Master of Engineering (ME)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Master of Engineering is comprised of a foundation year and an advanced studies year. The foundation year consists of a set of courses designed to ensure that students acquire a level of expertise in the relevant specialisation. This program gives the opportunity to study technical courses at an advanced level and the opportunity to engage in a research project.

An exit path will be available for students completing only the foundation year, after they satisfy a set requirement within the relevant discipline. In this case a Graduate Diploma will be awarded.

Students must specialise in one of the following disciplines:

Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace engineering is focused on the development and use of new technologies and materials that are relevant to any high-tech industries including the aerospace industry.

Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering combines knowledge of basic chemistry and mathematics with engineering principles and applies them to the systematic design, development and operation of process systems for the extraction, transformation and recovery of materials.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering is concerned with assessing and managing the effects of human activity on the natural and built environments and doing it in a sustainable manner. This ensures that we can provide adequate infrastructure and natural resources for current generations, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

Civil and Structural Engineering
Civil and Structural Engineering involves the planning, design and construction of society’s major infrastructures such as bridges, buildings, structures, roads, water supply, dams, pipelines, sewerage treatment facilities, drainage, pollution control equipment and coastal management facilities.

Electrical Engineering
This program is designed for graduates who wish to undertake advanced studies in electrical power engineering. It provides an opportunity to study specialist topics such as Power Quality and Fault Diagnostics, Power Systems Monitoring and Protection and Distributed Generation Technologies, as well as an opportunity to develop advanced levels of understanding of related topics in mathematics, project management and system engineering.

Electronic Engineering
This program is intended for graduates who wish to undertake advanced studies in selected specialist topics in electronic engineering. It provides an opportunity to study specialist topics such as Telecommunications, Microelectronics, Image Sensors and Processing and Power Electronic Systems as well as an opportunity to develop advanced levels of understanding of related topics in mathematics, project management and system engineering.

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is concerned with the management of people and resources, the development and use of new technologies and the design and development of new processes and products. This mostly involves ‘things that move’, such as motor vehicles, aircraft systems, engines, pumps, gas turbines, industrial plants, air conditioning / refrigeration systems, manufacturing processes, building services and even space stations.

Mechatronic Engineering
Mechatronic engineering is a discipline that combines mechanics with electronics and computing. It involves the design, construction and maintenance of intelligent machines, micro-machines, smart structures, intelligent systems, control systems and consumer products such as cameras, washing machines or a fully automated robotic assembly line or they may be involved with defence technology and systems.

Mining Engineering
The program has an emphasis on technical analysis and evaluation of mining systems including mine design and planning, rock mechanics, modelling and simulation, risk and uncertainty, mining geostatistics, mine management and sustainable mining practices.

Students who have been granted less than 24 units of credit are required to maintain a Grade Point Average of 5.0 for core and elective courses listed in the Academic Program Rules, to the value of 24 units. Students who have not achieved this standard will not be permitted to continue study towards the degree.

The Master of Engineering is an AQF Level 9 Masters Extension qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.

Students who have completed an AQF level 8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or equivalent are eligible for up to 24 units of credit.


Condition of Enrolment

1.     Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Master of Engineering

There shall be a Master of Engineering.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the Master of Engineering, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  1. Courses to the value of 36 units in one of the following disciplines
    • Aerospace
    • Chemical
    • Civil & Environmental
    • Civil & Structural
    • Electrical
    • Electronic 
    • Mechanical
    • Mechatronic
    • Mining
  2. A Research Project to the value of 12 units
  3. A total of 12 weeks practical experience approved by the Faculty and of which a minimum 6 weeks should be under the supervision of a professional engineer. Students who have previously completed an approved 12 week period of practical experience are exempt from this requirement.

Core Courses