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.




Flexible First Year



Discover your strengths and focus on your future. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Flexible First Year) and Bachelor of Arts program gives you the opportunity to explore different engineering disciplines before choosing your preferred stream. Underpinned by the critical analytical and creative skills of the humanities, this program will open up a world of opportunity.



In the Flexible First Year Program you undertake a common set of units before transferring into your preferred stream, choosing from:


  • Aeronautical

  • Biomedical

  • Chemical and Biomolecular

  • Civil

  • Electrical

  • Mechanical

  • Mechatronic

  • Software.


  • You will be required to achieve a minimum grade point average before transferring into your desired stream. This requirement applies to the Aeronautical, Biomedical, Mechatronic and Software streams.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Aeronautical



    Revolutionise the aviation industry and beyond. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical) and Bachelor of Arts program equips you with a comprehensive understanding of the design process and operation of aircraft within the Earth’s atmosphere and in space. You will also gain critical analytical and creative skills cultivated by the humanities.



    In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical) you will gain knowledge in aircraft design, operations and regulations. Participating in the construction of a light aircraft, you will develop a complex understanding of the design of a flight vehicle including aerodynamics, propulsion systems, structural design, materials, avionics, and stability and control systems.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions while developing all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Biomedical



    Pioneer the next wave of medical innovation. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical) and Bachelor of Arts program equips you with a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of biomedical engineering, complemented by critical analytical and creative skills cultivated by the humanities. Leverage multidisciplinary learning and industry experiences to transform lives.



    In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical) you will learn a combination of electronic, mechanical and materials engineering alongside knowledge in medicine, biology and molecular biology. You will discover leading innovations in areas that include:


  • biomedical technology

  • biology

  • biomechanics

  • biomaterials

  • orthopaedic engineering

  • tissue engineering

  • medical regulation

  • bioelectronics

  • medical instrumentation

  • the computational simulation of biomedical systems.


  • Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. With a range of subject areas, you can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Chemical & Biomolecular



    Create a more sustainable future. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular) and Bachelor of Arts program enables you to develop better processes for society and drive sustainability, underpinned by critical analytical and creative skills cultivated by the humanities.



    There is an increasing demand for professionals who can align technical expertise with the ability to approach challenges from creative and analytical perspectives. In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular) you will develop a sophisticated knowledge of chemical, combustion, environmental, petroleum and water engineering. You will learn how to use chemistry, biology and physics to transform raw materials into products that benefit society. At the same time you will discover the emerging fields of nanotechnology and molecular biology.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Civil



    Create innovative infrastructure. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Arts program equips you with a comprehensive ability to plan, design and test structures within the built and natural environments. You will also gain the critical analytical and creative skills of the humanities that are essential to tackling the world’s most pressing challenges.



    In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil), you will learn from leading experts about managing the design and construction of crucial modern infrastructure including buildings, roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, dams and ports. You will gain a deep understanding of systems for managing water, irrigation, sewage and floodwaters. Underpinning this technical knowledge are professional skills in management, finance and problem solving.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Electrical



    Create a brighter tomorrow. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical) and Bachelor of Arts program equips you with the ability to design and build the systems and machines that generate, transmit, measure, control and use electrical energy. You will also gain invaluable critical analytical and creative skills cultivated by the humanities.



    In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical) you will learn from industry-leading professionals about how electrical energy is produced and used in homes, the community and in industry. During your studies you will develop a foundational knowledge of electrical circuits, electronics and computer systems, signals and communications, power systems, control, energy systems and management.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Mechanical



    Design the next generation of innovative machinery. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical) and Bachelor of Arts program equips you with the ability to design, manage and maintain a diverse range of mechanical applications. Combine technical knowhow with the critical analytical and creative skills of the humanities, to create machinery for tomorrow’s world.



    In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical) you will learn from leading experts about how to design a mechanical component, a whole machine, a mechanical system and a mechanical process. You will cover all aspects of mechanical engineering, including power generation, transport, building services, machinery, manufacturing, computer-aided design, advanced materials and environmental studies.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Mechatronic



    Lead the robotics revolution. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) and Bachelor of Arts program brings together mechanical, electronic and software engineering to create computer-controlled machines and consumer products. Combine this technical knowhow with the critical analytical and creative skills of the humanities to design the robots of tomorrow.



    In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) you will discover the technology that underpins robotics and autonomous systems, automated manufacturing and intelligent microprocessor-based products. You will develop skills across mechanism and machine analysis and design, electrical circuit theory and electronics, digital electronics and computer systems, power electronics and electrical machines, systems modelling and simulation, and robotic systems.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Software



    Develop software that transforms the digital world. In the combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Software) and Bachelor of Arts program you will learn first hand how to design and develop computer games, business applications, operating systems and network control systems. You will also gain critical analytical and creative skills cultivated by the humanities.



    In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Software) you will learn all aspects of software production, from strategy and design to coding, quality and management. You will develop knowledge in computer systems, data structures and programming, which is the foundation for further studies in software design, development, security and management.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.



    Space Engineering major



    Transform space exploration. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (with Space Engineering major) and Bachelor of Arts program equips you with an extensive knowledge of space-related activities, complemented by a strong grounding in the humanities. Leverage your technical expertise and critical and analytical skills to lead innovative developments across pioneering industries.



    Available to students in aeronautical, mechanical and mechatronic engineering streams, the space engineering major covers all space-related activities, from ground operations to the design and construction of orbital bodies and explorative spacecraft. During your studies you will develop knowledge of orbital mechanics, space vehicles, ground station infrastructure, space avionics and space robotics.



    Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills you need to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. You can explore your passions, interests and ambitions and develop all-round professional capabilities. The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas. Each of those areas offers specialist units of study.



    You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.

    Course outline

    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

    The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

    How to apply

    Domestic students

    How to apply

    Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

    Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

    Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

    For other useful information, visit our How to Apply 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.

    Important Fee Information

    Domestic students

    Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

    The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

    For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

    Annual review and fee increases

    Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Additional incidental costs

    For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

    Credit card surcharge

    Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

    Potential for inaccuracy

    Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

    International students

    Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

    The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

    For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

    Annual review and fee increases

    Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees

    For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees commencing in 2017, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

    Additional incidental costs and health insurance

    For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

    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.

    Credit card surcharge

    Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

    Potential for inaccuracy

    Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.