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Bachelors of  Engineering (Honours)/Science

Program code: 2347
QTAC code: 717101
CRICOS code: 080730C


St Lucia


5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Why study the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Science

This program combines engineering and complementary areas of science to provide a strong science base for engineering students. It is available with all engineering disciplines. Emerging areas in science of importance to engineering including biology, biomedical science and biotechnology may also be studied. Refer to Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and the Bachelor of Science for individual program details and requirements for majors.

Please note: Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science prior to 2015 should refer to course and program information for previous years.
Bachelor of Engineering course list (pre-2015)
Bachelor of Science course list (pre-2015)


Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B, plus one of Chemistry or Physics.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Science 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)/Science 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 450 hours 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:

Further study options

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

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


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

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

Archaeological Science

Archaeology is increasingly using scientific approaches to revolutionise research in areas such as human evolution and dispersals, the development of civilisation and the history of human-environment relationships. As a student in the Archaeological Science major, you'll study core archaeology courses in combination with electives that examine areas like geography, earth sciences, biology, and psychology. You'll develop skills in scientific reasoning and have the opportunity to apply them in the laboratory and in field settings, including on excavations and survey projects in Australia and overseas.

More information about what can be studied in the Archaeological Science Major.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and molecular biology is the study of the chemical basis of life and underpins all disciplines of biology. A major in this area will provide you with a detailed understanding of the molecular events that control growth and development of all living things. In addition, you will develop an understanding of how such events go wrong in certain disease states and also how they can be exploited in the development of new drugs and improved agricultural processes.

Undertaking a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will inform you on current issues in medicine, the environment, agriculture and industry. Biochemistry and molecular biology also forms the basis of the biotechnology industry.

More information about what can be studied in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major.


Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary science which applies computers to enhance our understanding of biology. Bioinformatics is changing the way we manage our health and the environment and how research in biological science is conducted. Biologists everywhere will increasingly require a working knowledge of this area as industries move more deeply into genetic technologies and the use of computing to simulate biological processes.

The field of Bioinformatics is highly interdisciplinary and is growing in importance to stakeholders, including scientific research organisations and the biotechnology sector. The single major will enable students to combine their studies with other majors, critical given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the field of bioinformatics.

More information about what can be studied in the Bioinformatics Major.

Biomedical Science

The biomedical sciences encompass study areas relevant to the understanding of health and treatment of disease. Biomedical research receives, both nationally and internationally, around half the total research dollars available to all of science. This high representation underscores the relevance of basic biomedical research to health care and the natural curiosity shared by all humans about understanding the mechanisms of our own bodies. Breakthroughs in understanding human disease or its control (vaccines for polio, measles, influenza, antibiotics, cancer genetics) have been, and continue to be, dependent on fundamental research into biological mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level.

More information about what can be studied in the Biomedical Science Major.

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.


Chemistry is the central science. Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life. This involves an understanding of the mechanisms of reactions and processes that occur at the molecular level. An understanding of the principles of chemistry underlines disciplines such as biochemistry, engineering, food science, materials science, nanotechnology and pharmacy.

More information about what can be studied in the Chemistry 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.

Computer Science

Computer science is the science of problem solving, computation and information. Computer scientists work to advance our fundamental understanding of computing, develop new and improved problem solving techniques and design more efficient and powerful computing devices and technology. In the Computer Science major, you will study a core set of computing courses with the added flexibility of combining this with courses from other areas of science and across the University.

More information about what can be studied in the Computer Science Major.


Ecology is the scientific study of how organisms interact with each other and their environments. Ecological knowledge underpins our capacity to use Australia's natural wealth sustainably and is essential for solving the environmental problems that face us in a new millennium.

Studies include: behavioural ecology, physiological ecology, population and community ecology, conservation ecology, landscape ecology, evolutionary ecology and mathematics.

Field courses are a key feature of the study of ecology at UQ. Students gain first-hand practical experience in solving ecological problems in the rainforest at Lamington National Park, Queensland outback, on the Great Barrier Reef at Heron Island, and on Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay.

More information about what can be studied in the Ecology Major.

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.

Food Science and Technology

Food science and technology is a highly interdisciplinary science, which strives to better understand food processes and ultimately develop improved food products for the world's growing population. The food you eat each day comes to you through highly technical processes based on extensive research and an understanding of the physical, microbiological and chemical makeup of food.

More information about what can be studied in the Food Science and Technology Major.


Genetics, more than any other discipline, is transforming modern biology. Genetics is the study of inheritance: the structure and expression of genes, the genetic basis of traits, and the interaction between genes and the environment at the population and species level. The growing availability of completely sequenced genomes, computational analysis and molecular analytic tools is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology.

The analysis of vast collections of genomic data has spawned the new discipline of bioinformatics that has required the development of new analytical and programming tools.

Genetics is an appropriate major to be taken on its own or in combination with any other biological major or Computer Science.

More information about what can be studied in the Genetics Major.

Geographical Sciences

Geographical Science investigates the spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales. It examines the patterns and processes of natural and built environments and human activity, how they change over time and how they interact.

Physical Geography is concerned with the patterns and processes in climate, landforms, soils, plants, animals as well as the impact of human activities on these systems.

Human Geography examines how people interact with the environment and about applying physical geography elements to human ends. Human geography involves applied studies in urban and rural settlement, location and land-use, human spatial behaviour and demography.

Geographical Information Science is the study of geographic information systems and remote-sensing for modelling, managing, analysing and applying geo-referenced information in a variety of contexts.

More information about what can be studied in the Geographical Sciences Major.

Geological Sciences

Geology is the study of the interacting systems of the solid Earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere as they evolve through time. Geologists discover, develop, and responsibly manage minerals, energy, and other Earth resources. Geological knowledge underpins our capacity to ensure a sustainable supply of natural resources and the use of these resources responsibly, and it is essential for solving environmental challenges such as global climate change.

More information about what can be studied in the Geological Sciences Major.

Marine Science

Marine science is the scientific study of our oceans and coastal habitats, and includes a wide range of disciplines in the biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences. Students can pursue a general study plan or a more specialised plan in an area such as marine biology or marine geology. With an increasing focus on the role of our oceans to provide food and resources for our growing populations, the next generation of UQ marine scientists will play a major role in ensuring that we protect and profit from our oceans.

More information about what can be studied in the Marine Science Major.


Mathematics is one of the most enduring fields of study, and is essential in an expanding number of disciplines and professions. Many mathematicians continue to develop new mathematics for its own sake. But today mathematicians also combine their knowledge of mathematics and statistics with modelling and computational skills and use the latest computer technology to solve problems in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, information technology, economics, and business.

More information about what can be studied in the Mathematics Major.

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.


Microbiology is the study of microscopic living organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa. These organisms have a major impact on all aspects of life. Diseases caused by microbes are well-known and can involve viruses (e.g. influenza and HIV), bacteria (e.g. meningococcus, Staphylococcus, E. coli) and protozoa (e.g. malaria). Our understanding of these organisms is directly linked to the control and prevention of infectious diseases. Immunology plays a key role in understanding how humans and animals respond to the challenge of these disease-causing organisms.

In recent years, research in microbiology has been revolutionized by new and exciting technologies such as proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics and genetic engineering. Thus, Microbiology is a discipline of enormous importance in basic and applied science.

More information about what can be studied in the Microbiology Major.

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.


Physics is one of the fundamental sciences and involves solving the big questions that have always intrigued humankind: where did we come from and where are we headed?

Physics embraces the study of the most basic natural laws and is about explaining how and why things work on scales ranging from the sub-nuclear to the entire cosmos. Physicists explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behaviour of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy. Physicists use these principles in theoretical or experimental studies on topics such as the nature of time and the origin of the Universe; others apply their physics knowledge to practical areas, developing advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and equipment for a wide range of fields such as medicine, mining, astronomy and geophysics.

Physics is also at the heart of new interdisciplinary areas such as information technology, nanotechnology, quantum technology and biophotonics.

More information about what can be studied in the Physics Major.

Plant Science

Plant sciences are among the most relevant scientific disciplines today. Think about two of the most important problems facing humankind: global warming and dependency on fossil fuels. Using a variety of approaches, plant scientists are addressing both problems - from the production of biofuels from plant origin to the use of plants in carbon sequestration.

Animals and humans depend utterly on plants, and not only for food. Today, plant science has demolished the classic barriers of being confined to farm and food production. With the advent of modern biotechnology, plants are being used to decontaminate land and air, produce industrial products, designer molecules, biopharmaceuticals and biofuels. Designer plants are producing biodegradable plastics, new healthier sugars and anti-cancer drugs.

Plant scientists need to understand how plants work, from molecules to ecosystems to improve the production of food, pharmaceuticals and timber, to control diseases, pests and noxious weeds, to allow them to cope with drought, salinity and pollutants and to design new plants for innovative purposes such as biofactories.

More information about what can be studied in the Plant Science Major.

Public Health

Public health focuses on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. It is founded upon a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and well-being by considering the vagaries of human behaviour, the physical environment, the socio-economic and cultural determinants of health, and the systems of health care management.

The Public Health major will provide a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. You will learn how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health in communities.

To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health including: epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

More information about what can be studied in the Public Health Major.

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.


Statistics is an essential part of science, providing the mathematical language and techniques necessary for understanding and dealing with chance and uncertainty in nature.

Statistics involves the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of numerical data, with the aim of extracting patterns and other useful information. Examples include the analysis of DNA and protein sequences, the construction of evolutionary trees from genetic data, the improvement of medical treatments via experimental designs, and the assessment of drought conditions through meteorological data. A main feature of statistics is the development and use of statistical and probabilistic models for random phenomena, which can be analysed and used to make principled predictions and decisions. Examples of such models can be found in biology (genetics, population modelling), finance (stock market fluctuations, insurance claims), physics (quantum mechanics/computing), medicine (epidemiology, spread of HIV/AIDS), telecommunications (internet traffic, mobile phone calls), and reliability (safety of oil rigs, aircraft failure), to name but a few.

More information about what can be studied in the Statistics Major.


Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with the scientific study of animals. Fundamental to this science is an appreciation and understanding of animal evolution and diversity, gained through research into aspects of the morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of animals.

Zoologists explore the relationships and interactions of animals with their physical and biological environments at individual, population, community and ecosystem levels, and utilise modern comparative and experimental approaches to investigate the evolution and diversity of animals. The study of Australia's unique fauna provides exciting and rewarding opportunities for zoologists to understand and appreciate animal life.

More information about what can be studied in the Zoology Major.

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.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,040
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

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Additional costs

  • Safety boots (AS2210) (up to $140)
  • Hard hat (AS1801) ($15)
  • Safety induction program ($40 with group, or $80 individual)
  • Students who undertake vacation work, fieldwork or work experience will be required to fund their own travel and living expenses.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

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  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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