Why study the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Mathematics

The BE(Hons)/BMath dual program will provide students with the core background to enter a research-preparation honours degree in mathematics, as well as the skills to apply advanced mathematics to engineering fields.


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.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Mathematics 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)/Mathematics 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
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers

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


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

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 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.

Chemical and Biological Engineering (Dual major)

Engineering combines quantitative analysis and synthesis to elucidate system design principles. Through the genomics revolution engineers can now begin to tackle biological problems using the same "measure, model, and manipulate" approach they have applied to physics and chemistry. Indeed, applying this system approach is widely recognised as essential not only for the development of innovative biotechnologies but also to yield fundamental scientific understanding of biological systems. As our ability to modify and control biological systems increases, biological processes will replace chemical and mechanical processes due to their inherent advantages of renewable resources, mild operation conditions and minimal waste problems. Early signs of the change are seen not only in the high-value pharmaceutical industry, but also in the production of bulk chemicals like lysine by fermentation and in bioleaching of copper and gold from mineral ore. Advances in our understanding of and ability to mimic biological systems are also inspiring completely new approaches such as nanotechnology and tissue engineering, which will form the foundation of new industries of the 21st century.

Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Dual major)

Graduates of the dual major in Chemical & Environmental engineering are accredited chemical engineers who have additional skills to help them tackle current and future environmental challenges. In addition to core chemical engineering courses, Chemical & Environmental engineering students study specialised courses which develop knowledge and expertise in environmental systems thinking and modelling, environmental regulation and sustainable management of water, energy and waste. Job opportunities in this field are diverse, including process engineering, industrial ecology, waste recovery, environmental modelling, impact assessment, water supply and treatment, climate policy, energy systems, environmental regulation and sustainability. Our graduates will be employed across sectors, including industry, government and consulting firms.

Chemical and Materials Engineering (Dual major)

Graduates will be qualified chemical engineers and materials engineers.

Chemical engineering is the design, management and optimisation of processes that turn raw materials into valuable products, using the latest knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, integrated with engineering principles and economic consideration. Chemical engineers ensure economic viability, and a minimum loss of materials and consumption of energy, while maintaining safety and environmental standards. This major also applies knowledge within team-based project work. Students tackle real world issues sourced from industries and the latest research.

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 materials behaviour to optimise processing and improve the properties of products. They are also involved in controlling the service behaviour of materials; improving the performance of machines and structures.

Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (Dual major)

Metallurgical engineers play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of our modern society. Everything in our material world, even our major energy sources, are derived from minerals or recycled materials. It is the role of the metallurgical engineer to develop, design and operate processes that transform these low value raw materials into useful high value mineral and metal products.

The dual major in chemical & metallurgical engineering provides the best of both worlds - a broad education in chemical engineering combined with more specialist metallurgy courses. The program for the dual major has been designed for maximum commonality with the chemical engineers program, particularly in years 1 and 2 of the program. Elective courses in chemical engineering can be counted towards the dual major.

Civil Engineering / Extended

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.

Civil and Environmental Engineering (Dual major)

This dual major is designed to equip qualified Civil Engineers with the environmental systems engineering skills necessary to design and build tomorrow's integrated, multi-centred sustainable cities. Civil and Environmental Engineers will design and build future sustainable cities and regions, including sustainable buildings and precincts, energy-efficient rapid transit systems and the provision of water and energy security as well as solid waste solutions. Future cities and their supporting regions will require a systems approach to design, build and manage their complex, integrated forms.

Civil and Geotechnical Engineering (Dual major)

The unprecedented infrastructure development in Queensland, and Australia as a whole, is generating huge demand for Civil Engineering graduates. This includes specialisation associated with civil engineering in Geomechanics, incorporating soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology .
The Civil and Geotechnical Engineering dual major is supported by a consortium of global companies. Students are taught by experts working in civil and geotechnical engineering and benefit from UQ's close links with these companies.

Electrical Engineering / Extended

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.

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (Dual major)

New discoveries and developments in biology and medicine have led to the rapid change and growth of biotechnology research and industry. Biomedical Engineering bridges the gap between technology, medicine and biology. It integrates physical, chemical, mathematical and computational sciences and engineering principles with the ultimate aim of improving health care. The degree commences with a broad foundation of preparatory courses in engineering, mathematics, biology and physics, followed by more advanced coursework and laboratory training, combining engineering analysis and design techniques with biology and physiology of cells and organisations. The program is project-focussed including a full-year project in fourth year to develop individual design and research skills, an approach valued by employers. Graduates of biomedical engineering may be involved in the design, construction and development of health and monitoring devices and computers, diagnostic systems and therapeutic systems. They may also work with models of physiological function and prosthetics and implants.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (Dual major)

Most of the world's computers are embedded computers - computers that are hidden within cars, appliances, digital cameras, MP3 players, phones and other devices. Electrical and Computer engineering is concerned with the design and management of computer-based systems, including embedded systems and more conventional computers such as personal computers (PCs) and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Electrical and Computer engineers have skills and knowledge in digital logic design, computer networks, embedded and desktop operating systems, microcontroller selection and programming, electronics, telecommunications and signal processing.

Mechanical Engineering / Extended

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.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Dual major)

This program combines studies 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 challenging discipline because of the need for light-weight but highly reliable aircraft and spacecraft. Cutting-edge technology and design are key in this field. Aerospace engineering projects tend to be multidisciplinary in nature because of the scientific content of many of the payloads and the complex thermo-physical aspects of hypervelocity atmospheric flight. All workers in this field must be adept at incorporating technology from outside their immediate specialty.

Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Dual major)

Graduates will be qualified mechanical engineers and materials engineers.

Mechanical engineers design and manufacture power plants, machinery and equipment for industry, and are expert in producing energy and converting it to other forms. They may design turbines, earthmoving machinery, food processors, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, artificial hearts and limbs, and engines for aircrafts or automobiles. The demand for mechanical engineers is increasingly broad, as new industries emerge, and old industries take advantage of automation developments and new sources of energy.

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 materials behaviour to optimise processing and improve the properties of products. They are also involved in controlling the service behaviour of materials; improving the performance of machines and structures.

Mechatronic Engineering (Extended major)

Mechatronic engineering is one of the newest branches of engineering, and has far-reaching applications to every sector of society. Mechatronic engineers integrate precision mechanical engineering with electronics, computer systems, and advanced controls, to design and construct products and processes. Microscale sensor and actuator technologies are developed and applied to create intelligent consumer products. Mechatronic engineers are in great demand as industries seek to apply evolutionary advances in computers, electronics, sensors, and actuators to improve their products, processes and services.
Graduates have the knowledge and skills to design and build advanced products such as robots and machine tools; scientific instrumentation; and high performance automatic suspension and braking systems. Mechatronic engineers are employed by product developers and manufacturers, the mining industry, the aerospace and defence sectors, in self-owned companies and by government and industry research groups. Graduates are in demand wherever there is potential for improvement in the integration of computer and electrical hardware with mechanical systems.

Mining Engineering / Extended

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.

Mining and Geotechnical Engineering (Dual major)

The unprecedented mining and infrastructure development in Queensland, and Australia as a whole, is generating huge demand for Mining Engineering graduates. This includes specialisation associated with mining engineering in Geomechanics, incorporating soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology.
The Mining and Geotechnical Engineering major is supported by a consortium of global companies. Students are taught by experts working in mining and geotechnical engineering and benefit from UQ's close links with these companies.

Software Engineering / Extended

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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