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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

434242 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 70.95 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2021)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Degree overview

  • Start your UniSA engineering studies and settle on a specialisation at the end of first year.
  • Complete the first year courses and transfer to your chosen specialisation of civil, electrical, surveying or mechanical engineering, and receive full study credit.
  • Graduate with an honours degree in just four years of study.
  • Experience each of our specialisations before you decide on your study area.
  • Develop competencies and gain real work experience through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.
  • Study at SA's number one university for overall experience, graduate skills and teaching quality in engineering1.
  • We offer a maths short course to help you complete the mathematical prerequisite.
  • Engineering degrees have core subjects so you can change your specialisation based on your interests.
  • Get hands-on practical experience such as the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) project in first year.
  • Access first-class facilities such as the Engineering Mechatronics Laboratory and Experience One Studio.

1ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 – Overall Educational Experience, Skills Development and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). SA public-founded universities only.



Keep your career options open and experience civil, mechanical, surveying or electrical engineering, before you select an engineering specialisation.

In this qualification you will experience a number of engineering subjects that range from sustainable practices, mathematical methods, mechanics, materials, electronic systems to engineering design and innovation. This first year of engineering will give you a chance to touch on each specialisation UniSA has to offer. Once completed, you will receive credit, including UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program hours, and be able to still complete your honours specialisation degree in four years.

UniSA is one of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research.1  So you’ll be taught by world-class teachers with everything you learn supported by our research excellence.

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

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This is an entry point into engineering for students who want to be an engineer but aren’t sure what type of engineering degree to study. The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Flexible Entry) introduces core engineering concepts and explores a variety of engineering disciplines in a flexible first year of study.

You will undertake courses that are common to all UniSA engineering degrees, which offers maximum flexibility for transferring in to any chosen specialisation at the end of the year with full credit for all courses studied to keep the total study duration within 4-years.

You will transfer into one of our named Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees, and may choose from a range of options across the core areas of Civil, Electrical, Surveying and Mechanical engineering.

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
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 MATH 1063 4.5
Sustainable Engineering Practice ENGG 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Electrical and Electronic Systems EEET 1027 4.5
Engineering Mechanics MENG 1012 4.5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2 MATH 1064 4.5
Engineering Design and Innovation ENGG 1004 4.5
For 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, students are required to complete remaining courses from their chosen specialisation.

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 and 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. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. 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

In this hands-on degree, you will have the opportunity to experience all of UniSA’s engineering specialisations before you decide on which one you would like to select. Try engineering courses from each of UniSA’s major engineering specialisations - civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering and go into second year with full study credit and a better understanding of which type of engineering you would like to study.

Starting in the flexible entry specialisation adds no extra time to the overall duration of your studies and is a good opportunity to try out engineering before committing to an area of interest.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – so you’ll have plenty of chances to get hands-on experience and make industry connections. Many of our graduates have been employed through work placements or internships.

UniSA is one of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research.1 Our leading researchers will be your teachers and everything you learn will be supported by our research excellence. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and 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, WMC (Olympic Dam), Aurecon, Bridgestone, DPTI, and SA Water.

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

  • Civil engineer
  • Construction manager
  • Project engineer
  • Civil project manager
  • Electrical engineer
  • Commissioning engineer
  • Mechatronic development engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Project manager – renewable energy
  • Automation engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Surveying engineer

Explore a range of engineering and construction careers here.

Industry facts


Employment for Engineering Professionals is projected to increase by 5 percent by May 2023.1

Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018


Between 2015 and 2017, engineering vacancies in Australia recorded growth of 42.2 per cent.1

Vacancies for Engineers January 2017 Update, Engineers Australia

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 a wide variety of pathways into studying Engineering at UniSA. Find an Alternative Pathway.


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 have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas 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 has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect 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 support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide 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
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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

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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas 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: this first-year engineering space is unique, with open studio, small group and learning spaces. There are also chill out areas.
  • Engineering Experience Studios: 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: such as the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere and a 1,200 metre long hydraulic testing facility
  • Engineering Mechatronics Lab: explore robotics, machine tool control, and automated guided vehicles
Your study spaces

Your program director

I joined UniSA in 2006. Before that I was a research and consulting engineer with the Turbulence, Energy and Combustion Group based at the University of Adelaide. Prior to becoming a research engineer I worked as a manufacturing engineer in the plastics industry. My research interests are now focused on Engineering Education in particular professional skills development and how we can best support students develop career ready skills.

Mr Shivvaan Sathasilvam

Program Director

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Mr Shivvaan Sathasilvam

Program Director


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What others are saying

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
Employment: Greenhill Engineers
Role: Principal Engineer

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Cindy Oliver

Civil Engineering
<br />Employment: Greenhill Engineers