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Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) combined degree will develop your engineering expertise alongside the critical insights and research skills offered by the sciences.

It will emphasise the strong scientific foundations of engineering and expand your career options by giving you two qualifications with just one extra year of study.

You can combine any engineering streams (AeronauticalBiomedicalChemical and BiomolecularCivilElectricalMechanicalMechatronic, and Software) with a Bachelor of Science (Medical Science). You will gain technical expertise alongside analytical and research skills to lead innovation across continually evolving industries. In addition to your engineering stream, you will also gain foundational knowledge and research skills in medical science, biomedicine and bioinformatics.

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 Science (Medical Science) provides an essential foundation in the structure and function of the human body, from molecules through to whole systems. Core units will ensure you develop a breadth of knowledge across fields such as anatomy, cellular and molecular biochemistry, human physiology, immunobiology, infectious diseases, pharmacology and microbiology, and you will have the opportunity to specialise in senior units.

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 a program in Medical Science for this stream, including a Medical Science major.

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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 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 Science (Medical Science) 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  Human Biology Chemistry 1A
  2 Mathematics Computing Engineering Stream unit From Molecules to Ecosystems
2 1 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit
3 1 Engineering Stream unit Key Concepts in Physiology Key Concepts in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  2 Engineering Stream unit Microbes, Infection and Immunity Human Anatomy and Histology OLE
4 1 Engineering Project Engineering Stream unit Medical Science Selective OLE
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Medical Science Interdisciplinary Project Medical Science Selective
5 1 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Medical Science Selective Engineering Stream Elective or Science Table A or Table S
  2 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream Elective or Science 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 science programs or areas studied.

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 Science both offer 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 science 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 (Medical Science), 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 & prospects

Career pathways

  • Medical researcher
  • Prosthetist
  • Doctor (with further study)
  • Dentist (with further study)
  • Medical device designer
  • Microbiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical device designer
  • 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
  • Policy making
  • Business development
  • Medicinal chemists
  • Humanitarian aid and disaster relief
  • Consulting
Future study options

The faculty 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 completion of the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) eligible candidates may proceed to enrol in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies to complete an honours year, or to the Graduate Diploma in Science in some areas of study. Both serve as pathways to higher degrees by research in the sciences at the University of Sydney. The Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) also provides for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs.

Domestic students

International students

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