Flexible First Year allows you to explore different engineering fields before choosing your specialisation. The first year of engineering study has a core of common subjects, plus a wide choice of electives, so you can figure out which one is right for you.

Why Study at UNSW?  

A key part of UNSW’s commitment to help students grow into their career, the Flexible First Year degree is for those who know they want to be an engineer but have yet to work out which direction to take. It allows you to explore a number of areas before deciding upon your final specialisation.

Flexible First Year students enrol in five core subjects. You are then encouraged to select electives from the options listed, focusing on those required in the degree you are considering for future years. Upon completion of the Flexible First Year degree, you can transfer into the engineering degree of your choice.

Your Career Opportunities  

As long as you choose your first year electives carefully, you should complete your degree in the same time as those who chose that path from year one. You will also graduate fully qualified and with the exact same knowledge in your area of choice. From your second year you can specialise in a particular field of engineering, which opens up a huge range of career options.

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university life accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a local or international student, our scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.  

The ChallENG program connects students, academics and companies to exciting, real-world projects and learning-based initiatives. Learn how you can immerse yourself in multidisciplinary learning and how you can develop technical and professional skills. 

Our double degrees will help you take your study to the next level and allow you to broaden your knowledge in different areas simultaneously. View our list of double degrees and see how you can open the door to more job opportunities.  

The UNSW Women in Engineering program is committed to inspiring young women to pursue engineering degrees and careers. Discover our range of workshops, seminars and networking opportunities, for personal and professional development.