Mat Sci and Eng Hons/BiomedEng - 3133

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science

Contact: School of Materials Science and Engineering

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 240

UAC Code: 429630

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Master of Biomedical Engineering

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Program Description

Important: prior to 2016 this program was known as 3138 Materials Science and Engineering / Master of Biomedical Engineering. Students must follow the Handbook of the year they commenced their program, so continuing students should refer to the relevant Handbook here.

This dual degree program is specifically designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in either Engineering or Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles to developing technologies and solving problems in a diverse range of health care related fields e.g. implantable bionics, drug delivery systems, medical imaging, radiotherapies, orthopedic devices, telemedicine, robotic surgery, cell and tissue engineering, records management, physical rehabilitation and others. This program is integrated to provide fundamental engineering skills with an undergraduate focus on Materials Science and Engineering and specialist postgraduate level training in Biomedical Engineering.

At the end of the program successful candidates will graduate with a Bachelor in Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering. Students are expected to perform at a credit average (65%) or better in their first three years to be permitted to continue with the Masters part of the program. Students who do not satisfy this requirement can revert to the 3131 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering program.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please see the entry for 3131 Materials Science and Engineering (Honours) and contact the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering for information regarding the Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes for the Master of Biomedical Engineering.

Program Structure

Students are required to complete 240 UOC, comprising 168 UOC from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering plus the 72 UOC from the Masters of Biomedical Engineering.

Students should refer to the program structure information of the 3131 Materials Science and Engineering (Honours) program and the BIOMDS8660 Biomedical Engineering stream for full details on the program requirements of each component.

Students enrolled in this program should note the following:-
  • BIOM5910 & BIOM5911 Biomedical Thesis A & B must be substituted for MATS4009 or MATS4010 in the Materials Science & Engineering (Honours) program;
  • ANAT2511 Fundamentals of Anatomy (6 UOC), PHSL2121 Principles of Physiology A (6 UOC), BIOM9420 Clinical Laboratory Science (6 UOC), and BIOM9410 Regulatory Req of Biomed Tech (6 UOC) must be completed as part of the requirements for the 8660 Master of Biomedical Engineering program.

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must use one of their electives to satisfy the General Education requirement. This means completing at least one elective course from neither the Faculty of Science nor any School that provides another courses completed as a part of meeting the program requirements. In most cases, an elective from the Biomedical Engineering program will be used for satisfying General Education, however students are advised to consult with the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering on specific advice.

Academic Rules

Students should refer to the academic rules information of the 3131 Materials Science and Engineering (Honours)program and the BIOMDS3133 Biomedical Engineering stream for full details on the academic rules of each component.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Honours is awarded as part of the 3131 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Science and Engineering component of the program only. In addition, classes of honours are determined based on meritorious performance over the 168 UOC which forms the BE (Hons). The classes are awarded as follows:
  • Class 1: WAM of at least 80 and Thesis Mark of at least 65
  • Class 2 Division 1: WAM of at least 75 and Thesis Mark of at least 65
  • Class 2 Division 2: WAM of at least 65 and Thesis Mark of at least 65
Honours WAM
Courses will be weighted according to the following:
General Education
Level 1 Courses
Level 2 Courses
Level 3 Courses
Level 4 Courses

  • First attempt counts
  • Honours WAM to be calculated to one decimal place


To ensure that all students who complete the program attain the honours level learning outcomes of the program, the progression rules for the program are as follows:
  • No level 4 BE course until 102 UOC of BE program passed
  • No level 3 BE course until all Introductory core passed
  • If any of the conditions below apply, students will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science program, with such transfer subject to appeal:
    • 2 fails in any given core course
    • After half or more of the BE program attempted (more than 84UOC), 50% or more of BE program courses have been failed
    • Prior to the final 48 UOC of the BE program, a WAM of less than 55%


Students may substitute up to 12 UOC of Advanced Disciplinary courses (Level 5) in place of Disciplinary Knowledge courses with the approval of the School of Materials Science and Engineering.

Industrial Training

At least 60 days of approved industrial training must be completed before graduation. Industrial Training should be concurrent with enrolment and is best accumulated in the summer recesses at the end of years 2 and 3, but must be completed by the end of year 4

Professional Recognition - Engineers Australia

The professional body for engineering in Australia is Engineers Australia, which has as its first objective the promotion of the science and practice of engineering in all its branches.

Engineers Australia has its national headquarters in Canberra and functions through a series of divisions, the local one being the Sydney Division. Within each division are branches representing the main interests within the profession, e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, engineering management and environmental engineering.

Students of an approved school of engineering may join the Institution as a student member (StudIEAust). Student members receive the monthly publication Engineers Australia and for a small fee they also receive The Transactions which contains articles on a particular branch of engineering.

Student members are invited to participate in the Excellence Award for Work Experience, the National Young Engineer of the Year Award and to avail themselves of other Engineers Australia services including the Mentor Scheme and industrial experience guidance.

For more information and membership application forms, contact Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, Level 3, 8 Thomas Street, CHATSWOOD NSW 2067 - telephone 02 9410 5600

Faculty of Science Rules

The Faculty of Science has some rules that relate to all students enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty in relation to recognition for prior learning, general education, course exclusions, study load, and cross-institutional study. All students should read the information contained on the Faculty General Rules and Requirements page in this Handbook.

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