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The Chief of Defence Force Honours Program in Engineering offers the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard Engineering program.

In Year 1 of the program students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

Commencing in Year 2, the research projects, each offered as separate courses, will be supervised by academic staff from the same or closely related discipline. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment, due by the end of semester, will be based on a written paper and an oral presentation.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (CDF) in Aeronautical Engineering has program objectives and learning outcomes in common with the standard Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering program.

The program extends the educational principles embodied in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering to a higher level of the degree. In the program, students will be exposed in first year to research methods in Engineering and will be offered significant extensions to the ideas and analysis performed in the standard degree program. This will allow them to undertake research projects. This will allow them to undertake research projects over the course of the degree at the appropriate level, thereby more fully integrating research into the standard undergraduate degree. The individual projects undertaken in close association with academic staff on research topics of mutual interest underpin the program and give the students the ability to develop their full potential.



Study Level


Typical duration

4 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

UNSW Canberra Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Honours


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - BE (Hons)

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Program Structure

Students must complete 192 UOC as a standalone program.

1. Compulsory courses - 180 UOC
2. General Education courses - 12 UOC

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Practical Experience Requirement

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.

Special Admission Requirements
Progression 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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