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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechatronic) and Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type Combined Degree

Duration 5 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314941

CRICOS 082112B

This program combines the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic) and the Bachelor of Arts, to equip graduates with a multidisciplinary skill-set.

In this combined degree program, students study the concepts of mechatronic engineering, and undertake an arts major of their choice. Mechatronic engineering is a discipline that combines mechanics, electronics and computing.

With designated courses from both disciplines counted towards the combined degree program, the degree can typically be completed in five years (full-time), compared with seven years if undertaken separately.

A combined degree is an approved combination of two degrees, which includes components from both programs and satisfies the minimum of one of those degree programs but not both individual degrees (unlike a double degree). At the end of the combined degree, students will graduate with one parchment.

Combining two areas of study offers graduates not only a more diverse experience at university, but also greater scope of career prospects.

For further information about the mechatronic engineering component of the degree, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic). For further information about the arts component of the degree, see Bachelor of Arts.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 314941
    2016 CSP ATAR 85.95
    Adelaide Approved Score 80
    2016 CSP IB 30
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies, Physics plus one of Specialist Mathematics or Chemistry.

    IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3) and Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3); or, Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3)

    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2 Chemistry

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314941

    International applicants

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    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 082112B
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Mathematics and Physics
    Assumed Knowledge
    Chemistry is desirable
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    A-Level 9
    UEC [Malaysia] 15
    SAT [US] 1270
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] [1] 85%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 75
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Bradford Foundation Program 77
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,475

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates may seek national and global careers across a wide range of industries and organisations. For information about mechatronic engineering career opportunities, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic). For information about career opportunities in the arts, see Bachelor of Arts.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    As part of the engineering degree, students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic) qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Aircraft Engineer, Biotechnology Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Vehicle Engineer, Vibrations Engineer, Noise Control Engineer, Archivist, Communications Officer, Entertainment Industry, Foreign Affairs, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Ministerial Adviser, Parliamentary Adviser, Political Adviser, Publishing, Writer, Archaeologist, Electrical / Electronic Engineer, Robotics Engineer ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 1103 Introduction to Mechatronic Engineering (3 units)

    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)

    ARTS 1007 The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media (3 units)

    MECH ENG 1006 Design Graphics and Professional Practice (3 units)

    MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (3 units)

    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)

    Arts Major Level I Elective (3 units)
    Year 2 MECH ENG 2100 Design Practice (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 1101 Electronic Systems (3 units)

    MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 1009 Materials I (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2002 Stress Analysis & Design (3 units)

    MATHS 2202 Engineering Mathematics IIB (3 units)

    Arts Major Level I or II Electives (6 units)
    Year 3 ELEC ENG 2105 Electronic Circuits M (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2019 Dynamics & Control I (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2101 Mechatronics IM (3 units)

    Arts Major Level III Capstone Elective (6 units) (3 units)

    Arts Major Level II Electives (6 units)
    Year 4 MECH ENG 3103 Manufacturing Engineering & Quality Systems (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3105 Sustainability & the Environment (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3102 Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3106 Mechatronics II (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3028 Dynamics & Control II (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3032 Micro-Controller Programming (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3027 Engineering Systems Design and Professional Practice (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 4059 Power Electronics & Drive Systems (3 units)
    Year 5 MECH ENG 4143A Honours Project Part A (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4102 Advanced PID Control (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4124 Robotics M (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4143B Honours Project Part B (6 units)

    MECH ENG 4123 Advanced Digital Control (3 units)

    Arts Major Level III Elective (6 units)
    Students who have not taken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) will be required to enrol in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester 1, followed by MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2 with MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in Summer School to complete the Mathematics requirements at Level 1. The satisfactory completion of Mathematics IM is in addition to the requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

    Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to take Engineering Communication. At the commencement of study, the Faculty will advise which course is to be replaced by ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL.

    Electives may be chosen from those listed in the Program Rules for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Students must complete a major in accordance with the Program Rules for the Bachelor of Arts. Students commencing prior to 2016 may follow an earlier study plan or contact the Faculty of Arts for enrolment advice.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment

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Last updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017


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