Taking an idea and turning it into reality to enhance life is at the heart of engineering. Applying specialist skills in mathematics, science and technology; engineers solve problems with creativity and innovation.
Engineers design, build and improve structures, systems, devices, machines, materials and processes to overcome challenges.
With exciting new industry-focused majors and minors, our engineering degrees offer enormous breadth, choice and flexibility, enabling you to pursue an area of particular interest and launch a future-focused career.
Study at one of the world's leading universities
The University of Adelaide is ranked 40 in the world for Computer Science and Engineering*. The University of Adelaide is also consistently ranked in the world’s top 1% of universities.
Our Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences is home to many world-class research institutes and centres, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from numerous internationally-renowned researchers and academics.
*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020
Our undergraduate engineering degrees
We offer undergraduate engineering degrees across key disciplines, including:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural and Structural)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum)
Enhance your degree with industry-relevant majors and minors
Our Bachelor of Engineering degrees enable you to study industry-relevant majors and minors, aligned with current and future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career trends. You can choose from a wide range of majors, including (but not limited to):
Adelaide’s engineering degrees are internationally-recognised and accredited by Engineers Australia, Australia’s peak professional body. As a graduate, you’ll qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia and enjoy access to lucrative career opportunities, both locally and abroad.
Combined and double degrees
If you wish to broaden your career opportunities, you can choose to undertake a combined or double degree with engineering and: arts; finance; science; or mathematical and computer sciences. A double degree will also enable you to graduate with two qualifications.
Guaranteed entry is possible for all our undergraduate engineering degrees. If you meet the degree prerequisites and achieve a Selection Rank of 80 or above—including any adjustment factors you’re eligible for—you’ll be guaranteed entry.
Engineering pathway program
Don’t meet the prerequisites? Try our engineering pathway program.
If you have a passion for engineering, we’ll do all we can to help you pursue it. If you haven’t successfully completed the prerequisites for direct entry, but have SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent) and a Selection Rank of 70 or above, you may be eligible for our engineering pathway program. Successful completion of this 12-month program will guarantee you a place in your preferred engineering degree.
Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway.
Set on engineering but unsure which degree is for you?
If you are unsure which area of engineering to study, choose our flexible entry option. This one-year option introduces and explores a variety of engineering disciplines in a flexible first year of study.
Offering a first-hand view of engineering at Adelaide, including an ‘introduction to engineering’ course, it enables you to make a more informed choice going forward in your engineering career. Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Flexible Entry.
Opportunities for high achievers
Engineering at Adelaide includes an embedded honours year, in which you’ll complete a major project relevant to your area of specialisation. This will be showcased at South Australia’s largest student exhibition, Ingenuity.
The honours year will give you a deeper understanding of your specialisation, and demonstrate your commitment to further learning. It will also prepare you for postgraduate studies and enhance your CV.
The University offers scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students. These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
"Work experience gave me the opportunity to not only actualise my studies – but to confirm my passion for my field. The personal and professional development this experience provided was also essential to my success in obtaining a position with my chosen employer, and ultimately my career success post university."
Tahlia Sklifoff, graduate
Manufacturing Engineer, Owens Illinois (O-I)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Chemical)
Our undergraduate engineering degrees will prepare you with the technical knowledge and skills for diverse careers with national and global organisations. Employment opportunities exist across different sectors, including mining, defence, electronics, medical, energy, information technology and construction. Many engineers also go on to manage companies, start their own businesses or work as consultants.
Our comprehensive curriculum will allow you to practise real engineering—through a foundation of theory and hands-on experience—from your first year.
You’ll apply knowledge, develop a solid career portfolio, and build connections with prospective employers via a range of practical projects, including: field trips; placements; internships; networking events; and study-abroad opportunities. Chief among these will be an eight-week practical industry placement. This will give you valuable experience working on real engineering projects, and help you hone the high-level technical and leadership skills sought by employers.
Gain international experience as part of your degree
Adelaide’s relationships with other highly ranked universities around the world means you will have outstanding opportunities to travel and study abroad during your engineering degree, through a range of global learning experiences. Your overseas study could range from just a few weeks, to a full academic year, and is possible in almost every engineering field.
Studying abroad can be a great way to see the world, diversify your studies and enhance your CV. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue it through a range of programs, including student exchange, study tours and summer and winter schools. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.