Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering)

 About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering) at UNSW

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering) is a four-year full-time degree at Australia’s top engineering faculty. Mechanical Engineering combines engineering, physics and mathematics with materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems. The exciting part is mechanical systems can be found across every sector imaginable. As a mechanical engineer, you can work in almost any field that sparks your interest.

Mechanical engineers have a large impact on our lives because their work focuses on creating technologies to meet human needs. Almost every product or service in everyday life is influenced in some way by a mechanical engineer. Mechanical engineers frequently apply their knowledge to solve contemporary problems. They create future solutions in health care, energy, transportation, world hunger, space exploration, climate change, and more.

This degree teaches you how to design and manage the construction, operation and maintenance of machines used in many industries. You’ll study specialised mechanical engineering courses including fluid dynamics, mechanics of solids, thermodynamics and heat transfer. You’ll also learn computer-aided design and undertake design projects.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering) requires you to complete an original thesis or research thesis as part of your degree. In this thesis, you’ll bring together the engineering principles you’ve learned and apply these to solve problems. Examples include the development of a specific design, process and/or the investigation of a hypothesis.  You’ll get experience in design and prototyping from your first year, introducing you to the types of environments you’ll work in as a mechanical engineer in your career. These skills will also prepare you to complete your thesis in your final year where you’ll choose between a research or industry thesis.

 Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering) at UNSW 

You can stand out from other graduates in the job market with a degree from Australia’s top-ranking engineering faculty. In the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, UNSW Mechanical Engineering ranked #1 in Australia, maintaining our position of #45 in the world.  No other Australian university is ranked in the top 50.

As one of the largest Mechanical Engineering School in Australia, we have more than 2500 students and 90 staff members.

With our global academic standing and size, comes many other benefits from studying with us:

  • Our teaching staff and researchers have expertise in a diverse set of Mechanical Engineering disciples: aerospace, mechanical, advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and robotics
  • We offer cutting-edge laboratory facilities including a robotics laboratory, energy storage laboratory, solar thermal energy laboratory and nuclear energy laboratory
  • Our school is a research powerhouse for Mechanical Engineering with strengths in Energy Conversion and Storage, Engineered Medical Solutions and Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • We partner with industry leaders such as Australia Advanced Aerospace Technology, Delta V – Fusion Power Systems, Hyundai NGV, The Boeing Company and Xinjang Goldwind Science & Technology to improve our research and teaching

ChallEng Yourself to Make a Difference

When you study at UNSW Engineering you can take part in ChallEng, real-world, project-based learning initiatives. This award-winning program is made up of Vertically Integrated Projects, The Maker Games, Student Projects and Social Impact. You’ll connect with students, academics and industry to develop sought-after technical and professional skills for your future career as an engineering professional.

Many of the ChallEng projects are eligible for Academic Credit. You can get hands-on with an industry partner to design and build a prototype through The Maker Games or help solve a problem for a community in need through initiatives like Engineering World Health or Impact Engineering. Our student projects bring together multidisciplinary teams to achieve competition goals through projects including Redback Racing or Flight Labs UNSW.

Gain Practical Training & Accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is globally recognised and is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord. Part of the degree involves applying your skills through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas. UNSW Engineering also hosts many industry nights and networking events to help connect students with employers.

Your Career Opportunities 

Mechanical Engineering continues to evolve as technology improves and the optimisation of design and construction of machines continues. The demand for skilled staff is high, from large scale manufacturing projects to acoustics consultancies.

Mechanical Engineers work with energy, motion, forces, solids, liquids and gases and numbers. Depending on your area of interest, you can apply these skills to a range of sub-disciplines in Mechanical Engineering. The skills learned can be used in Power Generation, Transport, Composite Structures, Building Services, Infrastructure and Medical Devices.

UNSW graduates develop rewarding careers in roles such as:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • CAD Technician
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer