BH090 - Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

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Plan: BH090MEHDD - Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Award abbreviation: BE(MechEng)(Hons)/BSc(Biotech)
Total credit points: 528
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years full time or 10 years part time
Location: City and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 030701
CRICOS code: 079783M

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Purpose of the Program

Objectives of the double degree:

This double degree program has been specifically designed to meet the needs of engineers working at the interface of mechanical engineering and biotechnology. As a graduate of this program you will be well equipped to deal with the many and varied technical and professional challenges in this growing area.

The program consists of core mechanical engineering and biotechnology courses, and elective courses from mechanical engineering. The electives on offer enable you to develop specialist skills in areas of particular interest to you.

As a graduate of the mechanical engineering component of this program, you will have been prepared to practise as an effective, high-level engineer. You will have demonstrated the ability to utilise fundamental knowledge and skills in mathematics and the sciences which underpin engineering. You will have demonstrated sound skills and appropriate understanding of disciplines relevant to mechanical engineering and its practice. You will have demonstrated suitable design skills, appropriate creativity, intellectual discipline, and professional skills relevant to working with others. In addition to this, you will have demonstrated the ability to communicate your ideas in a way appropriate to your profession and to the wider community [in general].  You will also have demonstrated your ability to learn in a self-directed way that will support professional extension in your working life and that will lead you to adapt through technological and social change.

As a graduate of the biotechnology part of this program you will be ready to move straight into the burgeoning new field of biotechnology, equipped with skills in genetic engineering, industrial microbiology, molecular agriculture, bioinformatics, and regulartory, ethical and legal issues in biotechnology. This is achieved by the combination of basic and advanced knowledge and extensive 'hands-on' techniques taught in the program. Graduates will find employment in scientific and research organisations, private industry (manufacturing and consulting) and the teaching profession.

The program requires in-person attendance, but also takes advantage of the capabilities of the online learning management system that is available to all students and provides scope for collaboration and remote access.

You will undertake a capstone experience in the final year courses OENG1167 Engineering Capstone Project Part A and OENG1168 Engineering Capstone Project Part B, in which you will conduct a research project that can be analytical, experimental, design or computational in nature (or some combination).

A capstone experience is provided in ONPS2186 Science Project where knowledge and skills come together to develop and implement, sometimes in a group, a research proposal and / or a research project.


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Articulation and pathways


Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. As a successful graduate of this program, you may (upon application) be eligible to proceed to a coursework Masters degree or even to a research degree including Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Acceptance into these programs would be subject to each programs' entry requirements.

Students who apply to transfer to one of the single degrees that are components of this double degree program, will be eligible for credit for any equivalent courses in the single degree structure, and may transfer credit for any other courses that can meet elective requirements of the single degree structure.


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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 —
A study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (Any) or Maths: Specialist Maths, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) is fully accredited by Engineers Australia. Engineers Australia is the professional body responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers. Engineers Australia is a signatory to the Washington Accord. This means that the program is internationally recognised and graduates are able to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world. Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) are eligible for graduate and/or professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Industry Links
The School of Engineering and the School of Science have extensive links with industry through their Industry Advisory Committees, and through research projects and consulting services. Membership of these Committees includes practising engineers or external members drawn from a diverse industry base and institutions. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate, and to the needs of employers, by providing feedback on the currency of the programs and the changing needs of industry. They also contribute significantly through input into the design of new programs. 

Through the School of Science's extensive research programs, most of which are undertaken in collaboration with external organisations, students have access to a wide range of industrial personnel: for example, from CSIRO, the Department of Primary Industry, Department of Sustainability and Environment, medical and scientific research institutes and private industry (manufacturing and consulting). Final year research projects may be undertaken with external scientific organisations, and students may elect to undertake their science project as a work placement in an approved industry (through consultation with the course coordinator).

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Mechanical Engineering refer to For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Biotechnology refer to

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Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services for Students

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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