Electrical and Electronic Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
|Minimum ATAR||80 This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||4 years full-time|
Students taking this major can specialise in either Electrical Power Engineering, or Electronic Engineering. There is hardly any aspect of modern civilisation that is not dependent upon electrical energy. It is used for heating, cooling, lighting, transportation, manufacturing and production, minerals processing, to name just a few areas of application. Electrical power engineering considers these applications of electrical energy, together with its generation, transmission and distribution, as well as the harnessing of sources of renewable and sustainable energy.
Electronic engineering is one of the fastest growing technology areas internationally, and job opportunities in this field abound. With the rapid progress of the information society, the role of electronic communication and embedded systems (Internet of Things or IoT) is becoming even more crucial to increased industry efficiency and competitiveness. The reason lies in the decentralisation of computing power in both the office and factory environment and the ability of specialised communication networks to link all geographically and spatially separated elements. In this specialisation students will learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of modern digital, electronic and communication systems.
More recently, the fields of electrical engineering and electronic engineering are starting to converge as society seeks more efficient, safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly solutions to engineering problems. For example, smart grids use electronic and computer technologies to achieve better management of electricity consumption and safety in commercial and domestic environments. This Major will allow students to gain expertise in both the electrical and electronic engineering fields.
In the first year, students will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering and was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice. The second year is common to all electrical and electronic engineering with specialisation units included in the final two years of the program. In the final year of study, students will undertake a major research or design project. Students are also required to complete at least 12 weeks of exposure to professional engineering practice to graduate.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
Minimum ATAR This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
STAT is not accepted for entry, but may be used to meet English competency requirements.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
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ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
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Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR or equivalent.
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics Specialist ATAR
English language proficiency
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Accreditation by Engineers Australia and the Engineering Accreditation Council Malaysia will be sought.
Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. Try our RPL search to find out what credit you might be eligible for.
The course receives inputs from an Industry Advisory Board to ensure the course matches current industry needs and expectations. In the final year, students undertake a 2-semester research and design capstone project to demonstrate their abilities. Students are also required to complete 480 hours of exposure to professional engineering practice to prepare them for the workplace.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
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