent/flexibleentry

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics and/or Chemistry. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course. Science assumed knowledge should be appropriate for the stream of Engineering that is chosen.

Ancillary expenses

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Ancillary expenses for international students

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

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