BH093 - Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

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Plan: BH093MEHDD - Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
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 Industrial Design (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BEng(MechEng)(Hon)/BIndDes(Hon
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: 079785J

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Purpose of the Program

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)  

The combined Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) degree combines two distinct, yet highly complementary individual bachelor degrees. In addition to the objectives of the individual programs (listed below), the double degree program enables students to broaden and contextualise their learning in a way that is possible only by studying the different disciplines together.

Industrial design involves “linking industry and economy with people, culture, society and environment”; Mechanical engineering involves “the conversion and control of energy and motion in machinery and systems”. The combined Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Design will allow integration of these highly complementary disciplines.

The combined qualification in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design provides graduates with the technical and creative skills to engage at a professional level with the design and development of advanced manufactured products. In particular, students of the double degree program will be well placed to take advantage of new RMIT facilities such as the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP).

The program requires in-person attendance, but also takes advantage of the capabilities of Blackboard, 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 Industrial Design Honours Project. This will integrate studies in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design. 

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)(Honours)

The overall objective of this program is to provide you with the skills to become an employable and effective mechanical engineer within a national and international context.  It is designed to prepare you for a wide range of career possibilities by developing particular graduate attributes which will be of on-going benefit to you, your industry and society as a whole.

As a graduate of this program, you will have been prepared to practice 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.

The Mechanical Engineering program, as a whole, has a real-world focus with a problem-/project-based active learning approach. The first two years of the program are common with the Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering programs offered through the School of Engineering.  In these years, you will be exposed to the fundamentals of engineering sciences, mathematics, engineering design, and engineering professional practice.  In the final years of the program, specialist mechanical elective courses are offered in various streams of expertise. The academic staff members who teach the course are highly regarded  mechanical engineering practitioners and based on the specialist knowledge they offer, the program is designed to provide you with a number of opportunities for industrial interaction.

In summary, the program focuses on the development of your knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a way that is structured to address the objectives of the program.

Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

For more than 60 years Industrial Design at RMIT has offered applied technical, theoretical and industry linked immersions into the diverse and dynamic fields of industrial design practice. The program has been designed for you to develop independence in learning; to invent, visualise, prototype and deliver innovative design solutions to complex problems in form of new products and services. You will work on real world problems, in industry and community contexts, with direction and feedback from experts, and within the research domains of the academic faculty. The program culminates in a year-long honours design research project where you will independently synthesise and integrate your knowledge of theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes through design.

The program will qualify you to pursue further study and research, and to undertake professional work as an industrial designer, either independently, or as a member of a design or research and development team in small, medium or large organisational settings. Graduates of the program work in a range of specialist sub-disciplinary domains and enterprises in local and global contexts. As well as working for manufacturing companies, design consultancies and enterprises that design services and experiences, many graduates start their own design and product producing businesses in niche and in emerging fields of design practice. Other graduates find employment in cross-disciplinary design, strategy, and research and development roles within the services, innovation, and cultural sectors.

Within these professional and research contexts you will be able to initiate and manage design problem solving from an entrepreneurial, research-led, analytical, reflective and ethical frame-work. You will be able to confidently deploy specialised industrial design knowledge and skills with technical effectiveness and creativity. You will articulate your design thinking through a range of communication techniques and technologies to stakeholders within and across disciplinary boundaries.


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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.


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 Industrial Design (Honours) 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 Industrial Design (Honours) are eligible for graduate and/or professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Industry Links
Both the School of Engineering and the School of Architecture and Design have Industry Advisory Committees which provide important links to industry. These Committees provide feedback on the design and relevance of programs as well as information about the changing needs of industry. Membership of these Committees includes, respectively, senior engineers and other relevant highly experienced people from a number of major national companies and government and non-government organisations.   
Student and graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) may be eligible to become members of the following Professional Associations:

  • Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the peak professional body for designers in Australia.  Students are eligible for student membership and access to DIA member resources throughout their studies.  
  • International Interaction Design Association (IxDA): students and graduates are eligible to be members of the IxDA, which aims to promote and advance the profession of interaction design.

Additionally, there are numerous local and international professional organisations that promote and support industrial designers in various sub-disciplinary and specialist fields including: lighting design, furniture design, design managment and service design.

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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 Industrial Design 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

Mobile computing

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) provides an opportunity for students to engage with two disciplines that are disctinct, but highly compatible. Students will move between both disciplines and it is strongly suggested that students provide a laptop computer to allow a common interface to online resources.

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

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