Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Engineering

Managing facultyEngineering
Partner facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBAeroEng(Hons)/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

Engineering: visit contactscontacts ( page

Science: telephone +61 3 9905 4604;, email or visit

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of five and a maximum of 10 years, including any periods of intermission.


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.


Refer to the degree entries for 4639 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and 0050 Bachelor 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

Refer to the Faculty of Engineering professional recognitionprofessional recognition ( page in this Handbook.


This course consists of a combination of core and elective units in Aerospace engineering along with a specified number of units in physics and mathematical sciences and additional science units.

Students in this course cannot take units from faculties other than the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science.


Students must complete the specified units and requirements as listed below.

Engineering component

132 points of aerospace engineering studies composed of core and elective units, and foundation units if required.

Science component

18 units of science studies (108 credit points) including, Either:

  • two major sequences in different science areas of study, one of which must be Mathematics, or
  • a double major sequence in Mathematics and a minor sequence in physics.

Note: No more than 36 points of science units can be taken at level one.

In order to pursue particular science sequences, students must take the necessary science prerequisites in their first stage of study.

Refer to the major and minor sequences in the Science areas of studies and sequencesScience areas of studies and sequences ( page in this Handbook. 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. For information relating to course planning, science units and sequences refer to the Science Faculty informationScience Faculty information ( page of this Handbook.

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 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. Students will need to seek permission from the Faculty of Science to enrol in these units.

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 I or CHM1051 Chemistry I advanced plus, CHM1022 Chemistry II or CHM1052 Chemistry II advanced
  • ESC1011 Planet earth: Our place in the universe and ESC1022 Planet earth: Surface processes
  • FIT1029 Algorithmic problem solving and FIT1040 Programming fundamentals
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science and MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science

Total: 48 points

Stage two

  • ENG1060 Engineering computing
  • MAE2400 Engineering materials
  • MAE2402 Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • MAE2404 Aerodynamics I
  • MTH2010 Multivariable calculus and MTH2032 Differential equations with modelling, or MTH2021 Linear algebra and applications and MTH2032 Differential equations with modelling (if MTH2010 was taken at stage one)
  • 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 including MTH2021 if not already taken. MTH3020 Complex analysis and integral transforms is recommended.

Total: 48 points

Stage four

  • MAE3401 Aerodynamics II
  • 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 other than mathematics, 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
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
  • MEC4459 Wind engineering
  • one inter-faculty unit from approved list

* Students need to have achieved an aggregate score 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 level in science following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the requirements of the science component.

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.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit from the double-degree program and graduate with only one of the single degrees providing all requirements for that degree have been met.


Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Science

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 or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.