How can I accelerate my Master of Engineering Science?

We recognise the value your prior study and work experience has in your career journey. If you have worked in a relevant industry or have relevant previous study experience, you may be eligible to get this recognised and accelerate your degree. When applying, be sure to include certified copies of your academic transcripts and a CV outlining relevant work experience.

Depending on your application and your circumstances you will be offered one of the following accelerated program options:

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1 Year Program

48 Units of Credit

Available if you hold a 4 yr Bachelor of Engineering degree from Australia or accredited under the Washington Accord. OR, a 4 yr Bachelor of Engineering degree not accredited under the Washington Accord that included a final year capstone/ research project, a project management course + 3yrs relevant work experience.*

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1.2 Year Program

60 Units of Credit

Available if you choose to study Civil Engineering, Geotechinical Engineering and Engineering Geology or Sustainable Systems, and you have completed a recognised undergraduate degree as listed below.*

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1.7 Year Program

72 Units of Credit

Available if you hold a 4yr Bachelor of Engineering degree not accredited under the Washington Accord which includes a final year capstone design/research project and a project management course.*

Check if your undergraduate degree is accredited under the Washington Accord. 

* Your Bachelor of Engineering specialisation must be studied in a relevant (cognate) area of your Master of Engineering Science specialisation + you must have a 65% GPA.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can ask for RPL to be assessed whilst submitting your application to study with us via Apply Online, a ‘checkbox’ will appear when inputting your qualifications. 

  • If you didn’t apply for RPL when submitting your online application and now have accepted an offer or are a current student, you can seek transfer of credits by contacting the admissions team via this UNSW online form.

  • RPL will be determined by the UNSW Admissions Team (in consultation with the Program Director) on the basis of transcripts and any other supporting documents you provide (E.g. CV outlining work experience). You will be notified of your credit in your official letter of offer. 

    If further information is required you will be asked to provide a full course outline which must detail the topics covered, hours per week, assessment information, textbook or reading list, teaching mode etc.

  • Refer to the cognate areas below, if you have an engineering qualification and work experience in a related area to the Master of Engineering Science specialisation of your choice this may be recognised.

  • This will depend on your previous study and experience, all exempt units will be listed on your offer letter. You will be required to complete all other units as listed on the UNSW Handbook. 

  • The Master of Engineering is designed for students with a background in engineering who require accreditation to start working in a professional engineering role. Whilst, the Master of Engineering Science is designed for professional engineers who are looking to upskill, crosstrain or retrain, in a new or complementary area of engineering to take the next step in their career. 

    If you have an undergraduate degree accredited under the Washington Accord you can upskill, crosstrain or reskill in one of our 26 specialisations in as little as one year.


Cognate Areas and Relevant Work Experience

The amount of recognition of prior learning you can obtain is dependant on your studies and work experience being of a certain cognate area, check if your qualification and experience is eligible for your specialisation of choice below. 

  • Cognate Areas Examples of Relevant Work Experience
    Biomedical Engineering Medical Science
    BE/ME Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Services
      Biomedical Engineer
      Biomedical Technician
      Clinical Engineer
      Medical Device Developer
  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience
    Chemical Engineering  Chemical Engineer 
    Chemical Process Engineering Chemical Process Engineer 
    Chemical Production Engineering Mining Engineer 
    Four Year Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (for 1.7 Year Program) Petroleum Engineer 
      Pharmaceutical Engineer 
      Plant Process Engineer 
      Plastics Engineer
      Process Engineer 
      Production Engineer 
      Thermo-fluid Engineer 
      R&D Engineer 
  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Civil Engineering 

    Traffic and Transport 

    Civil Engineering with Architecture 

    Water 

    Four-year Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, including a Thesis or Final Year Project (for the 1.2 year program)

    Hydraulic 

     

    Hydrology 

     

    Geotechnical 

     

    Structural 

     

    Bridge 

     

    Project Management 

     

    Construction 

     

    Coastal 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Electrical Engineering 

    Electrical Engineer 

    Telecommunications Engineering 

    Electronic Engineer 

    Electronics Engineering 

    Telecommunication Engineer 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Electrical Engineering 

    Electrical Engineer 

    Telecommunications Engineering 

    Electronic Engineer 

    Electronics Engineering 

    Telecommunication Engineer 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience
    Chemical Engineering

    Environmental Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Civil with Architecture

    Water Engineer

    Environmental Engineering

    Environmental scientist

     

    Coastal engineering role

     

    Hydraulic Engineering role
  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Chemical Engineering

    Chemical Engineer

    Polymer and Petrochemical Engineering

    Chemical Process Engineer

    Polymer Materials and Engineering

    Food Hygiene Engineer

    Food Science and Engineering

    Pharmaceutical Engineer

    Food Process Engineering

    Plant Process Engineer

    Bioengineering

    Plastics Engineer

    Grape Wine Engineering

    Process Engineer

     

    Production Engineer

     

    Thermo-fluid Engineer

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Work Experience

    Civil Engineering 

    Geotechnical Engineer 

    Civil Engineering with Architecture 

    Engineering Geologist 

    Geotechnical Engineering 

    Mining Engineer 

    Environmental Engineering 

    Mining Geologist 

    Engineering Geology 

    Geotechnical Engineer 

    Four-year Bachelor of Mining Engineering (for the 1.2 year program)  
    Four-year Bachelor of Science in Geology (for the 1.2 year program)  
  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Work Experience

    Petroleum Engineering 

    Drilling engineer 

    Chemical Engineering (only eligible for 1.7 year program) 

    Subsea engineer 

     

    Completions engineer 

     

    Field services engineer 

     

    Workover engineer/ cementing engineer 

     

    Reservoir engineer 

     

    Petrophysicist, Geophysicist 

     

    Geologist 

     

    Logging engineer 

     

    Drillers 

     

    Tool pushers 

     

    Derick man 

     

    Company man 

     

    Geothermal Engineer 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Industrial Engineering

    TBC

    Manufacturing Engineering

     

    Mechanical Engineering

     

    Mechatronic Engineering

     

    Production Engineering

     

    Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation

     

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Work Experience

    Industrial Engineering

    TBC

    Manufacturing Engineering

     

    Mechanical Engineering

     

    Mechatronic Engineering

     

    Production Engineering

     

    Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation

     

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Work Experience
    Aerospace Engineering Electrical Engineer
    Biomedical Engineering Electronic Engineer
    Chemical Engineering Telecommunication Engineer
    Civil Engineering Aerospace Engineer
    Computer Engineering Mechanical Engineer
    Electrical Engineering Mechatronics Engineer
    Industrial Chemistry  
    Manufacturing Engineering  
    Material Engineering  
    Mechanical Engineering  
    Mechatronic Engineering  
    Mining Engineering  
    Naval Engineering  
    Photovoltaic Engineering  
    Renewable Energy  
    Telecommunications Engineering  
    Nuclear Engineering  
    Nuclear Science/Technology  
    Energy Engineering  
    Aeronautical Engineering  
  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Petroleum Engineering 

    Drilling engineer 

    Geotechnical Engineering (only eligible for 1.7 year program) 

    Subsea engineer 

    Chemical Engineering (only eligible for 1.7 year program) 

    Completions engineer 

     

    Field services engineer 

     

    Workover engineer/  cementing engineer 

     

    Reservoir engineer 

     

    Petrophysicist,  Geophysicist 

     

    Geologist 

     

    Logging engineer 

     

    Drillers 

     

    Tool pushers 

     

    Derrick man 

     

    Company man 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Petroleum Engineering 

    Drilling engineer 

    Geotechnical Engineering (only eligible for 1.7 year program) 

    Subsea engineer 

    Chemical Engineering (only eligible for 1.7 year program) 

    Completions engineer 

     

    Field services engineer 

     

    Workover engineer/ Cementing engineer 

     

    Reservoir engineer 

     

    Petrophysicist, Geophysicist 

     

    Geologist 

     

    Logging engineer 

     

    Drillers 

     

    Tool pushers 

     

    Derrick man 

     

    Company man 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Photovoltaics 

    Photovoltaic System Designer 

    Renewable Energy 

    Photovoltaic System Technician 

     

    Photovoltaic Engineer 

     

    Renewable Energy Engineer 

     

    Electrical Engineer 

     

    PV Process Engineer 

     

    PV Device Engineer 

     

    Solar Energy Consultants 

     

    Renewable Energy Consultants 

     

    Solar Energy Project Manager 

     

    Renewable Energy Project Manager 

     

    Energy Consultants 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience
    Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering
    Civil with Architecture Civil Engineering
    Environmental Engineering Water Engineer
    Surveying Environmental scientist
    Spatial Information Coastal engineering role

     

    Hydraulic Engineering role
  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Work Experience

    Photovoltaics

    Photovoltaic System Designer

    Renewable Energy

    Photovoltaic System Technician

     

    Photovoltaic Engineer

     

    Renewable Energy Engineer

     

    Electrical Engineer

     

    Photovoltaic Process Engineer

     

    Photovoltaic Device Engineer

     

    Solar Energy Consultants

     

    Renewable Energy Consultants

     

    Solar Energy Project Manager

     

    Renewable Energy Project Manager

     

    Energy Consultants

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Mechatronic Engineering 

    Robotics Engineer 

    Mechanical Design, Manufacturing and Automation 

    Roboticist 

    Robotics and Automation 

    Software Engineer 

    Control Systems Engineering 

    Mechatronic Engineer 

     

    Mechanical Engineer 

     

    Production Engineer 

     

    Control Systems Engineer 

     

    Manufacturing Engineer 

     

    Automation Engineer 

     

    Robotics & Autonomy Systems Engineer 

     

    SCADA Engineer 

     

    Process Engineer 

     

    Process Controls Engineer 

     

    Industrial Engineer 

     

    Automotive Engineer 

     

    Avionics Engineer 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Electrical Engineering 

    Electrical Engineer 

    Telecommunications Engineering 

    Electronic Engineer 

    Electronics Engineering 

    Telecommunication Engineer 

     

    Aerospace Engineer 

     

    Mechanical Engineer 

     

    Mechatronics Engineer 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Civil Engineering

    Aerospace

    Civil with Architecture

    Civil

     

    Civil with Architecture

     

    Industrial Engineering

     

    Manufacturing

     

    Mechanical

     

    Mechatronic

     

    Mining

     

    Naval

     

    Structural Engineering

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Chemical

    Sustainability Consultant 

    Civil

    Sustainability Engineer 

    Civil w/Architecture

    Environmental Consultant 

    Environmental

    Environmental Engineer 

    Geoinformation systems

    Waste Management Engineer 

    Industrial Chemistry

    Sustainability Consultant 

    Manufacturing

    Sustainability Engineer 

    Materials

    Environmental Consultant 

    Mining

     

    Petroleum

     

    Photovoltaics

     

    Renewable energy

     

    Surveying or Spatial Information

     
    Four-year Bachelor of Engineering accredited under the Washington Accord in any dicpline (for the 1.2 year program)  
  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Electrical Engineering

    Electrical Engineer

    Telecommunications Engineering

    Electronic Engineer

    Electronics Engineering

    Telecommunication Engineer

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience

    Electrical Engineering 

    Electrical Engineer 

    Telecommunications Engineering 

    Electronic Engineer 

    Electronics Engineering 

    Telecommunication Engineer 

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience
    Civil Traffic and Transport
    Civil with Architecture Water
    Computer Hydraulic
    Electrical Hydrology
    Electronics Geotechnical
    Geoinformation Systems Structural
    Industrial Engineering Bridge
    Manufacturing Project Management
    Mechanical Construction
    Mechatronic Coastal
    Naval

     

    Software

     

    Telecommunications

     

  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience
    Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering
    Civil with Architecture Civil Engineering
    Environmental Engineering Water Engineer
    Surveying Environmental scientist
    Spatial Information Coastal engineering role

     

    Hydraulic Engineering role
  • Cognate Disciplines Examples of Relevant Work Experience
    Chemical Engineering Environmental Engineering
    Civil Engineering Civil Engineering
    Civil with Architecture Water Engineer
    Environmental Engineering Environmental scientist

     

    Coastal engineering role

     

    Hydraulic Engineering role

     

    Water Supply & Sewerage Engineering

     

    Water Supply & Drainage

 Want to know more about Recognition of Prior Learning and your eligibility?

Get in touch with us. We’re here to help. Contact the UNSW Future Students Team on 1300 UNI NSW (or +61 2 9385 1844)