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Engineering degrees offered by UNSW Canberra aim to provide outstanding engineering education to the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force and to civilian students to pursue excellence through contributions to the engineering profession, industry and the community.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering is of four years duration and the degree may be awarded at Honours Class I, Honours Class II, Division I or Honours Class II, Division II.  These Honours levels will be displayed on the final testamur.  Candidates who do not achieve Honours Class 1 or 2 will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering with no honours level displayed.

The engineering programs at UNSW Canberra have been granted full accreditation by Engineers Australia.

Aeronautical engineering is the study of the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and control of machines or vehicles operating in the Earth's atmosphere or in outer space.

The design of a flight vehicle is quite complex and demands a knowledge of many engineering disciplines such as aerodynamics, propulsion systems, structural design, materials, avionics, and stability and control systems. Maintaining and operating a flight vehicle requires an understanding of materials, reliability and maintenance, structural analysis for necessary repairs, together with knowledge of the disciplines within the design process.

Except for Electrical Engineering and those in the Chief of Defence Force Honours Program first-year engineering and technology students enrol in a common program taking foundation science and engineering courses. In second and increasingly in third and fourth years the programs diverge into their specialities although there are some courses that span across programs in all years. A key element in all years is the design stream which emphasises complex problem solving. Other streams such as aerodynamics, stability, control, thermofluids, structures, mechanics, materials and management often incorporate project based learning informed by academic research and industrial practice. Electives and a final year thesis enable students to pursue particular interests both within and outside the specialist discipline.

At the end of the program students are expected to meet the graduate attributes of the University and Stage 1 Competencies of Engineers Australia, ready to practise in their chosen profession and with the ingenuity and resourcefulness to meet rapid technological change.



Study Level


Typical duration

4 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Semester 1

Academic Calendar

UNSW Canberra Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Honours


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - BE (Hons)

UAC Code


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Program Structure

Students must complete 192 UOC as a standalone program.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering degrees require a prescribed program structure as determined by the engineering program chosen. Each year of the program comprises a number of School-based courses (identified by the prefix ZEIT) and courses taught by other Schools within UNSW Canberra.

Completion of each year, thereby allowing progression to the next year, is normally achieved by satisfactory progress in each of the courses given in that year. At the discretion of the Head of School, students may be allowed to concurrently enrol in courses from more than one year of the program.

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Practical Experience

Before graduation a student shall complete 60 days of approved practical engineering experience which must be done in blocks of at least 20 working days each, each block being in the service of a single employer.

Technical Electives - Areas of Interest

Students may choose to take elective courses in the following areas of interest:

Structural Integrity:
ZEIT4001 Engineering Structures 2 (6 UOC)
ZEIT4006 Structural Integrated Assessment (6 UOC)
ZEIT4008 Integrated Mechanical Design (6 UOC)

ZEIT4006 Structural Integrated Assessment (6 UOC)
ZEIT4007 Rotorcraft Engineering (6 UOC)

High Performance Aerospace Vehicle:
ZEIT4003 Computational Fluid Dynamics (6 UOC)
ZEIT4013 Hypersonics (6 UOC)

Space Engineering. At least 2 electives chosen from:
ZEIT4225 Satellite Communications (6 UOC)
ZEIT4506 Orbital Mechanics (6 UOC)
ZEIT4507 Space Situational Awareness (6 UOC)

Year 3 & 4 Courses

In the third and fourth years of the program, students take the following courses (subject to any prerequisite requirements):
- ZINT2100 Intro to Cyber-Security (6 UOC)
- 12 UOC of General Education courses
- 18 UOC of Technical Elective courses selected from the courses listed.

Special Admission Requirements
Internships and Placements

University Medal

Honours Classes

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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