Engineering/Commerce - 3715

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 5.5 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 264

UAC Code: 425015

ATAR: 96.3  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

Bachelor of Commerce (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

The Faculty of Engineering and the Australian School of Business offer a dual degree program which qualifies students for two degrees after five and a half years of successful study: the Bachelor of Engineering (potentially with Honours) and the Bachelor of Commerce (for which an Honours program requires an additional 48 UOC).

This dual degree is offered in the following Engineering disciplines:
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Photonics Engineering
  • Photovoltaics & Solar Energy
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Software Engineering Program3653
  • Surveying & Spatial Information Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Undeclared (for students who have not yet decided which discipline of Engineering they wish to pursue)


Requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Commerce degrees
To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Commerce a student must complete successfully courses that total at least 264 units of credit and include:
(a) in the Faculty of Engineering:
courses making up at least 168 units of credit described in the degree requirements for the BE specialisation for which the student is enrolled; and
b) in the Australian School of Business:
at least 96 units of credit comprising of 42 UOC prescribed level 1 compulsory and flexible core courses; a major of at least 48 units of credit in an approved disciplinary stream and additional ASB courses to make up the full 96 UOC; and
(c) at least 60 days of approved Industrial Training (required for the award of the BE degree).
(d) Students enrolled in the dual BE/BCom program are not required to undertake either Quantitative Analysis for Business and Economics (ECON1202) or Business and Economic Statistics (ECON1203) as part of their Commerce component. Completion of the maths courses in the Engineering component of the dual degree are equivalent to these two courses. The Australian School of Business no longer offers Actuarial Studies as a major within the BCom from 2013.

Administration of the Programs
(i) A student's general program will be administered by the Faculty of Engineering and delegated to administration by the School governing the engineering specialisation.
(ii) Students' programs will be administered by the Australian School of Business for the BCom component of the program and by the Faculty of Engineering for the BE part of the program.
(iii) The Australian School of Business and the Faculty of Engineering shall jointly exercise authority in any matter concerning the dual programs not otherwise covered by these rules.

(i) An application to enrol as a candidate for the dual program shall be made through UAC to the following programs:
BE in Software Engineering BCom
BE in all other programs BCom or on the prescribed form for international students which shall be lodged with the Registrar at least two calendar months before the commencement of the session in which enrolment is to begin.
(ii) The candidate shall be enrolled as either a full-time or part-time student.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The program is intended for potential engineers who wish to become more aware of economic and social aspects of the engineering profession, and skilled in technical management. It is expected that those taking this program would progress to entrepreneurial and managerial roles. A full range of commerce and engineering careers will still be open to those who qualify with both components of the dual degree program.

Most engineers progress to technical management roles, and these programs will strengthen the commerce background in addition to providing the engineering skills. Increasingly, engineers also find employment in the commercial sector, and the dual programs will provide a good background for those entering banking, consultancy etc. Students wishing to enter the purely commercial sector will benefit from technical and numerate strengths obtained as part of the engineering program.

On successful completion of the BCom component, students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate business knowledge and apply that knowledge in business problems
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • present complex issues in coherent written statements and oral presentations
  • demonstrate understanding of disciplinary issues in a local or global context
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of working collaboratively in teams
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas

Program Structure

Preferred Program Structure

For all programs except Bioinformatics and Software Engineering.

For Stage 1 Bioinformatics information please click here program 3647

For Stages 1-5 Software Engineering program 3653 please click here program 3653

For all other Engineering disciplines, see structure listed below.

Year 1

Choose ONE of:
Choose ONE of:
Choose ONE of:
And ONE of:
And also choose three Year 1 Electives totalling 18UOC

These electives should be chosen from the Year 1 elective list
elective list

Students can use first year elective courses to satisfy core requirements for specific engineering programs, allowing them to have additional professional elective courses in subsequent years. Some elective courses assume that the student has taken the appropriate prerequisite course whereas some elective courses have exclusions, that is, other courses are excluded. Thus students should choose their electives appropriately to optimise their course options in subsequent years.
Year 2

Science & Engineering courses 24 units of credit

Commerce courses 24 units of credit

Year 3

Commerce courses 24 units of credit


Science & Engineering courses 24 units of credit

Year 4


Science & Engineering courses 12 units of credit
Commerce courses 12 units of credit


Science & Engineering courses 12 units of credit
Commerce courses 12 units of credit

Year 5


Science & Engineering courses 24 units of credit


Science & Engineering courses 24 units of credit

Year 6

Commerce courses 24 units of credit


(a) BE with Honours
Honours will be awarded to students who have achieved superior grades in BE courses including the successful completion of a thesis at sufficient standard. Weighted average marks required for Honours grades are given below: The School of Computer Science and Engineering uses an internal method for calculating this average, the information provided by New South Student is not used for this purpose.

Honours Class 1: WA greater than or equal to 75
Honours Class 2: Division 1: WA equal to 70 up to and including 74
Division 2: WA equal to 65 up to and including 69

(b) BCom with Honours
On completion of the requirements for the dual degrees a student may be qualified to enrol in an Honours program in the Bachelor of Commerce and to qualify for the award of the BCom with Honours after successfully completing an additional year of study (48 UOC) as specified in the rules of the Australian School of Business.

Academic Rules

The programs of study which may be taken for the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce are governed by the normal rules for award of the BE and BCom in the Faculty of Engineering and the Australian School of Business respectively, which specify:
(i) units of credit;
(ii) corequisites, prerequisites, assumed knowledge;
(iii) the structure of the degree program; and
(iv) any special conditions.


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

Industrial Training

All students in the BE in Computer Engineering, Bioinformatics Engineering and Software Engineering programs must complete at least 60 days of approved Industrial Training before the end of Year 4.

Further Information and Requirements

Some courses listed here also offer advanced versions.

Award of the Degrees

(i) A student who completes the requirements for both the BE and BCom degrees shall receive at graduation a separate testamur for each of the degrees.
(ii) A student may apply to discontinue the dual BE BCom programs and elect to complete either the BE or BCom degree in accordance with the rules governing award of that degree. Following discontinuation of one of the programs (BE or BCom), courses which count toward that program will not in general count toward the remaining single degree unless they meet the single degree requirements in their own right.

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

The Australian Computing Society

The peak professional body for computing in Australia is the Australian Computing Society (ACS) -

The objectives of the ACS can be found here and include: "advanc[ing] professional excellence in information and communications technology, and further[ing] the study, science and application of information and communications technology."

Again, students who want to join ACS should go to Member Application

Area(s) of Specialisation