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Overview

Our Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Arts combined degree allows you to study engineering while pursuing your interests in the humanities, social sciences or languages. You can combine any of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours streams with a Bachelor of Arts.

In this program you can combine any of the engineering streams (AeronauticalBiomedicalChemical and BiomolecularCivilElectricalMechanicalMechatronic, and Software) with studies in arts. In addition to your engineering stream, you will complete one major in any area of arts.

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.

Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Arts develops the invaluable critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills needed to tackle the world's most pressing challenges. You can explore your interests while developing all-round professional capabilities.

The University offers more than 15 languages at beginner or advanced level, along with choices in 45 other areas of study. You can delve into archaeology, gender and culture, financial economics, politics and international relations, literature, social policy and Asian, European or Indigenous studies among many other subjects.

You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With diverse opportunities across the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, you will be ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, design and development.

Bachelor of Arts majors include:

American Studies Indigenous Studies
Ancient Greek Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Ancient History Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) International Relations
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) Italian Studies (Introductory)
Archaeology Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Art History Italian Studies (Advanced)
Asian Studies Japanese Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Japanese Studies (Advanced)
Chinese studies (Advanced) Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Criminology Korean Studies (Introductory)
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Advanced)
Econometrics Korean Studies (Heritage Speaker)
Economic Policy Latin
Economics Linguistics
English Modern Greek Studies (Introductory)
Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics Modern Greek Studies (Intermediate)
European Studies Modern Greek Studies (Advanced)
Film Studies Music
Financial Economics Philosophy
French and Francophone Studies (Introductory) Political Economy
French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate) Politics
French and Francophone Studies (Advanced) Socio-Legal Studies
Gender Studies Sociology
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory) Studies in Religion
Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate) Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced) Visual Arts
History  

 

Important information for students commencing in 2021

As part of our continual effort to improve our academic offering, we are making some exciting changes to the Bachelor of Engineering Honours.

What’s changing?

Taking effect Semester 1, 2021, students in the Bachelor Engineering Honours will undertake enhanced foundation studies in data and computation, and a sequence of real-world project units throughout their degree, which will enable them to apply technical knowledge in practice.

Why are we changing?

The future of work is increasingly dynamic and digital. These changes have been made in response to the rapid advancements in computational tools and the utilisation of rich data in engineering practice. They will ensure our students continue to graduate job-ready and at the forefront of engineering innovation.

What does this mean in practice?

Degree and stream names will remain unchanged, however, from 2021, specialisations will replace majors. We have created a number of new exciting specialisations to choose from. There is however, no change to the graduate outcomes or to the duration of the degree.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the faculty majors listing for the Bachelor of Arts.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To complete the combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Arts you must undertake 240 credit points (cp) worth of units (ie, subjects), which will take 5 years of full-time study.

A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. Full-time students normally enrol in 48 cp worth of units each year.

Your detailed course structure will depend on which stream of engineering you choose to study.

  • Aeronautical
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical and Biomolecular
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronic
  • Software

All engineering streams include mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP) - see Work Component section.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 200 hours.

The work component must be completed as part of the award requirements and is undertaken as part of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP).

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).

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Mathematics Engineering Project  Computing Arts major unit
  2 Mathematics Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Arts major unit
2 1 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Arts major unit
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Arts major unit
3 1 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Elective (Arts Table A or Table S)) OLE
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Arts major unit OLE
4 1 Engineering Project Engineering Stream unit Arts major unit Elective (Arts Table A or Table S)
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Arts major unit Elective (Arts Table A or Table S)
5 1 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Arts major: Industry and Community Project Elective (Arts Table A or Table S)
  2 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Elective (Arts Table A or Table S) Elective (Arts Table A or Table S)

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.

Other assumed knowledge depends on the Arts subject areas chosen. Most Arts subject areas require no previous knowledge.

Applying for honours

This course has an integrated Honours program, with all students undertaking an Engineering research thesis in the final year. 

Admission criteria

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

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 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.

Arts students are encouraged to become members of professional associations concerned with their areas of study. Association membership for students is often heavily discounted and provides rewarding benefits including networking opportunities and event information.

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

  • Bilingual engineer working abroad
  • Engineering policy
  • Market research
  • Multinational engineering firms
  • Robotics
  • Building design
  • Disaster recovery
  • Aeronautical
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical and biomolecular
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronic
  • Software
  • Policy analysts
  • Transport and logistics
Future study options

The Faculty of Engineering 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. Following the completion of the Bachelor of Arts eligible candidates may proceed to enrol in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies to complete an honours year, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Our master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects that prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

International students

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