Why study the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Economics

Refer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and the Bachelor of Economics for information.
Note: Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Economics prior to 2015 may refer to course and program information for previous years here.
Bachelor of Engineering course list (pre-2015)
Bachelor of Economics course list (pre-2015)

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)/Economics 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)/Economics 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:

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Economic Society of Australia
  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Market Research Society of Australia
  • Securities 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)/Economics 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)/Economics.

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

Business and Industry

This major concentrates on economic decision making in the business sector. It covers issues such as managerial economics, industrial and labour economics, the regulatory environment and benefit/cost analysis techniques. Students develop critical skills and understanding applicable to businesses across all sectors and industries.

Businesses and industries participating in the rapid pace of international economic integration constantly seek to improve their competitiveness and efficiency. Graduates will be equipped to play a central role in any business-oriented enterprise.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers invent, design, and manage products and processes that transform raw materials into valuable products using the latest knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics to ensure minimum loss of materials and consumption of energy. This value-adding must be safe, economical and environmentally sound. It is a rapidly changing profession with chemical engineers working at the cutting-edge of fields such as molecular biology, nano-materials and chemistry, physics, mathematics and information technology.

Chemical engineers design both products and the processes needed for their commercial-scale production. They also manage operation and optimisation of these processes to produce such products as petrol, plastics, instant coffee, pharmaceuticals, and artificial blood.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers provide for people's needs, and are expert in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facilities that contribute to modern life. They understand the way in which natural phenomena behave, including water and wind, and how buildings of all kinds are able to resist loads. They work with buildings, bridges, roads, harbours, dams, airports, coastal protection, water supply and public health. Civil engineers apply their theoretical knowledge to produce efficient and economic facilities that are aesthetically pleasing and satisfy society's needs. They have an aptitude for mathematics and physics and a desire to meet environmental and technological challenges. Students can study in the areas of structural engineering, hydraulic engineering, transportation engineering, geomechanics, hydrology and public health engineering, or management, construction and economics.
Civil engineers provide expert financial and technical advice, and plan and coordinate projects from concepts through to completion.

Economics and Public Policy

The economics and public policy major is an economics-centred, multidisciplinary major, designed to provide students with an opportunity to understand how government intervention affects the economy in an increasingly globalised world. The major focuses on the economic analytical tools needed to design and evaluate public policies. Core courses in public finance and regulatory economics emphasise the rationale for government intervention and the theoretical framework that underpins the nature of such intervention. Elective courses include advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics, applied econometrics and a range of policy oriented courses. The major also provides students with the necessary multidisciplinary approaches to deal with public policy problems, including elective courses in political sciences.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is concerned with electrical and electronic devices and systems. Electrical engineers work with equipment ranging from heavy power generators to tiny computer chips. Their work contributes to almost every sector of society: for example, home theatre entertainment systems, mobile phones, digital cameras and television to enhance our lifestyle, medical imaging systems for improved health care, electrical appliances for homes, scientific instruments for laboratories, lasers for reliable high speed communication, handheld multimedia devices to provide information on the move, and satellite systems for remote sensing of the environment and reliable mobile and fixed energy systems to power all of these.
Electrical engineers usually work in one of six speciality areas: power generation and transmission; electronics; computers; communication systems; instrumentation and measurement; and automatic controls. Career opportunities are found in the telecommunications industry, mining and transport sector, computer industry, or in power generation and transmission industries. They are also employed by electronics companies, both large and small. Many of our graduates are forming their own companies quite early in their careers.

International Trade and Finance

This major focuses on the economics and financial systems, mechanisms and emerging issues in an increasingly globalised economy. The key factors and impacts associated with this international phenomenon are studied, along with the management and policy responses of governments and business. Students develop an understanding of the complex nature of economics in the international environment and its close relationship with financial management firms.

Mechanical Engineering

One of the broadest areas of engineering activity, mechanical engineers have a strong understanding of fundamental engineering science and mathematics and use this to design and maintain a wide range of machines and engineering systems. Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of machinery and equipment for all branches of industry, including major operations such as power plants. If failures occur, they analyse the cause of the failure and determine how to avoid this in the future. Mechanical Engineers develop methods for the economical combustion of fuels, the conversion of heat energy into mechanical power and the use of that power to perform useful work.

Mining Engineering

Mining engineering is the extraction of valuable ores from the ground for processing and utilisation. It involves all phases of mining operations: from exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final land restoration and rehabilitation. Responsibility for the development and production phases of a mine requires a broad knowledge of all mining operations and skills in leadership and industrial relations.
Graduates are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals are extracted. With experience, mining engineers progress to senior managers or technical specialists, mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies. Many are employed by international companies, and gain overseas experience. Mining engineers are also employed by civil engineering companies to supervise tunnelling and open-cut operations for railways, roads, hydroelectric and sewerage works.

Natural Resources and Environment

With the growing awareness at the international, regional, national and local levels of the ecological and economic importance of our diverse natural resources, effective and efficient use of these assets is a significant social and political issue. This major provides the tools of economic analysis for application to problems associated with the allocation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources, including fish/marine; forests; agricultural and recreational land; river systems; local and global environments; energy and minerals.

Students who complete this specialisation will have gained the analytical abilities to apply to challenges facing business, government and the community at large and the understanding of the key issues and trade-offs we face in a world of increasing competition, globalisation and natural resource depletion.

Quantitative Methods

With a strong mathematical and modelling focus, students are provided with the critical scientific techniques to successfully measure, analyse, project and model a diverse set of economic factors and scenarios. Graduates are equipped to facilitate better management decision-making, by providing economic analysis that is scientifically-based, verifiable and objective.

You can select courses in the areas of econometrics, benefit/cost analysis, advanced mathematical economics, business and economic decision techniques, and experimental economics.

Software Engineering

Software engineering is the systematic approach to the development, operation, maintenance and retirement of software; the controlling element of computer-based systems. As society becomes even more dependent on computers, one of the biggest challenges is the creation of new software necessary to make computers useful. Software engineering deals with the challenges associated with large-scale, high quality software: size and complexity, cooperation between developers, clients and users, and evolution of software over time to maintain its value. 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 plan, an approach valued by employers.

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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