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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this specialisation

Our Engineering specialisation is designed to address the multifaceted and complex nature of engineering.

For instance, modern day civil infrastructure is growing more interconnected, our roads are reliant on our power systems which are dependent on data networks.

Extreme weather events demonstrate the vulnerability of Australia's transport systems to cascading failure, which often originate in a supporting network like electricity supply or communication.

When and how do failures cascade? When, how and where is it best to intervene to retain and restore power grid and/or transport system functionality?

Graduate opportunities

As a graduate of our Engineering specialisation, you will possess the knowledge to pursue a career as a systems engineer or architect, vulnerability analyst, or research and development manager.

You will have the skills to analyse the dynamics of failure in a diverse range of industries under different demand and stress levels, and component failures and human error scenarios, while developing prevention and intervention strategies.

Other career options lie in integrated logistics support; business process re-engineering analysis; hardware'software integration; management of 'crowd dynamics' (safe and efficient movement of people in built and complex environments); as well as in designing various social dynamics, crowdsourcing activities and collaborative innovation networks (COINs).

Career pathways
Courses that offer this major

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Courses that offer this specialisation

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