Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00100G

Engineering degrees offered by UNSW Canberra aim to provide outstanding engineering education to the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force and to non-defence students to pursue excellence through contributions to the engineering profession, industry and the community. The program is of four years duration and the degree may be awarded at Honours Class I, Honours Class II, Division I or Honours Class II, Division II. These Honours levels will be displayed on the final testamur. Candidates who do not achieve Honours Class 1 or 2 will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering with no honours level displayed. The engineering programs at UNSW Canberra have been granted full accreditation by Engineers Australia. Aeronautical engineering is the study of the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and control of machines or vehicles operating in the Earth's atmosphere or in outer space. The design of a flight vehicle is quite complex and demands a knowledge of many engineering disciplines such as aerodynamics, propulsion systems, structural design, materials, avionics, and stability and control systems. Maintaining and operating a flight vehicle requires an understanding of materials, reliability and maintenance, structural analysis for necessary repairs, together with knowledge of the disciplines within the design process.


Before completing their academic studies engineering students must complete 60 working days of approved practical experience, which must be done in periods of 20 or more working days at a time.

Standard entry requirements

Australian Year 12 studies or equivalent tertiary or overseas qualifications. Assumed subject knowledge is Advanced Mathematics and Physics. Available to Trainee Officers for the Australian Defence Force, non-military students sponsored under the Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS) or non-defence students under a Commonwealth Supported place (CSP). Trainee Officers must be selected by the Australian Defence Force and meet the academic requirements to study at UNSW Canberra. DCUS students must be selected by the Department of Defence and meet the academic requirements to study at UNSW Canberra.


Engineers Australia

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Canberra No
  • Full-time : 4 years

Further information

In addition to lodging a UAC application, Trainee Officers must complete a Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) process. Applicants must apply to DFR via defencejobs.gov.au or by telephone 13 19 01. In addition to lodging a UAC application, DCUS students must complete a DCUS application process. Applicants must apply to DCUS via http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/careers/studentsandgraduates/undergraduatesponsorship/ In addition to lodging a UAC application, non-defence students must submit an application for entry to UNSW Canberra via www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/apply.

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