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Physics and Electronic and Communication Engineering Double Degree

Bachelor of Science (Physics), Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering) - BSc(Curtin), BEng(Curtin), BEng(Hons) - BB-PHYECE Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 80 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode Mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February
Duration 5 years full time

Course overview

Physics is the fundamental study of matter and space and their interactions and evolution in time, while engineering is the application of this knowledge to meet human needs in science and technology. This challenging double degree provides a unique combination of a theoretical, quantitative scientific discipline with a practical, highly applied discipline.

You will explore subjects in astronomy, physics, and mathematics, along with data acquisition, analysis and modelling techniques. You'll also undertake a physics research project under the supervision of a research group. Specialist areas of study include radio astronomy, marine science and technology, and satellite and remote sensing.

The final two years are devoted to electrical and communication engineering. You will study analogue and digital communication systems, information processing, telecommunications and computer communication networks, signal and image processing, control and instrumentation, as well as electronic design.

The course will help you develop a full spectrum of skills, from the theoretical, conceptual and problem-solving skills required in the study of physics, right through to project management and real-world applications gained in the study of engineering.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


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.

Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR, and at least one of the following courses: Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR.

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Specialist ATAR

Other requirements

To satisfy professional requirements, you must complete 12 weeks of approved work experience associated with the engineering industry. You may make your own arrangements for employment or seek assistance from the University's Prospective Students Services.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported 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.

*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.

Professional recognition

Graduates meet the academic requirements for Graduate membership of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Physics

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Physicist
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Electronics Engineering Associate
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Electrical or Electronics Engineering Technologist

Graduates enjoy a high level of employment flexibility, as their analytical ability, problem solving skills and logical thinking is broadly applicable at the highest levels of industry or government organisations. With a background in physics and electrical and communication engineering, graduates have a versatility which opens up a wide range of employment opportunities. Specific careers include:

  • Astronomer
  • Communications Engineer
  • Computational Physicist
  • Computer programmer
  • Data analyst
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Physicist
  • Remote Sensing Scientist
  • Research Scientist

Why Physics and Electronic and Communication Engineering Double Degree?

  • Curtin offers a high-quality, student-centred learning environment, with personal attention from academic staff at all levels. This course runs in close collaboration with a range of quality research groups and international collaborators.
  • This fully-accredited course is relevant to industry with theory, computer simulation and practical components. To satisfy professional requirements, you will undertake 12 weeks of approved work experienced associated with the engineering industry before graduating. Undertaking this professional practice while still studying makes theoretical studies more meaningful.