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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBAeroEng/BSc
CRICOS code053920K
Total credit points required240
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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This program provides an opportunity to combine studies in science with a specialisation in the field of aerospace engineering. In the double-degree course structure, restrictions have been imposed in terms of prescribed units to ensure that students pursue studies that suitably equip them for the subsequent levels in science and engineering.


Students will acquire knowledge in the core disciplines underpinning aerospace engineering and incorporate this into the design of systems and components for the aerospace industry. They will be able to formulate problems, propose innovative solutions, analyse the technical and other aspects of these and make decisions about the preferred option. This will necessarily involve working in multidisciplinary teams learning through guided practice, how to handle such situations. They will develop a range of management skills, including project management and will gain a perspective on the rapid change of the industry, which will illustrate the need to engage in lifelong learning. This program also provides an opportunity to combine studies in several areas of science.

Vacation work/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering work experience and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

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Students must complete major and minor sequences towards the science component of this double-degree. In order to pursue a particular sequence, students must take the necessary science prerequisites in their first stage of study. For details of major and minor sequences in science disciplines, refer to the 'Science areas of studies and sequences - Clayton' in the Faculty of Science section of this handbook at Students should contact the appropriate science or engineering course adviser before enrolling in any stage of the double-degree program, to ensure that the program they wish to follow will satisfy prerequisites necessary for higher stages. In some special cases, students may choose to overload at stages two or three if they have not completed all of the prerequisites for their chosen science major sequences. The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.

Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Enrolment in these units is with permission from the Head of School of Mathematics.


Students must complete units as listed below. The choice of either MTH1020 and MTH1030 or MTH1030 and MTH2010 at stage one is determined by the level of preparation from VCE studies.

Students in this double-degree must complete one of the following:

  • two major sequences in different science disciplines
  • a double major and a minor sequence in a different science discipline

The engineering component requires 132 points that must be obtained in units prescribed by this course list and the science component requires 108 points.

Recommended program of study

Stage one

Select one pair of mathematics units from:

Select one pair of science units from:

  • ASP1010 Earth to cosmos - introductory astronomy and ASP1022 Life and the universe
  • BIO1011 Biology I and BIO1022 Biology II
  • CHM1011 Chemistry and CHM1022 Chemistry
  • ESC1011 Planet earth and its environment: The cosmic connection and ESC1022 Planet earth: Dynamic systems, environmental change and resources
  • FIT1002 Computer programming and FIT1008 Computer science
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science and MTH1112 Numbers, logic and graphs

Total: 48 points

Stage two

  • ENG1060 Engineering computing
  • MAE2400 Engineering materials
  • MAE2402 Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • MAE2404 Aerodynamics I
  • either MTH2010 Multivariable calculus, and MTH2032 Differential equations with modelling, or, if MTH2010 was taken at stage one, MTH2021 Linear algebra and applications and MTH2032
  • PHS2011 Physics: Quantum concepts and technologies
  • PHS2022 Physics for communications and measurement

Total: 48 points

Stage three

  • MAE2401 Aircraft structures I
  • MAE2403 Aerospace computational mechanics
  • MEC2401 Dynamics I
  • MEC2402 Engineering design I
  • 24 points of approved science units to complete a major sequence in mathematics units including MTH2021 if not already taken. MTH3020 Complex analysis and integral transforms is recommended.

Total: 48 points

Stage four

  • MAE3401 Aerodynamics
  • MAE3402 Aerospace design project
  • MAE3405 Flight vehicle propulsion
  • MAE3407 Aircraft structures II
  • 24 points of approved science units to complete a second major sequence in science or a double major sequence in mathematics

Total: 48 points

Stage five

  • MAE3404 Flight vehicle dynamics
  • MAE3406 Aerospace materials
  • MAE3408 Systems and control
  • MAE4404 Aerospace practices
  • MAE4408 Damage tolerance and airworthiness
  • MEC4401 Final year project
  • MEC4426 Computer-aided design
  • One 6 point elective from the list of aerospace engineering electives below:
Aerospace engineering electives

Preferred elective:

Other electives:

  • MAE4407 Instrumentation and avionics
  • MAE4965 Advanced aerodynamics and turbulence
  • MAE4980 Aircraft engines
  • MEC4402 Final year project - Thesis*
  • MEC4403 Research Project**
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4428 Advanced dynamics
  • MEC4446 Composite structures
  • MEC4447 Computers in fluids and energy
  • One inter-faculty unit from approved list

*Students require an aggregate of at least 70 per cent to enrol in this unit.

**Subject to departmental approval.

Total: 48 points

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours stage in science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the normal science requirements. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double-degree should consult with the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for stage three.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double-degree course must have completed at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements for the double-degree course.

Students may exit from the double-degree program and graduate with the single engineering component providing all requirements for the single engineering degree have been met.


Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (with Honours)

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.