The Bachelor of Engineering Advanced (Honours) is designed for high achieving students to undertake advanced engineering topics and gain substantial research experience.
Western Sydney University and UNSW have collaborated to provide the opportunity for students participating in the Collaborative Program to benefit from the expertise of two world-class universities.
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Challenge yourself to be the best. The Bachelor of Engineering Advanced (Honours) is designed to meet Engineers Australia professional accreditation requirements. Focus on a discipline area by selecting a major in Advanced Manufacturing, Civil, Construction, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, Robotic & Mechatronics, Software and Sustainability. In addition, you can specialise by selecting a minor from a wide range of recommended subject sets that will complement your chosen discipline.
Honours class will be awarded at completion of four years of study, based on the overall academic performance during the study period. Students in this program will need to maintain at least credit average GPA throughout their study; those not meeting this academic performance requirement will be transferred to Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program.
The program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.
All students commence at Western at our new Parramatta Engineering Innovation Hub where you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities at a convenient Western Sydney location.
Majors in the Bachelor of Engineering Advanced (Honours)
Engineering majors that are not part of the collaborative program include; Civil, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, Materials and Sustainability. Students studying these majors will continue their studies with Western.
Manufacturing is continuously transforming as it integrates automation, analytics, intelligence, digitisation, and Internet of Things (IoT) into physical operations. In this major, you integrate techniques and methods to improve the sustainability and efficiency of manufacturing taking advantage of digitisation tools. You tackle complex problems, propose innovative solutions, and apply critical thinking to industry problems considering social, ethical and environmental factors. Job opportunities are varied and include Digital Product Design Engineer, Digital Process Engineer, Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Digital Twins Engineer, Systems Engineer, Automation Specialist, Robotics Specialists, Advanced Sensors Specialists, Industry 4.0 Transformation Specialist, etc. This major includes a mandatory 450-hour industrial placement as a completion requirement for Engineers Australia accreditation as professional engineer.
Civil engineering covers the fields of structural design, geotechnical engineering and water engineering, together with infrastructure design and environmental engineering. Graduates may pursue career paths in the fields of design, construction and management of engineering structures and be associated with private industry, government departments, or in city, municipal or shire councils. These career paths may include engineering projects related to residential and commercial buildings, highways and airports, water supply and sewerage schemes, etc. This major includes a mandatory 450 hour industrial placement as a completion requirement.
Construction Engineering consists of core subjects in structural engineering, project management and construction technologies. Graduates will work in the fields of construction, structural design, and project management. Career opportunities include those in the private or public sector on projects covering highways, airports, and residential & commercial buildings. This major includes a mandatory 450 hour industrial placement as a completion requirement.
Since the dawning of mankind an understanding of how materials can be obtained and used has been critical to successful human endeavour. Materials engineers are concerned with the highly technological and dynamic process of understanding, developing, and applying materials (metals, polymers, ceramics, composites) to a range of engineering problems. Students will develop skills necessary to synthesise relevant information so that they can be effective decision makers in a materials context. These skills will serve them well in varied career opportunities associated with biomedical devices, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing, opto-electronics, energy, aerospace, and sustainable construction. This major includes a mandatory 450 hour industrial placement as a completion requirement.
Human society is facing ever increasing challenges from changing climate, expanding populations and industrial development. Traditional approaches to solve environmental problems needs rethinking and should consider circular economy, life cycle thinking, climate smartness, digitisation. In this Major, students assess various challenges in provision of water, food, infrastructure and energy then propose design solutions using holistic, futuristic and sustainable technologies and strategies. Through hands-on, real-life projects, students explore solutions that integrate technical, technological (IoT), social, cultural, geographical, regulatory and ethical factors. This major will benefit students aiming for careers such as Environmental Engineer/Scientist/Consultant, Natural Resources Manager, Waste Engineer/Manger/ Consultant, and Sustainability Engineer/ Manager/ Consultant. This major includes a mandatory 450 hour industrial placement as a completion requirement.
Majors in the Bachelor of Engineering Advanced (Honours) Collaborative Program
After satisfactory completion of second year, students studying one of the below majors may have the opportunity to continue their studies with Western or transition to UNSW for years 3 and 4 (Subject to meeting the Threshold Requirements for student transfer).
The Electrical Engineering major includes core subjects from all branches of electrical engineering. Graduates will work in the fields of electronic components, computers, electro-magnetics, power generation and distribution systems, power and control in public utilities, telecommunications, manufacturing, and electrical systems. This major includes a mandatory 450 hour industrial placement as a completion requirement.
Mechanical engineering is a dynamic area involving the design and build of moving machines including engines that power transportation, industrial machinery, and a range of tools. Students put the core concepts of mechanical engineering, energy, thermodynamics, mechanics, kinematics, and fluid mechanics, into practical application in workshops, industry projects, and work integrated learning. Students design and construct machines and tools, monitor and evaluate their performance. Employment opportunities include automotive or mechanical engineer, control and instrumentation engineer. This major includes a mandatory 450 hour industrial placement as a completion requirement.
Robotics and Mechatronic engineering combines electrical, computing and mechanical engineering and is at the forefront in designing smart machines and systems, such as pilotless spacecraft, car cruise control, automated factories and medical telerobotics. Students explore intelligent mechanical systems and automation through an extensive and integrated hands-on laboratory program, as well as work-integrated industry projects. Students learn in-depth knowledge about the design and construction of these systems to integrate, evaluate and address their performance. The multidisciplinary skills students develop are sought after by leading edge industries, including aerospace and biomedical engineering. This major includes a mandatory 450 hour industrial placement as a completion requirement.
Software Engineering provides a solid foundation in theoretical knowledge on computer software systems with practical acquisition of relevant industry skills. It covers the processes, methods, technical tools that are essential in the analysis, design, development, and verification of complex software systems. The program is offered inside an industry hub which will provide you with direct access and firsthand experience in these industries. Career opportunities for Software Engineering graduates can be found in a broad range of industries that operate on software systems, such as aviation, design, entertainment, finance, manufacturing, medical, public sector, telecommunications, and transportation. This major includes a mandatory 450 hour industrial placement as a completion requirement.
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As an Engineering graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
Engineering Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the engineering and technical operations of organisations.
Performs and supervises engineering work concerned with the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and modification of aircraft for flight.
Electrical Engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, machines and systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power.
Applies knowledge and methodology of physics, engineering, mathematics, computing, physical chemistry and materials science to problems in biology and the treatment and prevention of human disease
Mining Engineers plan and direct the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals, petroleum and natural gas from the earth.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.