Are you interested in radar, communication, or weapons systems? Do you want to be the driving force behind the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) position at the forefront of technology? If these scenarios get your circuits firing, then studying a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) at UNSW Canberra at ADFA could be for you.


UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Semester 1
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)


Electrical engineering is built on a foundation of mathematics, computer science, and physical science. Our degree will provide you with high-level project management skills, as well as engineering expertise to equip you with the skills you need to practice as an electrical engineer. 

Why study this degree at UNSW Canberra?

When you study with us, you’ll not only have access to purpose-built workshops and facilities, you'll benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia. Working with experienced engineers and client representatives on industry-focused design and research projects, you’ll gain the hands-on experience required to meet the global challenges of the future. 

Our teachers are experienced practitioners and collaborate closely with industry to ensure our graduates possess the skills to meet the needs of the workplace. 


Program Code
UAC Code
450060 - Defence451060 - Non Defence
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Indicative Enrolments

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
85.00 + Defence Selection
2021 A levels
14 + Defence Selection
2021 IB Diploma
31 + Defence Selection
2021 Lowest ATAR
    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.

Additional Selection Criteria

Undergraduate entry to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is open to Australian residents who are members of the Australian Defence Force and selected members of overseas Armed Forces. Trainee Officers are selected by one of the three services (Navy, Army or Airforce) in the Australian Defence Force and must also meet academic entry requirements for UNSW Canberra at ADFA. Applying for ADFA is a dual application process. As selection for the Australian Defence Force is a competitive process, which can take up to 12 months, it is preferable that you apply to Defence Force Recruiting in Year 11. Visit this site for more information on both application processes.

This degree is also available to non-defence students.

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.

Program structure

Our Bachelor of Electrical Engineering offers subjects such as computational problem solving, programming, mathematics, physics, signals processing, communications, analog and digital design and power engineering.

We can ground you with the fundamentals you need for a career in electrical engineering. You’ll learn how to program electrical equipment, as well as design and construct the electronic circuits that make programs run. Later in your degree, you’ll begin applying these fundamentals to a wide array of real-world scenarios, from radar and satellite telecommunications systems through to marine engineering. Your time in the classroom and workshop will prepare you for a 60-day internship. You’ll join a team in a professional electrical engineering environment to experience first-hand how an electrical engineer approaches and solves real-world problems.  

You will also pursue your own Honours research project with the assistance and supervision of one of our world-class academics. You’ll apply everything you have learnt to a new and novel problem and contribute original research to the field of electrical engineering.


Full Structure

Future careers

This program is designed to meet the needs of the ADF. By studying electrical engineering at UNSW Canberra, you’ll be accredited by Engineers Australia to work as an electrical engineer within the ADF from the moment you graduate.  

Whether you are pursuing a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force, you will find yourself well-prepared to shine in your career. 


As a Navy electrical engineering graduate from UNSW Canberra, you’ll be presented with opportunities to look after weapons systems, communication systems and sensor systems across our Australian Navy warships. You will experience rewarding challenges in the ADF across various roles including:  

  • Aerospace Engineer 
  • Electronics Engineer 
  • Electronics Engineer Submariner 
  • Marine Engineer 
  • Marine Engineer Submariner  


As an Army electrical engineering graduate, you’ll have the choice to join the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) or the Royal Australian Signals (RASigs) Corps. Regardless of your choice, you’ll find yourself leading a number of technical soldiers responsible for the maintenance and support across diverse systems including helicopters, ground-based telecommunications systems and ground-based weapon systems. Find your perfect ADF Career with roles in the Army including: 

  • Avionics Engineer 
  • Mechatronic and Electrical Engineer 
  • Army Officer (in any specialisation or corps)  

Air Force 

As an Air Force electronic engineering graduate, you’ll have a range of employment options with the ADF. You will have opportunities to work with advanced technology in aircraft and weapon systems, and ground-based technology such as radar, satellite and communication systems. Regardless of your choice, you'll be able to show your leadership and lead a group of highly skilled technical airmen and airwomen. Explore your opportunities in the Air Force in roles including:  

  • Armament Engineer 
  • Electronics Engineer 


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.

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2021 Indicative First Year Fee

The Australian Defence Force covers tuition fees for defence students.