University of Technology Sydney

C09123v4 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in (name of Engineering major) (BE(Hons))
Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt)

UAC code: 609032 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 0100570
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 258
Course EFTSL: 5.38
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent 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, offered jointly by UTS: Engineering and UTS: International Studies, links the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066) with the study of a language and culture other than English and the opportunity for students to study overseas for up to an academic year, pursuing a major research project in a field of their choice, depending on their chosen pathway.

The course allows students to complete the two qualifications of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of International Studies in five-and-a-half years of full-time study. On completion, students receive separate testamurs for each degree.

Course aims

The purpose of the course is to develop skills for leadership in the professional practice of engineering while at the same time providing an opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of another language and culture, intercultural awareness and engagement, resilience and adaptability, and stronger communication skills. It reflects a belief in the international character of engineering and the conviction that Australian professionals can benefit from the early development of an international perspective and a fluency in cross-cultural interactions.

Career options

Career options depend on the major chosen. Options are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

FEIT A.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates are culturally and historically well informed, able to co-design projects as respectful professionals when working in and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
FEIT B.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates identify, engage, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs and cultural perspectives, establish priorities and goals, and identify constraints, uncertainties and risks (social, ethical, cultural, legislative, environmental, economics etc.) to define the system requirements.
FEIT C.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates apply research, problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements.
FEIT D.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to evaluate, implement and operate systems.
FEIT E.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts.
FEIT F.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates critically self-review their performance to improve themselves and their teams. They take responsibility and accountability for their own lifelong learning.
INT.1.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.2.2.1 Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.
INT.2.2.2 Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.3.1.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.4.1.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.


INT = International Studies 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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Bachelor of International Studies Diploma in Languages Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Physics; and English Standard. English Advanced is recommended. There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

For the Biomedical, Chemical Process, and 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 student's course. Subjects completed as part of a qualification in which study ceased no more than 10 years prior to the student's first semester in the relevant UTS Engineering degree may be considered. Limits apply to the number of credit points of RPL granted.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is normally five-and-a-half years of full-time study, although it may be possible to complete the degree in less time than this.

Course structure

Students are required to complete 258 credit points, comprising 162 credit points in engineering and 96 credit points in international studies. The engineering component consists of core (42 credit points), major (field of practice) (114 credit points) and professional engineering practice (6 credit points).

The Bachelor of International Studies is completed over a minimum of three years and is not offered as a separate degree; it is completed only in combination with the professional degree program. Students select the language they will study at the time of enrolment, and either the Language, Culture and Professional World pathway or the Language, Culture and Global Exchange pathway. Information relating to entry into the International Honours pathway can be found in the Information for Students section.

The engineering major is selected at the time of admission; however, it is possible to apply to change major at a later date. Students selecting the flexible major should decide by the end of the first year of full-time study whether to transfer to a designated major or continue with the flexible program. Students nominate their preferred international studies major during the first year of the course.

Overseas study

In the International studies component students have the following options:

  1. Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.
  2. Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.
  3. International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students graduating without the Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice are required to obtain the equivalent of at least 12 weeks exposure to professional engineering work experience, preferably outside the university environment.

Course completion requirements

STM90107 Core subjects (Engineering) 42cp
CBK90905 Major choice (Engineering) 114cp
STM90994 Professional Engineering Practice stream 6cp
CBK92057 Country and Language choice 96cp
Total 258cp

Course program

The program for this course is the same as that for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of International Studies Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice (C09124), but without the two session-long internships and associated Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice subjects.

List of Engineering majors
MAJ03473 Biomedical Engineering   114cp
MAJ03025 Civil Engineering   114cp
MAJ03517 Data Science Engineering   114cp
MAJ03028 Electrical Engineering   114cp
MAJ03030 Mechanical Engineering   114cp
MAJ03505 Mechatronic Engineering   114cp
MAJ03522 Software Engineering   114cp
MAJ03541 Flexible Engineering   114cp
MAJ03525 Electronic Engineering   114cp
MAJ03545 Chemical Process Engineering   114cp
MAJ03548 Renewable Energy Engineering   114cp
List of International Studies majors
MAJ09453 Chinese Language and Culture   96cp
MAJ09454 French Language and Culture   96cp
MAJ09455 German Language and Culture   96cp
MAJ09456 Italian Language and Culture   96cp
MAJ09457 Japanese Language and Culture   96cp
MAJ09458 Spanish Language and Culture Major   96cp
Electrical Engineering major, Germany major, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33130 Mathematics 1   6cp
48430 Fundamentals of C Programming   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
48510 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering   6cp
Spring session
33230 Mathematics 2   6cp
48230 Introduction to Engineering Projects   6cp
48521 Foundations of Electrical and Electronic Technology   6cp
48520 Electronics and Circuits   6cp
December session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
41035 Professional Practice Preparation 1   3cp
48441 Introductory Digital Systems   6cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
41200 Engineering Project Appraisal   6cp
48530 Circuit Analysis and Design   6cp
48531 Electromechanical Automation   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
41201 Designing Sustainable Engineering Projects   6cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
48434 Introductory Embedded Systems   6cp
48540 Signals and Systems   6cp
Spring session
41277 Control Design   6cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
41028 Engineering Work Experience   0cp
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
41202 Professional Engineering Communication   6cp
41055 Professional Experience Review   3cp
41278 Power Electronics   6cp
48572 Electrical Power Systems   6cp
Spring session
41029 Engineering Research Preparation   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91781 Electrical Engineering options 24cp  
41088 Professional Studio A   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
41030 Engineering Capstone   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91781 Electrical Engineering options 24cp  

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.

Transfer between UTS courses

Students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice (C09067) may transfer to this course after completing the first year (full-time equivalent) of their current course, subject to achieving a minimum weighted average mark of 65.

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

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Data Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Flexible Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, or Software Engineering is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer and is recognised internationally by signatories to the Washington Accord. Chemical Processing Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Renewable Energy Engineering are provisionally accredited with Engineers Australia, pending full accreditation.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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