Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course codeL3002
Managing facultyLaw
Partner facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleLLB(Hons)/BE(Hons)
CRICOS code080590K
Total credit points required312
Standard duration of study (years)6.5 years FT, 10 years PT

Students can complete this course in six years by undertaking one extra unit in some of the semesters (subject to approval), or by undertaking summer semester units. Students have a maximum of ten years to complete this course.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The honours degree of Bachelor of Laws satisfies the academic requirements for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. It is also a preparation for diverse careers in and beyond the law, and a pathway to masters and doctoral qualifications. The course provides coherent and advanced knowledge of the sources of law, the principal areas of law, legal concepts and broader perspectives about the law. It develops professional skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, research, communication, collaboration with others, self-management, ethical awareness and professional judgment. The skills and knowledge learned in the course are applied in a later year project which provides varied research activities and outputs. The elective component gives flexibility to choose from a wide range of specialist units, to study overseas, and to undertake work-based learning. The faculty offers students significant international learning experiences (not only through the on-campus curricula but also through off-campus international exchange and study abroad experiences), internships locally and internationally, and a legal clinical program.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) choose to specialise in one of the following branches of engineering:

  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • electrical and computer systems engineering
  • materials engineering
  • mechanical engineering.

The common level one engineering studies allow students to keep open the option of entering any of the branches. There are limits on the number of students who may enrol in each branch and, where demand exceeds supply, students will be admitted on the basis of academic merit (results at level one). Students who do not get their first choice will be offered a place in one of their other preferences. If students wish to change branches at a later level of the course, some additional units may be required and the transition could extend the duration of study in the course.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) component of this double degree, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

(1.) an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes:

  • the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts
  • the broader contexts within which legal issues arise
  • the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyers' roles

(2.) ethics and professional responsibility including:

  • an advanced understanding of approaches to ethical decision-making
  • an ability to recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts
  • an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community
  • a developing ability to exercise professional judgment

(3.) thinking skills to:

  • identify and articulate complex legal issues
  • apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues
  • engage in critical analysis and make reasoned choices amongst alternatives
  • demonstrate cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses and developing new understandings

(4.) intellectual and practical research skills needed to:

  • interpret legal conclusions and professional decisions
  • identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues

(5.) communication and collaboration skill to:

  • communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences
  • collaborate effectively

(6.) self-management skill to:

  • learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism
  • reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.

The successful completion of the engineering component aims to produce graduates with a foundation in general engineering and a detailed knowledge of a specialisation in one of the offered branches of engineering.

Maximum credit allowed

The maximum amount of credit allowable towards the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) component is 60 points. The maximum amount of credit allowable towards the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) component is 60 points.

Admission to practice: Disciplinary reports

Students should note that a domestic applicant applying for admission to practise law in Victoria is required by the Admission Rules 2008 to provide to the Board of Examiners:

  • a report from the University disclosing any disciplinary action taken against the student during the course (including any finding under the University Discipline Statute that the student has cheated in an assessment)
  • an affidavit stating that the applicant has made full written disclosure of "every matter which a reasonable applicant would consider that the Board of Examiners might regard as not being favourable to the applicant". This may include an incident of academic or general misconduct, even if it did not lead to disciplinary action.

The Board of Examiners will consider these matters in assessing whether the applicant is a "fit and proper person to be admitted to the legal profession".


Vacation employment/industrial experience

The Faculty of Engineering strongly recommends that all undergraduate students enrolled in four, five and six year engineering single or double degrees complete 12 weeks of engineering vacation employment. Vacation employment is an integral part of student development, and is an excellent avenue to prepare for future engineering careers by gaining experience in an industrial setting and establishing industry networks.

Professional recognition

The Law component of this degree is recognised by the Council of Legal Education (CoLE). For further information refer to the Faculty of Law's professional recognition of coursesprofessional recognition of courses ( webpage.

Refer also to information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering coursesprofessional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses (


The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) component consists of 17 common core units (102 points) plus nine elective units (54 points) including one commercial law elective and one research project unit.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) component requires that students must complete 156 points of study (including the common first year), as specified in the course requirements below in one of the available branches of engineering.


Student progression

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for guidance on how to plan your unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Law component

Students must complete the following units (156 points):

(a.) core law units (102 points):

(b.) law elective units (54 points) including:

(i.) one of the following commercial law electives (6 points):

  • LAW4701 Commercial transactions
  • LAW4702 Competition and consumer law
  • LAW4703 Introduction to Intellectual property
  • LAW4704 Taxation law

(ii.) one of the following research project units (6 points):

  • LAW4801 Honours research project
  • LAW4802 Research practicum
  • LAW4803 Clinical externship
  • LAW4804 Law reform and community development
  • LAW4805 Mooting and advocacy competition
  • LAW4806 Jessup moot competition
  • LAW4807 Vis arbitration moot
  • LAW4808 Monash law review 1
  • LAW4809 Monash law review 2

(iii.) an additional 42 points of elective law units be chosen from the list of undergraduate law electivesundergraduate law electives ( in this Handbook.

Engineering component

Students must complete the following (156 points):

(a.) the following units (36 points):

  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers*
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG1001 Engineering design: lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1003 Engineering mobile apps
  • 6-point foundation unit or level one engineering elective

Foundation units

Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Chemistry or Physics and/or Specialist mathematics are required to select an appropriate foundation units from:

* Students who have not completed VCE units 3 and 4 of Specialist mathematics, must select this foundation unit.

Level-one electives

  • CHE2161 Mechanics of fluids or MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids
  • CHM1011 Chemistry I
  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • ENE1621 Environmental engineering
  • ENG1021 Spatial communication in engineering
  • ENG1051 Materials for energy and sustainability
  • ENG1071 Chemistry for engineering
  • ENG1081 Physics for engineering
  • MAE2405 Aircraft performance
  • MNE1010 Introduction to mining
  • TRC2001 Introduction to systems engineering
  • 6-point elective from any faculty where prerequisites can be met

(b.) 120 points as outlined in one of the following engineering specialisations:

Chemical engineering

Civil engineering

  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2207 Computing and water systems modelling
  • CIV2225 Design of steel and timber structures
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures
  • CIV2242 Geomechanics 1
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • CIV3204 Engineering investigation
  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • CIV3221 Building structures and technology
  • CIV3222 Bridge design and assessment
  • CIV3247 Geomechanics 2
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geomechanics
  • CIV3264 Urban water and waterway systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • 12 points of civil engineering electives
Civil engineering electives
  • CIV3203 Civil engineering construction
  • CIV4211 Project B*
  • CIV4234 Advanced structural analysis
  • CIV4235 Advanced structural design
  • CIV4248 Ground hazards engineering
  • CIV4249 Foundation engineering
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV4268 Water resources management
  • CIV4283 Transport planning
  • CIV4284 Transport systems
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing
  • * Enrolment in this unit is by departmental approval only

Electrical and computer systems engineering

  • ECE2011 Signal processing
  • ECE2021 Electromagnetism
  • ENG2092 Advanced engineering mathematics B
  • ECE2031 Circuits and control
  • ECE2041 Telecommunications
  • ECE2061 Analogue electronics
  • ECE2071 Computer organisation and programming
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • ECE3062 Electronic systems and control
  • ECE3091 Engineering design
  • ECE3093 Optimisation, estimation and numerical methods
  • ECE3022 Wireless and guided EM
  • ECE3051 Electrical energy systems
  • ECE3073 Computer systems
  • ECE4094 Project A
  • ECE4095 Project B
  • 24 points of electrical and computer systems engineering electives
Electrical and computer systems engineering electives
  • ECE4012 Applied digital signal processing
  • ECE4023 Radio frequency electronics
  • ECE4024 Wireless communications
  • ECE4032 Advanced control
  • ECE4033 Industrial instrumentation and measurement technologies
  • ECE4042 Communications theory
  • ECE4043 Optical communications
  • ECE4044 Telecommunications protocols
  • ECE4045 Network performance
  • ECE4053 Electrical energy - generation and supply
  • ECE4054 Electrical energy - power converters and motor control
  • ECE4055 Electrical energy - power electronic applications
  • ECE4058 Electrical energy - high voltage engineering
  • ECE4063 Large scale digital design
  • ECE4064 Electronic test technology
  • ECE4074 Advanced computer architecture
  • ECE4075 Real time embedded systems
  • ECE4076 Computer vision
  • ECE4077 Advanced computing techniques
  • ECE4078 Intelligent robotics
  • ECE4081 Medical instrumentation
  • ECE4084 Biomechanics of human musculo skeletal systems
  • ECE4086 Medical imaging technology
  • ECE4087 Medical technology innovation
  • ECE5881 Real-time system design*
  • ECE5882 Advanced electronics design*
  • ECE5883 Advanced signal processing*
  • ECE5884 Wireless communications*
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing

* Level-5 electives (ECE5xxx-coded units) are available only by approval of the head of department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering for students who have completed either ECE3091 or 132 credit points and have a honours weighted average of 70 per cent or higher.

Materials engineering

  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
  • MTE2541 Crystal structures, thermodynamics and phase equilibria
  • MTE2542 Microstructural development
  • MTE2544 Functional materials
  • MTE2545 Polymers and ceramics I
  • MTE2546 Mechanics of materials
  • MTE2547 Structure property relationships in materials
  • MTE2548 Biomaterials I
  • MTE3541 Materials durability
  • MTE3542 Microstructural design in structural materials
  • MTE3543 Microstructure to applications: The mechanics of materials
  • MTE3544 Management and practice in materials engineering
  • MTE3545 Functional materials and devices
  • MTE3546 Polymers and ceramics II
  • MTE3547 Materials characterisation and modelling
  • MTE4525 Material engineering project I
  • MTE4526 Materials engineering project II
  • MTE4571 Materials engineering design and practice
  • MTE4572 Polymer and composite processing and engineering
  • MTE4573 Processing and engineering of metals and ceramics

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering electives
  • MEC4402 Final year project - thesis*
  • MEC4403 Research project**
  • MEC4459 Wind engineering
  • MEC4416 Momentum energy and mass transport in engineering systems
  • MEC4417 Refrigeration and air-conditioning
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4425 Micro/nano solid and fluid mechanics
  • MEC4426 Computer-aided design
  • MEC4427 Systems integrity and maintenance
  • MEC4428 Advanced dynamics
  • MEC4444 Industrial noise and its control
  • MEC4446 Composite structures
  • MEC4447 Computers in fluids and energy
  • MEC4456 Robotics

* Recommended only for students with an aggregate of at least 70 per cent for all unit results to date at the conclusion of third year.

** Subject to departmental approval.

Progression to further studies

High achieving students enrolled in the the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) single or double degrees have the opportunity of undertaking a maximum of two masters-level electives, which can be counted towards a Master of Laws (LLM) degree if they wish to progress to LLM studies within ten years. Visit the faculty's Master of Laws elective programMaster of Laws elective program ( web page for full details.

Alternative exit(s)

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

Students may also in some instances graduate from one of the single degrees before going on to complete the other degree in this double-degree course providing all requirements for the graduating degree have been met.

Refer to the relevant single degree entry for details.


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Computer Systems
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Materials Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

The actual engineering award conferred depends on the engineering specialisation completed.