Open the door to more career opportunities with a double degree in two distinct disciplines. 

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
On campus
Award
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Arts
Duration (Full Time)
5.5 Year(s)

Overview

This double degree combines specialised knowledge in engineering with the variety of possibilities available in an Arts degree. The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will provide you with a solid background in mathematics, natural sciences and computing to give you knowledge and skills in whichever engineering discipline specialisation you choose.

In the Arts component, you’ll choose a major from a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including languages, arts, history, philosophy and business. You’ll develop transferable skills and in-depth knowledge, and gain the tools to think critically, communicate effectively and conduct independent research.

When you combine study in Arts with Engineering you can choose from a number of specialisations. You can create a unique combination of interdisciplinary specialisations that will give you a unique skillset and advantage in the workplace.

The UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is the foundation for a variety of specialised pathways. You'll gain the knowledge and skills to pursue a successful career in your chosen engineering discipline. Seize the opportunity to conduct research towards a thesis project and apply yourself to areas such as engineering design and enquiry projects, professional engineering practice and technical management.

We offer the degree in 19 engineering disciplines:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Bioinformatics Engineering
  • Chemical Product Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Photovoltaics & Solar Engineering
  • Quantum Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Study at UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture is both flexible and rigorous. You can pursue what sparks your passion while developing a deeper knowledge of specific fields. Your education will allow you to develop a broad range of highly transferable skills and in-depth knowledge in your chosen areas of study. 

With over 26 subject areas available to study, the UNSW Bachelor of Arts provides you with a wide array of subjects to tailor a study experience that’s unique to your interests, aspirations and career goals. Choose from exciting study options, such as Politics and International Relations, History, Asian and European studies, International Business, Languages, Sociology and Anthropology and Developmental Studies.  

Our diverse array of internationally-minded subjects brings a truly global perspective to your learning. Our subject offerings are continually updated and re-engineered to ensure our students receive a contemporary and relevant education.  

Why study this degree at UNSW?

UNSW Engineering is a leader in engineering education and research. We’ve invested in a $1 billion refurbishment of our engineering facilities. We’re ranked #1 for Engineering in Australia and 36th globally*.

We’re also ranked: 

  • 1st for Civil and Structural Engineering in Australia 
  • 1st for Electrical Engineering in Australia 
  • 1st for Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Manufacturing Engineering in Australia
  • 3rd for Mineral and Mining Engineering in Australia 
  • 4th for Chemical Engineering in Australia 
  • 4th for Computer Science and Information Technology in Australia

UNSW is known for its graduate employability, UNSW placed in the AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards in 2020 and 2021. Australia’s top employers prefer UNSW Engineering graduates over any other university and we’re ranked 22nd in the world for employer reputation.

When you study Arts at UNSW you’ll benefit from our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community.

  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2022)
  • Study at a university that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities

When you study Engineering at UNSW you can take part in interactive learning through the ChallEng program which students, academics and companies to exciting, real-world projects.

This degree includes 60 days Industrial Training which provides a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience. WIL allows you to engage in work learning experiences that integrate academic learning with its application in the workplace, connecting you directly with industry and community partners.

Make a difference to disadvantaged communities through our Humanitarian Engineering projects, electives and minors on offer. Humanitarian Engineering works to provide disadvantaged individuals and communities with engineering solutions that improve lives and livelihoods. These solutions may provide essential services such as food, water, shelter, energy and information where they are unavailable.

*QS World University Rankings 2021

Program Code
3763
CRICOS Code
074891C
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
264
Indicative Enrolments
79

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
90
2021 A levels
16
2021 IB Diploma
33
2021 Lowest ATAR
81.1
    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1, Physics

Alternative entry pathways

The Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) is a possible alternative admission pathway for the admission of domestic undergraduate students to UNSW Faculty of Engineering degree programs (including the BSc Computer Science and the BSc Food Science (Hons), who do not meet the published Guaranteed Entry selection rank. Learn more about FEAS.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offer a dual degree program which qualifies students for two degrees after the equivalent of five and a half years of successful full-time study leading to the award of the degrees Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (BE (Hons) BA).

You’ll gain a solid background in mathematics, natural sciences and computing that’ll prepare you to learn knowledge and skills in an engineering discipline, while also specializing in an area of your choice in humanities and/or language studies.

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Bioinformatics Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemical Product Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Quantum Engineering
    • Surveying
    • Geospatial Engineering
    • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mining Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering
    • Naval Architecture
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Software Engineering
    • Photovoltaics and Solar Energy
    • Renewable Energy Engineering
    • Telecommunications
    • Americas Studies
    • Art History and Theory
    • Arts and Social Sciences
    • Asian Studies
    • Indigenous Studies
    • Australian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Advanced Chinese Studies
    • Development Studies
    • Criminology
    • Creative Writing
    • Dance Studies
    • Economics
    • English
    • Environmental Humanities
    • European Studies
    • Film Studies
    • French Studies
    • Advanced French Studies
    • Geography
    • German Studies
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • History
    • International Business
    • Indonesian Studies
    • International Relations
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Advanced Japanese Studies
    • Korean Studies
    • Advanced Korean Studies
    • Legal Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Mathematics for Engineers
    • Media, Culture and Technology
    • Human Resource Management
    • Music Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Psychology
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Spanish and Latin America Studies
    • Advanced Hispanic Studies
    • Theatre & Performance Studies
    • Women's and Gender Studies

Full program structure

Degree structures can vary depending on the major you choose, number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.

In the Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Art double degree program you will be required to specialise in an Engineering field, this will be complemented with a major and minor stream in the humanities, social sciences or language studies.

In the first two years of your degree, you might study:

  • Introductory courses for your Engineering degree including courses in Mathematics, Physics and Computing
  • And a series of courses leading towards your major or minor stream in your Arts degree.

You may also study an introductory course related to your specialisation of choice. These courses equip you with the skills required for the rest of your degree. 

All students study ENGG1000 “Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation”. In this course you’ll learn to think the way that engineers think, developing solutions with limited budget, time and resources.

From your third year onwards, you’ll undertake:

  • Courses from your selected specialisations within Engineering and Arts
  • Core courses to give you the fundamental knowledge in your area of interest.

This degree also requires you to complete 60 days of industrial training, which gives you some on the job experience before graduating.

Future careers

When you tailor your double degree to your interests and career aspirations you’ll have a unique mix of knowledge and skills that could take you anywhere.

When you graduate from this degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia. UNSW Engineering graduates are some of the most sought-after engineers in Australia and abroad thanks to the reputation of our teaching.

Your career opportunities will depend on your area of specialisation. From your second year, you can specialise in a particular field of engineering. Visit the various engineering degree specialisations for examples of career opportunities.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$11,225*

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$47,760*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$257230*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2020.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

I love that everything in the world is being engineered by somebody.
Engineering alumni Rachel Mcvittie

Rachel McVittie

Engineering Alumni

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