Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Duration4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Cairns and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCC31
First-year fee
A$36,900 (Indicative)
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Prepare for a diverse career with possibilities to work as a professional Engineer across various industries, locally, nationally and internationally, with CQUniversity's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). You will have the choice to major in traditional engineering disciplines and dual major options that will prepare you for emerging specialist fields of engineering, including civil with humanitarian engineering, electrical with information processing, and electrical with data analytics. 

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) develops your problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills and incorporates project-based learning so you can graduate work-ready.

The first year of your studies provides a general understanding of engineering, allowing you to experience each different engineering area before you choose a particular path to follow. Later in your studies, you have the flexibility to choose to study Civil, Civil with Humanitarian, Electrical, Electrical with Data Analytics, Electrical with Information Processing, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Resource Systems Engineering.

One of the benefits of studying engineering at CQUniversity is our strong relationships with industry practitioners who offer support through scholarships, guest lectures and work-integrated learning.

Student Life of Yueqiang Jia (Victor)


The most important thing to study abroad is to learn the knowledge taught and develop my ability to learn independently, instead of just getting the qualification. I believe I can achieve my goal here at CQUniversity. My name is Yueqiang Jia and I’m from Hebei, China. Currently I’m studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a Civil major at CQUniversity. Before I made my decision, I did a lot of research and learned that an honours degree in Australia sits between a bachelor degree and a masters degree, which is a higher level than a bachelor degree. Secondly, there is an exponential demand for engineers in Australia and the graduate salary is higher than business courses.

My background is in scienceWhen I was considering which university I would go to, I learned that CQUniversity Australia is a fast-growing public university, and its engineering graduate employment rate and graduate salaries are top ranked in Australia. Engineering, so engineering was my first choice. At the same time, I considered the tuition fee is not as high as other universities. I’m studying at Rockhampton campus and have received a scholarship of 20%, reducing the overall tuition fee. Also, the living cost is lower than in metro cities, especially rental housing, which is less than half compared to the big cities. This can reduce the financial burden. Rockhampton is a peaceful town with a convenient lifestyle and a comfortable climate, a bit like Sanya in China. I hang out during the holidays and I have been to the beach once. It is stunning. The course structure and assessment methods here are very different from those in China. The final exams take up 50% and assignments take another proportion in the units I’ve been studying. Some assignments consist of group work. As long we complete the assignments as per the requirements and prepare for the exams well, there is little chance to fail the units.

As far as my personal feelings are concerned, CQUniversity has combined online teaching with classroom teaching extremely well. the teaching resources and materials, including coursework and teaching videos, can be found in the teaching management system, which can effectively improve the efficiency of preparation and review. I appreciate the help from my teachers. In our first class, the teachers told us that they are the ones who help us learn and succeed in our exams, so they are our mentors. They always answer my questions very patiently. My English has greatly improved in a short time here, because I’ve been exposed to an English environment. The majority of students here are domestic students, so I can learn a lot of native expressions. In the last term of my course, we can do work experience at a local company. Australian employers value practical work experience, so the work placement helps a lot. After graduation, I’ll be able to apply for a work visa in Australia, which allows me to have more work experience in the industry. I believe I’ll become an excellent engineer in the future.

Study experience

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    CQU's top-ranked graduate employability and lower tuition were my choice factors. The unique course structure and supportive teachers facilitate learning, improving my English and offering valuable work experience opportunities. I'm excited about my future as an engineer.

    Yueqiang Jia (Victor)

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) I China

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is your gateway to various engineering roles. Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to work as a professional Engineer in the Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Resource Engineering fields, depending on your chosen major.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You are required to complete seven core units and a 21- or 22-unit major in either:

  • Civil (21 units)
  • Civil with Humanitarian (21 units)
  • Electrical (21 units)
  • Electrical with Data Analytics (21 units)
  • Electrical with Industrial Automation (21 units)
  • Electrical with Information Processing (21 units)
  • Mechanical (22 units)
  • Mechanical with Industrial Automation (21 units)
  • Resource Systems (22 units)

Unit information

For information on the units you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


Credit transfer information

If you have already completed a study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.


Mathematics credit option

If you have completed Mathematical Methods in Year 12, you may receive credit for the Foundation Mathematics (MATH11247) unit, which sits in the electrical, mechanical, and civil majors. Please email the College of Engineering and Aviation to learn about how to apply for the mathematics credit pathway.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Cairns, Rockhampton
Term 1, 2025Cairns, Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online

Civil major
You will learn about planning design, and maintenance of physical infrastructure systems such as buildings and bridges, harbours and railways. Plus, you'll grow your knowledge and skills in hydraulics and materials science.

Civil with Humanitarian major
This discipline allows you to be involved in the planning design and maintenance of physical infrastructure systems in underprivileged communities and disaster-prone areas. 
Electrical "You will learn about analogue and digital electronics foundations, AC and DC circuit configurations, development and maintenance of controls technology, electrical engineering concepts, communications systems, and materials sciences.

Electrical with Data Analytics major
This major will provide you with specialist skills in computer programming within the field of electrical engineering. 

Electrical with Industrial Automation major
This major is an ideal option if you have an interest in the growing electrical automation field. You will develop skills in designing, implementing, analysing and maintaining complex industrial control systems and instrumentation using industry-standard software and hardware tools. 

Electrical with Information Processing major
This major is an ideal option if you have an interest in specialist fields of electrical engineering involving analysing system data to monitor and control electrical engineering systems.

Mechanical major
You will build skills and knowledge in planning, design, installation, maintenance and operation of machines, thermodynamic and combustion systems, fluid systems, materials handling systems, manufacturing equipment and process plant.

Mechanical with Industrial Automation major
Develop skills to design mechanical control systems incorporating automation with a strong focus on thermodynamics and heat transfer principles. Plus, you’ll build knowledge on material design, stress analysis and machine design to meet industry standards and codes. 

Resource Systems major
Designed to meet the industry need of traditional mine sites to transition to automated sites and increase productivity. This major focuses on the interpretation of data to assess the feasibility of a variety of resource projects within the legislation.

All units in this course are offered in online mode. Some units will have compulsory residential schools for online students. These residential schools give students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate practical skills.

Professional Practice - Engineers Australia

Electrical and Information Processing Major, Civil and Humanitarian Major, Resource Systems Major, Mechatronics Major, Mechanical Major, Electrical Major, Civil Major

The CC31 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course is fully accredited* by Engineers Australia.

Graduates are recognised as professional engineers and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.

*The following recently introduced majors have provisional accreditation until there are sufficient graduates for them to be reviewed by EA:

  • Electrical with Data Analytics
  • Electrical with Information Processing
  • Resource Systems
  • Civil with Humanitarian

Professional Practice - Engineers Australia

Electrical and Data Analytics Major

The CC31 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course is fully accredited* by Engineers Australia.

Graduates are recognised as professional engineers and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.

*The following recently introduced majors have provisional accreditation until there are sufficient graduates for them to be reviewed by EA:

  • Electrical with Data Analytics
  • Electrical with Information Processing
  • Resource Systems
  • Civil with Humanitarian
Engineering Practice Experience - ENEP14004

Students are required to complete 480 hours (including a minimum of 240 hours of industry experience) of Engineering Professional Practice prior to graduation. Once the students have completed the professional practice requirements, they must enrol in this unit and provide evidence of how they have attained the professional engineering practice exposure required by Engineers Australia.


Recommended study

Recommended study: Mathematical Methods, Physics, and Design

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, or the United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 10 years of:

    · A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

    · A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma level qualification, or

    · Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0 completed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

    · An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subset; or

    · An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or

    · Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 54; or

    · Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)– Requires an overall score of 75 or better with no score less than 21 (Internet Based).

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between the final examination date and the date of commencement of the study and must appear on a single result certificate.

If you are an International student please visit International students English requirements for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term FeeA$18,510
International Indicative First Year FeeA$36,900

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.