Photovoltaic engineering uses solar radiation to create electricity. You will study the manufacture and use of solar cells, which capture and convert light from the sun to create electricity that can power virtually anything electrical. As a renewable and sustainable energy source, solar stocks are unlimited and a vital industry for humanity's future. This degree includes courses in technology development, manufacturing, quality control, reliability, cell interconnection and encapsulation, policy development, life-cycle analysis, system design, and more. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60 days of approved industrial training.

Program Code


UAC Code




Total units of credit (UOC)




Indicative Enrolments



  • Cell Interconnection & Encapsulation
  • Manufacturing
  • Photovoltaics
  • Policy Development
  • Quality Control
  • Reliability & Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Solar Cell Applications
  • Solar Energy
  • Technology Development

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Manufacturing
  • Quality control and reliability
  • Computer-aided design of devices and systems
  • Policy formation
  • Programs for developing countries
  • Solar cells and system design
  • Integration companies and research organisations

Accreditation / Professional Recogntion

Engineers Australia

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1; Physics

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Alternative entry or pathways

The Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) is a possible alternative admission pathway for the admission of domestic undergraduate students to UNSW Faculty of Engineering degree programs (including the BSc Computer Science and the BSc Food Science (Hons), who do not meet the published Guaranteed Entry selection rank requirement of 93.00. Visit the FEAS page for more info.

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