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.

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney enables candidates to complete both degrees simultaneously. This provides graduates with the option to pursue careers in either profession, or enhance their career options with a second discipline. Whilst the Bachelor of Engineering Honours emphasises the practical aspects of science, the Bachelor of Laws focuses on the interpretation and application of the legal system. You will take the equivalent of the first year of the Bachelor of Laws over the course of the four year engineering degree. In the fifth year, you will undertake the remaining compulsory law units of study followed by elective units in the fifth year.

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.

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

If you do not obtain the ATAR cut-off 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 university grades or your secondary qualifications, whichever is higher. If you have not studied at a tertiary level for one year full-time (or a part-time equivalent) with a full-time load, you will be assessed according to your secondary qualifications only.

Entry into Combined Law is competitive and experience suggests you will require an ATAR above 97 or a Tertiary Grade Point Average in the Distinction range to be competitive to transfer into Combined Law. If you are a current Sydney student the weighted average mark (WAM) will be used. An ATAR above 97 or a WAM around 75 will be competitive.

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 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.

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