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

Why combine Mechanical Engineering with Arts?  

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

Arts complements this technical area with diverse studies in social and cultural fields. You’ll graduate as an innovative thinker and powerful communicator with a competitive edge in the job market. 

What will you do?

  • Explore core mechanical engineering disciplines.
  • Pursue areas of interest matched to your career goals from South Australia’s widest range of arts majors.
  • Gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Work on projects alongside experts in the field.
  • Complete an eight-week practical engineering experience.

This is a 5-year combined, not double degree. You’ll graduate with one parchment.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia.

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  • Explore more career paths with SA's biggest choice of Arts majors
  • Study alongside industry-connected researchers and teachers
  • Ranked #48 in the world for Computer Science and Engineering

*Australian Ranking of World Universities, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 334841
2021 CSP ATAR 81.35
2021 CSP IB 29
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 83.3
Median ATAR to receive an offer 91.9
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.3
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 88.6
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 96.1
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.5
Minimum eligibility score 80
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods , Specialist Mathematics and Physics. IB: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL) and Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334841

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A
(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)
5 100.0%
  • 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 N/A N/A
All students 5 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

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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

Graduates may seek national and global careers across a wide range of industries and organisations. For information about mechanical engineering career opportunities, see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical). 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.

Industry Placement

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

Professional Accreditation

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

Potential careers

Aeronautical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Machinist, Aircraft Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Marine Engineer, Maritime Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Medical Device Developer, Medical Researcher, Medical Technician, Automotive Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Biotechnologist, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Nanotechnologist, Naval Ship Engineer, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Product Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, ...

Degree Structure

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.

Testimonial

During my studies, I developed an interest in continuum mechanics problems, and discovered that I enjoyed approaching these problems from an applied mathematics perspective.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021