BH118 - Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

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Plan: BH118AEHDD - Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive 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 (Automotive Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BE(AutoEng)(Hon)/BIndDes(Hon)
Total credit points: 528
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years full time or 10 years part time
Location: Onshore, City and Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 030701
CRICOS code: 088482E

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Purpose of the Program

The combined Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive 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 Automotive Engineering program is for graduates to be employable as effective automotive 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 two years of the program are common with the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering programs offered through the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing 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 automotive engineering courses are offered in various streams of expertise. The program is designed to provide you with a number of opportunities for industrial interaction. The first 3 years of the program are delivered on the City Campus while years 4 and 5 are delivered primarily on the Bundoora Campus.

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.

You will undertake a capstone experience in the final year courses Industrial Design Honours Project. This will integrate studies in Automotive Engineering and Industrial Design. 

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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.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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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

For the University's English entry requirements for this type of program, see  English equivalents web page.

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

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (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 Engineering (Automotive Engineering)(Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) may be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia via a Stage 1 Competency Assessment.

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 the 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 (Automotive 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. 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 and print resources such as books, journals, newspapers, streaming media and past exam papers.  Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

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

Computers for study are available at every Library site and wireless access is available if you are working from a laptop or mobile device.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Automotive Engineering refer to here.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Industrial Design refer to here.

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

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 (Automotive 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

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

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