Selecting units of study

A unit of study is what you probably called a subject in high school. Each unit of study is worth a certain number of credit points. Most units of study are worth 6 credit points (though some first year maths units are worth 3). Each semester, a full time student would enrol in 24 credit points.

Each unit of study has a code and a name - eg ENGG1800 Introduction to Engineering Disciplines. Knowing the code for your units of study will help you in the enrolment process.

For many degrees, there is a standard course program that lists the units of study you must chose. If you are enrolling in flexible first year, a combined degree, project management or an information technologies course, there is some specific information you need to know before enrolling.

Visit our Course and Unit of Study Portal (CUSP) to find the course program and units of study for your enrolment.

Using CUSP, print, save or write down the units of study for your course, and have that list with you when you enrol online.

Flexible First Year students

Our Flexible First Year program gives you the time and freedom to discover where your strengths and interests lie before deciding where you'd like to specialise. You can start your engineering or IT degree with the Flexible First Year program and then transfer, either at the end of your first semester or at the end of your first year, to one of the 8 engineering streams.

Visit CUSP to find the course program and list of units of study for your enrolment.

Combined degree students

General information for combined students:
You can combine your engineering degree with studies in architecture, arts, commerce, law, medical science music, project management or science.

Your UAC offer will be for a combined degree, however you will need to select a stream of engineering during enrolment. You must have achieved the required ATAR for your selected engineering stream.

Advanced Engineering Program
Providing you have achieved an ATAR of 97.5 or above, you may also apply to study advanced engineering units. As part of your online enrolment, you will need to apply for special permission to enrol in the Engineering Advanced units of study. You will need to select alternative units of study until your special permission request is approved by Faculty staff.

Space Engineering major
Providing you have achieved an ATAR of 99 or above, you may also apply for the Space Engineering major. Once you have enrolled, you need to contact us at to request varying your enrolment to include the Space Engineering major units of study.


Combined programs in arts and science
If you are enrolling for a combined degree with science or arts, you should choose one subject per semester to contribute towards your major in arts or science. We encourage you to research the majors and rules for enrolment in science or arts before you enrol.

Combined music students
If you are enrolling for a combined degree with music, your first year will comprise mainly music units of study. Please consult the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Handbook for information on your unit choice

Visit CUSP to find the relevant course program and list of units of study for your enrolment.

Project management students

Students undertaking a Bachelor of Project Management will need to choose a stream from Civil Engineering Science, Software or Built Environment when enrolling. Please research these options prior to enrolling.

If you are enrolling in a combined engineering/project management degree, you will need to select a stream of engineering when enrolling. You must have achieved the required ATAR of your selected engineering stream.

IT students

The information technologies degrees have two streams, Computer Science and Information Systems. However, you don’t have to select one of these at enrolment.

If you choose, you can replace the Normal Maths units (MATH100x) with Fundamental Maths units (MATH101x).

If you are enrolling in the Bachelor of Computer Science or the Bachelor of Information Technology, you will have two free elective subjects in Year 1 (one per semester).

Visit CUSP to find the course program and list of units of study for your enrolment.