Results 1 to 4 of 4
Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By captainneuro
  • 1 Post By clementinez

Thread: Question about electrical engineering at unsw

  1. #1
    Cadet tazhossain99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    HSC
    2017
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    NSW
    Posts
    67
    Rep Power
    2

    Question about electrical engineering at unsw

    Hey. I'm a 2017 HSC graduate and am interested in doing engineering, particularly electrical. I'm confused in regards to the 2 types of electrical engineering courses that UNSW offers; the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) AND the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) w/ the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. What is the main difference between the two? Couldn't I just take the normal Bachelor course with a lower entry rank and move into the Masters course later (provided I achieve satisfactory results)? Or does the second course (mentioned earlier) provide added benefits, as implied by its higher guaranteed entry rank?

    These questions are eating me rn lol.
    Last edited by tazhossain99; 17 Nov 2017 at 5:28 PM.
    ATAR Goal: 95ish
    ATAR Achieved: 97.65

    2017 HSC ~ Penrith High School
    English (Adv.) [83] ~ Mathematics Ext. 1 [99] ~ Mathematics Ext. 2 [92] ~ Physics [90] ~ Biology [93]


    2018-2023 ~ UNSW
    BE/ME [Electrical]

  2. #2
    Member captainneuro's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2017
    HSC
    2017
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    NSW
    Posts
    264
    Rep Power
    2

    Re: Question about electrical engineering at unsw

    Quote Originally Posted by tazhossain99 View Post
    Hey. I'm a 2017 HSC graduate and am interested in doing engineering, particularly electrical. I'm confused in regards to the 2 types of electrical engineering courses that UNSW offers; the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) AND the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) w/ the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. What is the main difference between the two? Couldn't I just take the normal Bachelor course with a lower entry rank and move into the Masters course later (provided I achieve satisfactory results)? Or does the second course (mentioned earlier) provide added benefits, as implied by its higher guaranteed entry rank?

    These questions are eating me rn lol.
    I think if you do the combined, you finish your degree in 5 years opposed to doing it separately and taking 6 years. Apart from the acceleration, i'm not sure what other benefits it has, sorry lol. I'd recommend you do the combined anyway, you won't have trouble getting in.
    Last edited by captainneuro; 17 Nov 2017 at 8:02 PM.
    tazhossain99 likes this.
    2017 HSC
    sci/advstud (neuro) at University of Sydney

  3. #3
    Junior Member clementinez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    HSC
    N/A
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Serenity
    Posts
    146
    Rep Power
    2

    Re: Question about electrical engineering at unsw

    The BE/ME in electrical also lets you do a minor sequence in one area (they have a list on the website). One of them is CS so you might be interested in that. Have you looked into the combined BE/CS degree (also a very good use of time)? BE/CS might even be better than BE/ME in the sense that it gives you coverage of two areas without the risk of being overqualified for an entry level position once you graduate.
    tazhossain99 likes this.

  4. #4
    New Member
    Join Date
    May 2018
    HSC
    N/A
    Gender
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    1
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: Question about electrical engineering at unsw

    Quote Originally Posted by tazhossain99 View Post
    Hey. I'm a 2017 HSC graduate and am interested in doing engineering, particularly electrical. I'm confused in regards to the 2 types of electrical engineering courses that UNSW offers; the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) AND the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) w/ the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. What is the main difference between the two? Couldn't I just take the normal Bachelor course with a lower entry rank and move into the Masters course later (provided I achieve satisfactory results)? Or does the second course (mentioned earlier) provide added benefits, as implied by its higher guaranteed entry rank?

    These questions are eating me rn lol.
    The BE ME is one of a suite of programs that help give you flexibility in your studies when you choose electrical engineering. Popular choices are BE (4 years), dual degrees with BE (e.g. BSc, BCom, BA or LLB, 5-6.5 years total), or the newer BE ME (5 years total). Dual degrees give you more depth in another discipline (e.g. Science) than the BE ME minor, at the undergraduate level, while the BE ME gives more depth specifically in electrical engineering, at the postgraduate level.

    I have never heard an engineering employer complaining about overqualification, however for the same Australian graduate engineering position, it typically won't matter too much whether you have a BE, dual degree or BE ME - all are strong qualifications that are highly valued (there is no 'wrong choice'). Although the BE ME has been running about 5 years, it is probably not too well known in Australian industry just yet, although international employers may give it more weight (e.g. it is closer to the typical European engineering degree than a BE). My suggestion is to be guided more about what kinds of skills you would like to take out into the workplace.

    It is not very complicated to transfer between programs once you have started one (using UNSW's Internal Program Transfer process), but a high average will be needed to transfer *into* the BE ME, because of the postgraduate qualification. A fair number of students do transfer both into and out of the BE ME.

    A BE followed by MEngSc can also take a total of 5 years, so what is the difference from the BE ME ? The BE ME is a single integrated qualification (you can't graduate with a BE unless you transfer programs), has a minor, has more design courses, has two 1-year-long projects, is more flexible for international exchange, and has fees at the undergraduate rate throughout (masters are usually full fees).

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •