Mechanical Systems

    What will I study?


    With mechanics, engineering and mathematics underpinning this major, you will learn about the mechanical development and design processes across industries.

    Your major structure

    This major can be completed through the Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Science.


    The Bachelor of Design course structure results in a flexible degree that allows students to explore different fields of study. You can choose your major immediately or make a decision before the beginning of second year.

    In the first year of the Bachelor of Design, you will be immersed in a world of design and discovering new concepts and skills. You might be performing on a stage, writing code in a computer lab, contemplating design theory and putting it in to practice, or making 3D models. The subjects you complete in your first year provide the basis for your knowledge of design that will carry through for the rest of your degree.

    By your second year you will deepen your understanding of your chosen design disciplines and be able to finalise your selection of majors, minors and specialisations.

    In third year you will complete your major requirements. You will also be required to undertake a capstone subject. Capstones are designed to draw together the various theoretical strands. On the completion of third year graduates will possess strong written, oral and visual communication techniques, and will develop practical skills and apply these to problem-solving.

    You can take a the following double major options with the Bachelor of Design:

    • Mechanical Systems + Civil Systems
    • Mechanical Systems + Construction
    • Mechanical Systems + Graphic Design
    • Mechanical Systems + Landscape Architecture
    • Mechanical Systems + Performance Design
    • Mechanical Systems + Property
    • Mechanical Systems + Urban Planning

    You can take a the following double major options with the Bachelor of Design:


    The flexible Bachelor of Science course structure allows you to explore different fields of study in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical disciplines. You can start progressing to your major immediately or make a decision before the beginning of second year.

    In your first and second year you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major as well as other science core and electives and breadth studies.

    In your third year, you will complete 50 points (usually four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in mechanical systems and you can also complete breadth studies. This major is made up of core and core selective subjects. Third year specialised study includes subjects:  Mechanics and materials, Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, Mechanical design and Systems modelling and analysis.


    Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne Model. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of science or design, developing new perspectives and learning to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

    Some of our students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others used breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with a language, communication skills or business expertise.

    Graduate study pathways to professional practice

    To become a professionally accredited mechanical engineer, you can study the Mechanical Systems major in the Bachelor of Design and then progress to the two-year Master of Engineering (Mechanical) or (Mechanical with Business).

    The Master of Engineering is accredited with EUR-ACE® and Engineers Australia, equipping graduates with the skills, knowledge and industry exposure for a global career in engineering.

    Other popular graduate study options include the Master of Construction Management and the Master of Information Technology, which is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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