Engineering and Design - E3012

Engineering and Design

Bachelor degree (honours)/Bachelor degree

Have an eye for form and function? Like to build things? Consider combining mechanical engineering with industrial design to become a product design engineer.

Product design engineers design and develop manufactured products that are functional, ergonomic, beautiful, and well-engineered.

This double degree integrates the technical and project management skills of an engineer with the creativity and manufacturing know-how of an industrial designer.
A major design project in your final year lets you showcase your newly-acquired skills.

This course leads to two degrees:

  • the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), and
  • the Bachelor of Industrial Design.

You will gain all the benefits of each degree course (see Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Design) and be fully equipped to pursue a career based on either separately or to combine the two in your chosen work.

As a product design engineer, you might design cars, hi-tech appliances, furniture, tools, industrial equipment, prosthetics or robots. Whatever your specialty, your goal is the same: to make well-designed and well-engineered products.

The product design engineer boasts a wide range of practical, creative and problem-solving skills. Graduates can apply these skills to specialist areas such as display design, consumer product design, packaging design and ergonomics.

Product design engineers can choose from a variety of industries including: aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, petrochemical, robotics or electronic.

This course requires students to complete a total of 420 hours of continuous professional development, in order to graduate. This professional development may be in the form of 12 weeks of relevant vacation employment or an equivalent combination of approved professional development and/or engineering employment, taken throughout the duration of the course. Students are required to submit a series of reflections on their experience, with particular reference to development of each of the key Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies.

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Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
Duration
  • 5 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Course Handbook

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Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)

Qualifications

Equivalent Australian Year 12

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English entry requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0); or
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 550 with a TWE 4.5; or
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing 21, Listening 12, Reading 13, and Speaking 18; or
  • Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a specialist course that develops through four themes that combine to underpin engineering practice: Fundamentals and foundational skills, Design, Knowledge and applications, and Professional Practice.

A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills

These will develop your understanding of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin all engineering disciplines.

B. Engineering design

This will develop the engineering techniques, tools and resources for the conduct, design and management of engineering design processes and projects, both in the industrial setting and in the development of research experiments.

C. Engineering knowledge and application

This will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific engineering methods of a branch of engineering, and will integrate the specific engineering methods and discipline knowledge into practice. You will develop skills to identify and apply knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. Additionally, your studies will focus on your understanding and application of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in your discipline.

D. Professional practice

This will develop your skills in readiness for the engineering workplace. You will develop skills in effective team membership and team leadership, the use and management of commercially relevant data, and the legal responsibilities of engineers. This study will integrate the theme 'Engineering knowledge and application' with your specialist field of engineering.

The Bachelor of Design is a specialist course that develops through theme studies in History and theory, Drawing foundation, and Design studios specific to each of the specialisations. These will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the third year of the course.

A. History and theory studies

History and theory units will equip you with the skills necessary to research design issues, and enable you to contextualise your own practice and communicate ideas and strategies. Through the prism of history, you will begin to situate the place of design in society by referencing pivotal art, design and architecture movements. Later units address issues of culture, society and specific design themes.

B. Drawing foundation

This will assist you to develop the practical and intellectual skills required by art, design and architecture students in the discipline of drawing.

C. Design studios

This is the component of the course through which you will develop key skills and concepts particular to your design discipline.

In the communication design studio units you will undertake a focussed exploration of a range of media and elements including typography, image, layout, two and three-dimensional design, interactivity, sound and motion as core components to their communication design solutions. Studio-based projects across both print and digital media platforms will develop skills in narrative structure, typography, image construction and manipulation, interactive communication processes, production methods and technologies, and the planning and management of design outcomes.

In the industrial design studio units you will undertake a focussed exploration of the range of issues, skills and techniques vital to the realisation of user-centred design. Through industrial design projects, you will learn about topics such as visualisation techniques, ergonomics, materials, production methods and technologies.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Current VCE or IB students studying in Victoria should apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

All other international students should apply directly to Monash using the relevant course code listed below

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: E3012

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$46,000

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 085489M