University of Technology Sydney

C09087v3 Bachelor of Engineering Science Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Engineering Science in (name of Engineering major) (BEngSc)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons))

Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 264
Course EFTSL: 5.5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. Check with your faculty's student centre.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Levels of award
Professional recognition
Other information


The Bachelor of Engineering Science Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is offered jointly by UTS Law and UTS Engineering, and is awarded with two testamurs. The course is developed in response to growing demand for legal services in areas where an in-depth appreciation of complex technical matters is essential. It provides an overview of the legal system as a whole as well as detailed knowledge of an engineering specialisation.

Honours relates to the law component only and students must successfully complete both of the research subjects: 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis. Strong research skills are valued highly in contemporary professional practice.

The program provides full-time study for students wishing to obtain a professional legal qualification that satisfies the academic requirements only for admission as a lawyer together with a specialisation in engineering science.

The course addresses the increasing need for technical expertise and legal knowledge, which are highly sought after in both private law firms and the engineering industry. Graduates develop critical and analytical skills, combined with a strong industry focus, essential for an understanding of the complex links between engineering and the law.

Students have the opportunity to engage in deeper study of the law by studying 76090 Research Methodology and undertaking 76040 Research Thesis. This course can be a pathway to higher degree research programs.

Career options

Career options include professions as a lawyer in areas of environmental law, technology legislation and technology-specific criminal law; consultant, legal adviser or manager to engineering corporations in Australia and overseas.

Course intended learning outcomes

ENG.A.1 Historically and Culturally Informed about Indigenous Knowledge Systems: FEIT graduates are culturally and historically informed, able to work as respectful professionals with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
ENG.B.1 Socially Responsible: Bachelor of Engineering Science graduates are socially responsible professionals, able to engage with a broad range of stakeholders, to assess personal, organisational, social, ethical and environmental needs and impacts of engineering systems.
ENG.C.1 Design Oriented: Bachelor of Engineering Science graduates apply design techniques and appropriate methodologies to develop engineered systems and components to meet stakeholder requirements.
ENG.D.1 Technically Proficient: Bachelor of Engineering Science graduates apply a range of discipline fundamentals, mathematics, tools, and techniques to design, implement, operate and evaluate engineered systems.
ENG.E.1 Collaborative and Communicative: Bachelor of Engineering Science graduates work as effective team members, communicating effectively, and operating within diverse contexts.
ENG.F.1 Reflective: Bachelor of Engineering Science graduates critically self-review their professional performance, to improve themselves and their teams.
LAW.1.1 A coherent understanding of fundamental areas of legal knowledge, including: the Australian legal system, international and comparative contexts, theoretical and technical knowledge; the broader contexts within which legal issues arise and the law operates, including cultural awareness, social justice and policy; and the principles and values of justice and ethical practices in lawyers' roles
LAW.2.1 A capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards, including: an understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making and professional responsibility; and an ability to recognise, reflect upon and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts in ways that evidence professional judgment, promote justice and serve the community
LAW.3.1 A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including the ability to: identify and articulate legal issues in context; apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses; engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice among alternatives; and think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses
LAW.4.1 Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues
LAW.5.1 Effective and appropriate communication skills, including: highly effective use of the English language to convey legal ideas and views to different audiences and environments; an ability to communicate to inform, analyse, report and persuade; an ability to strategically select an appropriate medium and message; an ability to assess how messages are received and alter communication strategies accordingly; an ability to be responsive and adaptive to the perspectives of collaborators, clients, counter parties and others; and an ability to generate a sustained and logical argument
LAW.6.1 The ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies, including: an ability to undertake and initiate self-directed work and learning; well-developed judgment and responsibility as a legal professional in a broader social context; the ability to support personal and professional development by reflecting on and assessing their own capabilities, wellbeing and performance, by making use of feedback as appropriate, by identifying and accessing appropriate resources and assistance, and by making use of resources and support in developing resilience; a capacity to adapt to and embrace change and a commitment to ongoing learning


LAW = Law course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
ENG = Engineering course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1; Physics; and English Standard.

English Advanced is recommended.

Course duration and attendance

The course is normally completed in five-and-a-half years of full-time study. Full-time attendance is approximately 17 hours a week; timetable constraints may require attendance at daytime and evening classes in the law component

Course structure

The course comprises 264 credit points and allows students to graduate with the separate degrees of Bachelor of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Laws. The study components for course completion are as follows.

The law component of 144 credit points is made up of:

  • 108 credit points of compulsory core law subjects
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option
  • a 30-credit-point law option, which includes either:
    • 18 credit points of law options, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, or
    • a 6-credit-point technology law, policy and ethics (Capstone 1) subject, a 6-credit-point applied project in law, innovation and technology (Capstone 2) subject, a 6-credit-point research methodology subject, a 6-credit-point research thesis subject, and either a disruptive technologies and the law subject or a local internship.

The engineering component of 120 credit points is made up of:

  • 36 credit points of compulsory subjects, and
  • 84 credit points of subjects from your chosen engineering major

On completion of the engineering component, a student who has also completed at least 78 credit points of law subjects approved by UTS Law is eligible for the award of Bachelor of Engineering Science.

A student who qualifies for the award of Bachelor of Engineering Science is, on completion of the law component as approved by UTS Law, eligible for the award of Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

For a current listing of subjects in each course refer to the study package directory.

Industrial training/professional practice

To practise as a lawyer in NSW, students need to successfully complete an accredited legal academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Laws) and an accredited course of practical legal training (PLT), which UTS offers through its PLT program.

Students enrolled in this course may complete their practical legal training by undertaking a postgraduate course in PLT, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Course completion requirements

STM91052 Law stream (Honours) 144cp
CBK90178 Major choice (Engineering Science) 84cp
STM90356 Core subjects 36cp
Total 264cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C09087

Course program

The standard program shown is for a full-time student who has chosen the Electrical Engineering major and law options.

All options shown are law options and are to be drawn from those on offer in CBK91100.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09444 Legal Futures and Technology need to study 76106 Technology Law, Policy and Ethics (Capstone 1) in the Autumn session of their final year and 76107 Applied Project in Law, Innovation and Technology (Capstone 2) in their final Spring session.

Year 1
Autumn session
33130 Mathematical Modelling 1   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
70102 Foundations of Law   8cp
70103 Ethics Law and Justice   6cp
Spring session
48230 Engineering Communication   6cp
70114 Criminal Law and Procedure   8cp
70311 Torts   8cp
48510 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
70211 Contracts   8cp
70616 Australian Constitutional Law   8cp
33230 Mathematical Modelling 2   6cp
Spring session
48521 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering   6cp
70104 Civil Practice   6cp
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
48520 Electronics and Circuits   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
48441 Introductory Digital Systems   6cp
48240 Design and Innovation Fundamentals   6cp
71116 Remedies   6cp
70317 Real Property   8cp
Spring session
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
48530 Circuit Analysis and Design   6cp
68038 Advanced Mathematics and Physics   6cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
48430 Fundamentals of C Programming   6cp
48531 Electromechanical Automation   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Spring session
48540 Signals and Systems   6cp
48451 Embedded Systems Studio A   6cp
48570 Embedded Systems Studio B   6cp
70108 Public International Law   6cp
Year 5
Autumn session
48250 Engineering Economics and Finance   6cp
48560 Control Studio A   6cp
76090 Research Methodology   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
Spring session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
76008 Jurisprudence 6cp  
76033 Animal Law and Policy in Australia 6cp  
76057 Judgment and the Rule of Law 6cp  
76081 Gender and Law 6cp  
78039 Wickedness and Vice 6cp  
76902 Law and Literature 6cp  
76012 Criminology 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
76040 Research Thesis   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91100 Options (Honours) 18cp  
Year 6
Autumn session
48571 Electrical Machines   6cp
48572 Power Circuit Theory   6cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year. Honours candidates must complete 76090 Research Methodology and 76040 Research Thesis within the course. The rules concerning the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in undergraduate course information.

Professional recognition

This course satisfies the requirements for admission to the Supreme Court of NSW as a lawyer, provided students complete a practical legal training (PLT) program, such as the Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice (C11232).

Students wishing to obtain full recognition as graduate engineers have the option of articulating to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Engineering Practice (C09067) depending on entry requirements.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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