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Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Information Technology

Overview

Prepare for the future with a program that teaches advanced skills in engineering while giving you the knowledge to shape information communication technology.

This dual degree combines the practical and theoretical requirements of a professional engineering qualification with the skills and confidence to effectively manage a wide range of business and technology environments.

UQ's respected Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is one of the most comprehensive in Australia for design, technology and innovation. During your first year of study you can choose your specialisation, or undertake a flexible first year which allows you to keep your options open and have the opportunity to experience the diverse range of engineering disciplines. You’ll also have the option to complement your engineering specialisation with a major or minor in one of the new and emerging areas of engineering. 

Depending on your choice of major, you might find future work anywhere from infrastructure and hospitals to energy and software.

The Bachelor of Information Technology will prepare you for a career working with computers and information, where you'll apply technical skills to solve problems, support innovation and improve communication between people. Topics covered include accounting, economics, law, marketing, business and strategy. You'll also learn about software engineering, design, mathematics, information systems and more. You'll undertake projects, placements and internships with businesses that can often lead to employment opportunities.

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
717701
Program Code
2349
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
717701
Program Code
2349
CRICOS Code
080731B
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from the best in courses integrating technology with active learning, and attain the understanding and practical skills to thrive in a constantly changing world.
  • 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.
  • Use courseware developed in close collaboration with UQ industry partners that will provide you with solid foundation in concepts relevant across the business world and technology-based industry.
  • Hone your business acumen and develop the talent to confidently lead people and projects, no matter where your career takes you.

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 Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Electrical and Biomedical 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
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

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

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:

  • Network and systems engineer
  • Cloud architect
  • Cyber security specialist
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Data migration specialist
  • Automation engineer
  • Software developer
  • Information systems auditor
  • Experience designer
  • Usability tester

Graduate salary

Computing and information systems (undergraduate)

$58K–$62K

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Graduate salary

Engineering (undergraduate)

$64K–$66K

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Next steps after graduation

  • Each year, there are more than 18,000 engineering jobs needing to be filled in Australia alone (Engineers Australia and the Australian Bureau of Statistics).
  • 82.5% of UQ's Computer and Information Systems graduates are in full-time employment (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, 2019).
  • There are 100,000 new jobs in the tech sector, but only 49,5000 graduating students to fill them.

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.

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
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Entry requirements

Minimum entry score

Check the minimum entry scores for the individual programs. You must meet the higher score.

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).

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).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
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

Entry score range

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

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest2 / 971 / 99
Median6 / 896 / 91
Lowest7 / 876 / 89

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

00%

(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
10100%
  • 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

00%

Total

10100%

"<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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Information Technology 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

Majors

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

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 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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Computer Systems and Networks

This major provides you with a thorough background in understanding how software is controlled on one or many computers, including security, networking and operating systems.

It's a highly technical major, requiring strong conceptual and programming skills – you'll graduate ready to meet the evolving demands of an increasingly complex technological landscape.

Graduates can look forward to careers in security, designing advanced new computer systems, and integrating large-scale systems based on networked machines.

Join a growing industry

  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • Study systems security, an area of significant growth. Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies. (Forbes, 2019)

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Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (Dual Major)

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 (Dual Major)

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 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 (Extended Major)

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.

View

Mining Engineering

Mining engineering is concerned with the sustainable extraction of ores from the ground for processing and utilisation.

It covers all phases of mining operations, from exploration and discovery through to feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, including site rehabilitation.

This major integrates theory with practice and involves advanced mathematics and earth and engineering sciences. Minors are also available in minerals process engineering and geo-mechanics.

Graduate in demand

  • 97.2% of Mining Engineers are employed (Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).
  • Mining engineers find rewarding roles with local and international mining and contracting companies, and often begin their careers in centres where minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, uranium ores, coal, natural gas, limestone and phosphate rock are extracted. These engineers will usually work (at least in the early stages of their careers) in outdoor conditions away from major cities. Experienced mining engineers also find roles as mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies, and supervise tunnelling and open-cut operations for railways, roads, hydroelectric and sewerage works for civil engineering companies.

Contribute to a better tomorrow

Mining is one of the most technologically advanced industries in Australia. As a graduate, you’ll help build the most environmentally friendly and productive resources sector we’ve ever seen.

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Software Design

This major is aimed at students who wish to follow a career in the creation and management of software applications.

Courses in this major focus on programming, software engineering, project management, requirements analysis, specification, and the software process, as well as software applications involving Internet design, human-computer interaction, algorithms, data structures, and concurrency.

Software Design major graduates typically work in a broad range of roles from software engineers, software developers, to software development managers.

Join a growing industry

  • Join a thriving sector of the global IT industry that develops applications such as games, apps for mobile devices, or tools and systems used by individuals, government and companies.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies. (Forbes, 2019)

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Software Information Systems

This major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in developing and managing database-oriented information systems.

Learn about cutting-edge approaches to large-scale database design, including systems which span multiple organisations.

Graduates of the Software Information Systems major typically work in software development companies, or in companies where information systems are deployed, which includes almost every medium to large-scale business or organisation in the world.

Join a growing industry

  • Information systems are integral to almost every business and government organisation.
  • Design and build the information systems that are used everywhere in our modern life: in retail, banking, healthcare, transport, education, entertainment, science and engineering.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.

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User Experience Design

Courses studied in this major focus on design skills and creativity, programming, and prototyping in different media.

This major is intended for students who want to take up careers in the multi-skilled and interdisciplinary field of human-centred design.

UX designers are increasingly sought after across all sectors of ICT, where the combination of people skills along with creativity and technical ability produces graduates who are prepared for the rapidly changing future of technology design.

Career paths can lead to roles as user interface developers, user experience designers, usability specialists, human factors analysts, user researchers, and human interface developers.

Graduate in demand

  • User Experience (UX) designers are the people who ensure the design of software, websites, or technologies meets their intended use – from commercial software to personal fitness apps to games, and everything in between
  • Future-proof your career when you graduate with a combination of people skills, creativity and technical abilities
  • Design-first thinking is in demand. Service Designer was the #13 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)

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Majors

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

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.

View

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.

View

Computer Systems and Networks

This major provides you with a thorough background in understanding how software is controlled on one or many computers, including security, networking and operating systems.

It's a highly technical major, requiring strong conceptual and programming skills – you'll graduate ready to meet the evolving demands of an increasingly complex technological landscape.

Graduates can look forward to careers in security, designing advanced new computer systems, and integrating large-scale systems based on networked machines.

Join a growing industry

  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • Study systems security, an area of significant growth. Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies. (Forbes, 2019)

View

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (Dual Major)

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.

View

Electrical and Computer Engineering (Dual Major)

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.

View

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.

View

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.

View

Mechatronic Engineering (Extended Major)

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.

View

Mining Engineering

Mining engineering is concerned with the sustainable extraction of ores from the ground for processing and utilisation.

It covers all phases of mining operations, from exploration and discovery through to feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, including site rehabilitation.

This major integrates theory with practice and involves advanced mathematics and earth and engineering sciences. Minors are also available in minerals process engineering and geo-mechanics.

Graduate in demand

  • 97.2% of Mining Engineers are employed (Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).
  • Mining engineers find rewarding roles with local and international mining and contracting companies, and often begin their careers in centres where minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, uranium ores, coal, natural gas, limestone and phosphate rock are extracted. These engineers will usually work (at least in the early stages of their careers) in outdoor conditions away from major cities. Experienced mining engineers also find roles as mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies, and supervise tunnelling and open-cut operations for railways, roads, hydroelectric and sewerage works for civil engineering companies.

Contribute to a better tomorrow

Mining is one of the most technologically advanced industries in Australia. As a graduate, you’ll help build the most environmentally friendly and productive resources sector we’ve ever seen.

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Software Design

This major is aimed at students who wish to follow a career in the creation and management of software applications.

Courses in this major focus on programming, software engineering, project management, requirements analysis, specification, and the software process, as well as software applications involving Internet design, human-computer interaction, algorithms, data structures, and concurrency.

Software Design major graduates typically work in a broad range of roles from software engineers, software developers, to software development managers.

Join a growing industry

  • Join a thriving sector of the global IT industry that develops applications such as games, apps for mobile devices, or tools and systems used by individuals, government and companies.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.
  • 6 of the 10 most valuable brands in the world are tech companies. (Forbes, 2019)

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Software Information Systems

This major is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in developing and managing database-oriented information systems.

Learn about cutting-edge approaches to large-scale database design, including systems which span multiple organisations.

Graduates of the Software Information Systems major typically work in software development companies, or in companies where information systems are deployed, which includes almost every medium to large-scale business or organisation in the world.

Join a growing industry

  • Information systems are integral to almost every business and government organisation.
  • Design and build the information systems that are used everywhere in our modern life: in retail, banking, healthcare, transport, education, entertainment, science and engineering.
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.

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User Experience Design

Courses studied in this major focus on design skills and creativity, programming, and prototyping in different media.

This major is intended for students who want to take up careers in the multi-skilled and interdisciplinary field of human-centred design.

UX designers are increasingly sought after across all sectors of ICT, where the combination of people skills along with creativity and technical ability produces graduates who are prepared for the rapidly changing future of technology design.

Career paths can lead to roles as user interface developers, user experience designers, usability specialists, human factors analysts, user researchers, and human interface developers.

Graduate in demand

  • User Experience (UX) designers are the people who ensure the design of software, websites, or technologies meets their intended use – from commercial software to personal fitness apps to games, and everything in between
  • Future-proof your career when you graduate with a combination of people skills, creativity and technical abilities
  • Design-first thinking is in demand. Service Designer was the #13 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)

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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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Information Technology 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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Information Technology 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 $9,527

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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Information Technology 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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Additional costs

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

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)/Information Technology is 717701.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Information Technology is 2349.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

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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

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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.

Learn more about pathway options

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.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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