Develop your engineering knowledge as well as an in-depth understanding of computer science in this double degree.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
On campus
Award
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Science
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
5 Year(s)

Overview

When you undertake this double degree you’ll graduate with two separate degrees that provide a diverse but complementary knowledge and skill-base.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) component of this degree will give you a broad education in engineering so you can envision the different ways computer science can improve various engineering disciplines. Engineers develop practical solutions to technical and environmental problems by using science and mathematics. Through scientific discoveries engineers meet societal and consumer needs. 

Through the Bachelor of Engineering 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. You’ll graduate with the technical knowledge, skills and attributes required to succeed as a professional engineer.

Computer Science is the study of the design, construction and use of computer systems. As a computer scientist you’ll use and create technology to solve problems and improve interactions between people and computers.

The Computer Science component emphasises comprehension of the basic principles behind computing tools, operating systems, compilers and translators, and computer hardware. You’ll study the representation of data and data structures and the design of algorithms, as well as the creation of hardware and software tools and the role of non-computing elements in the design and development process.

 

Why study 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 number 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

The School of Computer Science Engineering is a leading centre for research and innovation in the field of computer science. We’re making meaningful contributions to businesses, government and community organisations through our breakthrough research. Partnering with CSIRO’s Data61 we’ve made critical breakthroughs in Cybersecurity using microkernels which have been successfully used in Apple iOS devices and real-world military systems including a space satellite platform for the US Navy. 

When you study at UNSW’s School of Computer Science and Engineering you’ll benefit from:

  • UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering research is internationally recognised with 1st CS Rankings in Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded & Real-Time Systems and Operating Systems 

  • We have a five-star rating for employability, helping to guarantee your future on graduation 

  • Learn from world-renowned researchers in their field 

  • Our School is rated five stars by the Australian Research Council for the research field of Information and Computing Sciences 

  • We leverage our strong industry ties to improve our research, teaching and students’ learning 

  • Our industry partners include leading companies such as Atlassian, The Commonwealth Bank, Google, Honeywell, Microsoft and WiseTech Global

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

UNSW Engineering is recognised as a global leader in research and innovation. We host and participate in several world class research centres and institutes. This includes ARC research hubs, cooperative research centres and other initiatives relating to renewable energy, water research and environmental technologies.

Take part in ChallEng when you study at UNSW Engineering. The award-winning ChallENG Program connects UNSW Engineering students, academics and companies to real-world, project-based learning initiatives. With exposure to a multidisciplinary learning approach, you’ll earn academic credit and develop your technical and design skills.


At UNSW Engineering you’ll benefit from a diverse and welcoming community. No matter what your particular interest, engineering or beyond, there’s a club or society for you. UNSW Engineering boasts 16 student societies including a society for each school. Get involved in Engiqueers, Electrical Engineering Society, Women in Renewable Energy Society or Robogals. UNSW’s Women in Engineering (WIE) society runs social and industry events as well as programs designed to mentor and develop female engineers.

 

Program Code
3785
CRICOS Code
085916G
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
425850
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
240
Indicative Enrolments
396

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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 an alternative admission pathway for domestic undergraduate students to UNSW Faculty of Engineering degree programs who do not meet the published Guaranteed Entry selection rank. Visit the FEAS page for more info.

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

· English language tests and university English courses

· Prior study in the medium of English

· Other qualifications

If you do not currently meet the English language requirements of your chosen program, UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach these requirements. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

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 and this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you will 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:

If you do not currently meet the English language requirements of your chosen program, UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach these requirements. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

Throughout this five-year degree you will be able to specialise in two separate areas:

  1. Choose one of the 19 majors available in the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) program – these include traditional options like Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering but also new and emerging options like Renewable Energy Engineering and Quantum Engineering.

  2. Complement your Engineering degree, with a cutting-edge Computer Science major in areas like Artificial Intelligence, Security Engineering and much more.

You’ll graduate with two powerful and complementary degrees, which will expose you to a variety of career options and opportunities.

 

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemical Product 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
    • Photovoltaics and Solar Energy
    • Renewable Energy Engineering
    • Telecommunications
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science (Database Systems)
    • Computer Science (eCommerce Systems)
    • Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
    • Computer Science (Programming Languages)
    • Computer Science (Computer Networks)
    • Computer Science (Embedded Systems)
    • Computer Science (Security Engineering)

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 first two years of your degree, you might study: 

  • Introductory courses for your Engineering degree including courses in Mathematics, Physics and Computing 

  • A range of introductory, core courses for your Computer Science degree in the areas of Programming, Computer Systems, Software Engineering, Data Structures, Computer Networks, Ethics, Object Oriented Design and Algorithms and Programming Techniques

From your third year onwards you’ll be able to tailor your degree to your interests by studying courses from your selected specialisations within Engineering and Computer Science. Within your specialisation options you will be able to choose elective units which will help you gain the skills you need for your career after graduating. 

This degree requires you to complete 60 days of Industrial Training, which gives you some on the job experience before graduating, enabling you to develop the essential technical and professional skills, so you thrive in your future career.  

You’ll also be able to access UNSW Engineering’s ChallENG program which is a project-based learning initiative and allows you to work on multidisciplinary projects lead by academic researchers and industry partners. 

 

Future careers

UNSW Engineering graduates are some of the most sought-after engineers in Australia and abroad thanks to the reputation of our teaching. When you combine two Engineering degrees to receive two qualifications, you increase your attractiveness to prospective employers and set yourself apart with a unique skill set. Double degree graduates can open the door to more opportunities.

Graduates in Computer Science at UNSW benefit from our leading reputation in research and teaching, with many graduates recruited by industry partners before their degree is complete.

As a graduate of a double degree, your career opportunities will depend on your area of specialisation. Visit the various engineering degree specialisations for examples of career opportunities.

 

Accreditation

Engineers Australia

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.

Ready to apply?

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
$7,950*

Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 2

*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
$252,920*

*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.

Featured scholarship

Women in Engineering Scholarships

UNSW provides a wide range of Women in Engineering scholarships to support high-achieving female students throughout their degree.

Apply here and search for ‘Engineering’ in the keywords.


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

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Engineering Alumni

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