This flexible postgraduate degree gives you an accredited specialisation in mechanical engineering while developing in-depth knowledge and technical ability. 

 

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)

Overview

UNSW Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) is a two-year postgraduate degree offered at Australia’s top engineering faculty. This flexible postgraduate degree lets you specialise in mechanical engineering and gain in-depth knowledge and technical ability while continuing your professional development through industrial training.

This degree is an entry point for graduates who want to pursue a career as an engineer with accreditation by Engineers Australia. In this degree, you’ll gain the theory, tools and strategies to design engineering systems and manage a product’s full life-cycle. You’ll gain advanced disciplinary knowledge and practical experience in areas of:

  • Computer-aided design and manufacture
  • Machine condition monitoring
  • Acoustics and noise
  • Composite materials and mechanics
  • Solar thermal energy design
  • Automobile engine technology

Through an extensive research project, you’ll have the opportunity to extend your knowledge in a specific area of interest. The project enables students to gain valuable skills in project planning and management and learn methods to undertake the critical analysis, interpretation and communication of results. 

Why study at UNSW?

Standout from other graduates in the job market with a degree from Australia’s top-ranking Engineering faculty. In the 2020 Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, UNSW  Mechanical Engineering ranked 1st in Australia and 35th in the world. As one of the largest mechanical engineering schools in Australia, we have more than 2,500 students and 90 staff members. 

With our global academic standing and size, benefits from studying with us include: 

  • Our teaching staff and researchers have expertise in a diverse set of Mechanical Engineering disciplines: aerospace, mechanical, advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and robotics 
  • Cutting-edge facilities including laboratories specialising in robotics, energy storage, solar thermal energy and nuclear energy
  • Our School is a research powerhouse for Mechanical Engineering with strengths in Energy Conversion and Storage, Engineered Medical Solutions and Robotics and Autonomous Systems 
  • Partnerships with industry leaders such as Australia Advanced Aerospace Technology, Delta V – Fusion Power Systems, Hyundai NGV, The Boeing Company and Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology 
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

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

Mechanical engineering is a profession that continues to evolve as technology improves and the optimisation of design and construction of machines continues. The demand for skilled engineering professionals is high, from large scale manufacturing projects to acoustics consultancies.

Mechanical Engineers work with energy, motion, forces, solids, liquids and gases and numbers. Depending on your area of interest, you can apply these skills to a range of sub-disciplines in mechanical engineering. The skills learned can be used in power generation, transport, composite structures, building services, Infrastructure and medical devices. 

UNSW graduates develop rewarding careers in roles such as:  

  • Aerospace Engineer 
  • Automotive  Engineer 
  • CAD Technician 
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineer 
  • Maintenance Engineer 
  • Mechanical Engineer 
  • Nuclear Engineer 

Accreditation

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.

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.

Apply here and search for ‘Engineering’ in the keywords. 


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