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Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce combined degree offers extensive knowledge of your chosen engineering stream complemented by a strong grounding in business. You will gain technical, analytical and practical skills, understand the process of commercialisation, and learn to manage innovative projects.

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

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 Commerce combines business theory with practice, giving you a solid grounding in areas such as finance, accounting, economics and business statistics. You will be exposed to real-world business cases and experiences drawn from our wide network of Australian and international business partners. The program also allows you to tailor your degree by completing a commerce major.

You can finish this combined degree in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With a wide range of career options spanning the commercial and public sectors, there are vast opportunities for you to shape a unique career.

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 Commerce.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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English language proficiency

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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

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.

Standard 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 Commerce 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 World 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 Future of Business
  2 Mathematics Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Quantitative Business Analysis
2 1 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Accounting, Business and Society
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Commerce major unit
3 1 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Leading and Influencing in Business Commerce major unit
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Commerce major unit OLE
4 1 Engineering Project Engineering Stream unit Commerce major unit OLE
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Commerce major unit Elective (Arts Table A or Table S)
5 1 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Commerce major unit Elective (Arts Table A or Table S)
  2 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Commerce major unit Commerce major unit

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.

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 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 and commerce 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 completed, Bachelor of Commerce graduates may be eligible for accreditation as professional accountants with the CPA, ICAA; business information systems professionals with the Australian Computer Society (ACS); or as professional members of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Prescribed units of study must be undertaken in specific majors to meet accreditation requirements.

Student profile

Irena Tyan

"The best part about studying and learning online has been the wonderful support network I’ve experienced. Staff and my fellow students have been eager to support one another, and I feel that both lecturers and students have gone above and beyond. During this online learning period, it has been immensely valuable to me."

Irina Tyan
Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical) and Bachelor of Commerce

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

  • Accountant
  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Business analysts
  • Engineering consultant
  • Tech startups
  • Chemical and biomolecular engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Economist
  • Electrical engineer
  • Financial specialist
  • Industrial relations and human resources specialist
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing executives
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Mechatronic engineer
  • Software engineer
Future study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering and computer science 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. The postgraduate programs available in commerce draw on the strengths of the University of Sydney Business School to assist students to develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for a high-level position in industry, commerce, and government. Our Masters degrees and Graduate Diplomas offer specialised education in one or two of the following areas: accounting, banking, business and security, business and society, business decision sciences, business information systems, business law, business statistics, economics, entrepreneurship, employment relations and human resource management, finance, governance, international business, marketing, organisational analysis and strategy, quantitative finance, strategic management, supply chain and logistics management, taxation and transport management.

Domestic students

International students

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