Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural Engineering)

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Course essentials

Architectural Engineers integrate essential building systems into architects’ plans to meet project design, safety and environmental goals.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural Engineering) covers the processes behind making safe buildings, with an emphasis on sustainable design concepts. Architectural Engineering encompasses elements of other engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and others.

The focus of the course is on design of structural systems while considering environmental systems such as:

  • air conditioning
  • water
  • power
  • lighting
  • fire and safety
  • construction planning.

You will learn selected ‘creative’ architecture skills in an engineering degree framework, so you can work closely with architects on the design of buildings. Areas of study include:

  • architectural history and design of buildings
  • air conditioning, lighting and electrical power distribution
  • water supply and distribution
  • fire and life safety systems
  • sustainable building systems design
  • building structures and building construction technology.


Architectural Engineers may work on new building projects, or renovations of existing structures. With an increasing need for sustainable buildings, you will be in high demand, designing the systems that make modern buildings a safe and comfortable place to live and work.

Job titles

  • design engineer
  • building services engineer
  • hydraulic engineer
  • estimator
  • structural engineer

Organisations employing architectural engineering graduates

Graduates work closely with architects and can find employment within architecture, engineering and construction firms.


The average salary for engineering graduates four months after completing their degree is A$56,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

Once your career gets going, engineering professionals have an average annual salary of A$78,936 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

With only two accredited architectural engineering programs in Australia, demand is very high for the limited number of graduates with both engineering skills and architectural knowledge.

Dynamic learning

Students work on real-world engineering problems all the way through their study as part of VU’s Problem Based Learning approach.

Study pathways

If you have completed the following diploma or advanced diploma course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this bachelor degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

22228VIC - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

You will be credited for 12 units (a year and a half) of study.

22229VIC - Diploma of Engineering Technology

You will be credited for 4 units of study.

VDEN - Diploma of Engineering

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate conceptual understanding of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences with advanced specialist bodies of knowledge within the architectural engineering discipline;
  • Exhibit expertise and professional judgement in engineering design practice which acknowledges contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline;
  • Adapt theoretical knowledge applicable to the discipline and propose creative, innovative and sustainable engineering practices;
  • Critically evaluate both sources and validity of information and use established processes for information management
  • Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and contributes to the evidence base within the engineering discipline;
  • Discriminate and defend the application of established engineering methods and processes to promote systems which resolve existing and emerging complex engineering problems (including those that require cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills);
  • Present clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences;
  • Exemplify the requisite characteristics for team leadership and membership appropriate to specific purposes, projects and contexts;
  • Apply professional ethics and accountabilities in their engineering practice and a commitment to ongoing professional development.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural Engineering) students will be required to complete 384 credit points (equivalent to 32 units) in total consisting of:

  • 156 credit points (equivalent to 13 units) of Common Engineering units
  • 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) of Core Architectural Engineering units
  • 36 credit points (equivalent to 3 units) of Elective studies

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership.

First Class Honours:
To be eligible for completion with First Class Honours student must achieve:

  • A minimum weighted average of 60% over year levels 1 to 3
  • A minimum weighted average of 80% in year level 4;
  • A HD grade for the final year NEF4202 Capstone Project 2

Common Engineering Units (13 units, 156 credit points):

Core Architectural Engineering Units (16 units, 192 credit points):

Elective Units two (2) elective units selected from the list below:

Plus ONE (1) elective unit (12 credit points) taken from any course offered by the University at AQF 7 level.

* Please note that students without prerequisites for NEF1101 ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS 1 and/or NEF1102 ENGINEERING PHYSICS 1 will be required to select NFM0112 Mathematics Foundations and/or NFP0102 Physics Foundation when enrolling in the course.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Applicants with an Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (AQF 6) or equivalent may apply for advanced standing of up to 13 units (156 credit points) depending on the selection of units completed.
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English AND at least 20 in any Mathematics.
  • Mature: Applicants who have not completed Year 12 but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission.

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VTAC applications due 4 November 2016.

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