Engineering is the creative application of science and mathematics to design solutions for global challenges.  


The Engineering Science major is your pathway to the Master of Professional Engineering and a global career as a professional engineer.

From building the world's largest man-made structures to its smallest electronic devices, from moving people across the globe to sustaining their local environment, engineering affects every aspect of our lives.

The Engineering Science major provides you with fundamental engineering knowledge and develops your scientific, communication and problem solving skills through a combination of practical, hands-on courses, industry projects and theoretical foundations.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Engineering program at UWA has been developed in consultation with industry to equip students with the skills to succeed in their future careers.

To become a professionally qualified engineer, students complete five years of study, consisting of a three-year undergraduate degree with an Engineering Science major, followed by a two-year Master of Professional Engineering.

In your first two years of study you will complete a strong, broad foundation of engineering and science units, before moving into your third year to study a more specialised area of engineering. This gives you the flexibility to sample diverse engineering units to discover areas that you enjoy most and would like to pursue in the Master of Professional Engineering where you can choose to focus on one of the following fields of engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Software Engineering

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Student profile – Amy Moonen, NWS Production Planner, Woodside Energy Ltd

My experience of studying at UWA was extremely positive. I had some excellent lecturers and supervisors, who were passionate about their field of study. I enjoyed the range of different learning styles (hands on labs, lectures, tutorials, group work), and appreciated that I didn’t have to specialise too early as I didn’t have a clear idea of where my interests were.

“Engineering” encompasses so much more that you think it does – you will be surprised at the number of opportunities that open up in front of you with an engineering degree.

Joining Woodside’s graduate program allowed me to get a lot of broad experience in a relatively short amount of time. I have been in a number of different roles at Woodside for the previous 9 years. My job is very dynamic, and it’s likely that every day will bring new issues to deal with. I look forward to the challenge of ongoing problem solving, and to the need to interface closely with many colleagues across various areas of the company.

My current role involves optimising production from the integrated NWS Production System – which includes 3 gas processing platforms, one oil processing FPSO, and an onshore gas plant with 5 LNG trains as well as Domestic gas, Condensate and LPG processing.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

The Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic and Mechanical specialisations were fully accredited by Engineers Australia in 2016.

The Environmental, Mining and Software specialisations remain provisionally accredited until the required number of students graduate.

The Engineering Science major is your pathway to the Master of Professional Engineering and a global career as a professional engineer.

The Master of Professional Engineering will be an accredited degree allowing students graduate entry to Engineers Australia. As is standard practice for new courses, Engineers Australia accreditation of the Master of Professional Engineering is provisional until it can be considered for full accreditation on graduation of the first cohort in 2015.

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Career opportunities

Many engineers have the opportunity to travel the world and employment opportunities are endless, with work available in the mining and resources industry, pharmaceutical manufacturing, power and water utilities, consulting, construction, environmental management, investment finance and electronics and telecommunications industries.

The Australian resources sector offers a wealth of graduate opportunities in mining and oil and gas engineering.

If you are interested in a career in mining engineering, you would opt to specialise in mining engineering in the Engineering Science major.

The oil and gas industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities, including structural engineering, electrical power, construction management, reliability, process engineering, subsea engineering, mechanical systems, pipelines design and construction and instrument and controls.

If you are considering a career in this industry, you would opt to specialise in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. By choosing the discipline that most interests you, you will not only gain a deep understanding of the discipline from a holistic engineering perspective, but also undertake units relevant to oil and gas engineering in the field of choice.

Alternatively, students who complete the Engineering Science major without proceeding to master's study may be eligible for technical jobs, including project management roles within these industries as well as other professions that require a strong scientific and mathematical background.

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Further study opportunities

The Engineering Science major lays the foundation for further study options at postgraduate level through the Master of Professional Engineering.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Physics 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Specialist ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Physics ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Chemistry ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Mathematics or in SL Further Mathematics
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Physics
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Chemistry

Additional information

If you have only a scaled score of 50 or more in Mathematics Methods ATAR you can still be admitted but will have to take bridging unit.

If you do not have a scaled score of 50 or more in Mathematics Specialist ATAR, Physics ATAR, and Chemistry ATAR or equivalent and wish to undertake a second major, this will extend the duration of the degree beyond the minimum 3 years.

Students applying for a Direct Pathway to the Master of Professional Engineering will need to achieve an ATAR of 92 (or equivalent). Correspondingly, there is a Weighted Average Mark requirement of 60 in the Bachelor's degree for non-Direct Pathway students wanting to enter the Master of Professional Engineering.

Note: To be eligible to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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Engineering Science: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics Student Office
Ground floor of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (facing James Oval)
(+61 8) 6488 3061
Additional information