Interested in studying engineering, computer science or mathematics at the University of Adelaide?
Take the first step towards a diverse, challenging and rewarding future and explore the many Bachelor level degrees available in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
- Why Study Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics?
Everywhere you look you will see the vital work of engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists. From your car to your smart phone, the special effects in your favourite movie or the running water from your bathroom tap, even the clothes you wear, the house you live in and the food you eat – almost every aspect of daily life is impacted by engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists.
Applying science, mathematics and technology to the design and development of devices, structures, systems and materials, these creative thinkers address the needs and wants of humanity and shape the world in which we live.
Faced with a global skills shortage and increasing demand for qualified graduates, the modern world continues to rely on engineers and technical professionals to rise to the unique challenges of the 21st century.
As an engineer, mathematician or computer scientist, you could not only enjoy lucrative national and international job prospects, but also a challenging, colourful and fulfilling long-term career involving imagination, innovation and teamwork.
Map the frontiers of outer space or the next wave of software technology, create new vaccines or access to clean drinking water, build environmentally sustainable infrastructure or a life-saving insulin pump. The University of Adelaide can provide you with the skills to push the boundaries of modern technology and make a profound impact on the world.
To help find an engineering, computer science or mathematics degree that matches your goals, search Degree Finder for degrees, courses and careers.
- What Can I Study
Underpinned by state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant student culture, our diverse range of undergraduate degrees can equip you with the knowledge and experience to position yourself at the forefront of your chosen field, opening the door to a successful and rewarding career.
Supported by modern infrastructure and an innovative culture, the Faculty’s expert teaching staff include world leaders in their disciplines and enjoy strong links with industry. This involvement in real-world research and consulting brings a unique authority to the teaching of our degrees.
To help find an engineering, computer science or mathematics degree that matches your goals, search Degree Finder for degrees, courses and careers, watch our Open Day talks, and hear what our students have to say.
- What Are The Entry Requirements?
In addition to ATAR scores (or equivalent), degrees in engineering, computer and mathematical sciences have additional entry requirements including prerequisites and assumed knowledge. Entry requirements vary from degree to degree, so check Degree Finder to be sure of exactly what's required to get into your preferred degree. For more information on university entry, visit Entry Pathways.
Prerequisites are an essential requirement for entry into some degrees. University of Adelaide degrees in engineering, computer science and mathematics can require students to study subjects in areas such as mathematics, physics and/or chemistry. The exact prerequisites required for each degree can vary, so be sure to check the information on Degree Finder to find out the entry requirements of your preferred degree.
A wide range of University of Adelaide programs now have a preset entry score known as the Adelaide Approved Score, instead of a cut-off that varies each year.
All Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees are Adelaide Approved. Meet the prerequisites, achieve an 80 ATAR (including bonus points if eligible) or above and you're in (and we'll provide a great alternative if your first preference is oversubscribed). It's simple, straightforward and takes the stress out of uni entry. Learn more.
Found a degree that suits your interests, but don't meet its minimum entry requirements?
Alternative pathway opportunities may be available to help you gain entry into your preferred degree. Learn more.
Non-School Leaver Entry
There may be several pathways to adult entry available to you, including:
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- TAFE or Vocational Education Qualifications
If you have successfully completed a TAFE or VET qualification you may be able to count it towards study at the University of Adelaide. Learn more.
To see how much credit you may be entitled to, search the Credit Calculator.
For more adult entry pathways into the University of Adelaide, visit Entry Pathways.
- How Do I Apply?
Applications for admission to university are coordinated by the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC). Visit How To Apply for more information about selection criteria, steps for applying, important closing dates and what to do when you are offered a place at the University of Adelaide.International Student Applications
International applicants should refer to the International Student website for admission information.
- What will University Be Like?
We know that moving from school to uni is a big change. Student support is always available should you need a hand. Student services are available for academic, personal, financial and other areas as needed.
- A typical day as a student
- How will I be assessed?
- How much time will I need to dedicate to my studies each week?
- What if I start my degree and find that I don't like it?
- Learn from the experts
- Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities
- Be part of a community
Attendance at university is less structured than time spent at high school. The hours spent on campus in lectures, tutorials, practicals or in the field - known as 'contact hours' - depend on the program students enrol in, study mode selected (internal, external, online or flexible learning) and course choices. Check out the A typical day as a student video for first-hand accounts from University of Adelaide students.
Our degrees include a significant component of project work based on real world problems. They provide a broad base of theoretical and practical knowledge, which enables graduates to relate to current and developing technologies. Assessment often involves examinations, but other factors such as performance in tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, completion of assignments, field or practical work and individual and group research may also be taken into account.
All engineering students are required to complete a minimum of 12 weeks approved practical experience outside normal class time. Work experience can be undertaken in Australia or overseas.
You will need to dedicate an appropriate time commitment to your study. In addition to the formal contact time required for each course through lectures, tutorials and practicals, you will need to allocate non-contact time. Non-contact time will be required for you to undertake a range of activities, such as assessment tasks, reading, researching, note-taking, revision, writing, consultation with staff, group work and informal discussion with other students. As a guide, a full-time student would expect to spend a total of 48 hours per week on their studies during teaching periods. The full-time workload for an undergraduate student is 24 units, or eight courses per year.
If you find that you are unhappy with your degree choice, the University of Adelaide provides an opportunity to apply to change to a more suitable degree via an internal transfer. This is a competitive process and relies on you meeting the prerequisites of your preferred degree and maintaining a competitive Grade Point Average (GPA). Transferring to a different degree may involve making up courses that have been missed and students are advised to consult with the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences for advice regarding transfer applications.
The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences has strong links with industry and a significant number of our teaching staff are world leaders in their disciplines. Our academics, in conjunction with industry partners, are designing new technologies for the future ranging from new methods for clean power production to state-of-the-art computer chips. This involvement in real-world research and consulting brings a special authority to the teaching of our undergraduate degrees.
The Six Star Green Star rated Ingkarni Wardli building is home to the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Student facilities available in the ECMS precinct include: computer suites available 24/7 equipped with the latest software, specialist facilities such as acoustic test chambers, laser diagnostic equipment for studies of combustion and electron microscopy equipment, custom-built laboratories for students to conduct experiments, workshops for construction of application specific devices, large tutorial areas for design work, drawings or study and access to the latest engineering and technology-related texts and journals housed in the University's library.
Our students are part of an active community. Various extra-curricular clubs provide support and assistance to students through a variety of events and activities and can offer a network of like-minded peers for students to engage with.