Engineers have the analytical, technical and problem-solving skills to excel in finance – and some of the most challenging and well-paid positions are in the field of financial engineering. If you're interested in connecting your engineering studies with the commercial world – you're in the right place.

  • The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Commerce will develop your business acumen and financial literacy 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 courses that will build your core knowledge about the financial services industry. 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 commerce major from three areas. Commerce 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 ability to adapt effectively to ever-changing commercial environments. With a dual degree in Engineering/Commerce, you'll have the analytical mind and quantitative skills to excel.

In the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Commerce, you'll be surrounded by creative, bright and inspiring people and be prepared for a fast-paced and rewarding career – locally or globally.

  • 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 accounting and finance 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 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 9 majors available in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Commerce.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Commerce typically work for companies, agencies and organisations across the private and public sectors, both in Australia and internationally.

Because engineering offers such a diversity of career options, 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 engineering roles or industries graduates work in largely depends on their majors.

Graduates who opt for a career in finance can be found in:

  • Government departments and agencies
  • Multinational corporations or local businesses
  • Financial institutions
  • Stockbroking firms
  • Merchant banks
  • Utility and transport providers
  • Specialist organisations
  • Industry associations
  • Management consultancies
  • Market research organisations
  • Advertising agencies
  • Trade unions
  • Investment advisory services.

The specific roles graduates work in largely depend on their majors, but there is flexibility to work in a general management capacity.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in a commerce honours year, or in postgraduate programs in engineering, or in fields like financial mathematics, where they continue improving their research skills and knowledge.

  • 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.

  • 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 plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build relationships. Groups include the Engineering Undergraduate Society, the Financial Management Association of Australia, the Civil Engineering Student Association, and more.

  • 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.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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)/Commerce 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)/Commerce 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

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:

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Engineers Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Taxation Institute of Australia

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)/Commerce have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Majors

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

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

Accounting

If you're an aspiring accountant – this is the major for you. It's also the major for anyone who wants to embark on a career in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors, because it provides a solid foundation for financial decision-making. As a student in the Accounting major, you'll study courses that enhance your financial and accounting acumen and develop your knowledge of accounting processes, income tax, and corporation laws. You'll also build skills in auditing, analysis and reporting. When you follow the study plans that cover the necessary prerequisites, you can also apply for associate membership of key professional bodies upon graduation, including CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Accounting major typically work as accountants or advisors in accounting agencies, public and private corporations, management and consulting firms, small businesses, banks and other financial institutions, government departments, not-for-profit organisations and general business environments.


Business Information Systems

The Business and Information Systems major focuses on the computer-based technologies and systems that support business processes and management. These systems are used by managers to inform their decision-making and allow for effective and efficient commercial operations. As a student in the Business Information Systems major, you'll learn about the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of computer systems. You'll graduate with advanced skills in developing and managing computer applications, including those involving accounting data.

Career outcomes

The Business Information Systems major offers opportunities for careers in accounting, advisory, finance and banking, infrastructure, public utilities, management consulting, information systems, technology, and government agencies.


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.

Finance

Finance is a high-flying and fast-paced field that provides career opportunities locally and internationally. As a student in the Finance major, you'll undertake courses in financial management, portfolio management and financial principles such as risk assessment and business statistics. The courses in this major build your financial acumen and move you to the front of the line for career opportunities in banking and finance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, risk assessment and business analysis.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Finance major typically work in finance, banking, stockbroking, management consulting, financial planning, corporate finance management and government 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 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).

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.

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 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.

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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