Vertically Integrated Projects

Vertically Integrated Projects - A Transformative Approach in Education!

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is an innovative approach to enhancing higher education by engaging undergraduate and postgraduate students in ambitious, long-term, multidisciplinary project teams that are led by faculty researchers.

Students working on research

How does VIP work?

Students who are in their second year and beyond in 2021 can apply to join a VIP team. 

The VIP teams are multidisciplinary and students work on long term world-changing research projects.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate: Masters of Engineering Science (program 8338 only) students earn academic credit for their work, while academics benefit from the extended efforts of their teams.

Undergraduate students can join a VIP team for a minimum of one year to a maximum of three years. 

VIP courses are discipline electives for engineering students: View electives HERE 

Non-engineering students are welcome to apply to join a VIP team and use course codes ENGG2600, ENGG3600 or ENGG4600 as a General Education Elective.   

Medical Students: Only students who are in 3rd or 4th year (Independent Learning Project only for 4th years) in 2021 can apply for a VIP team. Medical students will enrol in VIP as General Education Electives    

Students WAM and academic performance will be taken into consideration when applying for a VIP project 

For more information check out the How it Works page for students. 

Experiential learning for our students

VIP extends project-based learning beyond a single semester. It allows time for students to gain a deeper insight into their field of study and is a wonderful opportunity in a safe environment to develop sought-after professional skills. Through VIPs, students interact with the academic’s industry partners (potential employers) and receive course credit.

As students progress through the courses (ENGG2600, 3600, 4600) their seniority on the project provides them with leadership, management, and mentorship roles that prepare them for the workforce. Many of these skills are passed down from academic to graduate student to undergraduate student, creating a sustainable and safe environment for projects to flourish. 

UNSW is part of the worldwide Vertically Integrated Projects Consortium spanning 37 universities across 12 countries.