Master of Marine Engineering (MMarineE)

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Special Notes

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The Masters degree in Marine Engineering supports two majors—one focused on submarines and one focused on surface ships. The objective of this program is to fill an educational gap for marine defence and civil industry engineers, by providing the means for them to obtain a relevant higher degree qualification, thus providing an incentive for attracting new staff and retaining experienced personnel. The broader aim of the Masters program is to address the shortage of relevant higher education in the defence and civil marine engineering sector by providing the only Master degree in Marine Engineering or equivalent in Australia. This program also accepts enrolments from international applicants. The 18 month Master by coursework program allows students to put into practice some of the fundamentals learnt in earlier years. At the same time, elective courses allow students to go more deeply into topics for which they already have the fundamentals, while others allow for a broadening of the student experience.
The Master of Marine Engineering is an AQF Level 9 Masters Extension qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1.5 years.


Condition of Admission
Work experience: Applicants without an Honours degree in Engineering or a Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering must provide evidence of formal qualifications and professional work experience providing equivalent learning outcomes. As a guideline, a minimum of 2 years of full-time relevant professional work experience will be required.

Academic Program Rules for Master of Marine Engineering

There shall be a Master of Marine Engineering .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Marine Engineering, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 36 units comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 9 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 15 units
  3. Research Project to the value of 12 units.
Master of Marine Engineering

To satisfy the requirements for Master of Marine Engineering students must complete courses to the value of 36 units.


All of the following courses must be completed:


Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MECH ENG 7042 Introduction to Submarine Design 3
MECH ENG 7046 Submarine Design 3
PROJMGNT 7013 Systems Engineering 1 3


Naval (Note: this stream is not available in 2017)

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MECH ENG 7048 Introduction to Naval Ship Engineering 3
MECH ENG 7065 Naval Ship Engineering 3
PROJMGNT 7013 Systems Engineering 1 3



Courses to the value of up to 15 units may be taken from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
APP MTH 7075 Fluid Mechanics 3
CHEM ENG 7047 Composite & Multiphase Polymers 3
COMP SCI 7076 Distributed Systems 3
ELEC ENG 7015 Adaptive Signal Processing 3
ELEC ENG 7033 Principles of RF Engineering 3
ELEC ENG 7046 Power Quality & Fault Diagnostics 3
ELEC ENG 7049 Power Electronics Systems 3
ELEC ENG 7055 Antennas & Propagation 3
ELEC ENG 7065 Sonar Sensors & Systems 3
ELEC ENG 7069 Electric Energy Systems 3
ELEC ENG 7082 Principles of Control Systems 3
MECH ENG 7020 Materials Selection & Failure Analysis 3
MECH ENG 7021 Combustion Technology & Emissions Control 3
MECH ENG 7023 Fracture Mechanics 3
MECH ENG 7024 Robotics M 3
MECH ENG 7025 Topics in Welded Structures 3
MECH ENG 7026 Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics 3
MECH ENG 7027 Engineering Acoustics 3
MECH ENG 7028 Advanced PID Control 3
MECH ENG 7029 Airconditioning 3
MECH ENG 7030 Advanced Vibrations 3
MECH ENG 7034 Advanced Digital Control 3
MECH ENG 7043 Stresses in Plates & Shells 3
MECH ENG 7044 Biomechanical Engineering 3
MECH ENG 7045 CFD for Engineering Applications 3
MECH ENG 7047 Dynamics & Control II 3
MECH ENG 7050 Sustainability & the Environment 3
MECH ENG 7053 Aerospace Propulsion 3
MECH ENG 7059 Finite Element Analysis of Structures 3
MECH ENG 7061 Corrosion: Principles & Prevention 3
MECH ENG 7062 Aircraft Design 3
MECH ENG 7063 Advanced Topics in Aerospace Engineering 3
MECH ENG 7066 Aeronautical Engineering 3
MECH ENG 7067 Aerospace Materials & Structures 3
MECH ENG 7068 Applied Aerodynamics 3
MECH ENG 7070 Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics 3
MECH ENG 7071 Mechatronics II 3
MECH ENG 7072 Micro-Controller Programming 3
MECH ENG 7073 Space Vehicle Design 3
MECH ENG 7074 Structural Design & Solid Mechanics 3
MECH ENG 7075 Sustainable Thermal Technologies 3
MECH ENG 7076 Renewable Fluid Power Technology 3
PROJMGNT 7024 Complex Project Management 1 3
PROJMGNT 5021 Applied Project Management 1 3


Other Electives may be chosen from another University listed below.

* Students may present no more than 9 units of courses denoted with an asterisk.

Australian Maritime College:
Design of Marine Machinery Systems (3 units)
Marine Propulsion Systems (3 units)
Ship Design (3 units)
Principles of Naval Architecture (3 units)

Curtin University:
Physical and Acoustical Oceanography (3 units)
Marine Acoustics (3 units)

Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

RMIT University:
Risk and Technology Decisions (3 units)*

University of South Australia:
Electromagnetic Compatibility (3 units)
Satellite Communications (3 units)

Research Project

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MECH ENG 7049A Marine Engineering Research Project A 0
MECH ENG 7049B Marine Engineering Research Project B 12