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Bachelor of Engineering Honours with Space Engineering Major

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Revolutionise the next generation of space exploration. An innovative program, the Space Engineering major covers all space-related activities, from ground operations to the design and construction of orbital bodies and explorative spacecraft. You will learn to tackle nature's most unforgiving environment in a dynamic and continually evolving industry.

Available to students in aeronautical, mechanical and mechatronic engineering streams in the Bachelor of Engineering Honours, the space engineering major is taught by leading experts in aerospace design and development. You will study all facets of space engineering, including orbital mechanics, space vehicles, groundstation infrastructure, space avionics and space robotics.

Complementing the knowledge and experience of your primary engineering stream, this major will develop an extensive understanding of the space environment through four specialised units of study. In these units you will learn to generate solutions to diverse space engineering challenges, including designing optimal satellite orbits and spacecraft mechanics. You will also build technical and teamwork skills through the construction of a mock satellite, and can choose to compete internationally in rocket-building and satellite-launching competitions.

As a rapidly advancing and innovative field, the knowledge and experiences you gain within the space engineering major will equip you for a career across the aerospace, defence, environmental and research industries. This program offers global opportunities to design and build the interplanetary spacecraft that don't exist yet.

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What you'll study

Your study plan will depend on which stream of Engineering you select:

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course.

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.


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 Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) 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. The program 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 course also offers one-year exchange programs with universities in Europe, Asia and North America.


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.

Career Pathways

As a space engineer you'll have the best of both worlds: knowlege and experience of your main degree stream as well as a specialised understanding of the space environment. Along with career options from your chosen stream, you can apply your specialised knowledge of the space environment to careers in the aerospace, defence, environmental and research sectors.

Future study options

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.

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