Engineering (Honours) / Law - 3765

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Law


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 6.5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 312

UAC Code: 426000

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Laws

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Program Description

This program is for new 2017 commencing students. If you are a continuing student please refer to the Online Handbook in the year your started your Dual Law degree or contact the Faculty of Law for advice.

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 normally a six and a half year full-time concurrent degree program leading to the award of the two degrees of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (BE(Hons)/LLB).

Assumed Knowledge
A prescribed standard in mathematics for entry to the Faculty of Engineering and to individual courses in that faculty. Further details are available in the UAC Guide.

Transferring Engineering Disciplines (Plans)
Student must nominate an engineering discipline at enrolment. Subsequent transfers to another engineering discipline may be possible subject to the approval of both Faculties. Student may also choose the Engineering Flexible First Year plan. See handbook for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) 3707 for full details.

(i) A student who completes the requirements for both the BE(Hons) 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(Hons) LLB program and elect to complete the BE(Hons) degree in accordance with all of the rules governing award of that degree. Following discontinuation of the combined BE(Hons) LLB program, courses which count toward that program will not in general count toward the single BE(Hons) 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(Hons) and the LLB have been satisfied.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

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

Program Structure

Total Unit Requirements
  • Law compulsory courses - 96 UOC

  • Law prescribed course - 6 UOC
  • Law elective courses - 42 UOC
  • Engineering courses - 168 UOC
  • Total 312 UOC
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:
168 units of credit of Engineering courses from an Engineering discipline, at least 60 days of approved Industrial Training for the BE(Hons) degree.

(b) Law
96 UOC of Law compulsory courses
42 UOC of Law electives
6 UOC Law prescribed elective

Note: The program structure for the law component is essentially the same for each specialisation.

The approved sequence of Law courses in the Engineering(Hons)/Law program can be seen here:

Plans for Engineering (Hons)/Law
For details of the recommended sequence of courses in each Engineering discipline, please refer to the following plans. Substitution of engineering courses may be permitted at the discretion of the discipline authority.

General Education Requirements

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


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Award of Class of Honours

  • 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
(NOTE: First attempt counts. Honours WAM to be calculated to one decimal place.)

Honours in Laws
High achieving students may be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

Please visit the Honours in law website for further information about the current Honours policy (applicable to students who commenced the LLB in 2014 or earlier) and the new policy (applicable to students who commenced the LLB from 2015 onwards).

Academic Rules

Requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in dual degree mode with the Bachelor of Law
To obtain the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and the Bachelor of Law a student must successfully complete courses that total at least 312 units of credit and include courses making up at least 168 units of credit described in the stream requirements for the BE (Hons) specialisation for which the student is enrolled. Students must also complete 60 days of Industrial Training.
Students may not count more than 60 units of credit of level 1 courses in this 168 units of credit.

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 (Hons) course until 102 UOC of BE (Hons) stream passed
No level 3 BE (Hons) course until all Introductory core passed
If any of the conditions below apply, students will be transferred to the Bachelor of Engineering Science program, with such transfer subject to appeal:
-2 fails in any given core course
-After half or more of the BE (Hons) stream attempted (more than 84UOC), 50% or more of BE (Hons) stream courses have been failed
- Prior to the final 48 UOC of the stream (120 UOC or more of the BE (Hons) stream completed), a WAM of less than 50%

Students may substitute up to 12 UOC of Advanced Disciplinary courses (Level 5) in place of Disciplinary Knowledge courses from a school specified stream list of courses with the approval of the Program or Stream Authority.

For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws
For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws component of this combined degree program, please refer to program 4701. Although 4701 program is no longer on offer, all combined law students enrolled in the LLB will need to comply with the rules stated here.

A direct link is given below:
Bachelor of Laws 4701


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