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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

434242 (Internal)

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Full-time or part-time

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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Entry Scores
2024 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 70.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
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- Internal: 70.00
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Degree overview

  • Your pathway to an engineering degree.
  • Study at SA's number one university for graduate careers 16 years running¹.
  • Complete first year engineering courses and catch up on the required math prerequisite in your first year of study².
  • Start your degree and decide on a specialisation – civil, mechanical or electrical – at the end of your first year and receive up to one year of credit.
  • Gain work experience through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.
  • Learn in specialist, industry-standard facilities and use high-tech testing and computer modelling equipment.

1Graduate Destinations Survey 2007-2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-2022 (Domestic Undergraduate Full-time Employment Indicator for SA public universities).
²If you have successfully completed SACE Stage 1 Mathematical Studies or SACE Stage 2 General Mathematics



If you want to study engineering, but haven’t completed the prerequisites, this program is your pathway to an engineering degree. It also allows you to explore the different areas of engineering before deciding on a specialty.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Flexible Entry) (Honours) allows you to complete first year engineering courses while catching up on the required mathematics prerequisite(s) in your first year of study. You’ll then transfer into your preferred engineering specialisation with up to one year of credit.

If you do meet the prerequisite requirements, you can still choose this program – it’s the ideal choice if you’re unsure which area of engineering you’d like to specialise in. With options in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, this program gives you the chance to experience the different disciplines before deciding which degree you’d like to pursue at the end of your first year.

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

All UniSA engineering programs have a common first year of study. You will develop a strong, general foundation in engineering, ensuring maximum flexibility – and study credit – when you transfer into your specialisation of choice.

As a pathway program, students who haven’t completed the SACE Stage 2 mathematics prerequisite will also study additional maths courses to bridge the gap in mathematical knowledge.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Programming Concepts COMP 1045 4.5
Engineering Materials RENG 1005 4.5
Sustainable Engineering Practice ENGG 1003 4.5
Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry MATH 1066 4.5 Rule(s): 2,5
Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus MATH 1067 4.5 Rule(s): 3,5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 MATH 1063 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Electrical and Electronic Systems EEET 1027 4.5
Engineering Mechanics MENG 1012 4.5
Engineering Design and Innovation ENGG 1004 4.5
Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus MATH 1067 4.5 Rule(s): 3,5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 MATH 1063 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2 MATH 1064 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practical, team-based projects

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Flexible Entry)

Why this Degree

This is your pathway to an engineering degree at UniSA – one of Australia's leading universities for engineering research¹.

Our practical, hands-on approach to engineering education will see you learning in purpose-built facilities, using industry-standard testing equipment and software while you discover which area of engineering excites you most.

If you don’t fulfil the prerequisites, but have completed SACE Stage 1 Mathematics or SACE Stage 2 General Mathematics, we can support you to fulfil the requirements during your first year of study.

While you build on your mathematics capabilities, you’ll also study first year engineering courses that span our full range of specialisations, ensuring a smooth transition to your engineering degree of choice at the end of your first year.

¹UniSA’s Engineering research rated well above world-class – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide to ensure our degrees remain relevant and connected to industry. As part of all engineering degrees UniSA students participate in our UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.

The UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program gives you the opportunity to gain hands on experience and create industry connections. In-industry work placements and internships enhance the employability skills of our graduates. Many of our graduates have been employed through work placements or internships, going on to work on major projects such as the $350 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval.

UniSA is one of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research1. Our researchers will be your teachers and everything you learn will be supported by our research excellence. We also host regular University-wide career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

UniSA’s Engineering research rated well above world-class – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Career outcomes

Your career

There are a wide range of career options for highly qualified engineers, with employment opportunities in engineering consulting firms, construction companies, and local, state and federal government.

Graduates of our engineering degrees have found full-time work with respected organisations like the Orlando Wyndham Group, Origin Energy, Caroma, BHP, Aurecon, BAE Systems, Bridgestone, DIT and SA Water.

Depending on your chosen specialisation, your career options can include:

  • Civil engineer
  • Construction / project manager
  • Project engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Commissioning engineer
  • Mechatronic development engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Automation engineer

Explore a range of engineering and construction careers here.

Industry facts


There is strong future demand for Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals in Australia

(National Skills Commission 2021)


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential to Australia's top five growth industries

(National Centre for Vocational Education Research)


There is currently a skills shortage of experienced engineers in Australia

(Engineers Australia 2022)

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will have access to the latest industry technology and tools in our engineering spaces.

  • Experience One Studio: a unique first year engineering space with open studio, small group and learning spaces. There are also chill out areas.
  • Engineering Experience Studio: the studio for second and third year students.
  • Experiential Learning Space: a collaborative, innovation space. Final year students, postgraduate and research students, leading researchers and industry partners work side-by-side, in a flexible, open and creative environment.
  • Industry-standard facilities: the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere and a 1,200 metre long hydraulic testing facility.
  • Engineering Mechatronics Lab: a laboratory to explore robotics, machine tool control, and automated guided vehicles.
Your study spaces

Your program director

I have been educating the next generation of students for the past 25 years, dedicating my time and effort to improving the learning experience and empowering them to become competent engineers. I have served as the head of the department and the faculty’s deputy dean at Bu-Ali Sina University and University of Isfahan, Iran, and recently as the program director of Associate and Flexible Degree in Engineering at UniSA.

My career began at a pioneer ICT manufacturing firm as an Electronic Designer, before becoming Production Line Supervisor in 1991, and moved to a newly established petrochemical complex in 1994 where my role involved the maintenance of electronic and electromechanical instruments. In 1997, I discovered my passion for teaching and ensuring young Electrical and Computer Engineering students get the best possible training and education for their future careers.

Dr Hooman Nikmehr

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Hooman Nikmehr

Dr Hooman Nikmehr

Program Director


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My degree was very practical, which has been useful in my career. You’re provided the foundation needed to become an engineer and once you’re working, everything makes sense as you can apply your skills to real situations. You can go anywhere with civil engineering because it’s such a broad area of practice, it’s really unlimiting.

Cindy Oliver

Civil Engineering
Principal Engineer | Greenhill Engineers

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Cindy Oliver

Civil Engineering
Principal Engineer | Greenhill Engineers