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C09074v2 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Medical Science

Award(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in (name of Engineering major) (BE(Hons))
Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc)

UAC code: 609370 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 084095D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 246
Course EFTSL: 5.125
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Levels of award
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information


This combined degree is designed to provide opportunities for students interested in medical science, the scientific basis of engineering and technology, and the technology itself.

There is a strong interrelation between the progress of engineering and developments in science, and a demonstrated need for professionals with a strong understanding and experience in both areas.

A strong professional focus ensures graduates of this course learn the skills employers want with a solid link between theory and practice and the benefits of hands-on experience.

This combined degree can be completed in less time than would be required to complete the two degrees separately.

Course aims

This course aims to produce graduates with professional qualifications in medical science and engineering who are well prepared to pursue a career in either field, or one that combines the skills of both.

Career options

Career options include positions in biotechnology, communications, construction, energy and resource exploration and development, environmental protection and management, materials technology, mathematical modelling, medical technology and instrumentation, molecular biology, nanotechnology and transportation.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs
A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs
A.2 Establish priorities and goals
A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour, including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
B.0 Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired
B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies
B.2 Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specification
B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
B.5 Implement and test solution
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualisation inform decision-making, and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences
C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
D.0 Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning.
D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
E.0 Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions
E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies
F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally diverse workplaces and a changing global environment
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation against appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications)
SCI.1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline
SCI.1.1 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how the body works at the cellular and organ system level
SCI.1.2 Understand how disease can arise and disrupt normal physiological function
SCI.1.3 Gain specialist knowledge and skills in the laboratory diagnosis of disease
SCI.1.4 Conduct research on the causes of disease, or the prevention and treatment of disease.
SCI.1.5 Understand experimental design and data analysis techniques using environmental models.
SCI.1.6 Develop knowledge in specialist strands such as diagnostic pathology, biochemistry, haematology, microbiology and parasitology, transfusion science and blood banking, anatomical pathology, immunology and molecular biology
SCI.1.7 Develop hands-on laboratory skills using modern equipment and IT facilities
SCI.2.0 Encompasses problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition
SCI.2.1 Gather data and evidence to support or refute an idea or contention.
SCI.2.2 Conduct environmental study using sampling and statistical methods, and statistically analyse data
SCI.2.3 Demonstrate analytical thinking when planning experiments and testing hypotheses
SCI.2.4 Identify, scope and investigate problems and make logical deductions from the evidence
SCI.2.5 Foster curiosity and inquisitiveness for experimentation by solving problems and case scenarios
SCI.2.6 Become adept at data collection, and literature and database searches
SCI.2.7 Work on a tailored project under supervision to hone and practise inquiry and analysis skills.
SCI.2.8 Work independently or as part of multidisciplinary teams
SCI.3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.
SCI.3.1 Operate with knowledge, rigour and objectivity in an ethical, cooperative and honest fashion to creatively and methodically address biomedical questions
SCI.3.2 Build networks through interacting with external experts in the mid and later parts of the course and identify career opportunities
SCI.3.3 Work in laboratories and other external organisations by doing work experience or research placements
SCI.3.4 Develop the ability to perform the duties of one's profession to an acceptable quality, including the development of up-to-date technical skills
SCI.4.0 The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgments about one's own work. The capacity to learn in and from new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts
SCI.4.1 Become a lifelong learner and acquire the tools and aptitudes that allow you to adapt to change
SCI.4.2 Interrogate a variety of different databases and information sources
SCI.5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant
SCI.5.1 Develop professional skills for laboratory diagnosis, public health, education, medicine, etc.
SCI.5.2 Participate in community dialogues on health and scientific issues
SCI.6.0 An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening - including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences
SCI.6.1 Write and speak knowledgeably on biomedical science in both lay and professional settings
SCI.6.2 Develop confidence and skills in communicating biomedical science to a variety of audiences, including graphical literacy and report writing
SCI.6.3 Develop skills in oral presentations and active listening
SCI.6.4 Participate in debates and workshops to build confidence and self-assuredness
SCI.7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications
SCI.7.1 Identify opportunities in the rapidly evolving biomedical sciences sector
SCI.7.2 Show initiative and creativity, both theoretical and practical, in designing experiments or lab protocols
SCI.7.3 Volunteer for opportunities to do work experience or research mini-projects
SCI.7.4 Demonstrate creative and lateral thinking


SCI = Science course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Current school leavers are advised to complete the Year 12 Engineering and IT Questionnaire. The questionnaire allows applicants to demonstrate their strong motivation to study engineering or IT at UTS and may assist applicants whose ATAR falls short of the required cut-off by up to three points.

Non-current school leavers are advised to complete the employment question on their UAC application as adjustment factors may be applied on the basis of relevant work experience.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Physics; and English (Standard).

English (Advanced) is recommended. For the civil engineering majors, Chemistry is recommended. For the software engineering major, a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of programming is recommended.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have previously undertaken relevant study at a recognised tertiary education institution may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) if the subjects completed are deemed by the faculty to be equivalent to subjects in the course. Study completed more than 10 years prior to the date of admission cannot be recognised. Limits apply to the number of credit points of RPL granted.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered over five years full time, 10 years part time, or six years full time with honours.

Full-time attendance involves approximately 24 hours each week at the university, which allows a full stage of the course to be completed in one session. Part-time attendance involves approximately 12 hours each week at the university, which allows a full stage to be completed in one year. It is expected that employers will release part-time students for at least one half-day a week for attendance at classes.

Course structure

Students are required to complete 246 credit points, comprising 168 credit points in engineering and 78 credit points in medical science. The engineering component consists of core (48 credit points), major (field of practice) (114 credit points) and professional engineering practice (6 credit points). The medical science component represents a specific medical science strand.

The engineering major is selected at the time of admission; however, it is possible to apply to change the major at a later date. Students may choose not to take a designated major and instead take a flexible program comprising subjects from different areas of engineering as approved by the director, teaching and learning.

Graduation from the medical science component of the combined degree is not possible prior to completion of all components of the combined degree. Students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Medical Science prior to completion of the engineering component of the combined degree must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Medical Science (C10184) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version.

Similarly, if a student wishes to graduate from the engineering component of the combined degree prior to completion of the medical science component they must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version, including the Engineering Work Experience subject.

Further, students wishing to graduate from the engineering component of the combined degree prior to completion of the medical science component must have completed at least 60 credit points of the medical science major (STM90348).

Industrial training/professional practice

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks of engineering work experience.

A Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice is also available; it requires the additional completion of two six-month internships and the professional engineering practice program.

Course completion requirements

STM90106 Core subjects 48cp
CBK90176 Major choice (Engineering) 114cp
STM90348 Core subjects (Medical Science) 78cp
STM90994 Professional Engineering Practice stream 6cp
Total 246cp

Course program

The sample program below shows a suggested sequence of subjects for the mechatronic engineering major for a full-time student commencing the course in Autumn session. Students in other majors follow a similar sequence. The program is intended as a guide only and does not take into account such factors as recognition of prior learning, changes in attendance mode and subject availability, or satisfactory academic progress. Students should consult the Timetable Planner to confirm the availability of subjects in the current academic year.

List of engineering majors
MAJ03025 Civil Engineering   114cp
MAJ03517 Data Engineering   114cp
MAJ03028 Electrical Engineering   114cp
MAJ03525 Electronic Engineering   114cp
MAJ03030 Mechanical Engineering   114cp
MAJ03505 Mechatronic Engineering   114cp
MAJ03522 Software Engineering   114cp
CBK90036 No specified major (Engineering)   114cp
Mechatronic Engineering major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33130 Mathematical Modelling 1   6cp
48610 Introduction to Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
33230 Mathematical Modelling 2   6cp
48510 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering   6cp
48230 Engineering Communication   6cp
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
48620 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering   6cp
48621 Manufacturing Engineering   6cp
41035 Engineering Practice Preparation 1   3cp
48520 Electronics and Circuits   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Spring session
48240 Design and Innovation Fundamentals   6cp
48331 Mechanics of Solids   6cp
48640 Machine Dynamics   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
48600 Mechanical Design 1   6cp
48622 Mechatronics 1   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
48642 Strength of Engineering Materials   6cp
48660 Dynamics and Control   6cp
91175 Evidence-based Medical Science   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
48623 Mechatronics 2   6cp
48650 Mechanical Design 2   6cp
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
48260 Engineering Project Management   6cp
41012 Programming for Mechatronic Systems   6cp
41014 Sensors and Control for Mechatronic Systems   6cp
41028 Engineering Work Experience   0cp
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
Year 5
Autumn session
48250 Engineering Economics and Finance   6cp
41029 Engineering Research Preparation   6cp
48531 Electromechanical Automation   6cp
41055 Engineering Workplace Reflection   3cp
91706 Neuroscience   6cp
Spring session
48270 Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
41013 Robotics   6cp
41030 Engineering Capstone   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp

Rules and regulations

Commencing students are required to complete the mathematics readiness survey to determine the most appropriate first-year mathematics subject to undertake.

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year.


An honours program in medical science (C09031) is available, which involves an extra year of full-time study. The honours program is designed to introduce students to more advanced coursework and to research work in medical sciences. It allows selected students to continue with postgraduate studies if desired and enhances their employment prospects.

Transfer between UTS courses

Students in this combined degree may transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice (C09067) or the Bachelor of Medical Science (C10184). International students may transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066).

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia at the Graduate Professional Engineer level. The degree is recognised internationally by signatories to the Washington Accord.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222