Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Laws

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




Flexible first year



Pursue your passions. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Flexible First Year) and Bachelor of Laws program allows you to explore different engineering disciplines before choosing your preferred stream. Complemented by invaluable critical thinking skills and legal expertise, you will have a world of opportunities at your fingertips.



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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Aeronautical



    Drive innovation and change. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical) and Bachelor of Laws program gives you a comprehensive understanding of the design and operation of aircraft within the Earth’s atmosphere and in space. It also cultivates the critical analytical skills and legal expertise you need to launch a rewarding, global career.



    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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Biomedical



    Transform the medical world and beyond. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical) and Bachelor of Laws program develops knowledge of all aspects of biomedical engineering and cultivates legal expertise. Combine technical knowledge with legal aptitude to lead life-changing developments across healthcare industries.



    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 contribute to discoveries that lead to innovation in:



  • 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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Chemical & Biomolecular



    Pioneer a better tomorrow. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular) and Bachelor of Laws program enables you to develop creative solutions across chemical and environmental engineering alongside legal expertise. Leverage technical knowledge and critical thinking skills to lead transformative projects in a diverse range of industries.



    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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Civil



    Create and manage the infrastructure of the future. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Laws program develops the ability to plan, design and test structures within the built and natural environments. Complemented by invaluable research skills and legal expertise, this program equips you to become a leader in modern infrastructure development.



    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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Electrical



    Transform tomorrow. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical) and Bachelor of Laws program enables you to design and build the systems and machines that generate, transmit, measure, control and use electrical energy. Complemented by legal expertise, this program equips you to rise to the world’s biggest challenges in health, education and the environment.



    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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Mechanical



    Lead the technological revolution. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical) and Bachelor of Laws program develops the ability to design, manage and maintain a range of mechanical applications. Complemented by invaluable critical analytical skills and legal expertise, become a global leader in innovation and design.



    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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Mechatronic


    Revolutionise robotics and beyond. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) and Bachelor of Laws program brings together mechanical, electronic and software engineering to create computer-controlled machines and consumer products. Complemented by invaluable critical analytical skills and legal expertise, this program equips you to launch a career at the forefront of design and innovation.



    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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Software



    Pioneer software that changes the world. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Software) and Bachelor of Laws program develops the ability to design and develop computer games, business applications, operating systems and network control systems, complemented by the legal expertise and critical analytical skills essential to drive the next wave of technological innovation.



    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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.



    Space Engineering major



    Explore new frontiers and enhance your career. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (with Space Engineering major) and Bachelor of Laws program gives you a comprehensive understanding of space-related activities, alongside legal expertise. Combine technical knowledge with complex reasoning skills to pursue an international career across a range of innovative 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 Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system, cultivating legal expertise alongside critical analytical rigour. You will spend your first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units, before completing your engineering specialisation in your fourth year. In your fifth and sixth years you will complete a fixed curriculum in law before specialising in areas such as taxation, banking, environmental, family, international and humanitarian law.



    You can complete this combined degree program in six years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. This degree builds technical expertise, satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales and opens the door to a diverse range of government and commercial careers.

    Course outline

    Study plan

    In this six year degree, candidates spend the first three years undertaking a combination of engineering and law units of study to a value of 48 credit points in each year. In the fourth year, you will take units of study offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies only, completing an engineering specialisation of your choice. You may undertake the degree in any engineering stream across aerospace, chemical and biomolecular, civil, electrical, mechanical, or mechatronic engineering. The name of your stream will appear on your testamur. In the fifth year, students take a fixed curriculum, comprising units of study in a range of areas of law including administrative law, federal constitutional law, and property and commercial law. The sixth year will allow you to choose elective units of study from the Sydney Law School allowing you to specialise in a particular area of the law.

    Units of study information for this degree

    Further course information

    Progression rules

    Candidates in a combined law program must successfully complete LAWS1006 Foundations of Law before enrolling in any other Bachelor of Laws units of study. Candidates are required to complete the Bachelor of Laws units of study in the order listed in the Sydney Law School Undergraduate Table. Except with permission of the Dean of the Sydney Law School, candidates must complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering Honours before proceeding to Year Five of the Bachelor of Laws. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.

    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. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the Sydney Law School. Engineering electives are often recommended within an engineering stream as they are directly related to, or build a more comprehensive understanding of content taught in core units of study within the stream. Each stream will also list acceptable alternative units of study, and free electives, providing a flexible study plan. Sydney Law School offers one of Australia's most diverse undergraduate elective programs in law. Students must complete eight elective units of study in their final year. A maximum of 42 credit points are taken from Table 1, and a minimum of 6 credit points are taken from Table 2 electives.

    Course opportunities

    Eligible students may apply to take part in an international exchange program for one or two semesters. Study undertaken at a partner institution is counted towards the award of the degree.

    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. Graduates of the combined course who wish to become legal practitioners complete an accredited program of practical legal training following completion of award requirements. 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

    The Sydney Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Sydney Juris Doctor (JD) are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) and meets the academic requirements to practise law in the State of New South Wales. In relation to professional recognition and course accreditation for interstate and overseas, please see our detailed information sydney.edu.au/law/fstudent/jd/professional_recognition.shtml

    Further study

    After completing the Bachelor of Engineering, 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.

    Sydney Law School is an international leader in postgraduate legal education and, in addition to the Master of Laws, offers master's degrees and graduate diplomas in 16 specialist areas. These include: taxation; business; commercial and corporate law; labour relations; health; the environment; international law; criminology and jurisprudence.

    About 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.

    Honours in the Bachelor of Laws is also integrated in the final year of the course and students eligible to undertake honours will enrol in two specified six credit point units of study and undertake a dissertation.

    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. Applicants are guaranteed entry if they obtain an ATAR, or equivalent, of 99.5. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    If you do not obtain the ATAR into Combined Law at Sydney you may like to consider the transfer option. You can enrol in another degree at any University, including Sydney.

    You will be assessed according to either your tertiary grades or your secondary qualifications, whichever is higher. If you have not studied at tertiary level for at least one year full-time in the same degree, you will be assessed according to your secondary qualifications only. Entry into Combined Law is competitive and places are limited.

    Applications open in August each year for courses commencing in March the following year. If you are unsuccessful in a transfer application at the end of first year you can reapply after second year. The credit transfer policies of the Law School and its partner faculties are used when determining the amount of credit for previous studies. However, it may be difficult to complete Combined Law within the five years and you may wish to consider completing your first degree and then apply for the Juris Doctor.

    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 Chemistry. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course.

    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.