Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this program

Upskill your engineering qualification and add a commerce major to build skills in professional decision making, leadership and strategy.

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Engineering Science, Master of Commerce
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1.5 - 3 years

Overview

The Master of Engineering Science/Master of Commerce double degree allows you to graduate with two postgraduate qualifications. This degree is ideal for you if you're an early or mid-career professional seeking to advance your career.

In this dual master's program, you’ll study discipline specific courses unique to Engineering or Commerce as well as building skills essential to professional decision making, project and staff management, leadership and strategy.

The Master of Engineering Science is designed for engineers and graduates wishing to develop and expand their knowledge and skills in their current area of expertise. Studying a Master of Engineering Science enables you to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards and provides opportunities for continuing professional development.

The Master of Commerce is innovative, industry-relevant and incorporates the latest thinking in business. If you're a non-business graduate wanting to develop your skills and knowledge in business, or a business graduate who would like to broaden your business knowledge, this program allows you to choose from a range of disciplines to reach your career goals. 

You can graduate with two master's after three years of study, however, students with advanced standing will be able to complete their studies up to a year and a half sooner.

Key features

You’ll study in a research-intense environment where you’ll be exposed to fundamental knowledge and cutting-edge advances in engineering and business so you can bring the latest practices into the workforce.

Upgrade your skills by focusing on your discipline of choice or opt for a multidisciplinary approach when choosing your electives. This program offers both disciplinary and advanced disciplinary knowledge, with a strong enquiry-based learning component for proactive learning.

With this double degree you can:

  • Boost or change your career in less than two years*
  • Choose from more than 23 specialisations
  • Work experience opportunities 
  • Industry networking opportunities

*Pending RPL requirements.

This degree is offered in a range of 9 engineering specialisations tailored to the needs of today’s engineering industry (additional specialisations will be made available in 2023). You’ll be able to combine your engineering degree with a commerce specialisation to gain knowledge and skills in professional decision making, project and staff management, leadership and strategy. 

In the Master of Engineering Science component of this program you can specialise in:

The Master of Commerce provides a high quality, industry relevant business education. If you're a non-business graduate wanting to develop your skills and knowledge in business, or if you are a business graduate who would like to broaden your business knowledge, you can specialise, choosing from a range of disciplines, to pursue your career ambitions.

Choose from commerce specialisations including:

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Postgraduate study at UNSW Engineering gives you the opportunity to make a career change or progress in your current field. We offer study options in more engineering disciplines than any other Australian university. Our degrees are designed to help you become a specialist in your field and take a leading role in the industry.

UNSW Business School is ranked the #1 business school in Australia by AFR BOSS*. As a UNSW Business School student, you’ll have access to Career Accelerator - a portfolio of work experience, professional development and global business project opportunities.

UNSW is a strong supporter of startups, with more founders than any other Australian university. UNSW Business School is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading business schools, with over 90,000 alumni worldwide, and potential connections for your future career.

UNSW Engineering is a leader in engineering education and research. We’re ranked #1 for Engineering in Australia and 36th globally.

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. With eight schools and more than 70 years’ experience, our researchers are at the forefront of exciting technological developments engaging in partnerships both here and overseas.

UNSW is known for its graduate employability, UNSW placed in the GradConnection AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards in 2020 and 2021. Australia’s top employers prefer UNSW graduates over any other university, and we’re ranked 22nd in the world for employer reputation.

We’re committed to providing a supportive, equitable and inclusive environment where all students and staff can thrive. We foster the highest number of female students of any engineering faculty. Our Engineering Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee works alongside students and staff to ensure the next generation of engineers succeed, regardless of their background

*AFR BOSS 2022 Best Business School Rankings

**According to QS Top Universities Rankings by Subject 2022

 

Program Code
8339
CRICOS Code
108472D
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
144

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Entry requirements

Entry to the combined Masters of Engineering Science/Masters of Commerce requires one of the following:

  • A recognised 4-year Bachelor degree in an appropriate area of engineering with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 5341 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 7320 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be eligible for up to 72 Units of Credit depending on your background:

For the Commerce component, up to 24 Units of Credit may be awarded based on your previous Business studies (at Bachelor level or higher).

For the Engineering Science component, between 24 and 48 Units of Credit may be awarded:

  • If you have a four year engineering degree that includes a final year capstone design or research project and a project management course you will be given 24 Units of Credit
  • If you have a four year engineering degree that includes a final year capstone design or research project and a project management course, AND at least 3 years of professional engineering work experience you will be given 24 Units of Credit
  • If you have an Australian 4-year Engineering Degree or an equivalent degree accredited under the Washington Accord you will be given 48 Units of Credit
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be obtained for other courses upon application.

You’ll be notified of the credits in your official letter of offer. The amount of credit awarded will reduce your overall degree duration by up to one and a half years.

Admission pathways

Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS)

Our Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS) is an alternative pathway for students considering postgraduate study. It applies to students who don’t quite make the cut-off weighted average mark, across all UNSW Engineering schools. Find out more about the interview process and eligibility criteria.

Learn more about EPAS

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.

Entry to the combined Masters of Engineering Science/Masters of Commerce requires one of the following:

  • A recognised 4-year Bachelor degree in an appropriate area of engineering with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 5341 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 7320 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be eligible for up to 72 Units of Credit depending on your background:

For the Commerce component, up to 24 Units of Credit may be awarded based on your previous Business studies (at Bachelor level or higher).

For the Engineering Science component, between 24 and 48 Units of Credit may be awarded:

  • If you have a four year engineering degree that includes a final year capstone design or research project and a project management course you will be given 24 Units of Credit
  • ·If you have a four year engineering degree that includes a final year capstone design or research project and a project management course, AND at least 3 years of professional engineering work experience you will be given 24 Units of Credit
  • If you have an Australian 4-year Engineering Degree or an equivalent degree accredited under the Washington Accord you will be given 48 Units of Credit
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be obtained for other courses upon application.

You’ll be notified of the credits in your official letter of offer. The amount of credit awarded will reduce your overall degree duration by up to one and a half years.

 

Admission pathways


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

Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS)

Our Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS) is an alternative pathway for students considering postgraduate study. It applies to students who don’t quite make the cut-off weighted average mark, across all UNSW Engineering schools. Find out more about the interview process and eligibility criteria.

Learn more about EPAS

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. 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.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

In this double degree program, you'll be able to further specialise in an Engineering area of your choice, whilst also specialising in a business area to advance your business knowledge and skills to take your career further.

Within your Engineering and Commerce specialisations, you'll study disciplinary specific courses whilst also building skills which are essential to professional decision making, project and staff management, leadership and strategy. 

    • Civil Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
    • Project Management
    • Structural Engineering
    • Sustainable Systems
    • Transport Engineering
    • Water Engineering: catchments to coasts
    • Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering

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 the Master of Engineering Science component of this program, you will choose from nine specialisation options, within your chosen specialisation you will study a combination of:

  • Disciplinary courses
  • Advanced disciplinary courses
  • Engineering and technical management courses
  • Enquiry-based courses (which includes a research project)
  • Elective courses (across Disciplinary, Advanced Disciplinary and Engineering and Technical Management courses)

Through the Disciplinary and Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses you’ll learn the technical knowledge and skills you need for your chosen specialisation. You’ll also update your knowledge in cutting-edge developments in your area of interest.

Engineering and Technical Management courses help you build skills in communicating and justifying professional decisions, employing ethical approaches to practice, and developing the abilities required for roles more focused on project and or staff management, leadership and strategy.

To complement this in the Master of Commerce component of this program you’ll specialise in one of 16 areas to develop your skills and knowledge in business, in addition you’ll study:

  • Core courses on professional skills and data analytics
  • Gateway courses that support your specialisation
  • Courses in your chosen specialisation
  • A UNSW Business School elective course
  • A Capstone or Practicum course

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. UNSW Business School graduates have been named among the most employable students by AFR Top100 Future Leaders Awards in 2021.

Your career opportunities will depend on your area of specialisation in both Engineering and Commerce, due to your unique set of skills you'll acquire in your degree, potential roles are almost limitless but can include:

  • Project Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Major Projects Executive
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Commercial Manager
  • Strategy and Operations Lead/Manager

 Visit the various engineering and commerce specialisations for examples of career opportunities.

How to apply

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 start your application?

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.

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Fees & Scholarships

Commonwealth Supported Places

2023 Indicative CSP First Year Fee

$11,326*

2023 Indicative CSP Fee to Complete Degree

$34,606*

All places within this degree are Commonwealth supported. This means that if you receive an offer from UNSW Sydney as a domestic student, you will have a substantial proportion of your fees  subsidised by the Australian government. Start your application today with our guide on how to apply

*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.

*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


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.

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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