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.

APPLY HERE. VIP Team applications are now open for 2021!

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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

Where does VIP fit within my program?

  • VIP courses are generally considered as discipline electives for engineering students: View how it fits HERE
  • Non-engineering students (other faculties) are welcome to apply to join a VIP team and use course codes ENGG2600, ENGG3600 or ENGG4600 subject to program requirements. These courses will generally satisfy General Education Elective requirements.  
  • Medical Students: Only students who are in 3rd or 4th year (Independent Learning Project only for 4th years) can apply to join a VIP team. These courses will satisfy General Education Electives or Independent Learning Project (ILP) requirements. Please consult with your Program Authority to discuss where this course fits within program requirements. 
  • 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.

To View where VIP fits in your program view HERE

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 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.