Gain an accredited engineering qualification in one of eight specialisations.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Engineering
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
2 Year(s)

The Master of Engineering is a flexible postgraduate degree delivered by Australia’s leading engineering faculty and designed for students who require an accredited engineering qualification.

You can choose from one of eight specialisations: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Renewable Energy and Telecommunications.

Engineers work across a range of disciplines, all requiring a high level of knowledge, skills and expertise. Responsible for developing solutions and products relied on by countless people, all engineers require formal accreditation before they can begin working. This degree will build on your prior undergraduate study and is professionally accredited by Engineers Australia. 

The Master of Engineering includes an integrated industrial training component and courses to develop your technical knowledge and skills in engineering management, analysis and design to ensure you graduate career-ready and accredited.

Your education will provide in-depth knowledge as well as deeper project experience and increased technical confidence across selected research disciplines. You’ll continue your professional development and be able to update your qualifications and knowledge to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards.

You’ll be prepared for work as a professional engineer through specialised study in your area of professional interest, equipping you with the required knowledge and skills for a rewarding career in engineering. 

Key features

This two-year postgraduate degree is your gateway to professional engineering practice. Accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord, the Master of Engineering degree has professional recognition globally.

This degree includes a practical component where you’ll apply your knowledge in practical settings through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas.

You’ll undertake an extensive research project in a specific area of interest to you. Through this project you’ll learn valuable skills in project planning and management and the critical analysis, interpretation and communication of results.

This degree is offered in the following specialisations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why study at UNSW?

Standout from other graduates in the job market with a degree from Australia’s top-ranking Engineering faculty. Our degrees are designed to match global career opportunities. That’s why Australia’s top employers prefer our graduates over any other university and why we’re ranked 22nd in the world for employer reputation.

We’re ranked #1 for engineering in Australia and 36th globally by QS Rankings.

We’re also ranked: 

  • 1st for Civil and Structural Engineering in Australia 

  • 1st for Electrical Engineering in Australia 

  • 1st for Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Manufacturing Engineering in Australia

  • 3rd for Mineral and Mining Engineering in Australia 

  • 4th for Chemical Engineering in Australia 

  • 4th for Computer Science and Information Technology in Australia

UNSW Engineering is the largest engineering faculty in Australia and offers the widest range of engineering degrees in the country. With eight schools and more than 70 years’ experience, our researchers are at the forefront of exciting technological developments. You’ll be hands-on, collaborating and problem-solving from day one, as you take part in industry-changing innovation.  

This degree includes 60 days Industrial Training which provides a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience. WIL allows you to engage in work learning experiences that integrate academic learning with its application in the workplace, connecting you directly with industry and community partners.

 

Program Code
8621
CRICOS Code
067604G
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
1,224

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Entry requirements

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • 4-year non-accredited (under the Washington Accord) Bachelor of Engineering degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with a minimum 65% average; or

  • 3-year Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in a cognate discipline, at least equivalent to the first three years of an Engineering degree accredited under the Washington Accord with a minimum 75% average.

A pathway for entry into the program for graduates from both 4-year Bachelor of Engineering degrees in non-cognate disciplines, and 3-year Bachelor of Science degrees, exists via enrolment first into the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) program, where advanced standing (to a maximum of 2 years) may be granted.

Pathway Programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • 4-year non-accredited (under the Washington Accord) Bachelor of Engineering degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with a minimum 65% average; or

  • 3-year Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in a cognate discipline, at least equivalent to the first three years of an Engineering degree accredited under the Washington Accord with a minimum 75% average.

A pathway for entry into the program for graduates from both 4-year Bachelor of Engineering degrees in non-cognate disciplines, and 3-year Bachelor of Science degrees, exists via enrolment first into the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) program, where advanced standing (to a maximum of 2 years) may be granted.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Master of Engineering is a two-year degree, which can be studied part time or full time. In this degree you’ll gain a solid background in an area of your choice. 

The structure of this degree provides the opportunity for students to specialise in an area of interest while gaining a depth of knowledge across a broad range of topics. This degree serves as an entry point to move into the Engineering Profession.

With a strong component of industrial, on-the-job training, our program structure includes:

  • 60 days of industrial training 

  • Six disciplinary knowledge courses 

  • Five advanced disciplinary knowledge courses

  • Two engineering and technical knowledge courses

  • One design course

  • A research project

    • Environmental Engineering (8621)
    • Civil Engineering (8621)
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering (8621)
    • Mining Engineering (8621)
    • Petroleum Engineering (8621)
    • Renewable Energy (8621)
    • Telecommunications

Full program structure

Degree structures can vary depending on your specialisation of choice, the number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.

In your first year you'll study :

  • Disciplinary Knowledge courses, these are introductory courses where you’ll learn the fundamentals of your chosen specialisation 

  • You may also start studying some of your Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses where you’ll be able to tailor your degree to your interest by selecting courses which align with your career goals. 

In the second year, you’ll complete the remaining Disciplinary and Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses, and study: 

  • Engineering and Technical Management courses which help you build skills in project and or staff management, leadership and strategy. 

  • A design course which is specific to your chosen specialisation – in this course you will be assigned a design task relevant on an area of your studies. 

At the end of your degree you’ll bring together all the Engineering principles you’ve learnt to solve complex, open ended problems such as the development of a specific design, process and/or the investigation of a hypothesis. 

This degree requires you to complete 60 days of Industrial Training, which gives you some on the job experience before graduating, enabling you to develop the essential technical and professional skills, so you thrive in your future career. 

Future careers

UNSW Engineering graduates are some of the most sought-after engineers in Australia and abroad thanks to the reputation of our research and teaching. 

Your career opportunities will depend on your area of specialization, potential roles include:

  • Biomedical Engineer

  • Civil Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Mining Engineer

  • Petroleum Engineer 

  • Renewable Energy Engineer

  • Telecommunications Engineer

 Visit the various engineering degree specialisations for examples of career opportunities.

Accreditation

Engineers Australia, Graduates my apply to Engineers Australia for membership. Further information may be found on engineersaustralia.org.au

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$35,760*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$71,760*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$47,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$97,040*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). 

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below. 

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International

 

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.

Featured scholarship

The UNSW Women in Engineering Research Scholarship was established to assist women of high academic achievement with an interest in a research and/or an academic career in engineering. UNSW Engineering offers two Women in Engineering Top-up Scholarships every semester.


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