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Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Science (Health)

Combine engineering expertise with the critical insights of health science

Two qualifications in just five years

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Excellence in engineering and science education

  • Top 60

    Ranked 56th globally for engineering and technology by the 2019 QS University Rankings by Subject by Subject

  • Top 25

    Ranked 23rd globally for life sciences and medicine by the 2019 QS University Rankings by Subject

Overview

Succeed in today's dynamic world by developing engineering expertise alongside the critical insights and research skills offered by the health sciences. This combined degree emphasises the strong scientific foundations of engineering. It will expand your career options by giving you two qualifications with just one extra year of study.

You can combine any engineering streams (Aeronautical, Biomedical, Chemical and Biomolecular, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic, and Software) with a Bachelor of Science (Health). You will develop an extensive knowledge of your chosen stream along with technical, analytical and research skills to lead innovation across continually evolving industries.

As part of your engineering degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection and extra-curricular activities throughout your degree.

The Bachelor of Science (Health) provides a thorough grounding in health and health systems at the local, national and global levels. You will graduate with the ability to navigate the complexity of health in different sociocultural, political and economic contexts, and develop core skills in critical thinking, complex problem-solving, communication and empathy. You will complete a major in health with core units in areas such as human biology, psychology and eHealth, and gain broad knowledge of healthcare and its latest developments before specialising in your area of interest and pursuing an optional second major.

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What you'll study

A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points, with a maximum of 48 credit points during the first year. Students undertake an Honours thesis in the final year.

There are eight engineering streams to choose from. Your study plan will depend on which stream and what, if any, majors you choose to study:

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP). The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

  • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Science (Health)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Mathematics
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Integrated Engineering 1 Mathematics
2 1 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Introduction to Health and Health Care Human Biology
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Psychology 1002 Society and Health
Integrated Engineering 2 (2 credit points)
3 1 Research Methods in Health Health: Interdisciplinary unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S) OLE
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Innovations in eHealth
4 1 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Health: Project unit OLE
(Integrated Engineering 3 (2 credit points)
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Health elective Health elective
5 1 Thesis Engineering stream core Elective (Science Table A or Table S) Engineering specialist elective or (Science Table A or Table S)
Integrated Engineering 4 (2 credit points)
  2 Thesis Engineering stream core Engineering specialist elective or (Science Table A or Table S)  

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics and/or Chemistry. For the Human Movement major: Chemistry, Mathematics

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are available for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

In addition to your Professional Engagement Program (PEP) commitments, there are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Depending upon the major or majors undertaken within the Bachelor of Science (Health), the degree offers professional recognition by a range of government and non-government organisations. See the information on each of the majors available for further details.

Career Pathways

  • corporate health
  • disability and ageing management
  • global health research and policy analyst
  • hospital management
  • information services management
  • mental health and safety
  • software engineer
  • web development and management 
  • medical software developer
  • health promotion
  • hospital administration
  • policy making
  • project and case management
  • consulting
  • logistics and procurement
  • health insurance
  • business development
  • marketing
  • public relations
  • medicinal chemists
  • food technologist 
  • humanitarian aid and disaster relief
  • consulting
Future study options

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 and IT disciplines. We offer a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. Our postgraduate coursework and research is focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics. Following completion of the Bachelor of Science (Health), eligible candidates may proceed to an additional honours year, or to the Graduate Diploma in Science in some areas of study, as pathways to higher degrees by research in the health sciences at Sydney. The BSc(Health) also provides for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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 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, 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, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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.

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