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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Dalyell Scholars) provides access to a suite of enrichment opportunities and distinctive units of study that cultivate a sophisticated understanding of your chosen engineering stream.

Designed for students who demonstrate outstanding academic ability, it replaces the University of Sydney’s Advanced Engineering and offers greater opportunities to excel and new real-world challenges to conquer. 

Exclusive to high achieving students (ATAR of 98+), the program is designed to equip you with those highly-valued skills by enriching your learning experience with leadership training, travel opportunities and mentoring from academics and experienced engineers.

Through these experiences you’ll develop professional skills such as communication, teamwork and project management, enhancing your employability prospects and embarking you on a promising career in engineering or computing.

As part of your 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.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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 (February) 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 - 15 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 25 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 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To complete the Bachelor of Engineering Honours you must undertake 192 credit points (cp) worth of units (ie, subjects), which will take 4 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 course structure will depend on which stream you choose to study.

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

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP) - see Work Component section.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Mathematics Computing Introduction to Stream Stream unit
  2 Mathematics Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
2 1 Multidisciplinary Engineering Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
  2 Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit Dalyell unit
3 1 Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
  2 Interdisciplinary Engineering Stream unit Stream unit Stream unit
4 1 Thesis A Stream unit Stream unit Dalyell unit
  2 Thesis B Stream unit Open elective Open elective

Assumed knowledge

Refer to relevant engineering stream.

Applying for honours

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

Admission criteria

Admission as a Dalyell scholar is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) with an ATAR  of 98 or equivalent, or the first year of full time study in a bachelor's degree with an average mark of 80 or equivalent.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors. To be considered for admission as a Dalyell scholar via an admission pathway, as a guide, the following minimum ATARs are required:

  • minimum ATAR of 95 for Broadway, E12 and Future Leaders applicants
  • minimum ATAR of 90 for Cadigal (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) applicants

For details, visit admission pathways.


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

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

As a Dalyell Scholar, you will complete distinctive Dalyell units and have access to enrichment opportunities that you can tailor to your needs.

These include accelerated study options, additional senior level units of study from outside your primary discipline, mentoring and professional skills development, and global mobility experience.  

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 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.

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • Project management
  • Public and private sectors
  • Civil and construction
  • Humanitarian aid and disaster recovery
  • Water and resource management
  • Robotics
  • Transport and logistics
  • Agribusiness
  • Renewable energy
  • Medical device manufacturing
Future study options

The Faculty of Engineering offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research in a range of different engineering and computer science disciplines.

The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

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