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In this program you'll combine physics with telecommunications engineering.
In telecommunications engineering, you’ll develop knowledge and skills to design, build and manage systems that transfer, store and manage information via radio frequency transmission, optical fibres or some other form of wave transmission. Telecommunications systems can employ a wide range of technologies, including optical fibre communication systems, radio systems (such as mobile phones and WiFi), cable systems and satellite communications.
Within the telecommunications engineering field, there are communication (or radio frequency) engineers and network engineers. In this program, you can specialise in either communication engineering or network engineering in the fourth and fifth years.
In the physics component of this double degree, you will 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).
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.
Why double up?
By combining the knowledge of telecommunications engineering with physics, you are ideally suited to undertake a leading role in device and product development, particularly within the area of communication engineering.
Graduates of this double degree have excellent job opportunities and career prospects, and the potential to be leaders in their profession.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
In the final year of your studies you'll undertake a major project that is either industry-based or simulates an industrial situation. You'll work with industry leaders using the theory and practical experience gained through the program to solve a problem.
In order to graduate from this program you must complete a minimum 12 weeks of engineering industry experience that allows you to gain first-hand experience in an engineering practice environment under the supervision of a practising professional engineer. The nature and timing of this engineering experience can take a range of forms.
Opportunities exist for an overseas work placement of between six and 12 months (this satisfies the work experience requirement). These placements are normally taken during a one-year break in the middle or at the end of the third year of the program.
Final-year students can apply for summer research scholarships.
Graduates of this double degree are keenly sought after by:
- industry to design and manufacture telecommunications products
- telecommunications service providers to design and maintain telecommunications infrastructure, services and networks
- education research and development organisations to advance technologies
- government organisations with telecommunications engineers employed in transport, defence, security, meteorology and emergency services.
Graduates may also run their own commercial or consulting business or undertake higher degrees by research.
Professional recognition and accreditation
Graduates of this program are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics (and associated overseas bodies).
This program will apply for full accreditation by Engineers Australia as soon as possible within the accreditation timelines set down by Engineers Australia. Upon accreditation being granted, graduates of the program will be eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Full membership as a professional engineer may be obtained after an appropriate period of professional practice.
Australia is one of 15 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Washington Accord, for professional engineers. The qualification of graduates from this degree is recognised in all countries that are signatories to the Accord.
RMIT encourages you to aspire to a global career, not just a local one.
Through partner organisations in Europe, Asia and the United States, the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) offers workplace training and academic research placements of between six and 12 months.
There are also opportunities to study abroad through Education Abroad.
Program and course information
Combine physics with telecommunications engineering
Gain a wide range of sought after skills, giving you excellent job opportunities and career prospects, and the potential to be a leader in industry.