Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering)


  • Program code: BP265
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:


  • Campus: City campus

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Please note: this program is no longer offered to commencing students, it has been replaced with BH076 Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours).

Sustainable systems engineering brings together the new technologies and innovative engineering approaches we need for sustainable global development. It strives to meet the needs of society within economic and ecological constraints.

Over this program you'll learn how to protect, restore and create engineered and natural systems that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.


4 years full-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

In first 2 years, you'll focus on the development of a sustainable systems approach. This brings together the fundamentals of engineering sciences - mathematics, engineering design and engineering professional practice.

In later years of the program you can take specialist elective courses in transport, energy or logistics.

This program links formal learning with workplace experience and maintains a continuous thread of systems thinking and sustainable design.

You'll graduate to design, implement and operate diverse processes that have minimal cost to industry, society and the environment.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

During the program you'll complete 12 weeks of work experience. Most students do this in Years 3 and 4.

Members of the Program Advisory Committee include senior engineers from major national companies and government and non-government organisations. The committee provides comments and advice on the contents of the program.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Climate change is a matter of national and international importance, and more emphasis is being placed on sustainability in human-developed systems. This is feeding a sharp global rise in demand for engineers who can develop sustainable systems.

Meeting the future needs and challenges of sustainability will necessitate a comprehensive design approach, with a focus on whole-of-system requirements, and an understanding of lifecycle.

You'll take a holistic approach to engineering the best-possible, compliance-driven sustainable solutions that present leading business opportunities.

Professional recognition and accreditation

We are seeking professional accreditation for this program. Once fully accredited, graduates will be eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia.

Global opportunities

RMIT encourages you to aspire to a global career, not just a local one.

Through partner organisations in Europe, Asia and the United States RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) offers workplace training and academic research placements between 6 and 12 months.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements


Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4—Mathematical Methods (CAS) and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

Selection tasks

Form: Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online.

How to apply

1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.

2. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.

3. Check the table below for how to apply.

4. Apply using the appropriate method by the closing date.

Application method

Level of study

Semester 1

Semester 2 (midyear)

Bachelor and Associate degree

VTAC application


Internal application (current students only)

Direct application


Internal application (current students only)

Honours degree

Direct application


Internal application (current students only)

Direct application


Internal application (current students only)

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Aerospace, Mech & Manuf Eng

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Building 57, Level 3, Room 23
Tel. +61 3 9925 8098

View PDF brochure for this program.


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.