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Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Science

Overview

Prepare to thrive in an exciting career where you'll use your skills and knowledge to solve some of the world's most challenging problems, and apply the interdisciplinary understanding and practical thinking learned through your preferred scientific passion.

This dual program combines engineering at an honours level with complementary areas of science to provide you with even greater career choices across multiple sectors.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a four-year program, and depending on your choice of major it will open the way for work in variety of fields, from infrastructure and hospitals to energy and software. Your study starts with a flexible first year, where you can mix and match introductory courses from across the majors to see what you like best, or you can enrol directly in your chosen major from day one if you prefer.

Your science degree offers one of the broadest selections of disciplines in Australia, enabling you to develop your talents while pursuing studies that suit your interests and ambitions. You'll also have the chance to gain relevant, real-world experience through employability and work-integrated learning. You'll graduate with highly developed knowledge in your specialist area, superior technical abilities, and advanced independent thinking and communication skills.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717101
Program Code
2347
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45040 (indicative per year)
Duration
5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717101
Program Code
2347
CRICOS Code
080730C
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Join the university ranked number one in Queensland for engineering and technology, with the largest choice of engineering disciplines of any university in the state.
  • Experience a diverse range of possibilities before deciding on a specialisation, with the option to choose your program path in your first year or wait until your second year.
  • Select from an array of science majors that will teach you how to work independently, perform critical experiments, analyse data and communicate results.
  • Graduate with highly developed knowledge in your specialist area and a qualification widely respected and globally recognised.

1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

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:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Analytical chemist
  • Environmental adviser
  • Food technologist
  • Electrical engineer
  • Biodiversity project officer
  • Underground planning engineer
  • Agronomist

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

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).

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

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88631

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.

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)/BScience for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median4 / 944 / 95
Lowest8 / 848 / 84

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

1423.33%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
4473.33%
  • 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

60100%

"<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)/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

Majors

Majors

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

Archaeological Science

Study Archaeological Science and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Apply your expertise to examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning. This includes participating in lab and field-based research projects to gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, educational and research institutions.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Explore and understand the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study Bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics, and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Majoring in Bioinformatics will kick start your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology. Apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place. You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research or test the effectiveness of treatments.

Upon completion of your program, you can choose to continue into a research-based honours program or find employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Chemical and Biological Engineering (Dual Major)

Also known as bioengineering, this major combines chemical engineering with elements of science to develop new drug therapies, syntenic molecules, and environmental and industrial applications.

Bioengineers typically design and produce biomolecules, cell-based products and tissues, and have the expertise to work in a broad range of industries. They work with a range of products, from renewable chemicals and fuels to biodegradable plastics and biopharmaceuticals.

Bioengineering at UQ is offered in conjunction with chemical engineering and upon graduation, you'll be fully accredited as a chemical engineer.

Join a groundbreaking industry

  • Bioengineers can create living cells to produce products and can design and optimise the bioprocess to manufacture bioproducts on a large scale.
  • Work on groundbreaking projects that enhance the lives of others while using renewable resources and producing minimal waste on the environment.

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Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Dual Major)

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

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

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

Create sustainable solutions

  • Chemical and environmental engineers balance innovation, design and developments with environmental considerations.
  • They apply their knowledge and skills to discover processes and operations that focus on sustainable outcomes that produce less waste and energy in their developments.

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Chemical and Materials Engineering (Dual Major)

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

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

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

Solve real issues

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

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Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (Dual Major)

This major provides a broad and thorough education in chemical engineering and specialist skills in metallurgy courses.

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

Metallurgical engineers develop, design and carry out sustainable processes that transform raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products. As a metallurgical engineer, you'll also design metal parts, solve problems and work on major high-tech projects, with the prospect of international travel. Metallurgical engineers often work closely with mining engineers.

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

Be in demand

  • Chemical and metallurgical engineers play a vital role in developing, managing and improving the processes required to transfer ore into metal and mineral products.
  • With a strong focus on efficiency and sustainability, these engineers are involved in the recycling of metals from crushing, extraction and purification through to product development.

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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers invent, design and manage processes that transform raw materials into valuable products by using their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.

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

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

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

Graduate in demand

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

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Chemistry

You’ll study the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and gain the practical skills to work in a range of different labs.

Apply your knowledge to a specialised field such as nanotechnology, computational chemistry, spectroscopy, or to develop medicines or consumer products.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

A background in Chemistry will lead to a broad range of career opportunities such as environmental, analytical and research chemists, or roles in private companies, councils, state and federal governments.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering (Dual Major)

As a civil engineer, you'll be an expert in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of major infrastructure and built environments.

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

The major is made up of core courses from the civil engineering major and specialist environmental-systems engineering courses, which equip you with everything you need to address complex, international and multidisciplinary problems.

Build a sustainable future

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

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Civil and Geotechnical Engineering (Dual Major)

This major combines studies in civil engineering with additional specialist study and project work in geotechnical engineering.

This specialisation incorporates soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology, and will equip you with the expertise to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems involving earth materials.

Civil and geotechnical engineers typically work on projects involving roads, landslides, pile foundations, excavations, spillways, tunnels and mining.

This dual major is supported by a range of industry partners and you'll learn from experts working in civil and geotechnical engineering.

Graduate in demand

  • UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer specialised study in geotechnical engineering.
  • This popular engineering discipline provides strong insights for students seeking to work in the civil and mining sectors.

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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 Science

Computer Science encompasses everything from the design of hardware through to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications which are used across multiple devices.

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce or communications. These transferable skills apply to many industries including health, science, technology, business and government.

You’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data analyst, or computer systems expert.

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Ecology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments.

Study behavioural and physiological ecology, conservation, landscape and evolutionary ecology.

You’ll gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

Ecological knowledge is vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today. Employment demand has risen strongly over the past five years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.

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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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Food Science and Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. You’ll learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products. Develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing. Apply your knowledge and build your industry connections during your work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies. You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Career paths for geneticists are some of the broadest available, ranging from ecology to research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Sciences

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues faced in today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Geological Sciences

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographical information science (GIS) software are used for field mapping, data analysis, and data modeling.

Study mineral and rock analysis, economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, environmental geology, marine geology, palaeobiology or geochemistry. You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You’ll be equipped to kick-start your career in the mining sector, natural resource management, and exploration for energy resources or environmental planning with engineering companies.

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Marine Science

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Led by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions. Gain extensive field work experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You’ll be job-ready for broad range of opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Choose from more than 30 different courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

We challenge and expand your problem solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher research degree and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Dual Major)

This dual major combines courses in mechanical engineering with additional specialist study and project work in the aerospace and aviation industry.

Aerospace engineering is concerned with the design, manufacture and operation of aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, spacecraft and ground support facilities.

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

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

Graduate job-ready

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

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Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Dual Major)

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

Materials engineering is concerned with the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials – metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites – give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities.

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

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

Graduate in demand

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

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest areas of engineering.

Mechanical engineers design and manufacture machinery and equipment for a wide range of uses, design and operate power plants, and calculate the economical combustion of fuels, the conversion of heat energy into mechanical power and how mechanical power is used.

In this major you'll study foundational courses in design, mathematics, modelling, computing, management and engineering science. Electives in later years will give you an opportunity to specialise in fields of your choosing. The principal topics in mechanical engineering are fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, solid mechanics, manufacturing, energy systems, and dynamics and control.

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

Graduate job-ready

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

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Mechatronic Engineering (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.

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Microbiology

Examine the genetic and biological traits of microbes such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.

You’ll learn how microbiology is applied in environmental, agricultural and industrial settings to prevent and treat infectious diseases. Develop your understanding of immune recognition, vaccine design, microbial biotechnology and parasitology.

Studying Microbiology can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

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Mining and Geotechnical Engineering (Dual Major)

This dual major combines studies in mining engineering with additional specialist study and project work in geotechnical engineering.

This specialisation incorporates soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology, and will equip you with the expertise to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems involving earth materials.

Mining and geotechnical engineers typically work on projects involving roads, excavations, tunnelling and mining. This major is supported by a range of industry partners and you'll learn from experts working in mining and geotechnical engineering.

Be in demand

  • This highly specialised degree will place you at the forefront of mining development and provide you with the technical and practical skills to work on projects in Australia and overseas.
  • Mining and geotechnical engineers often work in design, operation, management, research and consulting on projects ranging from roads and excavations through to tunnelling and mining. These engineers are frequently employed by major companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Golder Associates.

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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 geomechanics.

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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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

Combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understanding theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher-research degree to kick-start your career in research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve two of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

You’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

Study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology. Apply your scientific knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Software Engineering

Software engineers develop, operate, maintain and retire software.

As our society becomes increasing technologised, and computers become integrated into machines and products from fridges to cars, one of our biggest challenges is how to create the necessary software to make computers useful.

Software engineers use principles of computer science, engineering, design, management, psychology, sociology and other disciplines to design and manage large software systems. Team and individual projects are a focus of this major, which is an approach valued by our industry partners – and your future employers.

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

Join a growing industry

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

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision making and solve real-world problems.

Uses include improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

We combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills. Learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

You’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.Expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

Combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kick-start your career in research by progressing into a higher-research degree.

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Majors

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

Archaeological Science

Study Archaeological Science and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Apply your expertise to examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning. This includes participating in lab and field-based research projects to gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, educational and research institutions.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Explore and understand the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study Bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics, and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Majoring in Bioinformatics will kick start your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology. Apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place. You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research or test the effectiveness of treatments.

Upon completion of your program, you can choose to continue into a research-based honours program or find employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Chemical and Biological Engineering (Dual Major)

Also known as bioengineering, this major combines chemical engineering with elements of science to develop new drug therapies, syntenic molecules, and environmental and industrial applications.

Bioengineers typically design and produce biomolecules, cell-based products and tissues, and have the expertise to work in a broad range of industries. They work with a range of products, from renewable chemicals and fuels to biodegradable plastics and biopharmaceuticals.

Bioengineering at UQ is offered in conjunction with chemical engineering and upon graduation, you'll be fully accredited as a chemical engineer.

Join a groundbreaking industry

  • Bioengineers can create living cells to produce products and can design and optimise the bioprocess to manufacture bioproducts on a large scale.
  • Work on groundbreaking projects that enhance the lives of others while using renewable resources and producing minimal waste on the environment.

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Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Dual Major)

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

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

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

Create sustainable solutions

  • Chemical and environmental engineers balance innovation, design and developments with environmental considerations.
  • They apply their knowledge and skills to discover processes and operations that focus on sustainable outcomes that produce less waste and energy in their developments.

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Chemical and Materials Engineering (Dual Major)

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

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

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

Solve real issues

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

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Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (Dual Major)

This major provides a broad and thorough education in chemical engineering and specialist skills in metallurgy courses.

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

Metallurgical engineers develop, design and carry out sustainable processes that transform raw materials into useful, high-value mineral and metal products. As a metallurgical engineer, you'll also design metal parts, solve problems and work on major high-tech projects, with the prospect of international travel. Metallurgical engineers often work closely with mining engineers.

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

Be in demand

  • Chemical and metallurgical engineers play a vital role in developing, managing and improving the processes required to transfer ore into metal and mineral products.
  • With a strong focus on efficiency and sustainability, these engineers are involved in the recycling of metals from crushing, extraction and purification through to product development.

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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers invent, design and manage processes that transform raw materials into valuable products by using their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.

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

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

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

Graduate in demand

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

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Chemistry

You’ll study the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and gain the practical skills to work in a range of different labs.

Apply your knowledge to a specialised field such as nanotechnology, computational chemistry, spectroscopy, or to develop medicines or consumer products.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

A background in Chemistry will lead to a broad range of career opportunities such as environmental, analytical and research chemists, or roles in private companies, councils, state and federal governments.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering (Dual Major)

As a civil engineer, you'll be an expert in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of major infrastructure and built environments.

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

The major is made up of core courses from the civil engineering major and specialist environmental-systems engineering courses, which equip you with everything you need to address complex, international and multidisciplinary problems.

Build a sustainable future

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

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Civil and Geotechnical Engineering (Dual Major)

This major combines studies in civil engineering with additional specialist study and project work in geotechnical engineering.

This specialisation incorporates soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology, and will equip you with the expertise to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems involving earth materials.

Civil and geotechnical engineers typically work on projects involving roads, landslides, pile foundations, excavations, spillways, tunnels and mining.

This dual major is supported by a range of industry partners and you'll learn from experts working in civil and geotechnical engineering.

Graduate in demand

  • UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer specialised study in geotechnical engineering.
  • This popular engineering discipline provides strong insights for students seeking to work in the civil and mining sectors.

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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 Science

Computer Science encompasses everything from the design of hardware through to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications which are used across multiple devices.

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce or communications. These transferable skills apply to many industries including health, science, technology, business and government.

You’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data analyst, or computer systems expert.

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Ecology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments.

Study behavioural and physiological ecology, conservation, landscape and evolutionary ecology.

You’ll gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

Ecological knowledge is vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today. Employment demand has risen strongly over the past five years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.

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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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Food Science and Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. You’ll learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products. Develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing. Apply your knowledge and build your industry connections during your work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies. You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Career paths for geneticists are some of the broadest available, ranging from ecology to research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Sciences

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues faced in today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Geological Sciences

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographical information science (GIS) software are used for field mapping, data analysis, and data modeling.

Study mineral and rock analysis, economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, environmental geology, marine geology, palaeobiology or geochemistry. You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You’ll be equipped to kick-start your career in the mining sector, natural resource management, and exploration for energy resources or environmental planning with engineering companies.

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Marine Science

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Led by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions. Gain extensive field work experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You’ll be job-ready for broad range of opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Mathematics

Choose from more than 30 different courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

We challenge and expand your problem solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher research degree and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Dual Major)

This dual major combines courses in mechanical engineering with additional specialist study and project work in the aerospace and aviation industry.

Aerospace engineering is concerned with the design, manufacture and operation of aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, spacecraft and ground support facilities.

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

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

Graduate job-ready

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

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Mechanical and Materials Engineering (Dual Major)

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

Materials engineering is concerned with the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials – metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites – give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities.

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

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

Graduate in demand

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

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest areas of engineering.

Mechanical engineers design and manufacture machinery and equipment for a wide range of uses, design and operate power plants, and calculate the economical combustion of fuels, the conversion of heat energy into mechanical power and how mechanical power is used.

In this major you'll study foundational courses in design, mathematics, modelling, computing, management and engineering science. Electives in later years will give you an opportunity to specialise in fields of your choosing. The principal topics in mechanical engineering are fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, solid mechanics, manufacturing, energy systems, and dynamics and control.

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

Graduate job-ready

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

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Mechatronic Engineering (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.

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Microbiology

Examine the genetic and biological traits of microbes such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.

You’ll learn how microbiology is applied in environmental, agricultural and industrial settings to prevent and treat infectious diseases. Develop your understanding of immune recognition, vaccine design, microbial biotechnology and parasitology.

Studying Microbiology can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

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Mining and Geotechnical Engineering (Dual Major)

This dual major combines studies in mining engineering with additional specialist study and project work in geotechnical engineering.

This specialisation incorporates soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology, and will equip you with the expertise to approach complex, multidisciplinary problems involving earth materials.

Mining and geotechnical engineers typically work on projects involving roads, excavations, tunnelling and mining. This major is supported by a range of industry partners and you'll learn from experts working in mining and geotechnical engineering.

Be in demand

  • This highly specialised degree will place you at the forefront of mining development and provide you with the technical and practical skills to work on projects in Australia and overseas.
  • Mining and geotechnical engineers often work in design, operation, management, research and consulting on projects ranging from roads and excavations through to tunnelling and mining. These engineers are frequently employed by major companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Golder Associates.

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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 geomechanics.

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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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

Combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understanding theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher-research degree to kick-start your career in research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve two of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

You’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

Study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology. Apply your scientific knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Software Engineering

Software engineers develop, operate, maintain and retire software.

As our society becomes increasing technologised, and computers become integrated into machines and products from fridges to cars, one of our biggest challenges is how to create the necessary software to make computers useful.

Software engineers use principles of computer science, engineering, design, management, psychology, sociology and other disciplines to design and manage large software systems. Team and individual projects are a focus of this major, which is an approach valued by our industry partners – and your future employers.

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

Join a growing industry

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

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision making and solve real-world problems.

Uses include improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

We combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills. Learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

You’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.Expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

Combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kick-start your career in research by progressing into a higher-research degree.

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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 $45,040

Indicative annual fee 2021

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

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,517

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)/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.

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)/Science is 717101.

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)/Science is 2347.

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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