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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering

Overview

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to get a head start in an engineering career that requires specialist skills and adaptability, or to give you the edge when applying for a higher degree by research.

This 5-year program is designed to give you an overall education in engineering as well as specialist knowledge in fields such as civil or software engineering. You'll graduate job-ready with a comprehensive knowledge of engineering and a range of practical skills.

You'll undertake a full-time placement with industry or a research institution either in Australia or overseas, and complete advanced coursework and project work in your final year. You'll also undertake a supervised master's thesis on a relevant topic and be involved with all aspects of research, including defining a research question, establishing a methodology and reporting on your findings.

Fourth-year students have the opportunity to study overseas with the European Double Degree program. This allows you to learn from some of the best engineering and technical teachers in the world, and graduate with an additional master's degree from one of our partner universities. 

Location
St Lucia
Duration
5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717111
Program Code
2350
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45120 (indicative per year)
Duration
5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717111
Program Code
2350
CRICOS Code
080724A
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from world-class teachers with more national teaching awards than any other Australian university.
  • Graduate fully prepared for the workforce with a specialised undergraduate and postgraduate degree.
  • Gain practical experience by undertaking a full-time industry placement, or completing a research project with a university or research institution in Australia or overseas.
  • Acquire the engineering qualifications that set you apart in the job market, prove your leadership material and provide a pathway to future research or learning.

1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

76 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

Completion of 450 hours of Engineering Professional Practice to satisfy the requirements of Engineers Australia.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Engineering Modelling and Problem Solving
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Principles of Biological Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Wastewater treatment engineer
  • Senior plant metallurgist
  • Civil engineer
  • Building compliance auditor
  • Protection and automation engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Aircraft maintenance engineer

Graduate salary

Engineering (postgraduate)

$97K–$112K

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Graduate salary

Engineering (undergraduate)

$64K–$66K

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Next steps after graduation

87.9% of our engineering graduates found employment (2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering is accredited by:

  • Engineers Australia
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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Both Chemistry and Physics are recommended subjects. Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) is also a recommended subject. Students studying Specialist Mathematics and both Physics and Chemistry will have increased flexibility in their studies.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Both Chemistry and Physics are recommended subjects. Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) is also a recommended subject. Students studying Specialist Mathematics and both Physics and Chemistry will have increased flexibility in their studies.

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
29739

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Admission to the BE(Hons)/ME is available both by direct entry via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) or via student application after completion of at least 16 units towards a BE(Hons) or BE(Hons) dual degree in a relevant discipline with a weighted GPA of at least 5.0.

Please note that eligible students may receive Centrelink income support for those semesters of study in the BE(Hons)/ME in which they are enrolled in undergraduate courses. Typically students may be eligible for payments for the first 3 - 4 years of the integrated program depending on unit enrolment.

Additional application information

Admission is also available to current students via student application after completion of at least 16 units towards a BE(Hons) or BE(Hons) dual degree in a relevant discipline with a weighted GPA of at least 5.0.

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Engineering (Hons)/M Eng for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median2 / 972 / 98
Lowest4 / 942 / 97

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

99.28%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
8183.51%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

66.19%

Total

97100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers create materials, devices and processes for better health outcomes.

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.

Biomedical engineers may be involved in the design, construction and development of health and monitoring devices and computers, implantable devices, diagnostic systems and therapeutic systems, cell and tissue engineering, and the development and manufacture of pharmaceuticals. They may also work with models of physiological function and prosthetics and implants.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Industry needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

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Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

Combine engineering with science to develop new drug therapies, synthetic molecules and devices for medical, environmental and industrial applications.

This involves learning how to engineer living cells to produce a product, and how to design and optimise bioprocesses to manufacture bioproducts on a large scale.

Bioprocess engineers work on groundbreaking projects including the development of platform technologies to produce renewable chemicals, fuels, biodegradable plastics, biopharmaceuticals and medical imaging devices.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Business needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

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Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Chemical and environmental engineers apply the principles of engineering and science to protect and mitigate damage to the environment. They also develop environmentally friendly products and sustainable processes.

With this field of study, you'll tackle current and future environmental challenges as an accredited chemical engineer with additional technical expertise in environmental regulations and sustainable management of water, energy and waste.

You'll work on the development of sustainable systems and gain specialist skills in modelling and analytical measurement in laboratory, field and industrial settings, including basic sampling design and data analysis.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Business needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

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Chemical and Materials Engineering

Chemical and materials engineering combines chemical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering.

Materials engineering involves the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials, such as metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites, give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities.

As a chemical and materials engineer, you'll apply your knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product while reducing emissions and waste.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner.

These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology. Industry needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear and demonstrable advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities. 

Solve real issues

  • You’ll explore the relationships between microstructures, mechanical properties, manufacturing and service performance and solve real problems informed by industry needs and the latest research.
  • You'll work across a broad range of exciting industries on everything from your phone screen, to running shoes, aircraft wings and artificial skin.

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Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

This field of study provides a broad and thorough education in chemical engineering and specialist skills in metallurgy courses.

Metallurgical engineers play a key role in ensuring a sustainable society. Almost everything in the material world, including our major energy sources, is derived from minerals or a combination of recycled metals and materials.

Metallurgical engineers develop, design and carry out sustainable processes that transform raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products. They often work closely with mining engineers.

As a metallurgical engineer, you'll also design metal parts, solve problems and work on major high-tech projects, with the prospect of international travel.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Business needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities. 

With your diverse range of skills and knowledge, you will be able to work in production operations, engineering design, consultancies, laboratories, marketing, finance and commerce, and in research and development.

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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.

In this major, you will develop the skills to design and create a diverse range of useful products and processes that enhance the lives of others. Valuable items like petrol, water purification, food processing and productions, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and artificial blood would not exist without chemical engineers.

You’ll learn how to make processing work more efficient, safe, economical and sustainable by producing less waste and energy in your developments.

As a chemical engineer you'll gain a flexible range of skills which will allow you to explore different career options from molecular biology, nanomaterials, chemistry, physics, mathematics and information technology.

Graduate in demand

  • You'll develop both traditional and emerging skills and expertise to work in a rapidly changing profession.
  • Benefit from the insights and expertise of world-leading researchers and highly-qualified academic staff.
  • With practical projects, guest lecturers from industry, internships and placements with leading engineering companies, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry connections you need to transition from university to the workplace.
  • Chemical engineers are employed in environmental protection, management and safety, natural resource use and the energy sector, and petroleum and petrochemical industries. Companies such as Bayer, Unilever, Pfizer, The Dow Chemical Company, Patheon Biologics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, GE Health Care, CSL, Fujifilm Healthcare, Manildra and Dalby Biorefinery employ chemical engineers.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

This field of study is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to design and build tomorrow’s integrated, multi-centred sustainable cities.

In both the developed and developing world, new technologies and engineering solutions are needed for sustainable development. Many advanced economies have recognised the urgency of finding these solutions and are developing new 'sustainable infrastructure' research initiatives.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. 

These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology. Industry needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear and demonstrable advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

You'll develop skills in specialist environmental-systems engineering along with civil engineering and be equipped to address complex, international and multidisciplinary problems.

Build a sustainable future

  • Sustainable development is an increasing priority for industries and governments and our civil and environmental engineering graduates have rewarding careers while contributing to global communities.
  • Learn how civil and environmental engineers contribute to policy development, and explore how new processes evolve to implementation.
  • This study area includes diverse electives and core subjects focusing on environmental modelling, risk management, project management, design and research.

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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 this major, you can study in areas including structural engineering, hydraulic engineering, transportation engineering, geomechanics, hydrology, construction, coastal engineering and economics.

Career paths lead to employment in private industry, commonwealth, state and local government, consulting engineering firms, construction companies, mining companies and research establishments.

Be in demand

  • Unleash your creative vision and gain the specialised skills you need to design and build a world that is beautiful, functional and sustainable
  • With highly experienced academic staff who are leaders in their fields, you will have access to the latest knowledge and some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry.

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Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

This dual major combines studies in electrical engineering with additional specialist study and project work in bioengineering.

Biomedical engineering bridges the gap between technology, medicine and biology. It integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences and engineering principles with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare through advanced technology.

From your first year, this major builds foundational knowledge in engineering, mathematics, biology and physics. This is followed by more advanced coursework and laboratory training, combining engineering analysis and design techniques with the biology and physiology of cells and organisms.

Employment opportunities include hospitals, biotechnology companies, medical equipment manufacturers, research institutes, and government health departments.

Join a groundbreaking industry

  • Electrical and biomedical engineers have revolutionised healthcare for entire populations with the invention of devices and machines such as pacemakers and ultrasounds.
  • Your studies will include how to design, construct and maintain health-monitoring devices and diagnostic systems.
  • Explore the fundamentals of medical signal processing, such as how to analyse electroencephalograms (EEGs), and explore how biomedical devices operate.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computer engineering encompasses hardware, software and systems, including how to build a computer-based device, how to program it and how to connect it to other devices.

Computer engineers are typically associated with the production of devices like iPads, laptops or PCs, but also play a vital role building computers that control machinery, medical instruments, cars, white goods, robots, communication equipment and satellites.

In this major, you'll learn about electrical engineering, computer engineering and information technology while developing the advanced skills of a professional engineer.

Join a growing industry

  • This degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry.
  • Electrical and computer engineers are highly valued in industries where advanced electrical and electronic equipment is designed, upgraded and maintained.
  • This degree will detail studies in computer hardware and software systems, with a strong focus on the computers embedded in machines and appliances.

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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.

This 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. It 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 paths can lead to roles in the telecommunications industry, computer industry, the mining and transport sector, or in power generation and transmission industries.

Global opportunities, global impact

  • This flexible and transportable degree will open opportunities with major companies across the globe.
  • This is a dynamic growth sector, and electrical engineers can access exciting opportunities with major internet, communications and power generation organisations. Many graduates establish their own companies early in their careers or work overseas. Electrical, computer, and biomedical engineers are employed by organisations such as Siemens, Phillips, Cochlear, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and ResMed.
  • Globally, more than 8 billion scans have been completed using world-leading magnetic resonance imaging technology developed at UQ.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

This dual major combines courses 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.

You'll study aerospace propulsion, design and manufacturing and then specialise in either the aeronautical or space engineering streams.

You can study topics including flight mechanics, aerospace composites, space engineering, hypersonic aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics.

Graduate job-ready

  • Companies such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, General Electric and Airbus typically employ mechanical and aerospace engineers for their specialist knowledge and technical skills.
  • While studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, you will learn how to apply sophisticated engineering principles to design air and spacecraft using emerging technology in state-of-the-art laboratories, such as UQ Innovate.
  • Access specially-designed, high-tech student interaction centre, Boeing at UQ, and gain first-hand experience in aeronautical engineering.
  • You will learn how to design and manufacture aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, drones, spacecraft and ground support facilities.

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Mechanical and Materials Engineering

This major combines studies in mechanical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering.

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 the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product. You'll work across a broad range of industries on everything from your phone screen and running shoes to aircraft wings and artificial skin, and in conjunction with mechanical engineering improve the performance of machines and structures.

Career paths can include design, operation, management, research and consulting in the automobile, whitegoods, steel, aluminium and polymer industries.

Graduate in demand

  • UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer this highly specialised major.
  • With a strong grounding in all aspects of materials engineering from material selection and failure analysis through to product design, research and development, and manufacturing processes, you will exit your degree with a highly valued qualification.
  • Mechanical and materials engineers are employed by private companies such as AlumniTech, TechExpo and Integra LifeSciences Corp.

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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.

In this major 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 paths can lead to roles in the automotive, aerospace, environmental, medical, power generation and building industries as well as in research, design and development, testing and manufacturing, program management, specialist consulting engineering firms, government agencies and educational institutions.

Graduate job-ready

  • You will learn how to design, manufacture and control machines and engines ranging from power generators through to manufacturing systems. You’ll also have access to innovative technologies and our specialist workshop areas (including our race car workshop) where you can practice your new skills.
  • Our graduates have the practical and advanced theoretical knowledge needed to step into roles that lead machinery development across the globe.

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Mechatronic Engineering

Mechatronic engineers integrate mechanical engineering with electronics, computer systems and advanced controls in order to design and construct products and processes.

They're typically involved with the design of automated and intelligent machines, including artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics, and are employed in areas including research and development, mining, aerospace and defence, or by government and industry groups.

This major provides a broad-based education in the basic principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. A large number of electives cover areas including engineering analysis and design, engineering mechanics, dynamics and automatic control, signals and communication, and electrical hardware and computer software.

Employment opportunities can be found in product developing and manufacturers, the mining industry, aerospace and defence sectors, and government and industry research groups.

Join a growing industry

  • Mechatronic engineers invent, design and create advanced robotic technology to meet the needs of our future world.
  • Mechatronic engineers are highly sought after as the demand for artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics continues to grow globally.
  • You will exit with qualifications that allow you to take advantage of employment opportunities in the aerospace, automotive, robotics, fabrication and processing, mining, shipping and rail sectors. 
  • Employers include BAE Systems, Arnott’s Australia, Epsom, Google, Amazon, Boeing ABB, Telstra, Uber and Accenture. These engineers can also be found in challenging consulting roles and within public departments and agencies such as the Department of Defence. 
     

Hands-on learning

Are you ready for one of the most hands-on mechatronic degrees in Australia? Do you want to learn how to retrieve a submarine from the ocean floor or build an autonomous drone?

Each year you will complete a hands-on, project-based subject as part of a student team. This will involve designing and building a system to solve a mechatronics task. Previous projects include a mini-rescue vehicle, autonomous drones, cars and sailboats, and submarine recovery.

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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.

Employment for graduates can be found in large multi-national companies, state and federal government departments and agencies, and in many small, specialised and emerging companies.

Join a growing industry

  • Digital information is everywhere and has the capacity to revolutionise the way that we live. In a digital future, the opportunities for software are as limitless as the human imagination.
  • Accredited software engineers establish their own companies or work with large corporations in the areas of software design, development, and advancement.
  • Software engineers are employed by leading organisations such as SAP, Oracle, IBM, eBay, LinkedIn, Google and Canon.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers create materials, devices and processes for better health outcomes.

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.

Biomedical engineers may be involved in the design, construction and development of health and monitoring devices and computers, implantable devices, diagnostic systems and therapeutic systems, cell and tissue engineering, and the development and manufacture of pharmaceuticals. They may also work with models of physiological function and prosthetics and implants.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Industry needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

View

Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

Combine engineering with science to develop new drug therapies, synthetic molecules and devices for medical, environmental and industrial applications.

This involves learning how to engineer living cells to produce a product, and how to design and optimise bioprocesses to manufacture bioproducts on a large scale.

Bioprocess engineers work on groundbreaking projects including the development of platform technologies to produce renewable chemicals, fuels, biodegradable plastics, biopharmaceuticals and medical imaging devices.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Business needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

View

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Chemical and environmental engineers apply the principles of engineering and science to protect and mitigate damage to the environment. They also develop environmentally friendly products and sustainable processes.

With this field of study, you'll tackle current and future environmental challenges as an accredited chemical engineer with additional technical expertise in environmental regulations and sustainable management of water, energy and waste.

You'll work on the development of sustainable systems and gain specialist skills in modelling and analytical measurement in laboratory, field and industrial settings, including basic sampling design and data analysis.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Business needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

View

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Chemical and materials engineering combines chemical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering.

Materials engineering involves the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials, such as metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites, give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities.

As a chemical and materials engineer, you'll apply your knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product while reducing emissions and waste.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner.

These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology. Industry needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear and demonstrable advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities. 

Solve real issues

  • You’ll explore the relationships between microstructures, mechanical properties, manufacturing and service performance and solve real problems informed by industry needs and the latest research.
  • You'll work across a broad range of exciting industries on everything from your phone screen, to running shoes, aircraft wings and artificial skin.

View

Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

This field of study provides a broad and thorough education in chemical engineering and specialist skills in metallurgy courses.

Metallurgical engineers play a key role in ensuring a sustainable society. Almost everything in the material world, including our major energy sources, is derived from minerals or a combination of recycled metals and materials.

Metallurgical engineers develop, design and carry out sustainable processes that transform raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products. They often work closely with mining engineers.

As a metallurgical engineer, you'll also design metal parts, solve problems and work on major high-tech projects, with the prospect of international travel.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology.

Business needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities. 

With your diverse range of skills and knowledge, you will be able to work in production operations, engineering design, consultancies, laboratories, marketing, finance and commerce, and in research and development.

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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.

In this major, you will develop the skills to design and create a diverse range of useful products and processes that enhance the lives of others. Valuable items like petrol, water purification, food processing and productions, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and artificial blood would not exist without chemical engineers.

You’ll learn how to make processing work more efficient, safe, economical and sustainable by producing less waste and energy in your developments.

As a chemical engineer you'll gain a flexible range of skills which will allow you to explore different career options from molecular biology, nanomaterials, chemistry, physics, mathematics and information technology.

Graduate in demand

  • You'll develop both traditional and emerging skills and expertise to work in a rapidly changing profession.
  • Benefit from the insights and expertise of world-leading researchers and highly-qualified academic staff.
  • With practical projects, guest lecturers from industry, internships and placements with leading engineering companies, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry connections you need to transition from university to the workplace.
  • Chemical engineers are employed in environmental protection, management and safety, natural resource use and the energy sector, and petroleum and petrochemical industries. Companies such as Bayer, Unilever, Pfizer, The Dow Chemical Company, Patheon Biologics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, GE Health Care, CSL, Fujifilm Healthcare, Manildra and Dalby Biorefinery employ chemical engineers.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

This field of study is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to design and build tomorrow’s integrated, multi-centred sustainable cities.

In both the developed and developing world, new technologies and engineering solutions are needed for sustainable development. Many advanced economies have recognised the urgency of finding these solutions and are developing new 'sustainable infrastructure' research initiatives.

This field of study combines our undergraduate engineering program with master’s level coursework and a semester-long placement or research thesis with an industry or research partner. 

These courses are designed to provide specialist knowledge of the various disciplines and place you closer to the leading edge of technology. Industry needs graduates who can apply new technologies to existing and emerging industries. The master’s courses will give you a clear and demonstrable advantage when applying for jobs that require advanced skills and capabilities.

You'll develop skills in specialist environmental-systems engineering along with civil engineering and be equipped to address complex, international and multidisciplinary problems.

Build a sustainable future

  • Sustainable development is an increasing priority for industries and governments and our civil and environmental engineering graduates have rewarding careers while contributing to global communities.
  • Learn how civil and environmental engineers contribute to policy development, and explore how new processes evolve to implementation.
  • This study area includes diverse electives and core subjects focusing on environmental modelling, risk management, project management, design and research.

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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 this major, you can study in areas including structural engineering, hydraulic engineering, transportation engineering, geomechanics, hydrology, construction, coastal engineering and economics.

Career paths lead to employment in private industry, commonwealth, state and local government, consulting engineering firms, construction companies, mining companies and research establishments.

Be in demand

  • Unleash your creative vision and gain the specialised skills you need to design and build a world that is beautiful, functional and sustainable
  • With highly experienced academic staff who are leaders in their fields, you will have access to the latest knowledge and some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry.

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Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

This dual major combines studies in electrical engineering with additional specialist study and project work in bioengineering.

Biomedical engineering bridges the gap between technology, medicine and biology. It integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences and engineering principles with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare through advanced technology.

From your first year, this major builds foundational knowledge in engineering, mathematics, biology and physics. This is followed by more advanced coursework and laboratory training, combining engineering analysis and design techniques with the biology and physiology of cells and organisms.

Employment opportunities include hospitals, biotechnology companies, medical equipment manufacturers, research institutes, and government health departments.

Join a groundbreaking industry

  • Electrical and biomedical engineers have revolutionised healthcare for entire populations with the invention of devices and machines such as pacemakers and ultrasounds.
  • Your studies will include how to design, construct and maintain health-monitoring devices and diagnostic systems.
  • Explore the fundamentals of medical signal processing, such as how to analyse electroencephalograms (EEGs), and explore how biomedical devices operate.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Computer engineering encompasses hardware, software and systems, including how to build a computer-based device, how to program it and how to connect it to other devices.

Computer engineers are typically associated with the production of devices like iPads, laptops or PCs, but also play a vital role building computers that control machinery, medical instruments, cars, white goods, robots, communication equipment and satellites.

In this major, you'll learn about electrical engineering, computer engineering and information technology while developing the advanced skills of a professional engineer.

Join a growing industry

  • This degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry.
  • Electrical and computer engineers are highly valued in industries where advanced electrical and electronic equipment is designed, upgraded and maintained.
  • This degree will detail studies in computer hardware and software systems, with a strong focus on the computers embedded in machines and appliances.

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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.

This 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. It 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 paths can lead to roles in the telecommunications industry, computer industry, the mining and transport sector, or in power generation and transmission industries.

Global opportunities, global impact

  • This flexible and transportable degree will open opportunities with major companies across the globe.
  • This is a dynamic growth sector, and electrical engineers can access exciting opportunities with major internet, communications and power generation organisations. Many graduates establish their own companies early in their careers or work overseas. Electrical, computer, and biomedical engineers are employed by organisations such as Siemens, Phillips, Cochlear, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and ResMed.
  • Globally, more than 8 billion scans have been completed using world-leading magnetic resonance imaging technology developed at UQ.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

This dual major combines courses 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.

You'll study aerospace propulsion, design and manufacturing and then specialise in either the aeronautical or space engineering streams.

You can study topics including flight mechanics, aerospace composites, space engineering, hypersonic aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics.

Graduate job-ready

  • Companies such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, General Electric and Airbus typically employ mechanical and aerospace engineers for their specialist knowledge and technical skills.
  • While studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, you will learn how to apply sophisticated engineering principles to design air and spacecraft using emerging technology in state-of-the-art laboratories, such as UQ Innovate.
  • Access specially-designed, high-tech student interaction centre, Boeing at UQ, and gain first-hand experience in aeronautical engineering.
  • You will learn how to design and manufacture aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, drones, spacecraft and ground support facilities.

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Mechanical and Materials Engineering

This major combines studies in mechanical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering.

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 the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product. You'll work across a broad range of industries on everything from your phone screen and running shoes to aircraft wings and artificial skin, and in conjunction with mechanical engineering improve the performance of machines and structures.

Career paths can include design, operation, management, research and consulting in the automobile, whitegoods, steel, aluminium and polymer industries.

Graduate in demand

  • UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer this highly specialised major.
  • With a strong grounding in all aspects of materials engineering from material selection and failure analysis through to product design, research and development, and manufacturing processes, you will exit your degree with a highly valued qualification.
  • Mechanical and materials engineers are employed by private companies such as AlumniTech, TechExpo and Integra LifeSciences Corp.

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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.

In this major 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 paths can lead to roles in the automotive, aerospace, environmental, medical, power generation and building industries as well as in research, design and development, testing and manufacturing, program management, specialist consulting engineering firms, government agencies and educational institutions.

Graduate job-ready

  • You will learn how to design, manufacture and control machines and engines ranging from power generators through to manufacturing systems. You’ll also have access to innovative technologies and our specialist workshop areas (including our race car workshop) where you can practice your new skills.
  • Our graduates have the practical and advanced theoretical knowledge needed to step into roles that lead machinery development across the globe.

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Mechatronic Engineering

Mechatronic engineers integrate mechanical engineering with electronics, computer systems and advanced controls in order to design and construct products and processes.

They're typically involved with the design of automated and intelligent machines, including artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics, and are employed in areas including research and development, mining, aerospace and defence, or by government and industry groups.

This major provides a broad-based education in the basic principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. A large number of electives cover areas including engineering analysis and design, engineering mechanics, dynamics and automatic control, signals and communication, and electrical hardware and computer software.

Employment opportunities can be found in product developing and manufacturers, the mining industry, aerospace and defence sectors, and government and industry research groups.

Join a growing industry

  • Mechatronic engineers invent, design and create advanced robotic technology to meet the needs of our future world.
  • Mechatronic engineers are highly sought after as the demand for artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics continues to grow globally.
  • You will exit with qualifications that allow you to take advantage of employment opportunities in the aerospace, automotive, robotics, fabrication and processing, mining, shipping and rail sectors. 
  • Employers include BAE Systems, Arnott’s Australia, Epsom, Google, Amazon, Boeing ABB, Telstra, Uber and Accenture. These engineers can also be found in challenging consulting roles and within public departments and agencies such as the Department of Defence. 
     

Hands-on learning

Are you ready for one of the most hands-on mechatronic degrees in Australia? Do you want to learn how to retrieve a submarine from the ocean floor or build an autonomous drone?

Each year you will complete a hands-on, project-based subject as part of a student team. This will involve designing and building a system to solve a mechatronics task. Previous projects include a mini-rescue vehicle, autonomous drones, cars and sailboats, and submarine recovery.

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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.

Employment for graduates can be found in large multi-national companies, state and federal government departments and agencies, and in many small, specialised and emerging companies.

Join a growing industry

  • Digital information is everywhere and has the capacity to revolutionise the way that we live. In a digital future, the opportunities for software are as limitless as the human imagination.
  • Accredited software engineers establish their own companies or work with large corporations in the areas of software design, development, and advancement.
  • Software engineers are employed by leading organisations such as SAP, Oracle, IBM, eBay, LinkedIn, Google and Canon.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,520

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering is 717111.

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Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering is 2350.

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Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • Direct Entry Applicants: Applications must be lodged via the Online Application Form by May 31 of the year of commencement to commence in semester 2; and by 30 November of the previous year to commence in semester 1. Internal Applicants: Apply via the Program Change Request on my Si-net, by the Friday before Orientation Week each Semester.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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