Course Description

Combine engineering skill in telecommunications with the science and application of physics to take a leading role in new device and product development.

Telecommunications systems can employ a wide range of technologies, including optical fibre communication systems, wireless communication systems (such as 4G mobile and WiFi), the Internet, cable systems and satellite communications.

Your studies in this area will develop knowledge and skills to design, build and manage systems that transfer, store and manage information via wireless, cable, optical fibre, and satellite communications. In your fourth and fifth years, you’ll be able to specialise in either communication engineering or network engineering.

In the physics component of this double degree, you’ll be trained in the fundamentals of natural phenomena and their applications (e.g. fields and waves, quantum mechanics, radiation physics, thermodynamics, nuclear physics, solid state physics, astrophysics and cosmology).

Your studies in physics will both add to your knowledge of the forces that underpin the engineering environment, and allow you to go further in developing innovative new solutions.

The program is taught by experts in their fields. Experiments are extensively used to consolidate theories. A strong focus on research and design ensures graduates are highly competent professionals.

You’ll have the opportunity to design creative solutions through inspiring and sustainable design-and-build projects, as well as taking part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a humanitarian-focused course offered in all RMIT engineering degrees.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $32,830 total course cost
International Students: $40,128 per year full-time


5 years full time,

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Computing & Information Systems undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 61.8% (national average 58.7%)
Improved skills: 70.6% (national average 77.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 76.5% (national average 75.3%)

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 Computing & Information Systems undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: (national average 71.2%)
Studying full time: (national average 11.7%)
Median full time salary: (national average $58,700)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 079624D
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH097

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).

Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 seni