Bachelor of Engineering - Automotive Engineering (Honours)

RMIT University

Build on core studies in mechanical engineering, with a specialisation in automotive engineering to develop economical and sustainable automotive designs or solve automotive engineering problems. In this course, you'll study vehicle power systems, sustainable vehicle design and automotive manufacturing and vehicle handling and control, vehicle aerodynamics, and vehicle noise and vibration. The course incorporates complete car design and has a focus on new technologies (e.g. Google driverless cars, full-electric, hybrid power trains and fuel cells) that benefit society. It takes a global view and is increasingly environmental in outlook. RMIT automotive engineering students gain hands-on experience through industry projects, work placements which can be undertaken internationally, and through student groups such as the RMIT Racing Teams.

Course Fee:

Australian: $138,240
International: $145,920

Entry Requirements:

Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4- a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).


Year 1 - You'll learn the basics of mechanical engineering, focusing on the automotive industry. You'll tackle and solve advanced engineering problems, particularly in the structural design and manufacturing of vehicles and automotive components. Year 2 - While continuing your studies in maths, mechatronics, mechanics, and dynamics, you'll also undertake a Project Based Learning (PBL) course which concentrates on the study of machine elements and their incorporation into simple machines. Year 3 - You'll deepen your knowledge in mechanical engineering. A highlight includes vehicle power systems which is an introduction to the development, design, specification, and operation of internal combustion engines for mobile applications, with a focus on traditional spark-ignited and diesel engines. Year 4 - You'll also learn about vehicle handling and control, which covers performance prediction early in the design process, and identifies the conflicts in designing for optimal performance.

Subjects you can Study:

Computer-aided engineering and design, Dynamics and control, Energy conservation and renewable energy, Engineering mathematics, Fluid mechanics, Industrial aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics, Mechanics of machines, Mechatronics, Solid mechanics and materials, Thermodynamics, Vehicle handling and control, Vehicle noise and vibration, Vehicle power system and vehicle body design.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the RMIT Associate Degree in Engineering Technology with a major in mechanical engineering who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with two years' credit (equivalent to 192 credit points). Graduates of the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) with a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 may be able to receive up to 1.5 years' credit (equivalent to 144 credit points) if successful in gaining a place.

Further information:

Automotive engineers are employed by major car, truck and bus companies, as well as racing teams and parts manufacturers. Graduates from RMIT are working in F1 teams, Porsche, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler-Chrysler and Bosch.


This program is fully accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates of the program are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Full membership as a professional engineer may be obtained after an appropriate period of professional practice. Australia is one of 15 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Washington Accord, for professional engineers. The qualification of graduates from this degree is recognised in all countries that are signatories to the Accord.. The degree also satisfies the requirements of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australia for graduate membership.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Related Careers:

Mechanical Engineer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 70.45 No Full time 4 years
City 70.45 No Part time

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