Changes to engineering and computing programs from 2021

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science has recently approved some changes to our education offerings.

The ANU community has been actively considering how to design and deliver transformative educational offerings and world-leading research with an impact. We are also building engineering and computer science programs that not only equips our graduates with the vital expertise they will need in our future workforce, but which the world needs for the 21st century. 

More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, and its financial consequences, have forced us to think deeply about all of our activities. Now more than ever, we need to strategically prioritise our focus.

To this end, we have consolidated and focused our course and program offerings.


Summary of approved changes

We will continue to review all of our programs and courses over time to ensure we can offer outstanding educational experiences for all our students. The following changes were approved by the University in December 2020.


  • We will continue to offer world-leading majors in Mechatronics, Electronics and Communications, and Renewable Energy.
  • We are introducing a new Environmental Systems undergraduate engineering Major, with new courses coming online in 2022.
  • This year we are also developing a new Major in Aerospace Systems engineering which, subject to formal approval, will see new courses available in 2023.
  • The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) will continue to be available for commencement in Semester 1 2021. We plan to discontinue this program from Semester 2 2021.
  • We are discontinuing two undergraduate engineering majors (Biomedical Systems, and Mechanical & Material Systems majors) from Semester 1 2021.

A reminder that students do not need to select or identify a Major in the first two years at ANU. Our unique interdisciplinary approach means you will receive a systems engineering core that is not offered anywhere else in Australia.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and the Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) (Honours) program requirements.



Why we are making these recommendations

This is not a decision that we make lightly. There are many considerations that have informed this proposal.

This consolidation would allow us to refocus on what makes engineering and computer science at ANU modern and unique, as well as respond to current financial circumstances and market trends.

We will continue to lead the way in reshape these disciplines and educating the engineers and computer scientists of the future. We will focus on our unique interdisciplinary approach, including delivering a systems engineering core that is not offered anywhere else in Australia.

We will also focus on offering high-quality courses in areas that are critical to addressing the biggest challenges facing our nation and the world. This includes mitigating climate change and adapting to those changes already occurring, developing sustainable cities and communities, and raising standards and quality of life. Your systems engineering degree and the fundamentals embedded therein remain the key to tackling these challenges.

We are confident that this refocus will lead to a better educational experience for ANU engineering and computer science students, as well as better outcomes for our nation and world as you apply the vital skills you learn here in society and our workforce.


For current students

All students currently enrolled at ANU will still be able to complete your existing major or augmentation. Detailed study plans and guidance on how you can select equivalent or similar courses to complete your current program of study (known as a 'teach-out' plan) are now available.

Alternatively, you can opt to transfer to one of our other offerings.

More information:

If you have a question about the changes to our programs that's not answered here, you can submit this directly to CECS Student Services at  Please ensure to include your ANUID and a detailed explanation of your query in your email, so that we are able to provide you with information relevant to your personal circumstances.

Contact information

We encourage all engineering students to familiarise themselves with the approved replacements and build your study plan accordingly.

If you require specific feedback on your study plan, you are welcome to submit a study plan to CECS Student Services (at for review and comment. 



For future students

Students who commence or transfer into an ANU degree from 2021 will typically be expected to complete their studies under the year rules that they commence their program. 

If you have applied for, or received an offer for, an engineering or computer science program at ANU commencing from 2021, please contact us to discuss your study options.

Our team can provide guidance on how to plan your program, change your preferences (if desired), and how to get the most out of your studies at the ANU.

Contact information

Call and chat to us from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays): 1800 620 032 (from within Australia) or +61 2 6125 7257 (outside Australia).

You can also fill out an online enquiry form, or email


Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing