A graduate of this program is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in the United Kingdom, the Unites States of America, Canada, Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa.

Program Aims

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) provides students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to commence practice as a professional engineer and to undertake further advanced level studies in engineering. Specifically the program provides students with a core of basic generic and technical skills, common to all branches of engineering, and then permits students to undertake an in depth study of either agricultural, civil, computer systems, electrical and electronic, environmental, instrumentation and control, mechanical, mechatronic, power engineering. In addition, students are equipped with a knowledge of the industrial and
social environments in which they will function as professional engineers. The program also seeks to instill in students a capacity to communicate effectively and adapt to change.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is primarily vocationally oriented. However, the program has been designed to identify students who have the capacity to undertake further study at an advanced level and to make an original contribution to engineering knowledge.


The objectives of this program are:

  • to enable students to acquire, and demonstrate that they possess, the specified graduate attributes and capabilities
  • to enable students to acquire in-depth technical competence in one of the following fields: Agricultural Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Systems Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Instrumentation and Control Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mechatronic Engineering; or Power Engineering.
  • to enable students from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds and locations to enrol in the program and to provide them with opportunities to acquire the skills necessary to complete the program in the normal time
  • to enable students to be empowered as learners through the provision of a wide range of teaching and learning styles and modes in their program
  • to ensure that all students, regardless of the mode of study, have equality of opportunity in acquiring the specified graduate attributes and capabilities
  • to ensure that graduates are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia, and other appropriate professional bodies.

Applicants shall normally:

have studied four semester units and achieved an exit assessment of 'Sound Achievement' or better in each of the following Queensland Senior Secondary School subjects: English and Mathematics B. It is recommended that applicants should also have satisfactorily completed the subject: Physics


be able to demonstrate that they have achieved an equivalent standard in these subjects at another institution


Australian applicants: have achieved a Queensland Overall Position (OP) band, or an equivalent Rank based on qualifications and previous work experience, at or above the specified cut-off level

International applicants: must have met the University's English language requirements or have completed the University's ELICOS/EAP programs.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) involves either four years of full-time study or eight years of part-time study. To be eligible for the award students must complete the program within a maximum period of six years full-time study or 10 years part-time study from the date of their initial enrolment. Some courses in the Agricultural Engineering major are not yet available in external mode. In that case, students may need to spend up to two terms full-time on-campus to complete those courses. The Instrumentation and Control Engineering major is designed for process technologists in industry who wish to upgrade their qualifications. As such, the program will normally be undertaken by external study. Students who undertake the program by a combination of external and full-time study must complete their studies within nine years from the date of their initial enrolment to be eligible for the award.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) consists of a core component and a series of major studies. All students must complete the core courses and one of the major studies. The major study provides students with knowledge and skills in a specific discipline. The major study areas in the USQ Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) are:

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Power Engineering

To be eligible to graduate from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), students must obtain an aggregate of at least 60 days of suitable practical experience during their program. This experience may be in an engineering office or laboratory where the student would be working principally with professional engineers and engineering associates. It may, however, be preferable for students to spend some time in field or factory activities to gain insight into industrial practice and to see what is involved in converting designs into finished products. Students are required to enrol in ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional in the latter part of their program and keep a record of appropriate experience as specified in the Course Specification. The work experience is to be endorsed by an appropriate person in the organisation providing the experience and submitted to the examiner. The student must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of practical experience to satisfy this requirement. The record of work experience must be made available for perusal by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences upon request. The acceptability or otherwise of employment experience, and the period of that type of experience that may be credited towards the 60 days, will be determined by the Examiner of ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional.

Semester Study Period Commencement Date
Semester 3,2019 Nov 2019 - February 2020 18 November 2019
Semester 1,2020 Feb - June 2020 24 February 2020
Semester 2,2020 July Nov 2020 13 July 2020

Semester 3,2019 - 1 November 2019

Semester 1,2020 - 7 February 2020

Semester 2,2020 - 26 June 2020