University of Technology Sydney

C10136v9 Bachelor of Engineering Science Bachelor of Laws

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

UAC code: 609050 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 040713B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 264
Course EFTSL: 5.5
Location: City campus

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


This course combines the technical demands of engineering with the theoretical and analytical foundations involved in studying law, preparing students to develop fundamental legal expertise that is underpinned by technical knowledge.

The Bachelor of Engineering Science is an engineering technology program. Students work alongside professional engineers to gain skills in areas such as mathematical modelling, engineering economics and finance, C programming and electromechanical automation. Simultaneously, the Bachelor of Laws prepares students to meet the requirements for admission to practise law in NSW. As well as studying fundamental legal theory, students engage with topics such as commercial, contracts and civil law, all of which have relevance in the engineering field.

The Legal Futures and Technology major can also build additional technical expertise. Combined, these courses provide an in-depth overview of the key challenges, opportunities and liabilities of the engineering field, producing graduates with the ability to provide strategic legal advice in an industry setting.

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.0 Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs
ENG.A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs
ENG.A.2 Establish priorities and goals
ENG.A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
ENG.A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
ENG.A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour, including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
ENG.B.0 Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired
ENG.B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies
ENG.B.2 Design components, systems and/ or processes to meet required specification
ENG.B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
ENG.B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
ENG.B.5 Implement and test solutions
ENG.B.6 Demonstrate research skills
ENG.C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualisation inform decision-making and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences
ENG.C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
ENG.C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
ENG.C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
ENG.D.0 Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning.
ENG.D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
ENG.D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
ENG.E.0 Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions.
ENG.E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose.
ENG.E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting
ENG.E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies
ENG.F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally diverse workplaces and a changing global environment
ENG.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
ENG.F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
ENG.F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
ENG.F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations and specifications)
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)

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.

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 major, Chemistry is recommended. For the software engineering major, a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of programming 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
  • 30 credit points of law options, including either:
    • 30 credit points of law options, or
    • 30 credit points of legal futures and technology options
  • a 6-credit-point legal theory option.

The engineering component comprises 120 credit points of study, consisting of the core subjects in the Bachelor of Engineering Science and the field of practice subjects associated with the chosen engineering major.

  1. On completion of the engineering component (as detailed above) 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.
  2. A student who qualifies for the award of Bachelor of Engineering Science (according to 1 above) is, on completion of the law component as approved by UTS: Law, eligible for the award of Bachelor of Laws.

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

CBK90178 Major choice (Engineering Science) 84cp
STM90356 Core subjects 36cp
STM90691 Law stream 144cp
Total 264cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10136

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 CBK90922.

Students wishing to study the new major MAJ09443 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
48520 Electronics and Circuits   6cp
70109 Evidence   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
70327 Introduction to Property and Commercial Law   6cp
48441 Introductory Digital Systems   6cp
48240 Design and Innovation Fundamentals   6cp
70617 Administrative Law   8cp
Spring session
70317 Real Property   8cp
48530 Circuit Analysis and Design   6cp
68038 Advanced Mathematics and Physics   6cp
70517 Equity and Trusts   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
71116 Remedies   6cp
48430 Fundamentals of C Programming   6cp
48531 Electromechanical Automation   6cp
70417 Corporate Law   8cp
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
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  
76092 Advanced Property 6cp  
76068 Indigenous Peoples and the Law 6cp  
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
Select 24 credit points of options   24cp
Year 6
Autumn session
48571 Electrical Machines   6cp
48572 Power Circuit Theory   6cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Engineering Science may be awarded with distinction, credit or pass.


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

Students who meet these criteria for honours are eligible for transfer into the appropriate undergraduate honours exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer is managed by the Haymarket Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation.

Students who undertake the Legal Futures and Technology major and who meet the criteria for honours can choose to undertake honours as part of their degree.

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 Professional 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