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BDes Mechanical Systems (Part-Time)

Catalog id : 090744C
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Part Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15000 AUD
15000 AUD

Application fee

International 29 AUD
National 29 AUD
Faculty of Design
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)79
SAT (avg)577

World University Ranking

About this course

  • You can major in this discipline at Melbourne through the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Design. You can also complete a sequence in Mechanical Systems through the Bachelor of Commerce. 
  • Mechanical systems involves understanding the design, construction, operation and maintenance of machines – that is, practically anything with moving parts. Mechanical engineers develop and design new products (photocopiers, air conditioners) and the machines to make them (robots, machine tools). They also design, plan and manage the systems, people and technical facilities needed to produce goods and services (power stations, manufacturing systems).
  • Mechanical engineers are concerned with the generation and harnessing of energy (gas turbines, wave power), transport in all its forms (automobiles, spacecraft) and protecting the environment (solar heating, wind turbines).
  • This discipline interacts with all other branches of engineering, and is increasingly involved with other fields of study such as medicine and biology. Your studies will integrate fundamental science in mechanics with engineering principles, and you will learn to solve practical problems involving mechanical systems.
  • This major can lead to the Master of Engineering (Mechanical) and the Master of Engineering (Mechatronics), and professional registration as an engineer.
  • Applicants for this major must have completed Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods or equivalent.


If you complete this major and the Master of Engineering (Mechanical) and the Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) at Melbourne, you could pursue a career as a mechanical engineer.

Mechanical engineering graduates are noted for their broad problem-solving abilities, and are employed in leadership positions throughout the world. You can find employment in many industries, with work varying by industry and function.

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines, allowing you a huge choice of career paths. You could specialise in:

  • Applied mechanics
  • Automotive design
  • Energy systems
  • Heating, refrigeration air-conditioning systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Plant engineering and maintenance
  • Pressure vessels and piping.

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Eligibility Criteria


Australian Year 12

  • Domestic students 2017 Minimum ATAR  85.00
  • International students 2017 Guaranteed ATARE 85.00 
  • VCE (units 3 and 4) prerequisite subjectsR A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

  • International students:2017 Guaranteed IB score -31 
  • IB prerequisite subjectsRT At least Grade 4 in English (Standard or Higher level)

GCE A Levels/Singapore A Levels

  •  2017 Guaranteed score BCC
  • A Level prerequisite subjects At least Grade C in an accepted AS Level English subject

Trinity College Foundation Studies

  • International students: 2017 Guaranteed score 80 
  • TCFS prerequisite subjects A score of at least 50% in both English and EAP

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Course Modules

  • MCEN30014 Mechanical Design
  • MCEN30017 Mechanics & Materials
  • MCEN30020 Systems Modelling and Analysis
  • MCEN30018 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics


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How to Apply

Studying Year 12 in Australia

  • You should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Full details about the VTAC application process can be found on the VTAC website. Through VTAC, you can list up to 12 course preferences. You should list courses in your order of preference with the course of greatest interest listed first. Be sure that your application is finalised by the VTAC due dates.
  • If you have previously applied to the University of Melbourne via VTAC but were not offered a place or were offered but never enrolled, you should apply as a new student.
  • If you're studying interstate, you can find more specific application information for your state in one of our application flyers: NSW/ACT QLD SA TAS WA

Current University of Melbourne international students

  • If you're an international student currently studying at the University of Melbourne and you wish to transfer to another University of Melbourne course, you must submit your transfer application via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Be sure that your application is finalised by the VTAC due dates.

All other international students

  • You can apply online using our e-application.
  • Please ensure your application is received by us before the relevant deadline. An application fee of AUD$100 applies. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply in person in your own country, we have a number of overseas representatives in a variety of countries. Search our list of overseas representatives to find one near you.
  • If you have accepted an offer from another institution in Australia, been granted a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and want to transfer to the University of Melbourne within the first six months of study you will need a letter of release from that institution. Please see our International Student Transfer Policy for more details.
  • International Baccalaureate and US Advanced Placement students
  • You can choose to have your IB or AP results sent directly to the University as soon as they are released. Please make sure you advise us in your application if you have authorised the release of your results.
  • University of Melbourne AP institution code: 9015
  • University of Melbourne IB institution code: 002406

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