Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical and Sports) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324521
CRICOS 082105A

The University of Adelaide's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Sports) is Australia's first sports engineering program. Sports engineers apply their specialised mechanical engineering skills to the design and manufacture of sports equipment and apparel, rehabilitation and exercise equipment, and sports facilities.

In addition to topics related to design and engineering science fundamentals, students also undertake studies in physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and sports materials.

Examples of projects that a sports engineer may work on include designing tennis racquets to reduce the incidence of 'tennis elbow', analysing how a cricket or golf ball flies through the air, designing high-performance sports shoes, or developing and applying novel materials to enhance sports equipment performance.

If you are interested in this program for 2019, please see:
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324521
    2017 CSP ATAR 80.15
    2017 CSP IB 27
    2017 Guaranteed Entry Score 80
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Enquiries Future Students team
    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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (bonus factors)).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Specialist Mathematics.

    IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3); or, Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    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 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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: 324521

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 082105A
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 28
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    ANU Foundation Studies 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies) and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Specialist Mathematics.

    IB: either Mathematics (HL grade 3); or, Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    International Qualifications Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,175

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of this program are well placed to seek employment nationally and internationally in sporting organisations and institutes, and orthopaedic and industrial design companies. Within these organisations, sports engineers will have the skills to engineer equipment and facilities used by sportspersons. This may include designing more efficient materials, rehabilitation devices, apparel, computer simulation models and infrastructure that will improve and enhance athletic performance.

    As the program is based on a mechanical engineering degree, graduates will retain flexibility in the choice of engineering industry they pursue in their careers. In most cases, graduates of this degree will also be able to work wherever mechanical engineers are employed.

    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

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Manufacturing Engineer, Sports Engineer, Engineer, Materials Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Quality Control Engineer

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Overseas Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Sports) program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    The first two years of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Sports) are almost identical to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical), with strong emphasis on design and engineering science fundamentals. This enables students to build a solid foundation and core skills and knowledge in mechanical engineering. Studies include mathematics, physics and an introduction to the basic principles of design, stress analysis, thermodynamics, materials, fluid mechanics, physiology, anatomy, control and computer programming. This is complemented by laboratory and project work.

    In the third year, students develop a more complex understanding in these fields, in addition to aerodynamics, biomechanics, sports materials and exercise physiology. This is coupled with a design project.

    In the fourth year, students undertake more advanced courses in finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. They also take courses in management. The fundamental work of the previous years is integrated into a range of sports-related subjects. The degree culminates in a research project that enables students to apply their knowledge to a real sports engineering project.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Please refer to the following study plan to guide your enrolment:

    Year 1 C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)
    ELEC ENG 1101 Electronic Systems (3 units)
    MECH ENG 1104 Introduction to Sports Engineering (3 units)
    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA(3 units)#
    CHEM ENG 1009 Materials I (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)
    Year 2 MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2100 Design Practice (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2102 Sports Engineering I (3 units)
    ANAT SC 1103 Human Biology 1B (3 units)
    MATHS 2202 Engineering Mathematics IIB (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2002 Stress Analysis & Design (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2019 Dynamics & Control I (3 units)
    Year 3 MECH ENG 3103 Manufacturing Engineering & Quality Systems (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3102 Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3026 Aerospace Materials and Structures (3 units)
    ANAT SC 2009 Musculoskeletal Anatomy (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3027 Engineering Systems Design and Professional Practice (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3028 Dynamics & Control II (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3101 Applied Aerodynamics (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3107 Sports Engineering II (3 units)
    Year 4 MECH ENG 4111 CFD for Engineering Applications (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4118 Finite Element Analysis of Structures (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4143A Honours Project Part A (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4101 Biomechanical Engineering (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4140 Sports Engineering III (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4143B Honours Project Part B (6 units)
    Elective (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4102 Advanced PID Control (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4112 Combustion Technology & Emission Control (3 units)
    ENTREP 3900 Entrepreneurs Challenge (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4120 Fracture Mechanics (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4126 Topics in Welded Structures (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4120 Fracture Mechanics (3 units)
    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.

    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).

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


    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Monday, 9 Jul 2018