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Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Undergraduate Major


Electrical and Electronic Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 80


You could start working as a professional electrical engineering graduate in just four years.

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Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia for a professional engineer.

Rapid advances in electronic communication, the ‘internet of things’, and renewable and sustainable energy offers abundant career opportunities in electrical and electronic engineering.

In this major, you will gain a thorough understanding of the concepts that underpin electrical and electronic engineering, before choosing a specialist stream to study in your third year.

In your final year you’ll undertake a major research or design project and complete at least 12 weeks of professional engineering practice.

You’ll specialise in one of the following streams:

Embedded Systems
Our world is increasingly characterised by intelligent devices that contain embedded systems. These systems enable a computer to control another computer, monitor it or provide it with sophisticated functionality.

In this stream, you will learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of embedded systems, sensors and electronic design.

Once confined to areas such as consumer appliances and robotics, such systems are now expanding into other areas. Cars, for example, are built with more than 200 embedded systems. They are also vital to the development of the internet of things – a network of devices connected to the internet on a global scale.

Electronics and Communications
The role of communication systems is becoming crucial in today’s society, with increasing demand for intelligent transportation systems, mobile broadband access, remote operations and tactile internet – the next evolution of the internet of things.

This stream will help you address challenges facing telecommunication systems in signal processing, communication technology and networking, to enable fast and reliable communication anywhere and anytime.

Power Systems
Bulk power has traditionally been provided by fossil fuels; however, as these are a finite resource, it is vital that we start harnessing alternative sources of electrical energy, such as solar and wind. A revolution in power system configuration, control and protection is underway to accommodate these new sources.

This stream will help you address the challenges in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. It covers topics such as smart grids, distribution systems and how renewable energy systems are integrated to the electricity grid.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) with
a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics, Computer Science or Data Science.

See our handbook for more course information.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • An Industry Advisory Board provides input to this course to ensure it matches current industry needs and expectations.
  • In your final year, you will undertake a two-semester research and design capstone project that will demonstrate your abilities. Y
  • You will also complete 480 hours of exposure to professional engineering practice to prepare you for the work environment.

Student profile

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Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer Washington Accord.

Career information


  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical power engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Communications engineer
  • Embedded systems engineer
  • Medical systems engineer
  • Network controller
  • Power systems engineer
  • Systems engineer


  • Application engineering
  • Computer hardware design
  • Electronic systems
  • Fibre optics and mobile communications
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Software development
  • Solar and renewable energy

Further study

What you'll learn

  • develop and apply fundamental theoretical and technical knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems in an engineering discipline
  • demonstrate development of advanced knowledge and understanding in an engineering discipline
  • apply knowledge using realistic, practical and analytical approaches to problem-solving, design and research
  • communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through the development of appropriate plans and reports
  • identify and use suitable technologies to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some intellectual independence
  • demonstrate self-discipline, self-management skills, personal responsibility and the ability to set learning and achievement goals
  • work effectively in teams with global, international and environmentally responsible perspectives
  • recognise the impact of cultural diversity in the implementation engineering works of projects
  • demonstrate leadership, professional behaviour and ethical practice in the context of engineering projects

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 8
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 8

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of exposure to professional engineering practice to graduate.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

To apply for this major directly through Curtin, you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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