Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering) Honours

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Location

    WA, Perth, Bunbury

  • Career Outcomes:

    Structural Engineer | Maritime Engineer | Oil and Gas Engineer | Submersible Vehicle Engineer | Offshore Energy Engineer | View All

Course Rundown

Take the first step in an exciting career designing our world with this Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering) Honours course from Edith Cowan University. 

Designed for students seeking to start a career in engineering, this qualification offers the essential skills, knowledge and experience required to work in the exciting and diverse  field of ocean engineering. Ocean engineers are responsible for some of the largest, most complex and most expensive structures we can make, including oil and gas platforms, subsea pipelines, and ports and harbour facilities and the submersible vehicles required to service them.

In this course, you’ll develop the advanced knowledge and skills required to work in this exciting field, and will also develop skills relevant to working in areas including oil and gas, alternative energy, coastal engineering, underwater vehicles, port and harbour design and defence. Students will also be required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks relevant industry work experience.

With a grounding in fundamental maths and physics and a focus on industry-relevant soft skills like leadership, teamwork and problem-solving, this comprehensive course offers a strong foundation for a rewarding new career in a number of exciting fields.


You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative of ATAR of 82 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s higher entry requirements; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and special admissions requirements (see below).

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

Special Admissions Requirements: All applicants are required to have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents considered. It is desirable that all applicants have Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, with equivalents considered.

What You’ll Learn

In this engineering course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Introduction to engineering
  • Electrical engineering 1A
  • Mathematics 1
  • Engineering drawing and computer-aided design
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Mathematics 2
  • Materials and manufacturing 1
  • Electrical engineering 1B
  • Engineering systems
  • Hydrostatics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Engineering dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Offshore science and engineering
  • Mechanics of solids
  • Hydrodynamics of offshore structures
  • Instrumentation and process control
  • Subsea engineering
  • Design of offshore structures
  • Structural analysis
  • Concrete structures
  • Finite element analysis
  • Costal engineering
  • Bluefin: Maritime engineering
  • Research project 1
  • Research project 2
  • Floating and deepwater structures
  • Design project 1
  • Design project 2
  • Design of offshore systems

Why study with Edith Cowan University?

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Student Support

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering) Honours from Edith Cowan University. 

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to pursue employment in the exciting field of ocean engineering, helping to design, build and maintain ocean structures and systems. You'll enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities in areas including oil and gas, alternative energy, coastal engineering, underwater vehicles, port and harbour design, defence, and consulting.

You'll be eligible to apply for a range of roles with this qualification, including oil and gas engineer, offshore energy engineer, coastal engineer, maritime engineer and submersible vehicle engineer, and can also apply for any suitable position open to structural engineers.

This qualification is nationally recognised and accredited by Engineers Australia. 

Curious about where a career in engineering could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.