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Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Computer Science

Overview

This dual program is your ticket to a role building the next generation of leading-edge technologies with major companies across the globe.

By studying the dual program, you'll obtain two sought-after qualifications in less time than studying the programs separately. The skills and knowledge you'll develop through the computer science program will complement your engineering expertise, and together they'll allow you to carve out a career in the high-tech industries of the future.

UQ's engineering program offers the largest choice of engineering disciplines in Queensland, with 5 core specialisations and 14 majors to choose from. The flexible curriculum will equip you to work in both established and newly emerging areas of engineering.

You'll benefit from hands-on experiences across all aspects of engineering, more study options for greater career opportunities, and direct contact with industry – your future employers – threaded throughout your degree.

Computer science combines the theoretical studies of algorithms and data structures with the practical challenges of implementing them in hardware and software systems. Through this program you'll develop the strong analytical, logical and development skills necessary to advance computing and its applications. You can specialise in cyber security, data science, machine learning, programming languages or scientific computing.

You'll graduate with qualifications that are highly valued and in demand, ready for an exciting career in leading-edge technology.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
5.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717721
Program Code
2489
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45120 (indicative per year)
Duration
5.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717721
Program Code
2489
CRICOS Code
096362B
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Join the university with the largest range of engineering disciplines in the state.
  • Combine solid technology foundations and computer science skills with an engineering speciality to supercharge your career options.
  • Graduate with skills that are in high demand from some of the world's largest corporations, such as Apple, Google, Oracle and Microsoft.

1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

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

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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
  • Civil engineer
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Electrical engineer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Mining engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Technical business analyst
  • Mechatronic engineer

Graduate salary

Engineering (undergraduate)

$64K–$66K

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Graduate salary

Computing and information systems (undergraduate)

$58K–$62K

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Next steps after graduation

  • 82.5% of UQ Computer and Information Systems graduates are in full-time employment (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, 2019).
  • All of Australia's top five emerging jobs feature automation or Artificial Intelligence (AI) skills (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report Australia).
  • Demand for technology workers will grow by 100,000 between 2018 and 2024 (ACS Australia's Digital Pulse 2019).

Program accreditation

The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Computer Science 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.
Students without Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) may be required to undertake preparatory courses beyond the 88 units for the program and may not be able to complete the program in the minimum time frame without overloading or undertaking summer study.

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.
Students without Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) may be required to undertake preparatory courses beyond the 88 units for the program and may not be able to complete the program in the minimum time frame without overloading or undertaking summer study.

Entry score threshold

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78732

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

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Computer Science 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

Entry score range

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

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median3 / 963 / 96
Lowest8 / 847 / 88

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

<5<5

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
3386.84%
  • 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

<5<5

Total

38100%

"<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.

Majors

Specialisations

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

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers play a critical role in transforming raw materials into useful products such as healthy foods, clean water, metals, medicines and sustainable energy.

Drawing on detailed process development, modelling and systems thinking, chemical engineers apply new approaches and big-picture thinking to reduce waste and energy consumption.

In this hands-on specialisation you'll explore topics including energy and mass flows, safety and sustainability, and the possibilities of interconnected systems.

You will 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 needed to transition from university to the workplace.

Tailor your specialisation in chemical engineering with majors that meet your interests and career goals. Chemical engineering offers these options:

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Civil Engineering

In civil engineering you will study how to plan, design, construct and maintain infrastructure such as buildings, dams, airports and transport networks. You will also learn how to protect and improve the natural environment while meeting the changing needs of society.

The civil engineering specialisation enables you to develop technical skills in building materials, the design of structures, hydrology, geotechnical engineering, fire safety and transport systems.

This is complemented with an understanding of natural systems and the analysis techniques used to examine how both the built and natural environments perform and adapt to environmental challenges such as climate change and associated shifts in rainfall, wind, flooding and natural disasters, as well as future population needs.

With a focus on applying engineering expertise to develop practical solutions, combined with regular interactions with the civil engineering industry and world-class academic staff, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry links that will enable you to immediately contribute to the engineering profession.

Tailor your specialisation in civil engineering with majors or minors that meet your interests and career goals. Civil engineering offers these options:

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Electrical Engineering

Are you passionate about renewable energy? Do you want to discover new ways to generate power? Are you interested in building digital devices that transmit data across the world?

Within the electrical engineering specialisation, you will learn to design and manage equipment and investigate embedded systems that contribute to almost every sector of society.

These systems include smartphones, electrical power and renewable energy, medical imaging for healthcare, electrical appliances for homes, scientific instruments for laboratories, lasers for high-speed communication and satellite systems for remote sensing.

With much of your coursework being hands-on, you'll leave UQ with highly regarded specialist technical skills. This flexible and transportable degree will open opportunities with companies across the globe.

Electrical engineers work in exciting roles in major internet, communications and power generation organisations. Many graduates establish their own companies early in their careers or work overseas.

Depending on the major you choose, career paths can lead to roles in the telecommunications industry, computer industry, the mining and transport sector, or in power generation and transmission industries.

Our electrical, computer, and biomedical engineers have been employed by organisations such as Siemens, Phillips, Cochlear, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and ResMed.

Tailor your specialisation in electrical engineering with majors that meet your interests and career goals. Electrical engineering offers these options:

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Mechanical Engineering

From planes, trains and automobiles through to artificial hearts, elevators and the world’s largest power stations, mechanical engineering involves anything and everything with moving parts.

In this broad specialisation, 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 practise your new skills.

You will study air, heat and energy flows, and learn how to control and automate machines. Using your strong analytical skills, you will identify and develop solutions for all kinds of mechanical challenges, and gain an excellent understanding of how machines are used in everyday conveniences from refrigerators to sound production, roller-coasters and computers.

You will develop expertise in creating precision machinery and apply the fundamentals of physics, chemistry, biology and technology to leverage the latest advances in cutting-edge nanotechnology.

Tailor your specialisation in mechanical engineering with majors that meet your interests and career goals. Mechanical engineering offers these options:

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Mechatronic Engineering

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?

This specialisation begins with the study of design principles, mechatronic systems, theory, communication skills and ethics. Your studies will incorporate the dynamics and materials of mechanical engineering along with electrical elements such as circuit design.

You'll explore concepts and practical applications in areas including artificial intelligence, signal and systems theory, and control theory. This knowledge will also be integrated with computer science as you learn how mechanical and electrical components work together.

Each year you'll 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. You'll also complete a robotics project in your third year of study.

Depending on the major you choose, employment opportunities can be found in product development and manufacturing, mining, aerospace and defence, transport, and government and industry research groups.

Mechatronic engineers are highly sought after for roles involving artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics. Employers include BAE Systems, Arnott’s Australia, Epsom, Google, Amazon, Boeing ABB, Telstra, Uber and Accenture.

Tailor your specialisation in mechatronic engineering with majors that meet your interests and career goals. Mechatronic engineering offers these options:

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Majors

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

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering is all about flight, whether that’s planes, helicopters or rockets.

Mechanical engineers with a major in aerospace engineering design fuel-efficient aircraft that cut emissions, design the fleets of satellites that power modern GPS technology, and create the next generation of spacecraft for missions to Mars and beyond.

You'll learn how to design and manufacture aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, drones, spacecraft and ground support facilities.

This dynamic major incorporates industry-based project work to help ensure graduates future-proof their careers through the development of powerful industry connections and professional networks.

Employment opportunities are available locally, domestically and globally and include Boeing, Airbus, Gilmour Space, Nova Defence, Northrop, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Defence Science and Technology and BAE Systems.

This major is available to study within the mechanical engineering specialisation.

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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 pharmaceuticals. You may also work with models of physiological function and prosthetics and implants.

Depending on your chosen specialisation, you may find employment with hospitals, biotechnology companies, medical equipment manufacturers, research institutes and government health departments.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The biomedical engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers with a major in biomedical engineering look at how we can engineer materials, devices and processes to deliver therapeutics.

Applications range from nanoparticles for precise delivery of medicines, bioprinted patient-specific tissues and organs, devices to detect and treat illnesses before they impact our health, and the large scale manufacture of immune cells to fight cancer or cardiac cells to treat a broken heart.

This involves learning how to apply the critical and deep systems thinking intrinsic to chemical engineering design and processes to one of the most complicated and integrated biological systems we know – the human body.

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Electrical engineering

Electrical and biomedical engineers have revolutionised healthcare for entire populations by inventing devices and machines such as pacemakers and ultrasounds. Some may say that biomedical engineers are responsible for saving more lives than doctors.

Electrical engineering with a major in biomedical engineering connects technology and medicine. This major incorporates all electrical engineering subjects, with specialised coursework in the use of electronics in healthcare.

Your studies will include how to design, construct and maintain health-monitoring devices and diagnostic systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs).

You'll explore the fundamentals of medical signal processing, such as how to analyse electroencephalograms (EEGs), and explore how biomedical devices operate. You'll also learn how to interpret the electrical signals produced by these devices.

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Mechanical engineering

Working in the biomedical industry, mechanical engineers change lives. You may create better, more lifelike artificial limbs to improve quality of life for injured and disabled people. Pacemakers, artificial valves and even robotic surgical assistants are all the work of mechanical engineers, as well as the running blades used at Paralympic events.

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Bioprocess Engineering

Bioprocess engineers create processes and products that support the development of a healthy and sustainable world.

Bioprocess engineering combines the core principles of chemical engineering and biology for scalable production of medicines, such as vaccines during pandemics, foods, and beverages.

The same principles are applied to treating wastewater and converting waste streams into valuable products, such as biofuels or biodegradable plastics.

This involves engineering living cells to produce desirable products and designing and optimising processes to manufacture bioproducts at scale to benefit society.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The bioprocess engineering major is available to study within the chemical engineering specialisation.

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Computer Engineering

Do you want to create the next generation of iPads, laptops or PCs?

Are you interested in building computers that control machinery, medical instruments, cars, whitegoods, robots, communications equipment and satellites?

Computer engineers design and manage computer-based systems, including any device that has a computer embedded in it. That's almost every device these days – ranging from smart watches and devices, network routers and conventional desktop and laptop computers to the hundreds of computer chips that can be found in modern cars and more that will be found in future self-driving cars.

This major will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry. During your studies, you'll gain skills in digital logic design, computer networks, embedded and desktop operating systems, microcontroller selection and programming, electronics, telecommunications and signal processing.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The computer engineering major is available in the following specialisations.

Electrical engineering

Electrical engineers with a major in computer engineering design and manage computer-based systems, including any device with a computer embedded in it.

This is almost every device these days, ranging from smart watches to smart home devices, smart home appliances to network routers and conventional desktop and laptop computers, to the hundreds of computer chips that can be found in modern cars and future self-driving cars.

This major will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry.

During your studies, you'll gain skills in digital logic design, computer networks, embedded and desktop operating systems, microcontroller selection and programming, electronics, telecommunications and signal processing.

See the electrical engineering specialisation

Mechatronic engineering

Mechatronic engineers with a major in computer engineering design and manage computer-based systems, including any device with a computer embedded in it.

This is almost every device these days, ranging from smart watches to smart home devices, smart home appliances to network routers and conventional desktop and laptop computers, to the hundreds of computer chips that can be found in modern cars and future self-driving cars.

This major will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry.

During your studies, you'll gain skills in digital logic design, computer networks, embedded and desktop operating systems, microcontroller selection and programming, electronics, telecommunications and signal processing.

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Cyber Security

As computers become increasingly interconnected and support more services than ever, securing these systems becomes more challenging and more crucial.

By studying cyber security, you'll learn the fundamental processes and practices to protect computing systems from attack, damage or unauthorised access.

You'll study secure programming techniques and ethical hacking to safeguard individuals, businesses and governments against cybercrime, and you'll graduate with highly valued and employable skills.

Career paths can lead to roles such as cyber security analyst, cyber systems engineer or information security officer.

Join a growing industry

  • Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).
  • By 2026, Australia will need 18,000 more cyber security workers.
  • Australia’s external spending on cyber security products and services grew by eight per cent in 2018 to $3.9 billion (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).

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Data Science

Our world is recording more data than we have the ability to process, which presents enormous challenges associated with data storage, management and analysis.

You'll learn comprehensive and fundamental techniques for end-to-end processing that transforms data into information, and prepare to become one of the new breed of data science professionals.

This major will prepare you for a career in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • The rise of big data means data scientists are now some of the most in-demand professionals in the world.
  • Data scientist was the #7 top emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

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Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers are responsible for ensuring the resilience and sustainability of our natural ecosystems and urban environments.

There are few global challenges that environmental engineering doesn’t impact. Through this diverse and practical branch of engineering you’ll be able to drive real progress on the issues that matter and the ways we live.

The environmental engineering major equips future engineers with the ability to address the challenges of today and those that will emerge in the future.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The environmental engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers with a major in environmental engineering design sustainable technologies and processes.

They apply engineering knowledge to environmental systems. Your studies will explore the challenges and opportunities of designing more sustainable products and processes, and how to evaluate and address trade-offs between environmental, social and economic indicators.

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Civil engineering

Civil engineers with a major in environmental engineering enhance the resilience and sustainability of our natural ecosystems and urban environments.

This requires integration of technical innovations, design and development with an understanding of natural systems.

You will explore how to assess, measure and develop solutions for managing resources such as energy, water, building materials, food and waste in an efficient and cost effect way without harming the environment.

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Fire Safety Engineering

Fire safety engineers implement novel engineering solutions across multiple disciplines and industries.

Their work influences various aspects of the built environment, from the design of modern skyscrapers to the materials chosen to fabricate aeroplanes.

UQ offers Australia’s only dedicated fire safety engineering program.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The fire safety engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Civil engineering

This major helps produce graduates who understand the design principles required to improve fire and life safety so we can build more resilient cities and communities.

See the civil engineering specialisation

Mechanical engineering

This major develops the design principles required for applying fire safety engineering in the built environment to improve fire and life safety, and implement novel engineering solutions across multiple disciplines and industries.

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General Civil Engineering

Develop your fundamental knowledge of all sub-disciplines of civil engineering.

You'll be well placed to solve and manage engineering problems across the natural and built environments, including building design, dams and flood protection systems, analysis and design of earth structures and foundations, transport system design and analysis, and pollution management.

This expertise will position you to immediately contribute to traditional and new projects right across the civil engineering profession.  

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The general civil engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Geotechnical Engineering

Understanding and predicting the behaviour of soil and rock as earth materials is imperative for creating safe, sustainable and economical civil engineering solutions.

Geotechnical engineers apply scientific principles and engineering methods for developing civil engineering infrastructure on the surface and within the ground including prediction, mitigation and prevention of geological hazards.

The major in geotechnical engineering is unique in Australia and designed to meet the demands of mining companies, geotechnical consultations and construction managers, who look for graduates with a qualification in geotechnical engineering. 

The courses offered as part of this major will extend fundamental knowledge of the geotechnics of soils and rock to explore more complex processes, such as those associated with tunnels, mining operations, dams, roads, underground structures and waste management facilities.

State-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities combined with world-leading lectures and strong industry engagement will provide graduates of this major with a strong foundation from which they can contribute immediately to geotechnical engineering projects in industry.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The geotechnical engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Machine Learning

Machine learning is the study of algorithms that automatically improve performance with experience.

These algorithms allow computers do things like automatically identify and harness useful data to help decision making, find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look, and predict outcomes of certain policies to help authorities design effective policies.

You'll graduate with skills at the forefront of this massive growth area as society looks for automated and continuous improvements on how to enhance business and our lives through the use of computing systems and data.

These skills can be applied in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • Artificial intelligence specialist was the #1 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).
  • AI could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy in 2030 (PwC research).
  • New AI technologies will require highly-skilled workers who can develop and maintain complex systems and applications.

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Materials Engineering

Materials engineers make new materials and improve existing materials by making them more functional, sustainable and affordable.

Materials – metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites – give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities.

Materials engineers improve the way we do things. They 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 help to improve the performance of machines and structures.

Depending on your specialisation, 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.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The materials engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers with a major in materials engineering develop strategies for effective reuse and recycling of products as we work towards a circular economy. You will learn how to design, select, and process materials to make valuable products.

Your studies will explore a wide range of applications, from biomaterials and nanomaterials to 3D printing at scale.

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Mechanical engineering

Materials engineers with a major in materials engineering assess mechanical processes and find ways to make them more efficient, safer, and deliver better quality. This means they directly affect almost every major mechanical industry in the world, from water supply and oil and gas through to pharmaceuticals and food manufacturing.

You will learn how to select, process and develop materials to design and make products, explore the impacts of temperature during processing, as well as the relationships between microstructures, mechanical properties, manufacturing and service performance.

Mechanical and materials engineers are employed by private companies such as AlumniTech, TechExpo and Integra LifeSciences Corp.

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Metallurgical Engineering

Metallurgical engineers play a vital role in developing, managing and improving the processes required to transform ore into metals and recycle metals into useful products.

With a strong focus on efficiency and sustainability, these engineers are involved in the physical and chemical processing of metals from crushing, extraction and purification through to product development.

In this major, you will study the modelling, design, economics of resource industry processes.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The metallurgical engineering major is available to study within the chemical engineering specialisation.

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Mining Engineering

Our new approach to mining engineering education gives you flexible options.

You'll study the fundamentals of mining engineering as a major in civil, mechanical, or mechatronic engineering. This will give you the foundational knowledge of mining engineering and more career opportunities in the resource sector.

The new major also enables multi-sector opportunities in the resources sector, as well as the mining, equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors. You’ll graduate with more career opportunities and industry benefits, with a more diverse pool of engineers with mining engineering education joining the industry.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The mining engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers with a major in mining engineering look at all phases of mining operations with a focus in geomechanics. 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.

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Mechanical Engineering

As a mechanical engineer with a major in mining engineering, you will help ensure our communities have the vital metals and minerals we need for the steel frames in our buildings through to the microprocessors in our laptops.

In this major, you’ll cover the big-picture challenges facing the minerals, mining and resource industries. You’ll study the fundamentals of mining engineering as a major in mechanical engineering, giving you the foundational knowledge and more career opportunities in the resource sector.

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Mechatronic Engineering

Mining is one of the most technologically advanced industries in Australia and the future of the resource sector is automation.

In this major, you’ll explore concepts and practical applications in artificial intelligence, signal and system theory and control theory and how this is applied in the resources industry.

You’ll learn how to design and manufacture industrial robots and smart machines that are aware of their surroundings and can make informed decisions, leading to safer and more productive jobs.

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Programming Languages

Programming languages are the building blocks of software in computer science.

Covering the different paradigms of programming, this major focuses on the design of computer languages that can be easily used to create programs.

You will study the craft and science of programming, and graduate with the skills to enable the construction of effective programming languages and reliable software.

Programming opens doors beyond tech

  • Programmers write software that can be used to create websites, build computer networks, help doctors treat patients, or even drive a car.
  • Half of all programming roles are in finance, manufacturing, health care, and other sectors outside of the technology industry.
  • Coding skills can take you places: data analytics, scientists, engineers and designers all use coding.

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Scientific Computing

You will study algorithms for mathematical analysis.

Computers hold the key for fast and efficient analysis of complex scientific problems. However, computers are digital systems, requiring discrete inputs and outputs, while mathematical analysis often relies on continuous functions. Therefore, careful approximations are necessary to enable computers to analyse complex mathematical functions.

You'll graduate with skills used in various scientific endeavours, including in hospitals and university medical research and big pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies across the public and private sectors.

Join a growing industry

  • Help solve the complex scientific problems of the future using mathematical analysis.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • Data engineer was the #8 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

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Structural Engineering

Structural engineers must constantly evolve to anticipate the materials, environments, and technologies that will shape our future buildings.

They use innovative materials and manufacturing methods to design efficient, adaptable, and sustainable building infrastructure.

Because this infrastructure must be resilient in the face of a changing environment, structural engineers must also understand the future hazards and risks likely to arise – whether from cyclones, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.

Develop the capacity to create innovative solutions to structural engineering challenges using a variety of materials including steel, timber and concrete, and solve advanced design problems. 

You'll learn how to apply digital design and construction technologies and build your understanding of the role of wind loading, fire safety and sustainable design.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The structural engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Transport Engineering

Transport engineers work to make our everyday travel smarter and faster.

They harness the power of big data analytics to learn more about how people travel around cities, and design new ways to shape their movement to reduce the density and congestion of our transport networks.

The expanding information environment is also being harnessed by transport engineers to drive future mobility innovations such as integration of autonomous and electric vehicles, and use of predictive video analytics to identify and prevent crashes.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The transport engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Water and Marine Engineering

Coastal and hydraulic engineers design and protect our urban waterways, hydraulic structures, coastlines, and oceans.

Advanced monitoring and modelling technologies allow them to predict and mitigate the risks of coastal flooding, land loss, and beach erosion.

These same tools allow them to work to restore large areas of coral reef and lead Australia’s efforts in finding promising locations for tidal and wave energy production.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The water and marine engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Specialisations

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

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers play a critical role in transforming raw materials into useful products such as healthy foods, clean water, metals, medicines and sustainable energy.

Drawing on detailed process development, modelling and systems thinking, chemical engineers apply new approaches and big-picture thinking to reduce waste and energy consumption.

In this hands-on specialisation you'll explore topics including energy and mass flows, safety and sustainability, and the possibilities of interconnected systems.

You will 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 needed to transition from university to the workplace.

Tailor your specialisation in chemical engineering with majors that meet your interests and career goals. Chemical engineering offers these options:

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Civil Engineering

In civil engineering you will study how to plan, design, construct and maintain infrastructure such as buildings, dams, airports and transport networks. You will also learn how to protect and improve the natural environment while meeting the changing needs of society.

The civil engineering specialisation enables you to develop technical skills in building materials, the design of structures, hydrology, geotechnical engineering, fire safety and transport systems.

This is complemented with an understanding of natural systems and the analysis techniques used to examine how both the built and natural environments perform and adapt to environmental challenges such as climate change and associated shifts in rainfall, wind, flooding and natural disasters, as well as future population needs.

With a focus on applying engineering expertise to develop practical solutions, combined with regular interactions with the civil engineering industry and world-class academic staff, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry links that will enable you to immediately contribute to the engineering profession.

Tailor your specialisation in civil engineering with majors or minors that meet your interests and career goals. Civil engineering offers these options:

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Electrical Engineering

Are you passionate about renewable energy? Do you want to discover new ways to generate power? Are you interested in building digital devices that transmit data across the world?

Within the electrical engineering specialisation, you will learn to design and manage equipment and investigate embedded systems that contribute to almost every sector of society.

These systems include smartphones, electrical power and renewable energy, medical imaging for healthcare, electrical appliances for homes, scientific instruments for laboratories, lasers for high-speed communication and satellite systems for remote sensing.

With much of your coursework being hands-on, you'll leave UQ with highly regarded specialist technical skills. This flexible and transportable degree will open opportunities with companies across the globe.

Electrical engineers work in exciting roles in major internet, communications and power generation organisations. Many graduates establish their own companies early in their careers or work overseas.

Depending on the major you choose, career paths can lead to roles in the telecommunications industry, computer industry, the mining and transport sector, or in power generation and transmission industries.

Our electrical, computer, and biomedical engineers have been employed by organisations such as Siemens, Phillips, Cochlear, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and ResMed.

Tailor your specialisation in electrical engineering with majors that meet your interests and career goals. Electrical engineering offers these options:

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Mechanical Engineering

From planes, trains and automobiles through to artificial hearts, elevators and the world’s largest power stations, mechanical engineering involves anything and everything with moving parts.

In this broad specialisation, 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 practise your new skills.

You will study air, heat and energy flows, and learn how to control and automate machines. Using your strong analytical skills, you will identify and develop solutions for all kinds of mechanical challenges, and gain an excellent understanding of how machines are used in everyday conveniences from refrigerators to sound production, roller-coasters and computers.

You will develop expertise in creating precision machinery and apply the fundamentals of physics, chemistry, biology and technology to leverage the latest advances in cutting-edge nanotechnology.

Tailor your specialisation in mechanical engineering with majors that meet your interests and career goals. Mechanical engineering offers these options:

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Mechatronic Engineering

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?

This specialisation begins with the study of design principles, mechatronic systems, theory, communication skills and ethics. Your studies will incorporate the dynamics and materials of mechanical engineering along with electrical elements such as circuit design.

You'll explore concepts and practical applications in areas including artificial intelligence, signal and systems theory, and control theory. This knowledge will also be integrated with computer science as you learn how mechanical and electrical components work together.

Each year you'll 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. You'll also complete a robotics project in your third year of study.

Depending on the major you choose, employment opportunities can be found in product development and manufacturing, mining, aerospace and defence, transport, and government and industry research groups.

Mechatronic engineers are highly sought after for roles involving artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery and avionics. Employers include BAE Systems, Arnott’s Australia, Epsom, Google, Amazon, Boeing ABB, Telstra, Uber and Accenture.

Tailor your specialisation in mechatronic engineering with majors that meet your interests and career goals. Mechatronic engineering offers these options:

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Majors

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

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering is all about flight, whether that’s planes, helicopters or rockets.

Mechanical engineers with a major in aerospace engineering design fuel-efficient aircraft that cut emissions, design the fleets of satellites that power modern GPS technology, and create the next generation of spacecraft for missions to Mars and beyond.

You'll learn how to design and manufacture aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, drones, spacecraft and ground support facilities.

This dynamic major incorporates industry-based project work to help ensure graduates future-proof their careers through the development of powerful industry connections and professional networks.

Employment opportunities are available locally, domestically and globally and include Boeing, Airbus, Gilmour Space, Nova Defence, Northrop, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Defence Science and Technology and BAE Systems.

This major is available to study within the mechanical engineering specialisation.

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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 pharmaceuticals. You may also work with models of physiological function and prosthetics and implants.

Depending on your chosen specialisation, you may find employment with hospitals, biotechnology companies, medical equipment manufacturers, research institutes and government health departments.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The biomedical engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers with a major in biomedical engineering look at how we can engineer materials, devices and processes to deliver therapeutics.

Applications range from nanoparticles for precise delivery of medicines, bioprinted patient-specific tissues and organs, devices to detect and treat illnesses before they impact our health, and the large scale manufacture of immune cells to fight cancer or cardiac cells to treat a broken heart.

This involves learning how to apply the critical and deep systems thinking intrinsic to chemical engineering design and processes to one of the most complicated and integrated biological systems we know – the human body.

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Electrical engineering

Electrical and biomedical engineers have revolutionised healthcare for entire populations by inventing devices and machines such as pacemakers and ultrasounds. Some may say that biomedical engineers are responsible for saving more lives than doctors.

Electrical engineering with a major in biomedical engineering connects technology and medicine. This major incorporates all electrical engineering subjects, with specialised coursework in the use of electronics in healthcare.

Your studies will include how to design, construct and maintain health-monitoring devices and diagnostic systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs).

You'll explore the fundamentals of medical signal processing, such as how to analyse electroencephalograms (EEGs), and explore how biomedical devices operate. You'll also learn how to interpret the electrical signals produced by these devices.

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Mechanical engineering

Working in the biomedical industry, mechanical engineers change lives. You may create better, more lifelike artificial limbs to improve quality of life for injured and disabled people. Pacemakers, artificial valves and even robotic surgical assistants are all the work of mechanical engineers, as well as the running blades used at Paralympic events.

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Bioprocess Engineering

Bioprocess engineers create processes and products that support the development of a healthy and sustainable world.

Bioprocess engineering combines the core principles of chemical engineering and biology for scalable production of medicines, such as vaccines during pandemics, foods, and beverages.

The same principles are applied to treating wastewater and converting waste streams into valuable products, such as biofuels or biodegradable plastics.

This involves engineering living cells to produce desirable products and designing and optimising processes to manufacture bioproducts at scale to benefit society.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The bioprocess engineering major is available to study within the chemical engineering specialisation.

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Computer Engineering

Do you want to create the next generation of iPads, laptops or PCs?

Are you interested in building computers that control machinery, medical instruments, cars, whitegoods, robots, communications equipment and satellites?

Computer engineers design and manage computer-based systems, including any device that has a computer embedded in it. That's almost every device these days – ranging from smart watches and devices, network routers and conventional desktop and laptop computers to the hundreds of computer chips that can be found in modern cars and more that will be found in future self-driving cars.

This major will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry. During your studies, you'll gain skills in digital logic design, computer networks, embedded and desktop operating systems, microcontroller selection and programming, electronics, telecommunications and signal processing.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The computer engineering major is available in the following specialisations.

Electrical engineering

Electrical engineers with a major in computer engineering design and manage computer-based systems, including any device with a computer embedded in it.

This is almost every device these days, ranging from smart watches to smart home devices, smart home appliances to network routers and conventional desktop and laptop computers, to the hundreds of computer chips that can be found in modern cars and future self-driving cars.

This major will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry.

During your studies, you'll gain skills in digital logic design, computer networks, embedded and desktop operating systems, microcontroller selection and programming, electronics, telecommunications and signal processing.

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Mechatronic engineering

Mechatronic engineers with a major in computer engineering design and manage computer-based systems, including any device with a computer embedded in it.

This is almost every device these days, ranging from smart watches to smart home devices, smart home appliances to network routers and conventional desktop and laptop computers, to the hundreds of computer chips that can be found in modern cars and future self-driving cars.

This major will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry.

During your studies, you'll gain skills in digital logic design, computer networks, embedded and desktop operating systems, microcontroller selection and programming, electronics, telecommunications and signal processing.

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Cyber Security

As computers become increasingly interconnected and support more services than ever, securing these systems becomes more challenging and more crucial.

By studying cyber security, you'll learn the fundamental processes and practices to protect computing systems from attack, damage or unauthorised access.

You'll study secure programming techniques and ethical hacking to safeguard individuals, businesses and governments against cybercrime, and you'll graduate with highly valued and employable skills.

Career paths can lead to roles such as cyber security analyst, cyber systems engineer or information security officer.

Join a growing industry

  • Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).
  • By 2026, Australia will need 18,000 more cyber security workers.
  • Australia’s external spending on cyber security products and services grew by eight per cent in 2018 to $3.9 billion (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).

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Data Science

Our world is recording more data than we have the ability to process, which presents enormous challenges associated with data storage, management and analysis.

You'll learn comprehensive and fundamental techniques for end-to-end processing that transforms data into information, and prepare to become one of the new breed of data science professionals.

This major will prepare you for a career in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • The rise of big data means data scientists are now some of the most in-demand professionals in the world.
  • Data scientist was the #7 top emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

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Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers are responsible for ensuring the resilience and sustainability of our natural ecosystems and urban environments.

There are few global challenges that environmental engineering doesn’t impact. Through this diverse and practical branch of engineering you’ll be able to drive real progress on the issues that matter and the ways we live.

The environmental engineering major equips future engineers with the ability to address the challenges of today and those that will emerge in the future.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The environmental engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers with a major in environmental engineering design sustainable technologies and processes.

They apply engineering knowledge to environmental systems. Your studies will explore the challenges and opportunities of designing more sustainable products and processes, and how to evaluate and address trade-offs between environmental, social and economic indicators.

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Civil engineering

Civil engineers with a major in environmental engineering enhance the resilience and sustainability of our natural ecosystems and urban environments.

This requires integration of technical innovations, design and development with an understanding of natural systems.

You will explore how to assess, measure and develop solutions for managing resources such as energy, water, building materials, food and waste in an efficient and cost effect way without harming the environment.

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Fire Safety Engineering

Fire safety engineers implement novel engineering solutions across multiple disciplines and industries.

Their work influences various aspects of the built environment, from the design of modern skyscrapers to the materials chosen to fabricate aeroplanes.

UQ offers Australia’s only dedicated fire safety engineering program.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The fire safety engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Civil engineering

This major helps produce graduates who understand the design principles required to improve fire and life safety so we can build more resilient cities and communities.

See the civil engineering specialisation

Mechanical engineering

This major develops the design principles required for applying fire safety engineering in the built environment to improve fire and life safety, and implement novel engineering solutions across multiple disciplines and industries.

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General Civil Engineering

Develop your fundamental knowledge of all sub-disciplines of civil engineering.

You'll be well placed to solve and manage engineering problems across the natural and built environments, including building design, dams and flood protection systems, analysis and design of earth structures and foundations, transport system design and analysis, and pollution management.

This expertise will position you to immediately contribute to traditional and new projects right across the civil engineering profession.  

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The general civil engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Geotechnical Engineering

Understanding and predicting the behaviour of soil and rock as earth materials is imperative for creating safe, sustainable and economical civil engineering solutions.

Geotechnical engineers apply scientific principles and engineering methods for developing civil engineering infrastructure on the surface and within the ground including prediction, mitigation and prevention of geological hazards.

The major in geotechnical engineering is unique in Australia and designed to meet the demands of mining companies, geotechnical consultations and construction managers, who look for graduates with a qualification in geotechnical engineering. 

The courses offered as part of this major will extend fundamental knowledge of the geotechnics of soils and rock to explore more complex processes, such as those associated with tunnels, mining operations, dams, roads, underground structures and waste management facilities.

State-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities combined with world-leading lectures and strong industry engagement will provide graduates of this major with a strong foundation from which they can contribute immediately to geotechnical engineering projects in industry.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The geotechnical engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Machine Learning

Machine learning is the study of algorithms that automatically improve performance with experience.

These algorithms allow computers do things like automatically identify and harness useful data to help decision making, find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look, and predict outcomes of certain policies to help authorities design effective policies.

You'll graduate with skills at the forefront of this massive growth area as society looks for automated and continuous improvements on how to enhance business and our lives through the use of computing systems and data.

These skills can be applied in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • Artificial intelligence specialist was the #1 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).
  • AI could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy in 2030 (PwC research).
  • New AI technologies will require highly-skilled workers who can develop and maintain complex systems and applications.

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Materials Engineering

Materials engineers make new materials and improve existing materials by making them more functional, sustainable and affordable.

Materials – metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites – give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities.

Materials engineers improve the way we do things. They 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 help to improve the performance of machines and structures.

Depending on your specialisation, 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.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The materials engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers with a major in materials engineering develop strategies for effective reuse and recycling of products as we work towards a circular economy. You will learn how to design, select, and process materials to make valuable products.

Your studies will explore a wide range of applications, from biomaterials and nanomaterials to 3D printing at scale.

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Mechanical engineering

Materials engineers with a major in materials engineering assess mechanical processes and find ways to make them more efficient, safer, and deliver better quality. This means they directly affect almost every major mechanical industry in the world, from water supply and oil and gas through to pharmaceuticals and food manufacturing.

You will learn how to select, process and develop materials to design and make products, explore the impacts of temperature during processing, as well as the relationships between microstructures, mechanical properties, manufacturing and service performance.

Mechanical and materials engineers are employed by private companies such as AlumniTech, TechExpo and Integra LifeSciences Corp.

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Metallurgical Engineering

Metallurgical engineers play a vital role in developing, managing and improving the processes required to transform ore into metals and recycle metals into useful products.

With a strong focus on efficiency and sustainability, these engineers are involved in the physical and chemical processing of metals from crushing, extraction and purification through to product development.

In this major, you will study the modelling, design, economics of resource industry processes.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The metallurgical engineering major is available to study within the chemical engineering specialisation.

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Mining Engineering

Our new approach to mining engineering education gives you flexible options.

You'll study the fundamentals of mining engineering as a major in civil, mechanical, or mechatronic engineering. This will give you the foundational knowledge of mining engineering and more career opportunities in the resource sector.

The new major also enables multi-sector opportunities in the resources sector, as well as the mining, equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors. You’ll graduate with more career opportunities and industry benefits, with a more diverse pool of engineers with mining engineering education joining the industry.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The mining engineering major is available in the following specialisations:

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers with a major in mining engineering look at all phases of mining operations with a focus in geomechanics. 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.

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Mechanical Engineering

As a mechanical engineer with a major in mining engineering, you will help ensure our communities have the vital metals and minerals we need for the steel frames in our buildings through to the microprocessors in our laptops.

In this major, you’ll cover the big-picture challenges facing the minerals, mining and resource industries. You’ll study the fundamentals of mining engineering as a major in mechanical engineering, giving you the foundational knowledge and more career opportunities in the resource sector.

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Mechatronic Engineering

Mining is one of the most technologically advanced industries in Australia and the future of the resource sector is automation.

In this major, you’ll explore concepts and practical applications in artificial intelligence, signal and system theory and control theory and how this is applied in the resources industry.

You’ll learn how to design and manufacture industrial robots and smart machines that are aware of their surroundings and can make informed decisions, leading to safer and more productive jobs.

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Programming Languages

Programming languages are the building blocks of software in computer science.

Covering the different paradigms of programming, this major focuses on the design of computer languages that can be easily used to create programs.

You will study the craft and science of programming, and graduate with the skills to enable the construction of effective programming languages and reliable software.

Programming opens doors beyond tech

  • Programmers write software that can be used to create websites, build computer networks, help doctors treat patients, or even drive a car.
  • Half of all programming roles are in finance, manufacturing, health care, and other sectors outside of the technology industry.
  • Coding skills can take you places: data analytics, scientists, engineers and designers all use coding.

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Scientific Computing

You will study algorithms for mathematical analysis.

Computers hold the key for fast and efficient analysis of complex scientific problems. However, computers are digital systems, requiring discrete inputs and outputs, while mathematical analysis often relies on continuous functions. Therefore, careful approximations are necessary to enable computers to analyse complex mathematical functions.

You'll graduate with skills used in various scientific endeavours, including in hospitals and university medical research and big pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies across the public and private sectors.

Join a growing industry

  • Help solve the complex scientific problems of the future using mathematical analysis.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • Data engineer was the #8 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

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Structural Engineering

Structural engineers must constantly evolve to anticipate the materials, environments, and technologies that will shape our future buildings.

They use innovative materials and manufacturing methods to design efficient, adaptable, and sustainable building infrastructure.

Because this infrastructure must be resilient in the face of a changing environment, structural engineers must also understand the future hazards and risks likely to arise – whether from cyclones, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.

Develop the capacity to create innovative solutions to structural engineering challenges using a variety of materials including steel, timber and concrete, and solve advanced design problems. 

You'll learn how to apply digital design and construction technologies and build your understanding of the role of wind loading, fire safety and sustainable design.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The structural engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Transport Engineering

Transport engineers work to make our everyday travel smarter and faster.

They harness the power of big data analytics to learn more about how people travel around cities, and design new ways to shape their movement to reduce the density and congestion of our transport networks.

The expanding information environment is also being harnessed by transport engineers to drive future mobility innovations such as integration of autonomous and electric vehicles, and use of predictive video analytics to identify and prevent crashes.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The transport engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Water and Marine Engineering

Coastal and hydraulic engineers design and protect our urban waterways, hydraulic structures, coastlines, and oceans.

Advanced monitoring and modelling technologies allow them to predict and mitigate the risks of coastal flooding, land loss, and beach erosion.

These same tools allow them to work to restore large areas of coral reef and lead Australia’s efforts in finding promising locations for tidal and wave energy production.

Specialisations

To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The water and marine engineering major is available to study within the civil engineering specialisation.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Computer Science 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.

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,826

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Computer Science 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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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.

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HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Computer Science 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.

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Centrelink support

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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Computer Science is 717721.

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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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Computer Science is 2489.

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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: 

  • 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.

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

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Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

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A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

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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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