Commerce/Engineering pathway

Kisal Weeratunge

The main benefit I found was that doing a Commerce undergraduate beforehand allowed me to really expand my options. Within engineering, whilst there are technical roles there are also managerial roles.

I chose to do structural engineering because with so many infrastructure projects currently happening in Melbourne, it’s something that does really excite me. To have the opportunity to directly be involved in that is something I was really looking forward to.

Kisal Weeratunge
Bachelor of Commerce
Master of Engineering (Structural)

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This pathway is ideal if you’re looking to combine business skills like management, finance or accounting with technical knowledge in engineering to lead into a broad range of career options in engineering, business or consultancy.

How to study Engineering through the Bachelor of Commerce

As a Bachelor of Commerce student, you’ll need to successfully complete four prerequisite subjects in order to meet the entry requirements for the three-year Master of Engineering. These subjects are:

  • 2 × specified maths subjects, 12.5 points each
  • 2 × first year level 1 science (relevant to your chosen engineering stream eg, Electrical, Mechanical etc), 12.5 points each

*See the table below for a list of specific prerequisites related to each engineering specialisation.
Note: for Biomedical Engineering you can replace the two science prerequisites with MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics.

Option 1: Graduate Degree Package (GDP)

3 + 3 years = 6 year pathway

Enrol in the Commerce/Engineering GDP and use your breadth to fulfil the four engineering pre-requisites and continue to the Master of Engineering or Master of Engineering (with Business).

Bachelor of Commerce students commencing from 2019 onwards who are recipients of a Melbourne Chancellor's Scholarship and students with a Commerce/Engineering GDP will be allowed to complete four specific Level 1 breadth subjects to meet the pathway requirements. You will need to submit an Enrolment Variation form to enrol in the fourth breadth subject.

Option 2: Standard BCom/MEng pathway

3 + 3 years = 6 year pathway

Enrol in the Bachelor of Commerce and use your breadth to fulfil the first three engineering pre-requisites.

As students cannot complete four first-year subjects as breadth, you will need to take one as an additional subject via single subject study (Community Access Program). This will be free of charge if you achieve a course weighted average of 65% and have completed the other three prerequisite subjects.

This arrangement applies to Bachelor of Commerce students who commenced their course from 2017 onwards. The tuition fees will be covered by Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) for one attempt of the subject only.

You will need to apply for the Master of Engineering or Master of Engineering (with Business) in your final semester of study.

Prerequisites

The specific prerequisites required will vary depending on your chosen engineering specialisation, but many overlap. You can keep your options open for multiple engineering specialisations using the subject groupings below:

  • Physics-based engineering majors: civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, mechatronics, spatial
  • Chemistry-based engineering majors: biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, spatial ,
  • Biology-based engineering majors: biomedical, civil, environmental, spatial
  • Computing science/programming-based engineering majors: civil, spatial, software
  • Geosciences: environmental
  • Geography: environmental, spatial

Note: ENGR10005 and ENGR10006 are not counted as science prerequisites.

Book an appointment with a Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology staff member to discuss entry requirements, required prerequisites, and how to apply for the additional subject funded by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.

Area of engineering Maths prerequisites Science prerequisites

Biomedical engineering

MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra

25 points chemistry OR 25 points biology^ OR MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics.
Recommended subjects: CHEM10003 Chemistry 1 OR
BIOL10004 Biology of Cells & Organisms
^must be a pair from the same discipline

Chemical engineering

MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra

CHEM10003 Chemistry 1
CHEM10004 Chemistry 2

Civil engineering
Structural engineering

MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra

25 points of Physics, Biology,  Chemistry or Computer Science^.

^must be a pair from the same discipline

Electrical engineering

MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra

25 points level-1 Physics including PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science and Technology

Environmental engineering

MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra

25 points of appropriate tertiary-level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geosciences or Geography^

^must be pair from the same discipline

Software engineering

12.5 points level-1 Maths (MAST1xxxx) and 12.5 points BCom quantitative subject

25 points level-1 computer science/programming

Spatial engineering

12.5 points level-1 Maths (MAST1xxxx) and 12.5 points BCom quantitative subject

25 points of Physics, Geography, Chemistry, Biology or Computer Science^.

^can be a mix, does not have to be a pair

Mechanical engineering (including Mechanical with Aerospace)

MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra

25 points level-1 Physics including PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science and Technology

Mechatronics

MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra

25 points level-1 Physics including PHYC10004 Physics 2: Physical Science and Technology

Note: students majoring in Actuarial Studies will usually complete MAST10008 Accelerated Maths 1 and MAST10009 Accelerated Maths 2 which will meet the maths prerequisites required for all streams of the Master of Engineering. If MAST10008 and MAST10009 are completed, students do NOT need to complete MAST10006 Calculus 2 and MAST10007 Linear Algebra.

Calculus 1

Bachelor of Commerce students who also need to take Calculus 1 before Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra will need to complete an additional subject via single subject study (Community Access Program). You can book an appointment with the course planning team at Stop 1 to discuss your options.

Information for current students

Graduate study appointments

If you have questions about graduate study in engineering or IT, or would like to find out more about which subjects to take in your undergraduate degree, you can book an appointment with our staff.

Our admissions staff offer consultation appointments during semester to discuss your future study options in the Master of Engineering, as well as in the Master of Information Systems and Master of Information Technology.

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Engineering and IT Community

The Engineering and IT Community is for future engineers and IT professionals studying an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne. The Community is a great way for you to meet other students on the same pathway as you, and helps you explore the different areas of engineering and IT as you find your best fit.

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Semester 1, 2021 Information Session

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Semester 1, 2021 Information Session

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