Majors – Engineering

What is a major and is it compulsory?

Whilst a stream defines the primary disciplinary focus of your course (e.g. a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, or a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering), a major is an area of specialisation within your course (e.g. both Civil and Mechanical Engineers might wish to focus on Environmental Engineering).
Upon completion of your selected major you will have a broad understanding of that subject area and the ability to focus on, and carry out further research in that field. You can choose from up to 17 engineering majors. Engineering majors are optional, there is no requirement to complete a major.
A major usually requires the completion of 24 credit points chosen from units of study listed in the table for that major; satisfying any additional requirements specified for the major; and the completion of a thesis project that is deemed relevant to the topic of the major.

Depending on your engineering stream, some majors may require additional study. Check the information on individual majors for information on which engineering streams they most closely align with.

If you choose to complete a major, the subject area that you choose to major in is indicated on your testamur.

What majors are there and which best align with my chosen stream of Engineering?

The following table outlines the available majors for each stream and those that best align which each stream. The Faculty strongly encourages students to choose a major best aligned with their specific stream.

Stream

Best aligned majors

Available majors

Aeronautical Engineering

Space engineering

Chemical, computer, construction management, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, information technology, internet of things, materials, mechanical, mechatronic, power, space, structures, telecommunications, and transport engineering.

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical and biomolecular, electrical, humanitarian, information technology, mechanical and mechatronic engineering

Chemical, computer, construction management, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, information technology, internet of things, materials, mechanical, mechatronic, power, structures, telecommunications, and transport engineering.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

 

Computer, construction management, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, information technology, internet of things, materials, mechanical, mechatronic, power, structures, telecommunications, and transport engineering

Civil Engineering

Construction management, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, structures, and transport engineering.

Chemical, computer, construction management, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, information technology, internet of things, materials, mechanical, mechatronic, power, structures, telecommunications, and transport engineering.

Electrical Engineering

Computer, internet of things, power, and telecommunications engineering

Chemical, computer, construction management, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, information technology, internet of things, materials, mechanical, mechatronic, power, structures, telecommunications, and transport engineering.

Mechanical Engineering

Environmental, materials, and space engineering

Chemical, computer, construction management, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, information technology, internet of things, materials, mechatronic, power, space, structures, telecommunications and transport engineering.

Mechatronic Engineering

Space engineering

Chemical, computer, construction management, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, information technology, internet of things, materials, mechanical, power, space, structures, telecommunications, and transport engineering.

Software Engineering

Computer, power and telecommunications engineering

Chemical, computer, construction management, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, humanitarian, internet of things, materials, mechanical, mechatronic, power, structures, telecommunications, and transport engineering.

When do I choose my major?

If you wish to choose an engineering major, you may do so as part of your enrolment. You will be asked during your online enrolment to choose your major prior to choosing your units of study. You may select a major at a later point in time.

Next Step

You should now move to reading through Selecting Units of Study.