Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries)
Translate defence tech to the world
South Australia’s defence industry is growing—and so is its demand for unique expertise. With many big projects in the pipeline, defence-related organisations are calling for specialists who can communicate defence-tech engineering ideas to everyone from on-the-ground operational personnel to potential commercial partners.
With our new Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries) you’ll be ready to step up.
What will you do?
Taught over three years full-time within a faculty ranked 48 in the world for computer science and engineering*, the degree leverages the University’s strong industry links and world-class research. It features an emphasis on real-world experience, with two internships providing up to 760 hours of work-based training.
In addition to gaining a broad understanding of the foundations of technology, including computing, information, mathematics, and the natural and physical—you’ll develop skills in evaluating and using:
- engineering methods, tools and processes in real-world defence-related contexts
- systems-thinking principles to manage and develop well-structured, maintainable and safe defence technology solutions
- AI and automation technologies (Industry 4.0)
- data analytics and cyber security applications
- mechatronics and electrical principles
- advanced critical thinking and interpersonal communication.
In third-year, you’ll also have the opportunity to build deep knowledge in:
- defence procurement and logistics
- systems engineering, including maritime engineering
- human factors and societal studies.
Where could it take you?
You could support defence-related technology development and management anywhere in the world. From advanced radar equipment R&D to submarine fit-outs; from Landing Helicopter Dock ship upgrades to Joint Strike Fighter through-life support.
For more information about our Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries), please visit the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
*Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2021
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2021 CSP ATAR||80.4|
|2021 CSP IB||29|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR||70|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - IB||25|
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||N/A|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||N/A|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||N/A|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||N/A|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||N/A|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||N/A|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|Additional criteria considered||Selection rank only|
|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 . IB: Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) 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|
|Intake||February and July|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||65|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||24|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||16|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||30|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||5|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||60%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||60%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||70|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||60%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1040|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||6|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.0|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||7.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||2.56|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||65|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||65|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||319|
|ANU Foundation Studies||55%|
|Monash Foundation Year||60|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||67|
|UNSW Foundation Year||6|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.2|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||51|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||65|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||55%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|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|
|Australian Year 12||SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods . IB: Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.|
|International Qualifications||SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $43,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Bioinformatics, Biostatistician, Communications Technologist, Cyber Intelligence Expert, Data Analyst, Data scientist , Database Coordinator, Defense Industry Scientist, Encryption Specialist, Systems Analyst, Systems Support, Information Analyst, Information Officer, Information Technologist
- Level I courses to a maximum of 24 units
- Level Il courses to a maximum of 21 units
- Level III courses to the value of at least 27 units
- Core courses to the value of 57 units
- Elective courses to a maximum of 9 units, including Broadening Electives to the value of 9 units
- Internships comprising 3 units at Level 2 and 12 or 6 units at Level 3
Example Study Plan
Students must complete the following:
|Core Course, choice of
Students must complete one of the following:
|Work Based Training
Students must complete the following:
|Work Based Training, choice of
Students must complete 12 units through one of the following options:
Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
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Last updated: Thursday, 23 Sep 2021