Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science - Biotechnology

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

By combining studies in mechanical engineering and biotechnology, you'll be equipped to manage technical and professional challenges in this growing area. As an RMIT mechanical engineering and biotechnology double degree student you'll develop the skills required for the planning, design, development and improvement of machinery used in everyday life. You'll be equipped with skills in genetic engineering, industrial microbiology, molecular agriculture and bioinformatics; and also learn about the regulatory, ethical and legal issues in biotechnology. You'll be prepared for the workplace via hands-on experience in our well-equipped laboratories, project work and work experience in industry. Careers are available in design, manufacturing and testing in government and commercial organisations. Significant opportunities are anticipated in processing industries such as fermentation, food, cell products, and vaccines both in Australia and overseas.


Year 1 and 2-In your first two years, you'll study basic mechanical engineering and science courses. These are aimed at developing competence in essential analytical problem-solving skills and design capabilities. Year 3-You will focus on biotechnology skills studying areas such as immunology, microbiology, genetics and molecular biology and food manufacture. Years 4 and 5-In the final years of the program, specialist mechanical elective courses are offered in various streams of expertise. You'll also complete a work-integrated learning (industry experience) elective in Year 5. You'll also consolidate your biotechnology studies through advanced genetic and biology studies.


  • Biological chemistry, Cell structure and function, Computer-aided engineering and design, Dynamics and control, Energy conservation and renewable energy, Engineering and society, Engineering mathematics, Fluid mechanics, Food manufacture, Gene technologies, Industrial aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics, Manufacturing, Mechanical design, Mechanics of machines, Mechatronics, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Professional research project, Solid mechanics and materials, Thermodynamics.

Standard entry requirements

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

Study pathways

There are no articulation agreements with this double degree, however students with related qualifications in mechanical engineering or biotechnology may be considered for exemptions on a case-by-case basis. GPA will be considered as part of the application for advanced standing.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
City International: $190,080
  • ATAR: 91
  • Full-time : 5 years

Further information

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include aerospace engineer, automotive engineer, biological scientist, bio-technologist, clinical scientist, design engineer, development engineer, engineering manager, healthcare scientist, manufacturing and design companies, mechanical engineer, product engineer, product innovation engineer, production engineer, production manager, research and development scientist, sales engineer, systems engineer, transportation industry.

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