BH097 - Bachelor of Science(Physics)/Bachelor of Engineering(Telecommunications Engineering)(Honours)

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Plan: BH097TEHDD - Bachelor of Science(Physics)/Bachelor of Engineering(Telecommunications Engineering)(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 Science(Physics)/Bachelor of Engineering(Telecommunications Engineering)(Honours)
Award abbreviation: BSc(Phys)/BEng(TelecomEng)Hons
Total credit points: 528
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 010301
CRICOS code: 093317J

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Purpose of the Program

Telecommunications Engineers design, build and manage systems that transfer, store and manage information via radio frequency transmission, optical fibres or some other form of wave transmission. Telecommunications systems can employ a wide range of technologies, including optical fibre communication systems, radio systems (such as mobile phones and WiFi), cable systems and satellite communications. These systems and technologies can also be applied to a range of civilian and defence applications such as radar, weather monitoring, radio frequency identification, provision of services such as voice, video and streaming services over the internet and sensor networks.

Within the Telecommunications Engineering field, there are Communication (or Radio Frequency) Engineers and Network Engineers. Communication Engineers focus on the specification, design and maintenance of the physical communication links and circuits and components such as antennas, transmitters and receivers, RF and microwave circuits, optical devices and optical fibres. Network Engineers concern themselves with how individual communication systems are combined together to create integrated networks, how to manage the flow of information through such networks and how to deliver internet and data services over these networks. By combining the knowledge of Telecommunications Engineering with a degree in Physics, you are ideally suited to undertake a leading role in device and product development, particularly within the area of Communication Engineering.

The purpose of this program is to: 

  • to develop knowledge in the fundamentals of physics and skills in applying this knowledge to novel problems and situations. In particular you will have a solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of physics. You will develop strong mathematical and modelling capabilities, report writing and communication and laboratory experience.
  • to develop an ability to apply scientific principles and practice in commercial enterprises and research establishments in a safe and environmentally and socially acceptable manner.
  • provide you with the knowledge and skills essential for a professional career in telecommunications engineering, and give you the opportunity to take a minor in either Communication Engineering or Network Engineering,
  • prepare you for employment in telecommunications engineering and related industries, including
    aerospace, telecommunications (both carriers and equipment suppliers), semiconductors and
    nanotechnology, defence, broadcasting, and network engineering.

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).

This program is primarily delivered in face-to-face mode at the City Campus.

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Articulation and pathways


Graduates will able to proceed to a coursework Masters degree in Electronic or Communication Engineering or related fields, subject to meeting the general admission criteria.

Outstanding graduates from this program may be able to proceed to a research degree including Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), subject to meeting the general admission criteria.

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.

If you require further details on these programs refer to the Program’s information provided in

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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 20 in Physics; and study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) 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 Science (Physics)/Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering)(Honours) is not currently accredited, although it has been developed to align with the Engineers Australia accreditation framework. Engineers Australia is the professional body in Australia responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Physics)/Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering)(Honours) may be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia via a Stage 1 Competency Assessment.

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. 

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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

Resources available from the Library

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 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 students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

The School of Engineering has many laboratories, often with specialised equipment, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities, and most of these labs have been upgraded in recent years, to ensure that you have access to modern computers and equipment that you are likely to use in industry.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT 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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