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Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Science combined degree emphasises the strong scientific foundations of engineering. It will develop your engineering expertise alongside the critical insights and research methods offered by the sciences. 

You can combine any engineering streams (AeronauticalBiomedicalChemical and BiomolecularCivilElectricalMechanicalMechatronic, and Software) with a Bachelor of Science. You will develop an extensive knowledge of your chosen engineering stream along with technical 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.

Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Science emphasises fundamental principles and discovery research underpinned by critical thinking and analytical capabilities. You can major in one area of science, with elective units allowing you the flexibility to explore different branches and interests. We offer more than 50 study areas, taking you from the nanoscale to the cosmic, from biological to physical and chemical processes as well as preventing diseases in humans, animals and plants.

You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications. With a range of exciting career options across the commercial and government sectors, there are enormous opportunities to lead the next wave of innovation and development.

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 Science.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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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 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 Science major unit
  2 Mathematics Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Science major unit
2 1 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Science major unit
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Science major unit
3 1 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S) OLE
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Science major unit OLE
4 1 Engineering Project Engineering Stream unit Science major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S)
  2 Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream unit Science major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S)
5 1 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Science major unit  Engineering Stream Elective or Science Table A or Table S
  2 Thesis Engineering Stream unit Engineering Stream Elective or Science Table A or Table S Elective (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 areas or programs 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 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, 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

Our engineering graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including all branches of engineering, such as:

  • Aircraft design
  • Biomedical design
  • Water and resource management
  • Humanitarian aid and disaster relief
  • Electrical device design
  • Mental health and safety 
  • Medical software developer
  • Entomologist
  • Geophysicists
  • Mathematicians
  • Nanoscientists
  • Plant geneticists
  • Soil scientists
  • Medicinal chemists
  • Food technologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Science writers
  • Environmental policy
  • Food security
  • Agriculture
  • Patent offices
  • Quality control
  • Medical laboratories
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, 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, as pathways to higher degrees by research in the sciences at Sydney. The Bachelor of Science also provides for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs.

Domestic students

International students

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