Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours - Catalyst Program (P4D1)

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Overview  2021

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Minimum 4 Years, up to a maximum of 9 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1

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Semester 1, Semester 2

You can do so many different things. You have so many job options. You come out with a career path, but it’s also really easy to recreate your career later.

Lily Panton – Bachelor of Engineering graduate
Please visit the new Catalyst webpage for the latest information about the program.
Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.

Are you a high-achiever with a passion for engineering?

The Engineering Catalyst Program combines a Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours with extra experiences, activities and opportunities. It was created for outstanding students, just like you.

A global focussed engineering career needs a globally connected education. Taking you from Tasmania to the world, you can apply for the Overseas Exchange Program and spend a semester learning at one of our international partner institutions. If you're accepted to the program, you'll be automatically supported by a $2,500 scholarship.

You can also apply for a Summer Research Project where you will work with a supervisor on a research topic of your choice. Again, upon being accept for a project you'll be supported by an automatic $3,000 scholarship.

You can even graduate with a custom built, multidisciplinary second degree, the high achiever academic extension Bachelor of Philosophy at no extra cost, with just a few additional units.

There is a $7,500 relocation scholarship available for domestic interstate students moving to Tasmania, and a $3,000 bursary for Tasmanian students to support the start of University studies.

If you want to get the most out of your University experience, set yourself apart in your chosen field, and give yourself an edge for future employment, the Engineering Catalyst Program is for you.

The Engineering Catalyst Program gives you a globally relevant and professionally accredited engineering education including hands-on research experience and enriching overseas exchange and education opportunities.

You will gain a broad, practical foundation of engineering skills and knowledge, covering physical sciences, mathematics and engineering science, followed by specific theory and practice in one of the specialised engineering fields.

Group work, projects, and engineering design competitions provide extra challenges and opportunities to work alongside world-class academics and researchers. The university also encourages you to find opportunities for international exchange and all students undertake 12 weeks of integrated work experience as part of their degree. Engineering is about design and making, and we ensure you have the skills and experience to do both when you graduate.

Our engineering degree also lets you customise your learning towards your career of choice by studying complementary units from another area of the University. For example, pick up units from the Health and Medicine for a career in biomedical engineering.

The degree is desired by employers world-wide, with graduates being highly sought after due to the hands-on and multi-disciplinary nature of their education.

Your Engineering learning experience goes beyond lectures, labs and tutorials, ensuring you graduate with significant practical experience, preparing you to meet the challenges of your future career.

The university has a commitment to providing hands-on training across a breadth of engineering disciplines, and to conducting inter-disciplinary research that benefits our students as well as the community. You benefit from our expertise and long standing connections in fields such as alternative energy systems, high-speed catamarans, and biomedical implants.

We also have strong industry partnerships across a variety of industries including TasNetworks, Hydro Tasmania, Incat, Tasmania Police, Entura Energy, Shree Minerals, Mineral Resources Tasmania and Copper Mines of Tasmania, to name a few!

Formula SAE and the UTAS motorsport team

The Formula SAE Competition is a national motorsport competition between universities. The UTAS Motorsport team brings together students from engineering and other areas of the University conceive, design, fabricate and compete with a small, formula-style racing car. The group work, projects and competitions provide extra challenges and opportunities to work alongside world-class academics and researchers. While this competition is particularly relevant for those who wish to pursue a Mechanical Engineering specialisation, the Motorsport Team needs and attracts cross-discipline interest, in particular as they have transitioned to racing electric vehicles.

Our practical, hands-on learning approach

A major feature of your Engineering studies is the emphasis placed on laboratory and workshop work. The design classes provide you with opportunities to learn the techniques of developing safe and reliable designs, and you write regular reports to ensure your experience is complete and prepares you for the demands of industry. For both the laboratory, workshop, and design classes, extensive use is made of computer aided design and implementation.

Dedicated labs and workshops provide you with a huge range of technology and testing environments for your specialist discipline. This delivers extensive first-hand experience with industry standard equipment for your career of choice.

These include:

  • Aerodynamics lab
  • Applied Mechanics lab
  • Communications Engineering lab
  • Concrete and Structural Testing lab
  • Control Systems Laboratory
  • Dynamics lab
  • Electronics lab
  • Geomechanics lab
  • Hydraulics lab
  • Mechanical workshop
  • Mechatronics lab
  • Power lab
  • Renewable Energy Lab
  • Stress Analysis lab
  • Thermodynamics lab
Study overseas as part of your degree

Never mind a gap year when you can travel and study overseas and have it count towards your degree! The University exchange program provides students with the opportunity to gain an international experience as part of their current degree, with 150 partner institutes globally across 30+ countries, there is a program type for everyone offering programs from semester length to just 2 week international stints.

The exchange is typically undertaken in your second year, and you'll be fully supported by our dedicated Student Mobility team all the way. Upon successful application to the semester exchange, Catalyst students automatically receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist with costs. Other financial assistance is available for both domestic and international students.

Find out more by visiting the Student Mobility website.

Summer research project

Regardless if you choose to pursue a career in research, the Summer Research Project is a great way to set yourself apart for your future career. You apply to conduct a six to eight week research program on a topic of your choice during the summer, typically between your second and third year. If your is successful, Catalyst students receive a guaranteed $3,000 to assist with costs!

You have the advantage of working in some of Australia's best facilities, with access to leading researchers in whatever field of study you're interested in. This may become a pre-cursor to an honours year, or a great experience to add to your CV, either way it's putting you ahead when it comes to starting your career.

All engineering students undertake 12 weeks of industrial experience via work placement, typically in the summer between your third and fourth year. In most cases, students arrange this experience placement themselves via the connections and networks they form during their first years of study. At the discretion of the employer this experience can be paid at the appropriate award rate, and based on your performance, can lead to graduate positions at the completion of your degree.

Our teaching staff are also here to help, identifying networking opportunities through their long standing industry connections and highlighting particular businesses that allow you gain experience in your area of interest. We can also help arrange the placements in some circumstances.

Career outcomes

The Engineering Catalyst Program offers outstanding career advantages, giving you an edge over your competitors.

By combining our highly sought after Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours degree with a wealth of extracurricular opportunities, you graduate with a combination of knowledge, skills and experience that truly sets you apart.

The University of Tasmania’s focus on hands-on training and inter-disciplinary research makes our degree highly desirable in the international landscape.

Students work alongside our team of world-class academics and researchers, gaining practical knowledge that can be applied in a wide variety of careers. These opportunities cover a broad range of disciplines and skills in a world where there is an ever-increasing demand for people in the profession.

Engineers are well paid, and find interesting and engaging career opportunities across government, private companies, industry and consulting firms. After starting in technical positions, Engineers often move into management roles within companies and organisations due to their organisational and analytical skills.

A key component of our new engineering degree is your ability to customise your learning experience towards your career of choice. You can select units from complementary areas of the University, such as geography for a career in environmental engineering, and choose projects, in particular your fourth year honours project, specifically designed to lead you towards your desired industry.

Career Opportunities with Engineering

Engineers are involved in making key decisions in almost every industry, including the construction of buildings, roads and major infrastructure projects, alternative energy system development, electronics and transport, biomedical implants and many more. They balance contemporary thinking, creative design, critical analysis, and applied science and technology to solve problems in almost every aspect of our lives.

Graduates qualify for technical positions but often move into management roles within companies, organisations or consultancies across many industries. Career options in Engineering include the following jobs and industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Building and construction
  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Computer systems
  • Government agencies
  • Health industry
  • Industrial electronics
  • International development
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and exploration
  • Petrochemical
  • Power generation and transmission
  • Property development
  • Renewable energy
  • Robotics and automation
  • Software engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport
Postgraduate study

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours is a professionally accredited degree.

Accreditation by Engineers Australia, and subsequent recognition by the internationally accepted Washington Accord, means your degree provides truly global qualifications. Your skills will be valued and recognised around the world including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, China, South Africa, Ireland, Turkey and Russia.

The Civil, Mechanical, Electronics and Communications, and Electrical Power specialisations all have full accreditation. Provisional accreditation is being sought for the new specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with full accreditation granted once the first students of the new program graduate. In the meantime, all the students entering existing accredited degree programs will continue to be recognised.

If you have any questions about the accreditation process, please contact us for further information.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours component of the Engineering Catalyst Program normally takes four years to finish.

All students start their degree with a common first year, including foundation studies in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. This multi-disciplinary, design focused first year enables you to select the area of engineering which you are best suited after gaining a valuable framework of experience. Note that the first year of all specialisations can be studied at the Launceston campus; however, students will need to move to Hobart to continue their studies in second year onwards.

You then choose a specialist area of study within the core engineering disciplines, civil, electrical and mechanical, and focus on that through a combination of theory, design oriented projects, industry experience, and major laboratory work.

The flexible degree structure allows you to customise your learning towards your career of choice by studying complementary units from another area of the University. For example, pick up units from the College of Health and Medicine for a career in biomedical engineering.

Industry Experience

All engineering students undertake 12 weeks of industrial experience via work placement, typically in the summer between your third and fourth year.

Integrated Honours

In your fourth year, you will undertake a substantial high-level, two-semester project within your engineering specialisation. This involves an analysis of requirements, feasibility study, and design and development, usually resulting in a prototype.

Our engineering specialisations
Civil Engineering

Civil engineers focus on designing, planning and constructing the world we live in, both above and below the ground. Projects include dams, bridges, pipelines, gas and water supply schemes, sewerage systems, roads, airports, and structures across all scales, including residential buildings. As cities grow, the role of the civil engineer becomes even more important as we balance development with sustainability, working to futureproof where we live, both functionally and for the environment.

Electronics and Communications Engineering

Our world is more connected than ever, and electronics and communications engineers are designing, creating and maintaining the infrastructure that enables that global connectivity. They design and maintain 4G and emerging 5G networks, control automatic and robotic autonomous vehicles and mobile devices, and enable the safe navigation of ships and aircraft by radar and GPS. They also help improve quality of life around the world, creating bionic ears, pacemakers, life support systems and other biomedical devices. Engineers are collaborators who balance creative design, analysis and applied science to design, build and manage structures, machines, manufacturing processes and infrastructure. They cross disciplines, and borders, embracing the challenge of creating the world of tomorrow.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Combining elements from both electronics and communications and engineering, and electrical power engineering, this specialisation provides skills and knowledge applicable to both areas. Graduates may choose career paths where crossover skills are desirable, such as automation and control within the electrical power industry.

Electrical Power Engineering

Sustainably meeting global energy requirements is at the forefront of modern engineering challenges. In response, electrical power engineers manage projects across the generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation of electrical energy. They are looking to reinvent the world’s energy systems, working across a scale that crosses continents, right down to the local community where delivering reliable, sustainable power can directly tackle poverty and save lives.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are involved in mechanical design, manufacture, assembly, commissioning, maintenance, safety, management, and development of policies within vast global sectors including energy, transportation, manufacturing, and automation. The largest and most complicated machines on the planet, from ships and aircraft to highly technical mechatronics and automation, need the skills and knowledge of a mechanical engineer.

Bachelor of Philosophy

The Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours and Summer Research Project all contribute to the requirements for the Bachelor of Philosophy. This means that by successfully completing the Engineering Catalyst Program, you can be only a few units away from attaining a second degree for no additional cost.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic applicants
Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. This course is new in 2020. An indicative ATAR for this course is 90.00.

It is recommended that school leavers also include the Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours (P4D) in your preferences when applying.

Satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subject or equivalent:

  • Mathematics Methods (MTM415117)
  • Physical Sciences (PSC315109)

If you have not met this prerequisite, you will need to complete a UTAS foundation unit before you start your course.

UTAS provides foundation units for students who haven’t completed the prerequisite prior studies for their major.

All other domestic applicants

Please note this course is for school leavers only. Students from other educations backgrounds can apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours (P4D), exactly the same degree that is in this program.

Special consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

International applicants

Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

Course participation requirements 

This course includes compulsory work placements. All students must meet the course’s Safety in Practice Requirements before their first placement. This includes external clearances to work with children and vulnerable people. The safety in practice requirements are completed separately to the course application.

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in this degree if you:

  • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from TAFE or another institution;
  • Are currently studying another Bachelor degree at the University or at another institution;
  • Have completed a Bachelor degree at the University or an equivalent award from another institution.
How to apply for recognition of prior learning

You can apply for recognition of prior learning as part of the standard online application process for this degree.

For more information, contact us on on 1300 363 864 or enquire online.

This degree does not formally articulate from another degree. See Credit transfer for information on advanced standing from other qualification and experience, or Alternative entry pathways for pathway options into this degree.

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

If you meet the minimum ATAR but haven't completed the required pre-requisite unit(s), we offer foundation units to help you bridge the gap. Many run in spring and summer school so you can meet a prerequisite and not delay the start of your Bachelor level studies. HECS scholarships may also be available for domestic students.

If you do not meet the minimum ATAR or are a non-school leaver

You can apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours, exactly the same degree that is in this program.

In addition, if you wish to explore extracurricular study opportunities, the overseas study opportunities and Summer Research Program can be applied for independently, should you wish to undertake them.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2021 Total Course Fee (international students): $161,841 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $35,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.


Catalyst Program scholarships
Interstate relocation scholarship (domestic students only)

There is a guaranteed $7,500 relocation scholarship available to domestic students who are relocating from interstate to Tasmania, and are commencing the Catalyst Program for the first time.

The scholarship will be delivered as $2,500 per semester for your first three semesters, provided you are fully enrolled in the Catalyst Program at census date, have successfully passed all your units in each semester.

Tasmanian Catalyst scholarship (domestic students only)

There is a $3,000 bursary available to domestic students from Tasmania to support the commencement of their university studies. The scholarship will be delivered as $1,500 per semester for your first two semesters, provided you are fully enrolled in the Catalyst Program at census date and have successfully passed all your units in each semester

Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS) (international students only)

The Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS) provides commencing international students with a 25% reduction in registered tuition fees for the duration of their course (provided satisfactory grades are maintained).

Overseas Exchange Scholarship

The College of Sciences and Engineering will give you a guaranteed $2,500 to assist with costs upon successfully applying for a semester overseas exchange. Note that other sources of funding are also available, including additional scholarships, funds through the Commonwealth OS Help Program and (if eligible). Domestic students can still claim Centrelink payments.

Dean's Summer Research Program

Typically taken in the summer of your third year, you have the opportunity to participate in a six to eight week research program working on a topic of your choice. You will work alongside your supervisor and graduate research students to gain experience in identifying and solving research programs. If your project is accepted for the program. You will need to apply to the program, and if successful, will receive a guaranteed $3,000 scholarship to assist with costs.

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

Although you receive guaranteed scholarships as part of the Engineering Catalyst Program, you can still apply for others.

There are a number of scholarships available specifically for new Engineering students, including:

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study. For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Important eligibility information

Program participants will be required to fulfil all the Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours and, if applicable, Bachelor of Philosophy requirements.

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