Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Telecommunications)

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

The UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Telecommunications) is a four-year full-time degree offered by Australia’s leading engineering faculty. Telecommunications engineering is a rapidly developing and dynamic field within the field of Electrical Engineering, focusing on technology and the methods to transfer information from one point to another. 

Telecommunications are responsible for a range of services used on a daily basis including landline and mobile phone services, internet and pay television. The widespread adaptation of high-speed digital transmission methods like fibre optic cabling and mobile telecommunications has resulted in significant changes in the industry.  

Telecommunications Engineers design, develop and maintain all aspects of voice and data communications systems. They work on the theory and application of a broad range of systems such as telephone and data networks, radio and TV, satellites and deep space applications. 

You’ll study a wide range of core subjects and electives depending on your interests, including: 

  • Engineering Design and Professional Practice 
  • Digital Circuit Design 
  • Electromagnetic Engineering 
  • Network Technologies 
  • Ecology, Sustainability and Environmental Science 
  • Sustainable Energy 

You’ll complete a research thesis project with the support of leading researchers where you can explore an area of Telecommunications Engineering that sparks your interest. You’ll bring together engineering principles to solve problems such as the development of a specific design, process and/or the investigation of a hypothesis. 

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

UNSW’s School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications is the largest school of its kind in Australia. We’re part of the top engineering faculty in Australia and #38 in the world according to the latest 2019 QS World University Rankings. The school is a leading provider of world-class education and research, producing internationally recognised research and graduates. We work closely with industry all over the world collaborating on cutting-edge projects that advance our technological society. 

We’re focused on providing a diverse and innovative learning experience for our students. Our teachers are awarded in the online and face to face learning experiences they offer students. 

Benefits of studying with us: 

  • At UNSW you can choose from the widest range of electrical engineering disciplines and elective courses in Australia. 
  • Our research was ranked well above world class, receiving the maximum 5-star rating by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) in 2010, 2012, and 2015 
  • Multiple university rankings list us as the top School for research in Australia and in the top 50 globally 
  • We’ve recently invested $104m in our facilities and are home to many cutting-edge laboratory facilities 
  • Nationally recognised and award-winning teaching staff 

Learn in State-of-the-Art Facilities 

When you study with us you’ll learn in cutting-edge modern facilities. Recently refurbished for $104m, you can immerse yourself in over 7000 sqm of the latest technology-enabled research, learning and teaching spaces. We’re home to Australia’s largest high voltage laboratory, Audio and RF anechoic chambers, Australia’s largest optical fibre fabrication facility and the world’s largest university-based real-time digital simulation laboratory. This simulation lab simulates entire electricity grids just like you’ll encounter when you begin work in the industry. By studying with the equipment and facilities you’ll encounter on the job you’ll graduate with career-ready skills that employers are looking for.  

Gain Practical Training & Accreditation  

The globally recognised Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord.  You’ll apply your skills through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas. 

Become Work-Ready with Industry Training 

Industrial Training is a key aspect of ensuring you are work-ready upon graduation. We know as an engineer your hands-practical capabilities are as vital as the knowledge you’ll learn in the classroom. To graduate from an engineering degree at UNSW all students must complete a minimum of 60 days of approved Industrial Training. Thanks to your industry training you’ll graduate with real on-the-job experience. 

Industrial Training

Your Career Opportunities  

The telecommunications field is developing rapidly and demand for graduates grows as technology advances and broadens its uses. Demand for skilled graduates has been boosted in Australia by huge infrastructure projects like the National Broadband Network (NBN). When you complete your degree you could work for telecommunications service providers such as iiNet or Skype or major equipment and device manufacturers such as Cisco, Apple or Huawei. You could also work for a wide range of start-up companies such as Airhop Communications, Cloudscaling, Devicescape or UNSW's own Zedelef.  

What Our Graduates Say  

So far I've found the design-focused subjects the most fun. There's nothing more satisfying than going through all the trials and tribulations, and then ending up with a working product.

Adeline Yeung