Proposed changes to engineering and computing programs from 2021

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

As you know, 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 plan to consolidate and focus our course and program offerings.


Summary of proposed changes

The following changes are proposed to be rolled out over the next year.

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.




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

If the proposed changes are approved, all students currently enrolled at ANU will still be able to complete your existing major or augmentation. We will provide detailed study plans and guidance on how you can select equivalent or similar courses to complete your current program of study.

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

We have formed a working group that includes student representatives to help make this a smooth transition for you.

Throughout this entire process, we'll be in touch with the student body informing you of the process and next steps. If you have a question you'd like addressed, be sure to submit it via the question submission form

Contact information

We welcome your feedback on implementing these proposals.

Your questions can be submitted anonymously, or you can include personal information so that we're able to get back to you.

We will be in touch with all students as soon as these changes and details of the teach out plans are confirmed. Please rest assured that we will support you to transition through the proposed changes as seamlessly as possible.

> View our FAQs for current students


For future students

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:  1 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing