Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Develop knowledge and skills that allow you to enter professional engineering practice in civil, environmental, electrical and electronics, mechanical or mechatronics engineering.

Domestic International

International student information

Key facts


4 years full-time


  • Burwood (Melbourne) 
  • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Go beyond the classroom with Deakin’s future-focused Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). Get the skills and hands-on experience to create innovative solutions to real-world engineering problems.

Develop the knowledge and expertise to enter professional engineering practice in civil, environmental, electrical and electronics, mechanical or mechatronics engineering.

Through industry-informed projects you'll combine theory with contemporary practice to develop the skills needed to confidently design, construct and maintain engineering systems.

Whether you're building robots in our state-of-the-art lab spaces or solving complex problems on your industry placement, our flexible approach to project-based learning will help you develop the practical skills necessary for your ultimate career.

Want to turn your big ideas into the creative engineering solutions?

Deakin's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) focuses on graduate employability and the future needs of industry. Our long-standing partnerships with Engineers Australia and a range of industry leaders informs our teaching, meaning you develop the skills employers want through courses that remain relevant. As a graduate, you'll be well-rounded and ready to meet the challenges of the future.

Gain access to world-class technology, teaching and research facilities at our renowned Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses. Housing some of the most advanced systems and learning spaces in Australia, they provide the ultimate training ground to design, construct and test your ideas. ManuFutures - a revived manufacturing centre with a vibrant, growing, and resilient SME base across Victoria - and flagship marine, aquaculture and water management projects are a prime example of Deakin's ongoing collaboration with government partners, ensuring our courses and research remain at the forefront of industry innovation and trends. Future focused initiatives you'll explore and contribute to include the Circular Economy Initiative, Hycel, Digital Futures Hub, Carbon Nexus, Aquafi Hub and BatTri-Hub.

Fifty per cent of each trimester is dedicated to project and design-based learning. This ensures you gain the confidence and ability to apply engineering knowledge and skills in an authentic context. You'll tackle real-world industry problems and research, design, test and evaluate solutions, with the support of our expert teaching staff. You'll also work on projects that inspire your creativity, and develop your ability to communicate, collaborate and thrive in a team environment.

Our hands-on approach to learning is extended by work-integrated learning and professional practice skills development opportunities. This not only gives you invaluable industry exposure but helps you kick-start your professional networks while you study and explore future career options.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400312053 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400512053 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
CRICOS code?
113508K Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • eleven (11) credit points of core units
  • one major - nineteen (19) credit points~
  • 2 open elective units (2 credit points)*
  • completion of three (3) or four (4) zero-credit point compulsory units:
    • SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning
    • DAI001 Academic Integrity Module
    • STP010 Career Tools for Employability
    • SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program.^

* Students who have not previously completed VCE Mathematical Methods (units 3 and 4) are advised to undertake SIT190 Introduction to Functions, Relations and Graphs in the first trimester of their Engineering course. Therefore, these students may only be required to complete 1 elective unit (instead of 2 elective units).

~Students who have not studied chemistry in Y12 VCE or equivalent are advised to study SLE133 prior to studying SLE155 as part of the Environmental major.

^Students must complete this unit as part of the Environmental major.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.


Core units


Major units


Elective units



Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

* Available at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus from Trimester 1, 2025

Intakes by location

The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Online

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Online

New course from Trimester 1, 2024.

For students commencing Year 1 in 2024:

  • The Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering majors will be offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and online from 2024.
  • The Civil Engineering and the Electrical and Electronics Engineering majors will only be available at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and online in 2024.
  • Domestic students intending to commence with 4 or less credit points of Recognition for Prior Learning into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with the Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering majors may need to be part-time and will not be able to accelerate course completion as second year units will not be available at Burwood (Melbourne) until 2025. Students will need to be assessed on a case by case basis.

For pathway students commencing 2024:

  • Students intending to commence with Recognition for Prior Learning into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will need to select Waurn Ponds (Geelong) or Online for the Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics Engineering majors as second year units will not be available at Burwood (Melbourne) until Trimester 1, 2025.
  • Students intending to commence with Recognition for Prior Learning into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will need to select Waurn Ponds (Geelong) or Online for the Civil Engineering or Electrical and Electronics Engineering majors as second year units will not be available at Burwood (Melbourne) until Trimester 1, 2026.

Additional course information

Flexible entry into the course allows students to upgrade their qualifications and to obtain credit for previous studies/experience. Applicants with appropriate TAFE qualifications or other approved post-secondary studies may apply for Recognition of prior learning. Credit may be considered for skills obtained in the workforce or by informal means.

Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection. The learning experiences and assessment activities within this course may also require that students have access to a range of software. Access to high-cost specialist equipment is provided but students may be required to purchase minor equipment for particular unit(s) as detailed in unit site.

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.


You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Participation requirements

In order to satisfy course accreditation requirements, as specified and administered by Engineers Australia, all online enrolled students, or students enrolled online in specified units, are required to participate in campus-based learning activities at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) during intensive week each trimester to ensure that graduates possess and have demonstrated the minimum necessary knowledge and skill base, engineering application abilities, and professional skills, values and attitudes at successful completion of the course to be sufficiently prepared to enter professional engineering practice.

Attendance and participation in learning activities during intensive week is linked to assessment requirements within the Engineering programmes, and failure to attend may result in students not meeting the hurdle requirement of the respective assessment. This may result in a fail grade being awarded for the respective affected unit(s) for that particular trimester.

International students: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin online. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week, it is suggested that you apply for a tourist visa to enter Australia. Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a tourist visa by the Australian Government.

International students studying online may not be granted a visitor visa to complete mandatory components of the course at a campus.

Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

Work experience

Through SEL703 Professional Practice, you'll gain industry experience by completing at least 30 to 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering workplace with assessment tasks designed to develop and enhance your understanding of the engineering profession, professional practice and continuing professional development, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.

Entry requirements

Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

Academic requirements

Current or recent secondary education

If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

Year 12 prerequisite subjects

  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Maths: General Mathematics


  • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

Higher education

If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

  • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)
  • evidence of mathematical ability (equivalent to that of the Year 12 maths prerequisite)

Vocational education

If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

  • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
  • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
  • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

You will also require evidence of mathematical ability (equivalent to that of the Year 12 maths prerequisite).

Work and life experience

If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven’t undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

You will also require evidence of mathematical ability (equivalent to that of the Year 12 maths prerequisite).

English language proficiency requirements

To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
  • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements

Selection adjustments

Subject adjustment

A study score of 30 in any English, Maths: Mathematical Methods, Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physics or Systems Engineering equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

Access and equity

Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

Admissions information

Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

Recognition of prior learning

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.
Your Recognition of prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 50% of the course at Deakin University.

You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.

The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about international student fees.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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Apply through VTAC and Deakin

International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

Apply through Deakin

All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


Career outcomes

With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in demand both in Australia and abroad. 92.4% of our engineering graduates found full-time employment within four months of graduation according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-2022.

A recent report from the Australian Council of Engineering Deans (ACED) projected a shortage of qualified engineering in the workforce. They estimated that approximately 100,000 engineers will be required by 2030 to deliver on government initiatives in energy, transport and built infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, minerals, defence, and more.^

Secure your future career by learning the design, development and production skills needed to work in a diverse range of industries that contribute to developing the systems of the future. Depending on your major, you can expect to gain employment in a wide range of private and government organisations. Roles may range from construction to environmental protection, or from robotics to building the infrastructure of tomorrow.

^ Australian Council of Engineering Deans: Shortages of Engineers and Supply Projections, Dec 2021.

Professional recognition

Deakin's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at our Waurn Ponds and Online campuses. The course is currently not accredited at our Burwood campus. Deakin will be seeking accreditation for the Burwood campus offering as we prepare graduates for transition to employment. Accreditation provides recognition against international benchmarks, allowing graduates to practice as professional engineers around the world.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Design, develop, implement, manage and evaluate sustainable and innovative engineering solutions for real-world problems by integrating and applying well-developed knowledge and skills in natural and physical sciences, engineering and project management, and by showing concern for environmental, social and economic impact.

Apply engineering and scientific techniques to study engineering problems, evaluate the benefits, risks and uncertainty associated with the use of specific engineering tools and techniques, and evaluate the effectiveness of designs and experiments that are used to determine a solution.

Plan and execute practice- based projects to show capacity for advanced knowledge and skills in a discipline of engineering and thereby demonstrate the ability to research and continue professional development and scholarship.


Effectively apply verbal and non-verbal communication skills by actively listening, speaking, reading, writing, and graphically representing an engineering position using appropriate means, considerate of the audience and viewpoint of others.

Digital literacy

Identify, select and use digital technologies and tools relevant to an engineering discipline to use, manage, generate and share information, evaluate its reliability, and use the information for engineering design, problem solving and research purposes.

Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate and share information, laws, policies and regulations that pertain to engineering practice.

Critical thinking

Use knowledge of natural and physical sciences, and engineering skills and processes to identify and define problems in a variety of contexts and to study the nature and the impact of those problems.

Apply critical and analytical thinking and judgment in evaluating data and information and integrating knowledge to develop new understanding, formulate appropriate and sustainable engineering design solutions and manage their implementation, operation and delivery ensuring effectiveness and efficiency.

Problem solving

Evaluate and use established engineering principles and practice approaches to identify potential solutions to resolve complex, real-world engineering problems and realise solutions independently and collaboratively.

Demonstrate innovative and creative approaches and solutions to engineering problems that are constrained by local, national, global, and contemporary issues and show capacity for planning, designing, executing, and managing engineering projects.


Proactively and critically self-assess and use reflection as a strategy for lifelong learning, professional development, and career thinking. Manage personal actions, priorities, and behaviours effectively in consideration of others, to ensure integrity in professional judgement and decision-making.


Demonstrate the value of trust by being a competent, reliable team member, who recognises and respects the roles and viewpoints of others, the fundamentals of team dynamics, and the value in pursuing expert assistance when required to nurture relationships that foster mutual engagement of others to collaboratively solve problems together.

Work with, influence, and organise other people and resources to perform necessary work in accordance with a mutually agreed schedule, by applying the fundamentals of business and project planning, financial management, risk management, and human resources to an engineering context.

Global citizenship

Value the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as diverse communities and cultures in a global context and situate own engineering practice by demonstrating commitment to safe, ethical and sustainable practices, and applying social, legal, and environmental responsibilities to exert a positive influence in the community.

Approved by Faculty Board 6 April 2023