What will I learn?

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) has strong links to industry and a focus on design and creativity. You will:

explore core mechanical engineering disciplines
complete design—build projects
gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art facilities
benefit from internships, placements and projects with experts in the field
complete an eight-week practical experience.

In your final year you’ll apply your advanced capabilities in an industry-led design and build research project.

Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.

Majors are available in:

Aerospace engineering
Defence systems
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronics and robotics
Medical technologies
Renewable energy
Smart technologies
Sports engineering

Career Readiness

Our graduates are leaders with sought-after skills and attributes. Industry demand for our graduates is high, and will continue to grow.

Mechanical engineers work in the fields of materials engineering, combustion, noise and vibration control, energy technology, control systems, robotics, quality management, bioengineering, aeronautics, space, fluid mechanics, water supply, mining, manufacturing, production planning, maintenance planning, consumer product design, pollution control, and failure analysis.

Our graduates have gone on to work with a range of organisations including the European Space Station, the Australian Institute of Sport, Boeing, BAE Systems, Santos, SAAB, and AGL.

Industry Placement

Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

Potential careers

Aerospace Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Aircraft Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Avionics Engineer, Defence Aviation, Defence Engineer, Drone Engineer, Engineer.

Areas of Specialisation

Aerospace Engineering: Aerospace Engineers design and launch equipment to help explore our solar system and beyond, and their future prospects are equally vast.

Defence Systems: This major focuses on complex systems engineering and equips graduates for careers working with a range of advanced defence technologies.

Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical engineers design and build mechanical systems and machines.

Mechatronics and Robotics: Dreams of the future become today's innovations when engineers take ideas from science fiction and turn them into science fact.

Medical Technologies: This major prepares students for cutting-edge design work in the rehabilitation and assistive medical devices fields.

Sports Engineering: This major prepares graduates to enter and excel inn the rapidly-growing international sports engineering field.

Smart Technologies: The Smart Technologies major prepares students for engineering careers of the future.

Renewable Energy: This major focuses on the design of systems that generate and consume energy efficiently and sustainably including tidal, wind, and solar thermal generation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$42,000.00 (US$ 28,867) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 March 2020


The University of Adelaide

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification. United Entrance Certificate (UEC) 5. IELTS: Overall 6.5; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 6; TOEFL Internet-based: Overall 79, Reading and Listening: 13, Speaking 18, Writing 21; Pearson – Overall 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50 and Cambridge - Overall 176, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – 169.

For international students

Students are required to complete Secondary School Qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12.

Prerequisites: Mathematics and Physics

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Paper-based: total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE) or Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • The University of Adelaide College

About this uni

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 on The Economist’s list of world’s most liveable cities