Engineering at UNSW

Engineering at UNSW is consistently ranked as the number one engineering faculty in Australia and one of the top 50 in the world. Our students are inspired by internationally renowned teachers who are also leading researchers. We offer over 20 undergraduate degrees with more than 100 degree combinations.

UNSW Engineering graduates are the most employable students in Australia and are highly sought after internationally. Career opportunities for students are enhanced by our strong connection with industry partners and our extensive international alumni network.


Student experience

Our $1 billion investment in new facilities includes state-of-the-art laboratories, virtual reality cinemas and modern teaching spaces. We have an absolute focus on providing a well-rounded student experience and professional learning environment. Our graduates emerge from their studies with theoretical and technical ability, along with skills in problem-solving and project management. We offer the most comprehensive range of undergraduate degrees – including double-degree programs – in the country.

UNSW Engineering's Student Projects allow students to apply multidimensional and real-world challenges to areas of interest. These collaborative projects are the most highly regarded in Australia and are internationally renowned. They include the world record-breaking Sunswift solar car, Engineers Without Borders and the world champion RoboCup team.


International reputation in research

UNSW Engineering is globally recognised for multidisciplinary research in biomedical and health, civil environment, enabling technology, energy and water. We’re responsible for innovations and discoveries that pave the way for a better future.

Recently, our researches were awarded a US Naval research grant to advance the development of chips to read neural brain activity. This research could lead to the creation of a brain-machine interface to restore lost functions in people with a disability.

In 2018, our very own solar energy researcher and Scientia Fellow Dr Xiaojing Hao achieved two energy efficiency world records for the solar cell material of the future. Dr Hao’s research team broke the 10% energy conversion efficiency barrier and is also investigating other ‘green materials’ to be used by a multitude of industries.

UNSW Engineering outperforms every other university in the State in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme. Many people can imagine the world to come, but it takes a UNSW engineer to make the future real.


External partnerships

Our strong partnerships with industry and government provide students and researchers with local and international opportunities. Students gain valuable industry experience working with small startups to large corporations. Our most prominent partnerships include Accenture, Arcadis, Atlassian, Commonwealth Bank and the Australian Government Department of Defence.

Our flagship industry-partnered competition, The Maker Games, is exclusive to UNSW students. The Maker Games is a prototyping competition where students connect with academics, mentors and industry to solve real-world problems.

“The Maker Games has greatly increased my job prospects when I graduate. My references are no longer managers working at bars or Coles/Woolies. I now have references from my UNSW academic mentors and industry mentors from BAE Systems.” – Kiel Allen, Aerospace Engineering, BAE Systems, The Maker Games 2018 Champions.