Engineers are meticulous, analytical, and expert problem solvers, which is why so many of them excel in business. In fact, nearly a quarter of the best-performing CEOs in the world are qualified engineers. If you're interested in connecting your engineering studies with the business world – you're in the right place.

  • The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Business Management will develop your business acumen alongside your studies in engineering. In each degree, you'll study core concepts and then focus your studies through majors.
  • Complete a range of compulsory business courses. You'll study topics like accounting, economics, marketing, and more. In your engineering degree you have the option of undertaking a flexible first year, where you can mix and match a selection of courses.
  • Choose one business major from seven areas. Business majors are optional – if you prefer, you can study a mix of courses. You'll also have to complete one engineering major from six options. For more information – see the Majors tab.
  • Graduate with a respected honours qualification and with the skills to confidently lead people and projects. With degrees in Engineering/Business Management, you'll be ready to face all the challenges found in fast-paced professional environments.

In the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Business Management, you'll be surrounded by creative, bright and inspiring people and become a multi-skilled professional who can work in a broad range of roles all around the world.

  • Fast Facts

    One of the top universities for engineering

    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.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ Business School was the first business school in Australia to be accredited by the pre-eminent ranking bodies AACSB International and EQUIS. UQ was also ranked 39th in the world for management in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • 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.

  • Teaching staff

    World-leading academics

    UQ Business School is home to some of the most innovative educators in Australia, who are bound to challenge your thinking. Many also work in consultancy for leading companies, agencies and organisations to help them address the challenges they face.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Majors for this program

There are 13 majors available in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Business Management.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Business Management 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.

The specific roles or industries graduates work in largely depends on their engineering or business majors.

Graduates who opt for a business career typically take leading roles in a large number of companies, agencies and organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in a business management honours year, or a postgraduate engineering program, where they continue developing their research skills and knowledge.

  • 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 provide students with plenty of opportunities to network, socialise and build relationships outside. Groups relevant to the BE (Hons) / BBusMan include the Engineering Undergraduate Society, the UQ Business Association, and the Civil Engineering Student Association

  • 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

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.


Entry requirements


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

Students without Mathematics C and/or another high school prerequisite may be required to undertake preparatory courses beyond the 88 units for the program and may not be able to complete the program in the minimum time frame without overloading or undertaking summer study.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Business Management is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Business Management has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

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


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
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australian Institute of Valuers and Land Economists
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Australian Property Institute
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Industrial Relations Society of Australia
  • Real Estate Institute of Queensland

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:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Business Management have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Business Management.

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


Advertising opens up opportunities for business professionals with a creative side. As a student in this major, you'll study the foundations of both advertising and the media while developing the business, analytical and creative skills necessary to thrive in a highly competitive industry. You'll learn about consumer behaviour, media planning and buying, and gain experience in the creative design and development of campaigns.

Career outcomes

The Advertising major prepares graduates for careers in the media, at advertising agencies, as media buyers, and in marketing departments in the public and private sectors.

Business Economics

Business Economics is ideal for anyone who wants to work in corporate strategy, production management, financial planning, capital budgeting, economics or business analysis. It's also useful in marketing, purchasing, and human resource management. The major covers growth strategies, macroeconomic modelling, forecasting, scenario planning, demand analysis, pricing policies, competitive strategies, capital budgeting, investment and cost-benefit analysis.

Career outcomes

The Business Economics major offers opportunities for careers in public and private sector companies, banking, financial services and consultancy firms.

Chemical Engineering

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

Civil Engineering

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.

Electrical Engineering

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.

Human Resources

The Human Resources major develops your skills in people management, selection and recruitment, employment relations, training and development, employment agreements, and leadership. As a student in this major, you'll learn about Australian and international industrial relations, organisational change, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and negotiating employment agreements.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Human Resources major enjoy careers as HR managers in the public and private sectors, professional practices, trade unions, employer associations, government departments, management consultancies, industrial relations, negotiation and advocacy, and occupational health and safety.

International Business

Many businesses today compete internationally and have to build relationships with customers, adapt their products to diverse markets, and manage the logistical and supply channels of different countries. As a student in the International Business major you'll learn how cultural, regulatory and operational conditions affect strategising in global markets. You'll also gain an understanding of the key issues in international trade and investment, international marketing, international human resource management and operations in companies engaged in international business, finance and strategy.

Career outcomes

The International Business major prepares graduates to work for a wide range of private businesses looking to expand their operations or trading networks overseas. Other careers include working for state and federal government agencies or trade associations.


Marketing is critical to the success of any business. As a student in the Marketing major, you'll develop an understanding of key concepts such as applied market research, marketing strategy, relationship building, product and service management, and communication.

Career outcomes

Graduates typically work in marketing departments across the private and public sectors, including tourism, arts and entertainment, sales and retail, consultancies, market research, and not-for-profit agencies.

Mechanical Engineering

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 choice. 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.

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.

Mining Engineering

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.

Real Estate and Development

The property industry offers diverse and attractive career opportunities. As a student in the Real Estate and Development major, you'll develop your knowledge of relevant business and economic principles, and related areas like property law, finance and investment, asset management, town planning and property valuation. You'll also learn about the professional organisations and major institutions in the property industry, and how to use technologies to solve land development and management problems.

Career outcomes

The Real Estate and Development major equips you for a career in areas including property investment, urban development, management and valuation.

Software Engineering

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 from 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.


Developing socially responsible and sustainable business operations is an ever-important consideration on today's corporate agenda. The Sustainability major develops your knowledge and skills to manage the financial, social, and environmental aspects of a company's activities to achieve sustainable outcomes. It covers emissions trading, corporate social responsibility, communicating for sustainability, strategic management and climate change, and renewable energy.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Sustainability major typically work in corporate strategy, sustainable management, corporate communications and international business.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

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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