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Plan Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Law
Program: 4776 - Engineering / Law
Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

Plan Outline

The program is intended for potential engineers who wish to become more aware of legal and social aspects of the engineering profession, and skilled in technical management, or potential legal practitioners who wish to add a strong technical dimension to their education and training.

This is a six year full-time combined degree program leading to the award of the two degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Laws (BE/LLB)

Transferring Engineering Majors (Plans)
Student must nominate an engineering major (plan code) at enrolment. Subsequent transfers to another engineering major may be possible subject to the approval of both Faculties.

Approved Sequence of Study
Students must study engineering courses in a sequence approved by the Faculty of Engineering and law courses in a sequence approved by the Faculty of Law. Approved sequences are given below; other sequences may be approved under special circumstances.

(a)Engineering - from the consolidated course schedule in the Faculty of Engineering:
at most 48 units of credit of Level 1 Engineering courses, and
at least 18 units of credit of Level 4 or higher Engineering courses,
at least 60 days of approved Industrial Training for the BE degree.

92 units of credit of compulsory core courses
52 units of credit of electives

Plan Structure

Year 1
And ONE of:
And ONE of:

Year 2
And ONE of:

Year 3
  • Breadth Electives (6 UOC)

Year 4
  • Breadth Elective (6 UOC)
  • Depth Electives (12 UOC)

Year 5
And ONE of:
  • Law Elective (4 UOC)

Year 6
  • Law Electives (48 UOC)

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this combined degree students will have obtained a sound knowledge base in the disciplines of both engineering and law.


Engineering: On completion of the requirements for both components of the combined degree program, a student who has included 12 units of credit of thesis in engineering may qualify for the award of the BE degree with honours in accordance with the rules of the BE specialisation and the Faculty of Engineering rules for the calculation of the grade of Honours (Honours Class 1: a weighted average of 75% or greater; Honours Class 2 Division 1: a weighted average of 70% or greater; Honours Class 2 Division 2: a weighted average of 65% or greater), a student being awarded the highest grade of Honours for which they qualify.

Laws: The LLB is not currently available with Honours.


i) A student who completes the requirements for both the BE and LLB degrees shall receive at graduation a separate testamur for each of the degrees.
(ii) A student may apply to discontinue the combined BE LLB program and elect to complete the BE degree in accordance with all of the rules governing award of that degree. Following discontinuation of the combined BE LLB program, courses which count toward that program will not in general count toward the single BE single degree unless they meet the single degree requirements in their own right.
(iii) A student will not be eligible to graduate from the LLB until requirements for both the BE and the LLB have been satisfied.

Academic Rules

Bachelor of Laws: for academic rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws component of this combined degree program, please refer to program 4790. A direct link is given below:

Bachelor of Laws 4790

Bachelor of Engineering:
The engineering programs may be varied by students according to the rules governing electives, pre- and co-requisites and progression within each program. Subject to pre- and co-requisites and progression rules, students may take courses at any time during the program, it being the responsibility of each student to ensure that the rules governing award of the degrees have been met and that the program of study in each session of enrolment is feasible with regards to progression and timetabling.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in combined law degrees are not required to complete general education courses unless they wish to graduate with a BE after 4 years of study. In this case students will be required to complete general education courses as for the single BE.


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