Space Engineering Major


Combining key areas including orbital mechanics, space vehicles, ground station infrastructure, space avionics and space robotics, the space engineering major at Sydney is the only program of its kind offered in Australia.

You must meet the specific entry requirements to enrol in this major. It is available primarily within the Aeronautical, Mechanical or Mechatronic streams of the Bachelor of Engineering and associated combined degrees.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Space Engineering Major

This major is available only to approved students based on admission pathway, or through internal approval.
Achievement of a major in Space Engineering requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective units
(ii) 6 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iv) 6 credit points of 4000-level core units
(v) 12 credit points of 4000-level project units
(vi) 12 credit points of 3000-level and higher selective units of study

Units of Study

Core units
Space Engineering 1
6    A ENGG1801. First Year Maths and basic MATLAB programming skills.
P (AERO1560 OR MECH1560 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1800) AND (MATH1001 OR MATH1021 OR MATH1901 OR MATH1921 OR MATH1906 OR MATH1931) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023 OR MATH1903 OR MATH1923). Entry to this unit requires that students are eligible for the Space Engineering Major.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
Space Engineering 2
6    P Students must have a 65% average in (AMME2500 AND AMME2261 AND AMME2301 AND AERO2705) OR (AMME2500 AND AMME2301 AND MTRX2700 AND AERO2705). Note: MUST have passed AERO2705
Semester 2
Space Engineering 3
6    P [65% average in (AERO3460 AND AERO3360 AND AERO3560 AND AERO3760) OR (MECH3660 AND MECH3261 AND MECH3361 AND AERO3760) OR (MECH3660 AND AMME3500 AND MTRX3700 AND AERO3760)] AND [Must have passed AERO3760]. Students must have achieved a 65% average mark in 3rd year for enrolment in this unit.
Semester 1
1000-level units of study
Selective units
Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
6    N ENGG1800 OR MECH1560 OR MTRX1701 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1960
Semester 1
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines
6    N CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR MECH1560 OR AERO1560 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1960
Semester 1
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
6    N AERO1560 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1800 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1960

Limited Places due to TAFE component. Department Permission required for non-BE(Mech) students.
Semester 1
Introduction to Mechatronic Engineering
6    N MECH1560 OR ENGG1800 OR AERO1560 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1960
Semester 1
4000-level units of study
Project units
Thesis A
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level units of study
N AMME4010 or AMME4122 or AMME4121

Prospective students in Thesis A are expected to have consulted with supervisors and selected a topic of interest at the end of third year, guided by the advertised list of suggested thesis topics and supervisors. Availability of topics is limited and students should undertake to speak with prospective supervisors as soon as possible. Students who are unable to secure a supervisor and topic will be allocated a supervisor by the unit coordinator. Alternatively, students may do a thesis with a supervisor in industry or in another university department. In this case, the student must also find a second supervisor within the School of AMME.
Semester 1
Semester 2
Thesis B
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level units of study
N AMME4121 or AMME4010 or AMME4122
Semester 1
Semester 2
3000/4000/5000-level units of study
Selective units
Aerodynamics 2
6    P AMME2200 OR AMME2261
Semester 1
Aerospace Structures 2
6    A AERO3465
P AERO3360
Semester 1
Flight Mechanics 2
6    A AMME2500 develops the basic principles of engineering mechanics and system dynamics that underpin this course. AERO3560 Flight Mechanics 1 develops the specifics of aircraft flight dynamics and stability. AMME3500 Systems control covers basic system theory and control system synthesis techniques.
P AERO3560 and AMME3500
Semester 2
Space Engineering (Advanced)
6    P (AERO3760 AND AERO4701) OR AERO9760

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems
6    A AERO1560, AERO1400, AMME2700, AERO3460, AERO3560, AERO3260, AERO3261 and AERO4460.
P (AERO3260 OR AERO9260) AND (AERO3460 OR AERO9460) AND (AERO3360 OR AERO9360) AND (AERO3560 OR AERO9560)
Semester 2
Engineering Methods
6    P AMME2000 OR MATH2067 OR (MATH2061 AND MATH2065) OR MATH2021
Semester 2
Computer Vision and Image Processing
6    A The unit assumes that students have strong skills in MATLAB.
P MTRX3700 OR MECH4720 OR MECH5720
Semester 2
Computational Fluid Dynamics
6    A Partial differential equations; Finite difference methods; Taylor series; Basic fluid mechanics including pressure, velocity, boundary layers, separated and recirculating flows. Basic computer programming skills.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Vibration and Acoustics
6    P (AMME2301 OR AMME9301) AND (AMME2200 OR AMME2261 OR AMME9261) AND (AMME2500 OR AMME9500)
Semester 2
Advanced Control and Optimisation
6    A Strong understanding of feedback control systems, specifically in the area of system modelling and control design in the frequency domain.
P AMME3500 OR AMME9501 or AMME8501
Semester 1
Introduction to Biomechatronics
6    A Knowledge in mechanical and electronic engineering; adequate maths and applied maths skills; background knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology; Some programming capability: MATLAB, C, C++, software tools used by engineers including CAD and EDA packages.
P (MECH3921 OR BMET3921) OR MTRX3700 OR (AMME5921 OR BMET5921)
N AMME4790

AMME5790 is the last in a series of practical Mechatronic and Electrical courses taken over three years. It takes these engineering concepts, along with the associated mathematical, electronic and mechanical theory and applies this knowledge to a series of practical, albeit specialised biomechatronic applications that will be encountered by Mechatronic Engineers who enter this broad field on graduation.
Semester 2
Crash Analysis and Design
6    A Computer Aided Drafting, Basic FEA principles and Solid Mechanics

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
6    A Students are expected to be familiar with the basic laws of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
P (MECH3260 AND MECH3261) OR MECH9260 or MECH8260
Semester 2
Advanced Engineering Materials
6    P MECH3362 OR MECH9362 or MECH8362
N MECH4310
Semester 1
Sensors and Signals
6    A Strong MATLAB skills
P MTRX3700
N MECH4720
Semester 2
Experimental Robotics
6    A Knowledge of statics and dynamics, rotation matrices, programming and some electronic and mechanical design experience is assumed.
P (AMME3500 OR AMME9501 or AMME8501) AND MTRX3700
Semester 1