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Bachelor of Engineering Honours with Space Engineering Major (2020 entry)

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Revolutionise the next generation of space exploration. An innovative program, the Space Engineering major covers all space-related activities, from ground operations to the design and construction of orbital bodies and explorative spacecraft. You will learn to tackle nature's most unforgiving environment in a dynamic and continually evolving industry.

Available to students in aeronautical, mechanical and mechatronic engineering streams in the Bachelor of Engineering Honours, the space engineering major is taught by leading experts in aerospace design and development. You will study all facets of space engineering, including orbital mechanics, space vehicles, groundstation infrastructure, space avionics and space robotics.

Complementing the knowledge and experience of your primary engineering stream, this major will develop an extensive understanding of the space environment through four specialised units of study. In these units you will learn to generate solutions to diverse space engineering challenges, including designing optimal satellite orbits and spacecraft mechanics. You will also build technical and teamwork skills through the construction of a mock satellite, and can choose to compete internationally in rocket-building and satellite-launching competitions.

As a rapidly advancing and innovative field, the knowledge and experiences you gain within the space engineering major will equip you for a career across the aerospace, defence, environmental and research industries. This program offers global opportunities to design and build the interplanetary spacecraft that don't exist yet.

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.

The engineering streams that best align with this major are Aeronautical, Mechanical and Mechatronic.

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What you'll study

A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points, with a maximum of 48 credit points during the first year. Students undertake an Honours thesis in the final year.

There are eight engineering streams to choose from. The streams that best align with this major and detailed course structures are:

This course includes mandatory completion of the 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).

Work component

This course has a mandatory work component totalling 200 hours that must be completed as part of the award requirements for the degree. The work compoment is undertaken as part of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP).

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Engineering Honours with Space Engineering Major

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Integrated Engineering 1 Mathematics
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering specialist elective Mathematics
2 1 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering specialist elective
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Space Engineering 1
Integrated Engineering 2 (2 credit points)
3 1 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core
Integrated Engineering 3 (2 credit points)
  2 Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Engineering stream core Space Engineering 2
4 1 Thesis Engineering specialist elective Space major unit Space Engineering 3
Integrated Engineering 4 (2 credit points)
  2 Thesis Space major unit Engineering specialist elective  

More detail is available on the Course and Unit Study Portal.

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.

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.


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 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

  • Space industry
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Defence
  • Environmental sectors
  • Civil aviation safety
  • Space vehicle engineer
  • Aircraft engineer
  • Navigation systems engineer
  • Rocket combustion engineer
  • Consultancy


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.

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