BH100 - Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Eng) (Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

Go to Enrolment Program Structures Search

Plan: BH100SSHDD - Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Eng)(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 (Sustainable Systems Eng)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design(Honours)
Award abbreviation: BE(SusSysEng)(Hons)/BIndDes(Ho
Total credit points: 528
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years full time, 10 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City, Brunswick, and Bundoora Campuses
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 030799
CRICOS code: 079789E

*Top of page

Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems 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 you to broaden and contextualise your learning in a way that is possible only by studying the disciplines together. 

The overall objective of the Sustainable Systems Engineering program is for graduates to be employable as effective sustainable systems engineers in national and international contexts. It is designed to prepare you with a wide range of career possibilities by developing graduate capabilities which will be of on-going benefit to you, industry and society as a whole.

The first three years of the program are focused on development of a sustainable systems approach. You will also be exposed to fundamentals of engineering sciences, mathematics, engineering design, and engineering professional practice. In the final years of the program you will delve into courses with a Sustainable Systems engineering focus. The program is designed to provide you with a number of opportunities for industrial interaction and the academic staff members teaching the program are practitioners with expertise in the specialisations.

You will undertake a capstone experience in the final year courses Industrial Design Honours Project (GRAP2290 & GRAP1040). This will integrate studies in Sustainable Systems Engineering and Industrial Design. GRAP2290 & GRAP1040 form a year-long honours design research project where you independently synthesise and integrate your knowledge of theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes through design.

Through the Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) component of this double degree program you will develop skills that will allow you to practice professionally within industrial design and related industries. You may practise locally or globally, either as an independent design practitioner, or as a member of a team within small, medium or large organisational settings. Within these professional contexts you will have the ability to operate effectively, professionally, critically, and thoughtfully, within a team environment and across disciplinary boundaries.

This program is primarily delivered in face-to-face mode at the City, Brunswick, and Bundoora Campuses. While most courses in the program are delivered on campus, others are delivered online.

*Top of page

Articulation and pathways


Students with relevant prior qualifications may be considered for credit transfer on a case by case basis. 


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 for entry into other related programs at RMIT University, including a Masters or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

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.

*Top of page

Entrance requirements

Very Important: This plan is being phased out.

BH100SSHDD - Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Eng) (Honours) / Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) plan has been discontinued and will no longer accept new students after Semester 2 2022.

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 Mathematical Methods (Any) or Maths: Specialist Mathematics, 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

Inherent requirements

Please find information on the inherent requirements of the Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours) / Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) here

*Top of page

External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation 
The Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems 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 (Sustainable Systems Eng)(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 (Sustainable Systems 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 that 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.

*Top of page

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.

*Top of page

Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library:

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers and group study rooms are available at each Library. One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service. 

For recommended texts and databases, refer to

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.

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. 

You can find more information in the RMIT Student Support website.

As well as standard word processing and data analysis software, the School also provides engineering specific computer software related to such areas as fluid dynamics, engineering drawing, design, stress analysis, project management, materials selection and automated systems. You are given your own RMIT email account upon completion of your enrolment to facilitate formal communications relating to your courses and administrative matters.

Selected course material is available in electronic form from myRMIT. Otherwise, prescribed and recommended texts are available in the library for both short and long term loan. The library contains some past examination papers which you can use for revision, literature search facilities for use in design projects and theses, and electronic access to Australian standards which are frequently used in design projects.

*Top of page
[Next: Learning outcomes]