The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) requires five years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

The course is offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Successful completion of either SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Specialist Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or equivalent International Baccalaureate subjects is normally required for entry. Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Physics is assumed

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong and broad foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering, particularly those relevant to the systematic development of biomechanical systems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental  aspects of biomedical and mechanical engineering
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve complex problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • structured engineering work experience
  • the ability to work and interact professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • an ability to undertake a substantial research-oriented project
  • preparation for future management roles as professional engineers.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  • skilfully use  professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of solution to complex biomechanical problems
  • demonstrate a strong and broad understanding of the mechanical and biomedical engineering discipline and a deeper understanding of some areas of mechanical and biomedical engineering
  • apply advanced skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge was developed
  • develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of biomedical and mechanical engineering
  • contribute successfully to project management
  • plan and execute a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • apply skills adopted through the thesis and advanced discipline topics to postgraduate level research or advanced industrial investigation.

On completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) students will be eligible for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) a student must complete 180 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR1201  Electronics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1401  Professional Skills  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1711  Engineering Design  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1721  Engineering Programming  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1722  Engineering Physics and Materials  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1732  Engineering Mechanics  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP2711 Computer Programming 2 (4.5 units)
 ENGR2703 Mechanical Practice Certificate (0 units)
 ENGR2711 Engineering Mathematics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2722 Analysis of Engineering Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR2742 Biomedical Instrumentation (4.5 units)
 ENGR2771 Dynamics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2781 Mechanical Design Project (4.5 units)
 ENGR3712 Thermodynamics and Energy Systems (4.5 units)
 MMED1005 How Your Body Works (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR2732 Biomechanics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2741 Mechanics and Structures (4.5 units)
 ENGR2751 Fluid Mechanics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2752 Mechanics of Machines (4.5 units)
 ENGR2812 Engineering Materials 2 (4.5 units)
 ENGR3761 Applied Thermo-Fluid Dynamics (4.5 units)
 ENGR7702 Biomaterials (4.5 units)
 MMED2931 Human Physiology (4.5 units)

Core - Year 4 topics

36 units comprising:

ENGR9721 Control Systems GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9704 Project Management and Innovation (4.5 units)
ENGR9741 Physiological Measurement GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9811 Solid Mechanics GE (4.5 units)
MMED2932 Integrative Human Physiology (4.5 units)
ENGR3750  Workplace Preparation (0 units)

Plus one of:

 ENGR3700 Engineering Practicum (13.5 units) (see note 1)
 ENGR3710 International Engineering Practicum (13.5 units) (see notes 1, 2)

Core - Year 5 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR7781 Innovation in Medical Devices (4.5 units)
 ENGR7811 Advanced Mechanical Design (4.5 units)
 MMED2933 Fundamental Neuroscience (4.5 units)
 ENGR9700A Masters Thesis (4.5 /18 units) (see note 3)
 ENGR9700B Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)  
 ENGR9700C Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)  
 ENGR9700D Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)

Plus 4.5 units of Table A topics where prerequisites are met (see note 4)

1. With the permission of the Director of Studies, students may undertake ENGR9403 Engineering Work Experience  (0 units) plus 13.5 units of CSEM upper-level topics in place of ENGR3700 Engineering Practicum or ENGR3710 International Engineering Practicum. ENGR9403 may be taken any time after the student has completed 63 units. Please see the topic coordinator for further details.

2. ENGR3710 International Engineering Practicum should be selected by those students intending to undertake their Practicum outside of Australia. Enrolment is subject to approval by the School which will consider the quality and appropriateness of the placement.

3. Students must undertake the Masters Thesis topics over a minimum of two semesters.

4. CSEM option topics must be selected from from Table A, at least half of which must be chosen from those labelled as Mechanical (Group H).

5. The honours grade awarded is determined in accordance with the University's Assessment Policy and Procedures Policy and is calculated from the Weighted Average Mark of all topics at level 7000 and above taken as part of the degree as follows:

85 ≤ WAM - Honours First Class (H1)
75 ≤ WAM < 85 - Honours Second Class Division A (H2A)
65 ≤ WAM < 75 - Honours Second Class Division B (H2B)
WAM < 65 - Honours Third Class (H3)

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) may also be studied in a combined degrees program with any Bachelor degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.