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Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Science

Overview

Prepare to thrive in an exciting career where you'll use your interdisciplinary skills and knowledge to solve some of the world's most challenging problems.

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 4-year program where you’ll develop technical skills through a core specialisation, which will form the basis of your career. You’ll also have the option to complement your specialisation with a major or minor in one of the new and emerging areas of engineering.

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 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
Herston, 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
2493
AQF
Level 8
Location
Herston, St Lucia
Fees
A$44800 (indicative per year)
Duration
5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717101
Program Code
2493
CRICOS Code
080730C
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Join the university with the largest choice of engineering disciplines in the state.
  • 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 that's 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

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

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeological Science
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

Career possibilities

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

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

Graduate salary

Engineering (undergraduate)

$64K–$66K

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Program accreditation

The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Science is accredited by:

  • Engineers Australia

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).
Both Chemistry and Physics are recommended subjects. Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) is also a recommended subject. Students studying Specialist Mathematics and both Physics and Chemistry will have increased flexibility in their studies.
Students without Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) may be required to undertake preparatory courses beyond the 80 units for the program and may not be able to complete the program in the minimum time frame without overloading or undertaking summer study.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).
Both Chemistry and Physics are recommended subjects. Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) is also a recommended subject. Students studying Specialist Mathematics and both Physics and Chemistry will have increased flexibility in their studies.
Students without Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) may be required to undertake preparatory courses beyond the 80 units for the program and may not be able to complete the program in the minimum time frame without overloading or undertaking summer study.

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
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.

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

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 208.58 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

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 and minors

Specialisations

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

Chemical Engineering

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

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

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

You will benefit from the insights and expertise of world-leading researchers and highly-qualified academic staff. With practical projects, guest lecturers from industry, internships and placements with leading engineering companies, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry connections needed to transition from university to the workplace.

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

Majors

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Civil Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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Electrical Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mechanical Engineering

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

In this broad specialisation, you will learn how to design, manufacture and control machines and engines ranging from power generators through to manufacturing systems. You’ll also have access to innovative technologies and our specialist workshop areas (including our race car workshop) where you can practise your new skills.

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

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

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

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Mechatronic Engineering

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

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

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

Each year you'll complete a hands-on, project-based subject as part of a student team. This will involve designing and building a system to solve a mechatronics task.

Previous projects include a mini-rescue vehicle, autonomous drones, cars and sailboats, and submarine recovery. You'll also complete a robotics project in your third year of study.

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

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

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

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Software Engineering

In a digital future, the opportunities for software are as limitless as the human imagination.

The software engineering specialisation focuses on designing high-quality computer software and offers focused studies in computer programming, databases, web-based computing, cloud computing and cyber security. It also explores formal software engineering including how to design programs and systems that are free from errors, reliable, safe, efficient and manageable.

You will learn how to use computers to provide solutions and deliver high-quality code on time that can be integrated into existing operating environments. You will also use the principles of computer design, engineering, management, psychology and sociology in small or large multinational companies.

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

Majors

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Majors

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

Aerospace Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Applied Mathematics

Did you know that mathematical modelling is used to create disease models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases?

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Build your foundational knowledge in core topics such as applied mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling and the numerical methods used in computer programming.

You'll develop your critical thinking skills and learn advanced mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your expertise in areas of interest such as natural resources mathematics, or operations research and mathematical planning.

With practical experience gained through work placements, you'll be prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities in sectors such as financial services, engineering, technology and sciences.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

In this major, you’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

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

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this major, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

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

Career paths lead to some of 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 kickstart your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Engineering

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

Biomedical engineering bridges the gap between technology, medicine and biology. It integrates physical, chemical, mathematical and computational sciences and engineering principles with the ultimate aim of improving health care.

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

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

Specialisations

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

Chemical engineering

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

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

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

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Electrical engineering

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

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

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

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

See the electrical engineering specialisation

Mechanical engineering

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

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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 – then 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 and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Studying biomedical science can prepare you for a research-based honours program, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Bioprocess Engineering

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

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments, or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental science.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life.

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

Apply your foundational knowledge and skills to specialise in synthetic chemistry, nanoscience or computational chemistry.

Undertake an extended major in chemistry to gain advanced-level knowledge and technical capabilities, which you can apply to deepen your understanding of nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Studying chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a research scientist, pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or teacher.

Alternatively, continue into an honours degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

Our Chemistry major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this major, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork 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.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a minor in a broad range of complementary fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or computational science.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Computer Engineering

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

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

Electrical engineering

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

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

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

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

See the electrical engineering specialisation

Mechatronic engineering

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

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

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

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

See the mechatronic engineering specialisation

Software engineering

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

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

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

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

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Computer Science

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

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

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce and 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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Earth Science

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

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to study electives in coastal and ocean science to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts, and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

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

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years, with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.

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Environmental Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

Chemical engineering

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

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

See the chemical engineering specialisation

Civil engineering

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

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

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

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Fire Safety Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

Civil engineering

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

See the civil engineering specialisation

Mechanical engineering

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

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Food Science and Nutrition

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

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution, to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, and research and development.

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Food Technology

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

We integrate theory with practice. 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 and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with 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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General Civil Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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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'll 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.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Science

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 facing 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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Geotechnical Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Marine Biology

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

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork 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.

We'll show you how 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 prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Materials Engineering

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

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

Materials engineers improve the way we do things. They apply their knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product.

You'll work across a broad range of industries on everything from your phone screen and running shoes to aircraft wings and artificial skin, and help to improve the performance of machines and structures.

Depending on your specialisation, career paths can include design, operation, management, research and consulting in the automobile, whitegoods, steel, aluminium and polymer industries.

Graduate in demand – UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer this highly specialised major.

Specialisations

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

Chemical engineering

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

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

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Mechanical engineering

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

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

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

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Mathematics

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

This major will 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 engineering, science, information technology, finance, business and risk management.

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

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Metallurgical Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this major, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections, and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

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

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Mining Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers with a major in mining engineering look at all phases of mining operations with a focus in geomechanics. From exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final land restoration and rehabilitation. Responsibility for the development and production phases of a mine requires a broad knowledge of all mining operations and skills in leadership and industrial relations.

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Mechanical Engineering

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

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

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Mechatronic Engineering

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

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

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

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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.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand 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 degree by 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 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

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

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your 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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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this major, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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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 in communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

The Public Health major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

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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Statistics

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

In this major, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll 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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Structural Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Transport Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Water and Marine Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Zoology

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

Through this major, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll 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.

You can 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, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Minors

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

Computing

Computing influences all facets of life as we know it and will continue to evolve as industries strive to meet the challenges of today’s world. 

If you're seeking to gain an advantage in your future direction by building on your understanding of computing, you'll find the computing minor a beneficial addition to your chosen specialisation.

Specialisations

To study this minor, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The computing minor is available to study within the following specialisations:

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Data Science

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

In this minor, you'll gain an understanding of the fundamental techniques for end-to-end processing to transform data into information alongside their engineering specialisation.

Specialisations

To study this minor, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The computing minor is available to study within the following specialisations:

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

Chemical Engineering

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

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

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

You will benefit from the insights and expertise of world-leading researchers and highly-qualified academic staff. With practical projects, guest lecturers from industry, internships and placements with leading engineering companies, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry connections needed to transition from university to the workplace.

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

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Civil Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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Electrical Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mechanical Engineering

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

In this broad specialisation, you will learn how to design, manufacture and control machines and engines ranging from power generators through to manufacturing systems. You’ll also have access to innovative technologies and our specialist workshop areas (including our race car workshop) where you can practise your new skills.

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

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

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

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Mechatronic Engineering

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

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

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

Each year you'll complete a hands-on, project-based subject as part of a student team. This will involve designing and building a system to solve a mechatronics task.

Previous projects include a mini-rescue vehicle, autonomous drones, cars and sailboats, and submarine recovery. You'll also complete a robotics project in your third year of study.

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

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

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

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Software Engineering

In a digital future, the opportunities for software are as limitless as the human imagination.

The software engineering specialisation focuses on designing high-quality computer software and offers focused studies in computer programming, databases, web-based computing, cloud computing and cyber security. It also explores formal software engineering including how to design programs and systems that are free from errors, reliable, safe, efficient and manageable.

You will learn how to use computers to provide solutions and deliver high-quality code on time that can be integrated into existing operating environments. You will also use the principles of computer design, engineering, management, psychology and sociology in small or large multinational companies.

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

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

Aerospace Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Applied Mathematics

Did you know that mathematical modelling is used to create disease models that enable scientists to better understand infectious diseases?

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Build your foundational knowledge in core topics such as applied mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling and the numerical methods used in computer programming.

You'll develop your critical thinking skills and learn advanced mathematical techniques for approaching problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your expertise in areas of interest such as natural resources mathematics, or operations research and mathematical planning.

With practical experience gained through work placements, you'll be prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities in sectors such as financial services, engineering, technology and sciences.

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Archaeological Science

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

In this major, you’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

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

Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this major, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

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

Career paths lead to some of 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 kickstart your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Engineering

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

Biomedical engineering bridges the gap between technology, medicine and biology. It integrates physical, chemical, mathematical and computational sciences and engineering principles with the ultimate aim of improving health care.

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

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

Specialisations

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

Chemical engineering

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

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

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

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Electrical engineering

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

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

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

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

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Mechanical engineering

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

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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 – then 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 and test the effectiveness of treatments.

Studying biomedical science can prepare you for a research-based honours program, or employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Bioprocess Engineering

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

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Cell Biology

Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments, or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as medicine, technology and environmental science.

Chemistry encompasses the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the development of ways to use them in real life.

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

Apply your foundational knowledge and skills to specialise in synthetic chemistry, nanoscience or computational chemistry.

Undertake an extended major in chemistry to gain advanced-level knowledge and technical capabilities, which you can apply to deepen your understanding of nanoscience, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or synthetic chemistry.

Studying chemistry will strengthen your problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking capabilities, which are essential skills for future work.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a research scientist, pharmaceutical scientist, laboratory manager, toxicologist, quality-assurance specialist, environmental chemist, forensic chemist, science communicator or teacher.

Alternatively, continue into an honours degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

Our Chemistry major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

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Coastal and Ocean Science

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this major, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork 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.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a minor in a broad range of complementary fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or computational science.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.

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Computer Engineering

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

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

Electrical engineering

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

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

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

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

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Mechatronic engineering

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

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

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

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

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Software engineering

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

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

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

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

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Computer Science

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

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

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce and 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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Earth Science

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

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to study electives in coastal and ocean science to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy or environmental sectors. Alternatively, help contribute to new scientific knowledge by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Ecology and Conservation Biology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts, and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

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

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years, with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.

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Environmental Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

Chemical engineering

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

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

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Civil engineering

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

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

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

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Fire Safety Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

Civil engineering

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

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Mechanical engineering

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

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Food Science and Nutrition

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

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system from farming, processing and distribution, to how food is selected and consumed, and how it affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, and research and development.

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Food Technology

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

We integrate theory with practice. 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 and develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

You'll then have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and build your industry connections with 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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General Civil Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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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'll 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.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Science

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 facing 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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Geotechnical Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Marine Biology

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

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork 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.

We'll show you how 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 prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Materials Engineering

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

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

Materials engineers improve the way we do things. They apply their knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product.

You'll work across a broad range of industries on everything from your phone screen and running shoes to aircraft wings and artificial skin, and help to improve the performance of machines and structures.

Depending on your specialisation, career paths can include design, operation, management, research and consulting in the automobile, whitegoods, steel, aluminium and polymer industries.

Graduate in demand – UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer this highly specialised major.

Specialisations

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

Chemical engineering

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

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

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Mechanical engineering

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

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

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

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Mathematics

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

This major will 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 engineering, science, information technology, finance, business and risk management.

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

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Metallurgical Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Microbiology

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this major, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections, and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

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

Alternatively, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

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Mining Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers with a major in mining engineering look at all phases of mining operations with a focus in geomechanics. From exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final land restoration and rehabilitation. Responsibility for the development and production phases of a mine requires a broad knowledge of all mining operations and skills in leadership and industrial relations.

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Mechanical Engineering

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

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

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Mechatronic Engineering

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

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

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

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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.

You'll be able to combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand 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 degree by 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 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

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

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your 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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Psychology

Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this major, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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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 in communities.

Public health is founded on a multidisciplinary understanding of health that allows you to explore and examine the basis of disease and wellbeing by considering human behaviour, physical environments, socio-economic and cultural factors, and systems of healthcare management.

The Public Health major provides a broad overview of public health and the critical issues it confronts. To establish core understanding of this field, you will examine the foundational disciplines of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, environmental health and social sciences.

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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Statistics

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

In this major, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll 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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Structural Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Transport Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Water and Marine Engineering

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

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

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

Specialisations

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

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Zoology

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

Through this major, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll 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.

You can 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, kickstart your career in research by progressing into a higher degree by research.

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Minors

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

Computing

Computing influences all facets of life as we know it and will continue to evolve as industries strive to meet the challenges of today’s world. 

If you're seeking to gain an advantage in your future direction by building on your understanding of computing, you'll find the computing minor a beneficial addition to your chosen specialisation.

Specialisations

To study this minor, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The computing minor is available to study within the following specialisations:

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Data Science

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

In this minor, you'll gain an understanding of the fundamental techniques for end-to-end processing to transform data into information alongside their engineering specialisation.

Specialisations

To study this minor, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The computing minor is available to study within the following specialisations:

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Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

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

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,800

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.

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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

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.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

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

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Science is 717101.

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All other international applicants

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

The program code for the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Science is 2493.

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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.

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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.

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

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