Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours in Engineering (P4K)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 5 Years, up to a maximum of 11 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

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 5 Years
Entry requirements


Semester 1
Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your studies online. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.
This degree provides you the option to combine specialisations from science and engineering to create a truly customised degree that delivers a powerful blend of knowledge and skills.

If you enjoy pursuing your curiosity and understanding the world around you, consider yourself an innovator, and are passionate about shaping the world from our living laboratory, our science majors provides a gateway to an exciting world of immersive learning and discovery.

This combines perfectly with your choice of engineering specialisations, are you learn to be a collaborator who balances creative design, analysis and applied science to design, build and manage structures, machines, manufacturing processes and infrastructure.

You will learn how to cross disciplines, and borders, embracing the challenge of creating the world of tomorrow.

Tasmania is literally a living laboratory

The University of Tasmania has with six diverse ecosystems all within 30 minutes of the Sandy Bay campus, and the world’s second largest temperate rainforest only an hour away. We’re the gateway to Antarctica and, as the birthplace of the green movement, celebrate our biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Your proximity to a wide range of pristine, diverse environments, and the researchers who travel from around the world to work in them, give you unparalleled practical field experience while you study, plus it makes Tasmania an amazing place to live!

Immerse yourself in our specialist facilities

The University of Tasmania is the only University in the world to directly control a continental-scale array of world-class radio telescopes. Our researchers, your lecturers, use these in both national and international collaborations including with SpaceX and NASA. Depending on your area of study, even as an undergraduate you can have direct access as part of your studies, literally driving them yourself as you test theories and explore the Universe.

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
Practical experience through specialist laboratories

Several specialist labs operate on-campus that have direct links to industry, delivering real-world practical experience and networking opportunities. The Molecular Genetics Laboratory has contributed to a range of projects in conjunction with CRC Forestry, Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, Australian Antarctic Division, Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.

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.

Overseas study experiences

Our international exchange programs offers you the chance to gain amazing global experiences while you study, with opportunities ranging from two-week study tours, to semester exchanges at partner universities around the world.

We’re here to help you every step of the way, including offering a range of scholarships and financial assistance options. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

Find out more by visiting the Student Mobility website.

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 modern economy relies heavily on skilled individuals in the fields of science, engineering and technology. As a result, a combined science and engineering degree delivers a powerful combination of practical skills and knowledge that is highly respected by employers.

If you're not sure where your degree might take you, don't worry! Many students start studying a combined science and engineering degree because they have multiple passions they want to follow, and don't know exactly where they will end up. During your studies, you will meet other students, academics and visiting lecturers, all of whom may spark an idea of where your particular blend of options could take you.

Career Opportunities with Science and Engineering

While career options are wide and varied, they typically fall into three main categories:

  • Specialist knowledge related to your combination of specialisations
  • Careers where a broad understanding of science is essential (e.g., teacher, journalism, policy advisor).
  • Careers using generic skills obtained during your degree (e.g., public relations, business manager, marketing, government and local councils).

At the University of Tasmania, in addition to specialised scientific knowledge and skills, our focus is on giving you the practical and professional skills that are highly sought after by all employers – creative problem-solving, working in a team environment and flexibility of thinking. We teach you how to think, not what to think.

A career in science and engineering can be in any industry on earth. It will come to where your passion takes you.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering component of this combined degree 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 has been granted for the new specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In line with Engineers Australia requirements, the University will apply for full accreditation when sufficient students have graduated with this specialisation.

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

Course structure

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours in Engineering requires the completion of 525 credit points comprising:

  • 375 credit points of Engineering units in accordance with the requirements of the Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours less the four non-Engineering Elective units; and
  • 150 credit points of Science units, consisting of a Bachelor of Science major and four science Discipline Elective units.

Please refer to the structures for P4D Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours and P3O Bachelor of Science for further details.

Note: Students normally commence their studies by completing all first-year Engineering units which is common to all students.

Note: First year can be studied at the Launceston campus; however, students will need to move to Hobart to continue their studies in second year onwards.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are 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 who recently completed secondary education

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2020, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 83.05. The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

This course does not admit students on the basis of higher education study.  You can enquire online for advice on pathways or alternative course options.

Note, course transfers will be considered, as follows:

Students who have completed Year 1 of the Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours or the Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours) may be permitted to transfer to the combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours in Engineering provided they have passed all units comprising Year 1 with a GPA of 4.5.

Students who have completed Year 1 in a cognate area (for example, a Bachelor of Science) may be granted entry to the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours in Engineering program on a case by case basis.

Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

This course does not admit students on the basis of VET / TAFE study.

You can enquire online for advice on pathways or alternative course options.

Domestic applicants with work and life experience

This course does not admit students on the basis of work or life experience.

You can enquire online for advice on pathways or alternative course options.

Subject Prerequisites

These prerequisites apply to students from all educational backgrounds.

To be an eligible for an offer, you must have studies or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subject:

Mathematics Methods (MTM415117) or equivalent

Physical Sciences (PSC315109) or equivalent (equivalency includes CHM415115 Chemistry OR PHY415115 Physics)

Note, while there are no subject pre-requisites that must be met for the Bachelor of Science component of this combined degree some majors within the course require studies and experience equivalent to satisfactory performance in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects:

Prerequisite Senior Secondary Studies



Environmental Remediation


Molecular Bioscience (formerly Biochemistry)

Chemistry (recommended but not required)


Mathematics Methods

Statistics and Decision Science

General Mathematics
or Mathematics Methods


Mathematics Methods

Food Innovation and Safety

Chemistry (recommended but not required)

Marine Biology

Chemistry (recommended but not required)


Chemistry (recommended but not required)


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 for special consideration, including economic hardship, a 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.


Admissions and application 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.

You may be eligible for advanced standing (i.e. credit points) in this degree if you:

  • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from 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 a credit transfer

You can apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing as part of the standard online application process for this degree.

For more information on credit transfers, contact us 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 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 aren’t eligible for an offer to this course, you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies or the University Preparation Program.

In all cases, contact us to discuss an option best suited to your needs.

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): $203,455 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.


Domestic Students

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.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

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