Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334831
CRICOS 082192G

Craft the next generation of machines

Mechanical engineers work with ‘things that move’, from prosthetic limbs and robots to motor vehicles, aircrafts and space stations.

When it comes to new technologies, mechanical engineers are key. They design and develop materials, processes and products—always innovating new ways to improve our lives and the world.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) has strong links to industry and a focus on design and creativity. You will:

  • explore core mechanical engineering disciplines
  • complete design—build projects
  • gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities
  • benefit from internships, placements and projects with experts in the field
  • complete an eight-week practical experience.

In your final year you’ll apply your advanced capabilities in an industry-led design and build research project.

Majors are available in:

Minors are available in:

Where could it take you?

Our mechanical engineering graduates are in high demand. As an accredited engineer, you could develop life-saving technology, or innovate in the sustainable energy field. You might be an aerospace or sports engineer. Perhaps you’ll plan, build and test robots and robotic systems with artificial intelligence.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334831
    2018 CSP ATAR 84.75
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 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

    2018 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 73.15
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 86.45
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.95
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 84.75
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 96.1
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum eligibility score 80
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education 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 ).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3)

    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2019 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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: 334831

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2018
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    4 10.5%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    15 39.5%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students 19 50.0%
    All students 38 100.0%

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 082192G
    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) 29
    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, Philippines 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
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3)

    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,325

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    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $42,000

    Scholarships

    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

    Our graduates are leaders with sought-after skills and attributes. Industry demand for our graduates is high, and will continue to grow.

    Mechanical engineers work in the fields of materials engineering, combustion, noise and vibration control, energy technology, control systems, robotics, quality management, bioengineering, aeronautics, space, fluid mechanics, water supply, mining, manufacturing, production planning, maintenance planning, consumer product design, pollution control, and failure analysis.

    Our graduates have gone on to work with a range of organisations including the European Space Station, the Australian Institute of Sport, Boeing, BAE Systems, Santos, SAAB, and AGL.

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

    Industry Placement

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

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Mechanical Engineer, Mechatronic Engineer, Production Engineer, Machinist, Manufacturing Engineer, Marine Engineer, Maritime Engineer, Medical Device Developer, Medical Technician, Biotechnologist, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Nanotechnologist, Naval Ship Engineer, Noise Control Engineer, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Product Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Railway Engineer, Energy Engineer, Energy Managers, ...

  • 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    Study Overseas Experience

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

    Academic Program Rules

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

    The first two years of the program include mathematics, physics and an introduction to the basic principles of design, structural analysis, thermodynamics, materials, fluid mechanics, control and computer programming. This is complemented by laboratory and project work.

    In the third year, courses are extended to develop students' understanding in these fields. This is coupled with a design project, to prepare students for the final year.

    The fourth year of the degree allows for some technical specialisation. This is enabled through the completion of elective courses, in addition to project work and a management course.

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    Majors

    Aerospace Engineering

    Aerospace Engineers design and launch equipment to help explore our solar system and beyond, and their future prospects are equally vast. This major prepares graduates for opportunities in the field through courses in aeronautical engineering, space vehicle design and aerospace structures. 

    Defence Systems

    This major focuses on complex systems engineering and equips graduates for careers working with a range of advanced defence technologies. 

    Mechanical Engineering

    Mechanical engineers design and build mechanical systems and machines. This major focuses on the materials and numerical methods used to solve engineering challenges in the field, and includes topics in advanced manufacturing. 

    Mechatronics and Robotics

    Dreams of the future become today's innovations when engineers take ideas from science fiction and turn them into science fact. This major prepares students to take these quantum leaps, by studying the components that make up complex mechatronic and robotic systems. 

    Medical Technologies

    This major prepares students for cutting-edge design work in the rehabilitation and assistive medical devices feilds. Courses involve working with artificial joints, heart valves and bone fixation devices. 

    Sports Engineering

    This major prepares graduates to enter and excel inn the rapidly-growing international sports engineering field. It focuses on appying 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 undertake studies in physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and sports materials.

    Smart Technologies

    The Smart Technologies major prepares students for engineering careers of the future. It covers technologies that will enable 'smart cities', including computer networks, algorithms, and wireless connectivity. 

    Renewable Energy

    This major focuses on the design of systems that generate and consume energy efficiently and sustainably including tidal, wind, and solar thermal generation. 

    Minors

    Minors are available in the following:

    • Humanitarian
    • Entrepreneurship

    Example Study Plan

    Assessment

    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: Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019