Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Electrical and Electronic)

Power our future

Electrical and electronic engineers do so much more than keep the lights on! From smart devices to medical imagery and defence technologies, electrical and electronic engineering contributes to every aspect of modern life.

The University of Adelaide is the only South Australian university in the world’s top 50 for electrical and electronic engineering*. We set you up for a range of global career options in a field that’s leading technological change.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic) is practical right from the first year. Working with our internationally renowned staff who are active in cutting-edge discoveries, you will:

  • study in state-of-the-art facilities, including a 3D prototyping lab, autonomous vehicles lab, and electric machines lab
  • work on practical and relevant projects with industry partners
  • specialise in your chosen electrical and electronic engineering major after the first two years
  • complete an eight-week practical experience.

Majors are available in:

Minors are available in:

Where could it take you?

As an accredited engineer, you could work in artificial intelligence, industrial automation, e-commerce or cybersecurity. You might manage multimillion-dollar energy projects. Perhaps you’ll help design the first purely electric aircrafts.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia.


  • #1 in SA and #3 in Australia for electrical and electronic engineering*
  • Graduates qualify for professional membership with Engineers Australia
  • Showcase your work and network with future employers at Ingenuity

*Academic 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 334811
2021 CSP ATAR 86.05
2021 CSP IB 31
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July*. *Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 76
Median ATAR to receive an offer 86.45
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.45
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 86.05
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 94.25
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
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). Applicants who have not achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) required for selection may be selected based on the grades in selected year 12 subjects. Applicants do not need to apply to be considered for subject-based entry, as this will automatically be done by SATAC on behalf of the University. For more information, please see: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways/recent-secondary-education/ 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: 334811

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)
22 32.8%
(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)
<5 N/A
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
21 31.3%
  • 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)
<5 N/A
International students 20 29.9%
All students 67 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Scholarships

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Careers

Career Readiness

Now and into the future, Australia and the world will need electrical and electronic engineers to work in mining and power distribution, infrastructure, e-commerce, and to develop technologies for advanced manufacturing.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic) provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for careers across a range of specialist areas including power distribution, computing, medical technology, defence, and communications systems.

The program is highly regarded by employers. Our graduates have secured roles with leading technology companies worldwide—including Google—and with companies across the defence, energy and electronics sectors.

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

Mechatronic Engineer, Machinist, Medical Device Developer, Medical Technician, Automotive Engineer, Avionics Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Biotechnologist, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Nanotechnologist, Network Engineer, Networking Specialist, Communications Engineer, Communications Technologist, Computer Hardware Engineer, Consultant Engineer, Power Distribution Engineer, Power Generation Engineer, Process Engineer, Cyber Defender, Cyber Intelligence Expert, ...

Degree Structure

The first two years of this program establish a deeper understanding of mathematics, physics and computer programming. They also cover the basic principles of themes that will be developed throughout the program: digital and embedded systems, electronic circuits and signals, electrical systems, and professional practice and systems engineering. This common foundation means that all graduates have the opportunity to work in many specialist areas, and are prepared with lifelong learning skills so that they are able to change specialisations over the course of their careers.

At the end of the second year, students have the opportunity to select a major from a wide range of topics. A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options. All graduates—irrespective of major—qualify as electrical and electronic engineers and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession. Majors are available in: Communication Systems; Computer Engineering; Cybersecurity; Defence Systems; Medical Technologies; Renewable Energy; and Smart Technologies.

Completion of a minor introduces students to an aligned field where there technical knowledge can be applied. This allows students to explore career opportunities in these areas. Minors are available in: Entrepreneurship and Humanitarian engineering.

As being a professional engineer is about more than just technical specialisation, students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic) undertake three broadening electives as part of their degree. These can be used to study a language, to learn more about business and economics, to gain a greater understanding of general science or even to develop communication and interpersonal skills, which can strengthen a graduate’s employability

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

Academic Program Rules

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

Areas of Specialisation

Majors
Majors are available across the following areas:

  • Communication Systems
    Communication systems engineers design and manage complex hardware and software, such as mobile, Internet and broadcast networks. In this major, students develop skills to work in industries including defence, mobile phone networks, satellite communications, and infrastructure systems.
  • Computer Engineering
    The Computer Engineering major focuses on the design, development and use of computers to control devices, equipment and processes, including robots, automated infrastructure, and autonomous devices. Graduates can secure jobs in fields such as industrial automation, logistics, and e-commerce.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cybersecurity is a high-growth industry. As more devices and systems are connecting to the Internet—creating the Internet of Things —employers are increasingly seeking graduates who can develop secure and robust systems. In this major, students learn from industry experts and can undertake international study opportunities, such as a cybersecurity tour of Estonia.
  • Defence Systems
    South Australia is Australia’s defence state and home to many important defence investments and industries, including shipbuilding and the over-the-horizon radar project. Electrical and electronic engineers are critical to the future of Australia’s defence capabilities, and this major is ideal for launching a career in the field.
  • Medical Technologies
    The Medical Technologies major offers a broad choice of study across physiology and the health sciences. It covers the use of electronic sensors and information processing in medical research, diagnosis and treatment. Students learn from experts in the field, work on practical projects, and use technologies such as implantable devices, medical instrumentation, and medical imaging.
  • Renewable Energy
    The Renewable Energy major exposes students to a broad range of engineering and regulatory topics, and prepares them for careers in a rapidly changing industry. Students develop the skills and knowledge required to work with current and future energy infrastructure. Courses cover electric power systems and renewable energy technologies.
  • Smart Technologies
    The cross-disciplinary Smart Technologies major prepares students for careers in the fascinating field of artificial intelligence, and provides a broader perspective than direct artificial intelligence or electronics majors. Courses cover physical electronic devices and virtual sensor signal analysis, algorithms, and artificial intelligence systems.
Minors
Minors are available in the following:

  • Entrepreneurship
    Take the technical knowledge from the degree and create ventures in areas from large corporations, to small businesses, the not-for-profit sector, and community organisations through an Entrepreneurship minor. All technology advances in the past decade were once an idea that is now a reality through entrepreneurs. Students learn the processes, risks, rewards, motivations and societal impacts of innovation and entrepreneurship within regional, national and global perspectives.
  • Humanitarian
    Learn how to work in emergency and humanitarian fields while having a positive global impact on developing populations through the Humanitarian Engineering minor. Students conduct design work with a focus on culture, economic background, and political climate, while developing a strong awareness of communities and the people who reside in them. Graduates are equipped to solve problems in complex environments, allowing them to make real-world change.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete the following:

Research Project
Students must complete all of the following

Choice of Major or Minor
Students can choose a major OR minor from the following:
Majors:
Minors:

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.

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

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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021