Course Description

Through this program, you’ll learn how to protect, restore and create engineered and natural systems that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.

With climate change a matter of national and international importance, a demand has arisen for engineers able to conceive and develop sustainable systems. The consumption of natural resources and energy in areas such as transport, building, and other areas are part of this need.

Sustainable systems engineering brings together the new technologies and innovative engineering approaches needed for sustainable global development.

As part of this program you’ll undertake a broad range of studies, graduating with the skills to design engineering solutions which meet the needs of society within economic and ecological constraints.

Your studies will focus on the development of a sustainable systems approach, combining the fundamentals of engineering sciences, mathematics and engineering design. Program specialisations exist in energy, or transport and logistics.

Why study sustainable systems engineering at RMIT?

Studying sustainable systems engineering at RMIT offers the following benefits:

  1. Industry-relevant experience
    You will have a number of opportunities for industry interaction during your studies including work placements and industry-based projects. Our teachers are experienced practitioners and we collaborate closely with industry to ensure our sustainable systems mechanical engineering degree meets the needs of the workplace.
  2. Prepare yourself for employment
    With at least 12 weeks of industry placements undertaken locally or internationally, you’ll be work-ready when you graduate. There are also opportunities to tackle research projects in partnership with industry, like the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $26,264 total course cost
International Students: $36,480 per year full-time


4 years full time,

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 57.6% (national average 48.3%)
Improved skills: 83.2% (national average 83.1%)
Overall satisfaction: 77.2% (national average 74.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Engineering undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 70.5% (national average 76.8%)
Studying full time: 22.9% (national average 13.7%)
Median full time salary: $60,000 (national average $63,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 079775M
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH076

Entry Requirements

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR or GPA (including any adjustments).

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