Interested in design, technology and innovation? Our respected Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is one of the most comprehensive in Australia and will put you at the forefront of both established and emerging engineering disciplines.

  • The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a four-year program that will prepare you for a career as an engineer. Depending on your choice of major, you might work anywhere from infrastructure and hospitals to energy and software.
  • Choose one major, dual major or extended major from 18 different options. UQ is home to the largest number of engineering disciplines in Australia. For more information – see the Majors tab.
  • Undertake a flexible first year, where you can mix and match introductory courses from across the majors to see what you like best. If you prefer, you can also enrol directly in your chosen major from day one.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification, with advanced knowledge and skills that will set you apart in a competitive job market, prove your leadership material, and provide a pathway to future research or learning.

As a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) student, you'll be surrounded by creative, bright and inspiring people in one of the best engineering schools in the world.

  • In the classroom

    Flexible first year

    From Week 1 of your first year, you'll be introduced to the many flavours of engineering and undertake hands-on engineering design, physical prototyping and modelling projects.

  • Teaching spaces

    State-of-the-art learning spaces

    St Lucia campus is home to the $135 million Advanced Engineering Building – a state-of-the-art facility that combines teaching and research spaces. There's also a First Year Engineering Learning Centre and the Extension Learning Centre for all engineering students.

  • Employability

    Industry engagement

    You need to complete a minimum of 60 days professional practice during your engineering studies. We maintain a strong engagement program with organisations including Boeing, Deloitte, Energex, Ernst and Young, Google, Lend Lease, the Queensland Government, and Rio Tinto.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The Faculty of Engineering was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. Our engineering academics also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means our research is internationally significant.

Majors for this program

There are 18 majors available in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, strong critical and analytical skills, and professional readiness.

Because engineering offers such a diversity of career options, our graduates can be found working everywhere from office-based software engineering jobs in city centres, to oil rigs in remote locations, or infrastructure projects around the world.

They work in a wide range of specialties including aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, mining and software. The specific roles or industries graduates work in largely depends on their majors.

Other graduates choose to enrol in postgraduate programs, where they continue developing their skills and knowledge.

  • Diversity

    We're a diverse bunch

    UQ is the leading choice for women in engineering in Australia and hosts more than 1000 international students from 120 different countries.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations like the Engineering Undergraduate Society, the Civil Engineering Student Association, and UQ Skirts provide plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B, plus one of Physics or Chemistry. Both Chemistry and Physics, and Mathematics C are recommended.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Completion of 60 days of Engineering Professional Practice to satisfy the requirements of Engineers Australia.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Engineers Australia

While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Chemical Engineering / Extended

Chemical engineers invent, design, and manage processes that transform raw materials into valuable products by using their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics. Their work must be safe, economical and environmentally sound. As a chemical engineer you'll work in a rapidly changing profession at the forefront of fields such as molecular biology, nanomaterials, chemistry, physics, mathematics and information technology. You'll design both products and processes, and make things like petrol, plastics, instant coffee, pharmaceuticals and artificial blood on a commercial scale. ?

Career outcomes

Chemical engineers work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. They work in areas including: • Environmental protection, management and safety • Natural resource utilisation and the energy sector • Chemical, petroleum and petrochemical industries • Biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries • Computer-aided process and control engineering • Advanced materials design and manufacture • Minerals processing and related industries • Food processing and biotechnology • Product design and development

Chemical and Biological Engineering (Dual major)

Chemical and Biological Engineering, or bioengineering, combines chemical engineering with additional knowledge of how to engineer biological systems at a molecular, cellular and tissue level. Bioengineers typically design and produce biomolecules, cell-based products and tissues, and work in a broad range of industries and with a broad range of products, from renewable fuels and plastics to biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. Bioengineering at UQ is offered in conjunction with chemical engineering and our graduates are fully accredited as chemical engineers. This is because in the workplace, bioengineers often have to step into traditional chemical engineering roles to help organisations and industries make the transition from chemical to biological processes.

Career outcomes

Chemical and biological engineers work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. They work in areas including:

  • Environmental protection, management and safety
  • Biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceuticals industries
  • Advanced materials design and manufacture
  • Minerals processing and related industries
  • Food processing
  • Product design and development

Graduates are also in demand for design, operations and management positions. There are also jobs in industry research and development, or, with further study, academic positions in biological engineering.

Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Dual major)

Chemical and Environmental engineers are accredited chemical engineers who have additional technical skills in waste management and resource recovery, water treatment and sustainable-energy systems. They use these skills to achieve cleaner production performance and to assess the long-term effects of proposed products, processes and developments. As a Chemical and Environmental engineer, you'll apply, assess and communicate a wide range of approaches to the development of sustainable systems, including indicators of sustainability and different methods of community consultation and engagement. You'll have specialist skills in modelling and in analytical measurement in laboratory and field/industrial settings, including basic sampling design and data analysis.

Career outcomes

Chemical and environmental engineers work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. They work in areas including:

  • Environmental protection, management and safety
  • Natural resource utilisation and the energy sector
  • Chemical, petroleum and petrochemical industries
  • Biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceuticals industries
  • Computer-aided process and control engineering
  • Advanced materials design and manufacture
  • Minerals processing and related industries
  • Food processing
  • Product design and development

Chemical and environmental engineers are particularly sought after to work in the water, waste management, resource recovery, energy and sustainable practice sectors.

Chemical and Materials Engineering (Dual major)

Chemical and Materials engineering combines chemical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering. Materials engineering is concerned with the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials – metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites – give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities. Materials engineers apply their knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product. They work across a broad range of industries on everything from your phone screen and running shoes to aircraft wings and artificial skin.

Career outcomes

As a Chemical and Materials Engineering graduate, you'll have all the employment opportunities of a chemical engineer, as well as further possibilities as a materials engineer. Chemical engineers work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. They work in areas including:

  • Environmental protection, management and safety
  • Natural resource utilisation and the energy sector
  • Chemical, petroleum and petrochemical industries
  • Biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries
  • Computer-aided process and control engineering
  • Advanced materials design and manufacture
  • Minerals processing and related industries
  • Food processing and biotechnology
  • Product design and development

Materials engineers are usually employed in the materials processing and manufacturing sectors, including the automobile, whitegoods, steel, aluminium and polymer industries. Employment can also be found in biomedicine and electronics, as well as in energy and heavy industries.

Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (Dual major)

The dual major in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering provides an excellent broad education in chemical engineering and specialist skills in metallurgy courses. Metallurgical engineers play a key role in ensuring a sustainable society. Almost everything in the material world – including our major energy sources – is derived from minerals, or recycled metals and materials. Metallurgical engineers develop, design and carry out sustainable processes that transform raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products. As a metallurgical engineer, you'll also design metal parts, solve problems and work on major, high-tech projects with prospects for international travel. Metallurgical engineers often work closely with mining engineers.

Career outcomes

As a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering graduate, you'll have all the employment opportunities of a chemical engineer, as well as further possibilities as a metallurgical engineer. Chemical engineers work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. They work in areas including:

  • Environmental protection, management and safety
  • Natural resource utilisation and the energy sector
  • Chemical, petroleum and petrochemical industries
  • Biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries
  • Computer-aided process and control engineering
  • Advanced materials design and manufacture
  • Minerals processing and related industries
  • Food processing and biotechnology

Product design and development Metallurgical engineers are usually employed in production operations, engineering design, consultancies, laboratories, marketing, finance and commerce, and in research and development.

Civil Engineering / Extended

As a civil engineer, you'll be an expert in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of major infrastructure and built environments. Civil engineers work on everything from buildings, bridges, roads and harbours to dams, airports, utility supply and public health, and create beautiful and sustainable facilities that are designed to meet the needs of society. Civil engineers understand how natural phenomena behave and solve environmental and technical problems relating to how water flows, how waves break, how rivers can be controlled, how rainfall and wind effects can be measured, and how buildings can resist loads. In the civil engineering major, you can study in areas including structural engineering, hydraulic engineering, transportation engineering, geomechanics, hydrology, construction, coastal engineering and economics.

Career outcomes

Civil engineers can find work across the private and public sectors. In both Australia and overseas, civil engineers typically work in:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Construction and urban development companies
  • Mining companies
  • Research establishments

They provide expert services to clients, including financial and technical advice, and undertake the planning, coordination and technical development of projects, often from concept through to completion.

Civil and Environmental Engineering (Dual major)

The Civil and Environmental Engineering dual major is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to design and build tomorrow’s integrated, multi-centred sustainable cities. In both the developed and developing world, new technologies and engineering solutions are needed for sustainable development. Many advanced economies have recognised the urgency of finding these solutions and are developing new “sustainable infrastructure” research initiatives. The Civil and Environmental Engineering major is made up of core courses from the Civil Engineering major and specialist environmental-systems engineering courses, which equip you with everything you need to address complex, international and multidisciplinary problems.

Career outcomes

Civil and environmental engineers can find work across the private and public sectors. In both Australia and overseas, civil and environmental engineers typically work in:

  • Federal, state and local government
  • Environmental agencies
  • Water agencies and utility providers
  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Construction and urban development companies
  • Mining companies

Research and development Civil and Environmental Engineers also develop sustainable buildings and precincts, create energy-efficient rapid transit systems and provide populations with water and energy security.

Civil and Geotechnical Engineering (Dual major)

The Civil and Geotechnical Engineering major combines studies in civil engineering with additional specialist study and project work in geotechnical engineering. This specialisation incorporates soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology, and will equip you with the expertise to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems involving earth materials. Civil and geotechnical engineers typically work on projects involving roads, landslides, pile foundations, excavations, spillways, tunnels and mining. The Civil and Geotechnical Engineering dual major is supported by a range of industry partners and you'll learn from experts working in civil and geotechnical engineering.

Career outcomes

Civil and geotechnical engineers work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. They can usually be found working for:

  • Civil and geotechnical engineering consultants
  • Mining companies
  • Civil and mining contractors

Civil and geotechnical engineers can also work in design, operation, management, research and consulting, both in Australia and overseas.

Electrical Engineering / Extended

Electrical engineering is concerned with the design, construction, operation and maintenance of electronics and electrical energy infrastructure. Electrical engineers typically work on projects involving power generation and distribution; electrical installations in major building and mining projects; communications infrastructure; aerospace and defence systems; medical imaging systems; and industrial and scientific instrumentation and control. The Electrical Engineering major prepares you to work in challenging and innovative environments, where you'll design state-of-the-art products for a number of different industries. The major puts a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on experience, while also developing your research and problem-solving skills through an individual research project in your fourth year.

Career outcomes

Electrical engineers work in a wide range of organisations, industries and companies. They work in areas including:

  • Telecommunications
  • Signal and image processing
  • Robotics and intelligent systems
  • Computer systems engineering
  • Electric power generation transmission and distribution
  • Biomedical engineering, including biomedical imaging and signal processing for biomedical applications
  • Mining and transport
  • Power generation and transmission
  • Defence

Many of our graduates also go on to establish their own companies quite early in their careers.

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (Dual major)

The Electrical and Biomedical Engineering major combines studies in electrical engineering with additional specialist study and project work in bioengineering. Biomedical engineering bridges the gap between technology, medicine and biology. It integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences and engineering principles with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare through advanced technology. From your first year, the dual major in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering builds foundational knowledge in engineering, mathematics, biology and physics. This is followed by more advanced coursework and laboratory training, combining engineering analysis and design techniques with the biology and physiology of cells and organisms.

Career outcomes

Electrical and biomedical engineers are involved in the design, construction and development of health and monitoring devices or diagnostic systems (such as CT, MRI or ultrasound), and therapeutic systems (such as surgical lasers and tissue engineering).

Our graduates also work with computer models of the human body (such as the virtual heart project), and with prosthetics and implants (such as cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators and artificial organs). Employment opportunities include hospitals, biotechnology companies, medical equipment manufacturers, research institutes, and government health departments.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (Dual major)

Computer engineering encompasses hardware, software and systems – how to build a computer-based device, how to program it and how to connect it to other devices to work together. Computer engineers are typically associated with the production of devices like iPads, laptops or PCs, but also play a vital role building computers that control machinery, medical instruments, cars, white goods, robots, communication equipment and satellites. As an Electrical and Computer Engineering student, you'll learn about electrical engineering, computer engineering and information technology while at the same time developing the advanced skills of a professional engineer.

Career outcomes

As an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate, you'll have all the employment opportunities of a computer engineer, as well as further possibilities as an electrical engineer.


Electrical engineers with in-depth knowledge of computer systems are in demand in every industry where advanced electrical and electronic equipment is designed, upgraded or even maintained. Our graduates have been employed as designers of electronic and computer hardware, as system integrators who build equipment requiring computer control, and as programmers who design and implement applications, ranging from software for embedded microcontrollers to the software used in information terminals.

Mechanical Engineering / Extended

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest areas of engineering. Mechanical engineers design and manufacture machinery and equipment for a wide range of uses; design and operate power plants; and calculate the economical combustion of fuels, the conversion of heat energy into mechanical power, and how mechanical power is used. As a Mechanical Engineering student, you'll study foundational courses in design, mathematics, modelling, computing, management and engineering science. Electives in later years will give you an opportunity to specialise in fields of your choosing. The principal topics in mechanical engineering are fluid mechanics; thermodynamics and heat transfer; solid mechanics; manufacturing; energy systems; and dynamics and control.

Career outcomes

Mechanical engineers work in a wide range of organisations, companies and industries. They can be found in fields including automotive, aerospace, environmental, medical, power generation and building.

Our graduates work in design and development, testing and manufacturing, consulting firms, government agencies and educational institutions. Employment opportunities in Australia and overseas range from very large mining, refining, construction and manufacturing companies to small companies where you might be the only engineer.

Some graduates start their own companies soon after they've gained the necessary experience to become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Dual major)

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major combines courses in mechanical engineering with additional specialist study and project work in the aerospace and aviation industry. Aerospace engineering is concerned with the design, manufacture and operation of aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, spacecraft and ground support facilities. It is a particularly sophisticated and innovative discipline because it involves designing aircraft and spacecraft that are light-weight, but extremely strong. All students study aerospace propulsion, design and manufacturing and then specialise in either the aeronautical or space engineering streams to obtain their dual major. You can study topics including flight mechanics, aerospace composites, space engineering, hypersonic aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics.

Career outcomes

As a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduate, you'll have all the employment opportunities of a mechanical engineer, as well as further possibilities as an aerospace engineer.


Our graduates work in design and development, testing and manufacturing, consulting firms, government agencies and educational institutions. Employment opportunities in Australia and overseas range from very large aerospace, automotive, building, construction and manufacturing companies to small companies where you might be the only engineer.

Some graduates start their own companies soon after they've gained the necessary experience to become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Dual major)

The Mechanical and Materials Engineering major combines studies in mechanical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering. Materials engineering is concerned with the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials – metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites – give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities. Materials engineers apply their knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product. They work across a broad range of industries on everything from your phone screen and running shoes to aircraft wings and artificial skin, and in conjunction with mechanical engineering improve the performance of machines and structures.

Career outcomes

As a Mechanical and Materials Engineering graduate, you'll have all the employment opportunities of a mechanical engineer, as well as further possibilities as a materials engineer.


Mechanical engineers typically work in design and development, testing and manufacturing, consulting firms, government agencies and educational institutions. Employment opportunities in Australia and overseas range from very large mining, refining, construction and manufacturing companies to small companies where you might be the only engineer.

Materials engineers are usually employed in the materials processing and manufacturing sectors, including the automobile, whitegoods, steel, aluminium and polymer industries. Employment can also be found in biomedicine and electronics, as well as in energy and heavy industries.

Mechatronic Engineering (Extended major)

Mechatronic engineers integrate mechanical engineering with electronics, computer systems and advanced controls in order to design and construct products and processes. Mechatronic engineers are typically involved with the design of automated and intelligent machines, including artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery, and avionics, and are employed in areas including research and development, mining, aerospace and defence, or by government and industry groups. This major provides a broad-based education in the basic principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. A large number of electives cover areas including engineering analysis and design; engineering mechanics; dynamics and automatic control; signals and communication; and electrical hardware and computer software.

Career outcomes

Mechatronic engineers work in multidisciplinary design teams in industry, manufacturing, and research and development. They work in areas including:

  • Product development and manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Aerospace
  • Defence
  • Government and industry research groups
  • Biomedicine and biotechnology

Mechatronic engineers are needed wherever there is potential for improvement through the integration of computer and electrical hardware with mechanical systems.

Mining Engineering / Extended


Mining engineering is concerned with the sustainable extraction of ores from the ground for processing and utilisation. It covers all phases of mining operations from exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final site rehabilitation. The Mining Engineering major integrates theory with practice and involves advanced mathematics and earth and engineering sciences. Minors are also available in minerals process engineering and geomechanics. Our students also get to use the unique University Experimental Mine facility, which is located near the St Lucia campus, for practical work in ventilation, earth sciences, surveying, production engineering and safety.

Career outcomes

Employment prospects for UQ mining engineers are very good with recent graduates commanding starting salaries in excess of $90,000. Most mining engineers are employed by mining companies, typically at mines where gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc and uranium ores, as well as coal, are extracted. Some mining engineers choose to specialise in operations, while others, such as technical specialists and senior managers, move to large cities where commercial offices tend to be located.

Mining engineers often work for large companies, with numerous opportunities for international travel and employment.

Mining and Geotechnical Engineering (Dual major)

The Mining and Geotechnical Engineering dual major combines studies in mining engineering with additional specialist study and project work in geotechnical engineering. This specialisation incorporates soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology, and will equip you with the expertise to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems involving earth materials. Mining and geotechnical engineers typically work on projects involving roads, excavations, tunnelling and mining. The Mining and Geotechnical Engineering major is supported by a range of industry partners and you'll learn from experts working in mining and geotechnical engineering.

Career outcomes

As a Mining and Geotechnical Engineering graduate, you'll have all the employment opportunities of a mining engineer, as well as further possibilities as a geotechnical engineer.


Employment prospects for UQ mining engineers are very good with recent graduates commanding starting salaries in excess of $90,000. Most mining engineers are employed by mining companies, typically at mines where gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc and uranium ores, as well as coal, are extracted. Some mining engineers choose to specialise in operations, while others, such as technical specialists and senior managers, move to large cities where commercial offices tend to be located.

Geotechnical engineers work in a wide range of industries, government departments and private consultancies. They can usually be found working for:

  • Geotechnical engineering consultants
  • Mining companies
  • Geotechnical and mining contractors

Geotechnical engineers can also work in design, operation, management, research and consulting, both in Australia and overseas.

Software Engineering / Extended

Software engineers develop, operate, maintain and retire software. As our society becomes increasing technologised, and computers become integrated into machines and products from fridges to cars, one of our biggest challenges is how to create the necessary software to make computers useful. Software engineers use principles of computer science, engineering, design, management, psychology, sociology and other disciplines to design and manage large software systems. Team and individual projects are a focus of this major, which is an approach valued by our industry partners – and your future employers.

Career outcomes

Software engineers work in a wide range of organisations, industries and companies. They work in areas including:

  • Defence
  • Transport
  • Gaming
  • Security
  • Product development

Consultancy Software engineers work in large multinational companies, state and federal government departments and agencies, as well as small, specialised consulting companies.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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