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    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 4 years
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 39,280  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)


    Combine advanced knowledge in mathematics, physics and science with analytical problem-solving skills to develop creative ideas and solutions. Engineering careers are diverse — you could work on innovative infrastructure projects in Tokyo or assist Government initiatives to enhance sustainable technologies. Graduate career-ready after gaining hands-on skills through laboratory classes, field trips and in-depth lessons based on real-world scenarios in this Engineers Australia-accredited degree.

    Build a thorough understanding of engineering fundamentals in your first year. Deepen your knowledge and focus on theoretical and practical learning. You will study a specialised major plus four elective subjects or a major with one minor.

    Gain hands-on skills through laboratory classes and field trips. Participate in twelve weeks of work placements with industry partners – you may have the opportunity for paid work experience.

    Students who are based in Townsville and have completed at least one year of their degree are eligible to apply for an Australian Public Service Academy Campus position. With opportunities in the Digital and Data spheres, you can align your studies to part-time work, that may translate into a full-time job offer upon graduation. Explore the APS Data and Digital Programs page for more information.

    Studies culminate in the fourth year with an Honours component — a major engineering project and thesis. You will research a current industry issue and work towards designing a solution.

    JCU’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia, except for the Electrical and Electronic Engineering major in Cairns, which holds provisional accreditation.

    Become a world-class engineer. JCU engineering graduates are innovative problem solvers, creative designers and applied scientists involved in a variety of industries.

    Additional information

    About JCU's Bachelor of Engineering in Queensland

    Prepare yourself to solve tomorrow's challenges with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from JCU (similar to a Bachelors of Engineering). Be ready for employment as you study courses that have been shaped by the current and future needs of industry. Partner with JCU to develop your problem-solving skills and learn how to apply them in ways that improve the world and advance your career.

    Build a Strong Foundation

    Become a leader in engineering through your world-class education at JCU. Build a strong foundation as you study essential engineering fundamentals like statics and dynamics, mathematical techniques, and electrical circuits.

    Be ready today for tomorrow through your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Queensland and gain hands-on, practical experience through work placements. Work to understand current issues facing the industry and design effective solutions under the guidance of lecturers committed to student success.

    Engineering Courses in Queensland - Choose Your Direction

    Prepare for the future that is right for you with your BE degree from JCU. Choose from any of five majors that will develop you into an industry and community leader and prepare you to reach your career goals.

    Be a Chemical Engineer

    Become an expert at working with chemical technologies that are shaping our world, including bioprocessing and mineral processing. Use your chemical engineering focus to develop new materials that will revolutionise industry, or make a difference in the community as you innovate developments in food or fuel manufacturing.

    Civil Engineering

    Develop your passion for bringing economic development and the environment together in sustainable ways. Work with the world's leading experts in your engineering courses in Queensland. With your bachelor’s degree in engineering from JCU, you will improve and progress the liveability of our world's cities.

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Prepare yourself with a deep understanding of data analytics and electronics to improve communications, develop sustainable energy solutions, or solve hunger issues with agricultural developments.

    Be an Electronic and Internet of Things Engineer

    Change the world with the skills you learn at JCU, designing smart healthcare systems, smart cities, or better environmental monitoring systems. The Internet of Things and smart technology is applicable in all aspects of life. Apply your skills in a variety of different contexts including consumer technologies in the home, waste management, healthcare, sport and agriculture.

    Mechanical Engineer

    Develop your interest in machines as you master the dynamics of thermofluid mechanics, mechanical design, and machine elements. Work in a practical learning environment to apply principles to real-world situations, qualifying yourself to work in all types of industry, from aerospace to mining, health to agriculture.

    Become the Best

    Your world-class education starts with a degree at JCU. Graduate qualified to work in Australia, New Zealand, Europe or Asia, or anywhere your interests and drive take you with a degree accredited by Engineers Australia.

    Develop as a well-rounded professional as you learn skills in organising and interpreting data, communicating effectively, and conducting reliable experiments. Learn how to use your knowledge to make data-driven decisions and prioritise solutions that work. Prepare to make the world a better place as you study engineering and learn critical problem-solving skills in the context of cultural frameworks.

    Make a Difference With a BE Degree

    Take your first step towards a successful career and a better future for the world by applying to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program at JCU. Gain access to small classes, take part in hands-on research that matters, and be prepared to make a difference wherever you go.
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    View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.

    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).


    You can choose from five different Engineering majors. The Electrical and Electronic Engineering major is available at both Cairns and Townsville campuses. The Electronic Systems and Internet of Things major is only available at the Cairns campus, while the Chemical, Civil and Mechanical majors are only available at the Townsville campus.

    Chemical Engineering

    Learn how to create new products from raw materials using principles of engineering and sustainability. Gain an in-depth understanding of how chemistry, physics, mathematics and design techniques can be combined to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Your skills in chemical engineering can lead you to a diverse career in industries such as water and wastewater treatment, food manufacturing, energy production and minerals processing.

    Explore Chemical Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Benefit from JCU’s expert lecturers and explore various civil engineering disciplines such as structural, hydraulic, geotechnical, transport and environmental engineering. Develop the skills required to assess the environmental impact of large projects and understand how to build community engagement. JCU graduates have a thorough understanding of how to make cities better places to live.

    Explore Civil Engineering

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Learn how to design and maintain electrical energy infrastructure through the application of the electrical principles. You will integrate theory with practice and visit telecommunications companies, power utilities and mines. Build a comprehensive knowledge of electrical materials, circuit theory, single phase and three phase power system modelling and signal processing.

    Explore Electrical Engineering

    Electronic Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) Engineering

    Develop sensor technologies, analyse big data and design smart technology that relates to various industries. Work with cloud computing and wireless communication utilising a state-of-the-art Internet of Things research lab. Become innovative technology leaders, accessing world-class lecturers and their strong industry partnerships.

    Explore Internet of Things Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Understand the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics to analyse, design, manufacture and maintain machines across almost all industries. Learn the foundations of thermofluid mechanics and the dynamics of machine elements. Through experiential learning, apply your understanding of heat exchange, momentum and strength of materials to design machines.

    Explore Mechatronics

    The Handbook provides detail about the subjects you can study within each major.


    An Honours degree supports entry into a Higher Degree by Research. High-achieving graduates of this course can enrol in this extra year and further develop critical thinking skills through completion of a research project and thesis. Refer to the Course Handbook for eligibility information.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    Recommended Knowledge

    English (Units 3/4,C) and Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)

    English language requirements

    Band 1

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    A JCU Engineering degree prepares students to work across a broad range of occupations and industries, depending on their chosen major.

    Job opportunities include:

    Chemical Engineer – operate in highly diverse industries ranging from environmental science, water treatment, the manufacturing of food, fuel and chemicals, minerals processing and development of new materials.

    Civil Engineer – work in design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure such as buildings, bridges, roads, railways, airports, water supply systems, dams, mines and waste disposal systems.

    Electrical Engineer â€“ design solutions for electronics and electrical infrastructure in industries such as energy, communications, automotive, mining, agriculture, aviation or medical technology.

    Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineer â€“ design electronics, software and data analytics for many industries such as communications, energy, smart cities, smart healthcare, precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, mining, manufacturing, and automation.

    Mechanical Engineer – design, manufacture and maintain machines for a large number of industries such as manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, agriculture, automotive, aerospace, communications, health, transport.

    JCU Engineering graduates work worldwide with a qualification recognised in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 39,280 

    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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