Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

This page is designed to help you understand the structure of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE(Hons)), and to choose your courses in your first year of study. We also provide advice for students enroled in BE(Hons) Dual Degree programs.

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UQ terminology

Before we get to the details, it is important to know some of the UQ terminology. At UQ:

  • Your 'program' is the degree you are enrolled in. For example, the BE(Hons) is a program; and the BE(Hons)/ BSc is a dual degree program.
  • A 'course' is one subject (for example, ENGG1100). Most courses at UQ are worth two units (#2). A normal full-time study load is four courses (8 units or #8) per semester.

Bachelor of Engineering specialisations

Program structure

Before choosing your courses it is important to understand the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program structure.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is comprised of #64. This is made up of four parts:

  1. #8 of Core Courses that are compulsory for all BE(Hons) students
  2. #36 for your specialisation (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Software Engineering)
  3. #16 that can be used in three ways:
    • To complete an engineering major that is available with your specialisation.
    • To complete an engineering minor plus #8 of specified electives for your specialisation.
    • To complete #16 of electives, of which, #8 are specified electives for your specialisation.
  4. #4 of general electives that can come from across engineering and UQ. These are particularly helpful for exploring different subjects in first year when you are not sure what specialisation you want to do.

This Program Structure diagram (PDF: 37KB) offers a simple overview of the program structure; and the table to the right shows the specialisation and major/minor combinations that are available.

Selecting your courses for first year of the engineering program

This section provides details about the courses you will do in the first year of the engineering program, and will help you to make decisions about which courses you need to enrol in where you have a choice.

The UQ courses and programs website specifies the courses you need to complete to meet the requirements of the BE(Hons), and the different specialisations, majors and minors. This provides a lot of detail about the whole program, which can be overwhelming when you first start at UQ. As such, we provide recommended enrolment plans and specific first year course information below to help you to select your first year enrolment.

Not sure which specialisation you want to do?

No worries! You can do the 'Flexible First Year' option that allows you to do courses related to each specialisation, and then choose your specialisation at the end of first year. You don’t need to decide whether you want to do a major or minor until the end of the second year of your program.

Already know which specialisation you want to do?

If you know which specialisation you want to do, you can focus your courses from first year. Some specialisations even have some second year courses you can complete in first year to allow you to immerse yourself in your chosen discipline; and some majors and minors have courses you can complete in first year.

Recommended enrolment plans

Recommended enrolment plans are available to help you choose your first year courses and complete them in the correct order.

These plans outline which courses you should enrol in depending on the semester you commenced your studies, the specialisation you intend on taking (or whether you choose Flexible First Year), and the high school courses that you have completed.

Download Sem 1 2021 Start First Year Enrolment Plans >

Download Sem 2 2021 Start First Year Enrolment Plans >

Further information about first year courses

Your specific course requirements can change depending on a few factors, such as which mathematics courses you need to do, and whether you need to catch up on high school chemistry or physics. You may also have space in your program to choose electives.

Here you’ll find detailed information to help you understand which courses you should complete in the first year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

First Year Courses and Electives >

Other programs

The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Master of Engineering (BE(Hons)/ME) is a 5-year program which builds on the BE(Hons) to give you specialist postgraduate skills in your selected field of study.

When planning your enrolment in the integrated BE(Hons)/ME, you should follow the recommended enrolment plan that relates to your field of study. This page provides some information to help you get started.

BE(Hons)/ME information >

Dual programs give you the opportunity to broaden your education and experience. However, you will need to plan your dual program carefully.

This page provides some information to help you to get started.

Dual Degree Program information >

Engineering Professional Practice requirements

All Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students must complete 450 hours of Engineering Professional Practice (EPP); and complete and submit five (5) EPP reflections documenting this experience. This is a compulsory milestone and must be fulfilled before graduation. 

At the commencement of first year, you really just need to be aware of these requirements. However, during the course of the year, it is encouraged that you start planning and looking for opportunities to meet these requirements.

Learn more about Professional Practice >