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Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering)

Australia's #1 Engineering & Technology Faculty
Combine innovative thinking and technical expertise as you explore a new area of engineering. This two-year Master of Engineering Science program involves complex, open-ended and enquiry-based projects. It’s an exciting, practical degree that offers the chance to join a globally renowned school with a reputation for pushing boundaries.
Commencing Terms
Term 1, 2 & 3
Duration
1 - 2 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Campus
Kensington
Codes
Program code 8338
CRICOS code 084282A
Entry Requirements
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Fees
Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this program
2024 Indicative CSP first year fee
$9,000*
2024 Indicative CSP fee to complete degree
$18,500*
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Overview

The Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering) is a two-year full-time year degree at UNSW’s leading engineering faculty. You’ll explore the study of electrical engineering where you’ll learn across a variety of engineering systems, including renewable energy and signal processing.

This postgraduate degree is designed to take your knowledge of a specialisation from an undergraduate degree level to an advanced post graduate level. Armed with expertise, you'll be able to enter a new field or lay the foundations for a career in research and development.

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.

*Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Why study this degree at UNSW?

The Master of Electrical Engineering is a specialised degree that includes an extensive research component to help you develop or enhance your career prospects through cross-training and re-training.

After graduating you'll be armed with practical and analytical skills to take on a variety of modern engineering projects. You’ll acquire advanced knowledge in electronic engineering, power systems and project management.

By studying at UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications you will gain access to world-class facilities, such as the world’s largest university-based real-time digital simulation laboratory for simulating entire electricity grids.

We also host Australia’s largest high voltage laboratory, with facilities for high voltage testing (AC, DC and Impulse voltages) and condition monitoring of electrical equipment, with partial discharge detection equipment, transformer ratio arm bridges, recovery voltage testing, thermal testing and variable frequency testing of insulation.

Each year our researchers work with over 100 industry and government organisations on industry and community-related projects.

 

Program Code
8338
CRICOS Code
084282A
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
2,383

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Entry requirements

Entry into this Master of Engineering Science specialisation depends on your cognate background.

Entry into the Master’s program requires completion of a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering degree (or equivalent) or 3-year Engineering Science degree in a cognate discipline. A minimum 65% average, or its equivalent, throughout the qualifying bachelor’s degree is mandatory.* 

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science/Master of Engineering Science pathway does not apply to this specialisation

 *Qualifications from non-211 Chinese Universities will require a 70% average

 

Cognate disciplines

  • Communications Engineering
  • Electrical and Automation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Automation
  • Control and Automation
  • Systems and Control
  • Electronic Information
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Optoelectronic Engineering
  • Photonics Engineering
  • Power Electronics
  • Power Engineering
  • Renewable Engineering
  • Telecommunication Engineering
  • Telecommunications

 

 

Recognition of Prior Learning (Credit Transfer)

UNSW recognises that many students have professional experience or relevant previous studies. If you have worked in a relevant industry or have relevant previous study experience, you may be eligible for credit points that would enable you to complete your Master of Engineering Science in as little as one year, or another accelerated option listed below dependent on your previous study and experience.

  •  A 4 year Bachelor Degree with honours (AQF Level 8 equivalent) from any institution in a cognate discipline.

     

     

  • A 3 year Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7 equivalent) from any institution in a cognate discipline.

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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Entry into this Master of Engineering Science specialisation depends on your cognate background.

Entry into the Master’s program requires completion of a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering degree (or equivalent) or 3-year Engineering Science degree in a cognate discipline. A minimum 65% average, or its equivalent, throughout the qualifying bachelor’s degree is mandatory.* 

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science/Master of Engineering Science pathway does not apply to this specialisation

 *Qualifications from non-211 Chinese Universities will require a 70% average

 

Cognate disciplines

  • Communications Engineering
  • Electrical and Automation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Automation
  • Control and Automation
  • Systems and Control
  • Electronic Information
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Optoelectronic Engineering
  • Photonics Engineering
  • Power Electronics
  • Power Engineering
  • Renewable Engineering
  • Telecommunication Engineering
  • Telecommunications

 

 

Recognition of Prior Learning (Credit Transfer)

UNSW recognises that many students have professional experience or relevant previous studies. If you have worked in a relevant industry or have relevant previous study experience, you may be eligible for credit points that would enable you to complete your Master of Engineering Science in as little as one year, or another accelerated option listed below dependent on your previous study and experience.

  •  A 4 year Bachelor Degree with honours (AQF Level 8 equivalent) from any institution in a cognate discipline.

  • A 3 year Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7 equivalent) from any institution in a cognate discipline.

Admission pathways


If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with UNSW College. UNSW College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your UNSW journey with confidence. 

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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

When you choose to study a Master of Engineering Science, you’ll choose from one of 26 specialisations which will help you make your next career move.

Within these specialisations your study will include:

  • Enquiry-based courses
  • Disciplinary courses
  • Engineering and Technical Management Courses.

You’ll be able to tailor your degree to your interests by combining courses in your chosen specialisation with elective courses.

You’ll also have the chance to work on a complex, open-ended enquiry-based 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.

Depending on your specialisation and your previous studies/professional experience you may study:

  • At least 4 Disciplinary Courses
  • At least 4 Advanced Disciplinary Courses
  • At least 1 Engineering and Technical Management Course
  • At least 3 enquiry-based courses (which includes a research project)
  • At least 4 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.

You’ll complete a research project in this degree within the enquiry-based courses. In this you can choose to develop your Postgraduate Research skills to assist with the research project component of the degree or as your first step towards a Higher Degree Research (PhD) program. Or you can complete a “Launching a Startup” course where you will be equipped with the skills necessary to successfully commercialise your ideas.

Future careers

As an electrical engineer, you’ll design and develop new electrical systems, solve problems and test cutting-edge equipment. Electrical Engineers are sought-after in a number of industries, working with a variety of electronic devices from the smallest pocket devices to large supercomputers.

Our electrical engineering students learn through a combination of design and lab work, ensuring you’re ready for your career. This mix of theory and practical application allows you to visualise concepts and apply them in real life situations.

A variety of professional opportunities await you on graduation, with electrical engineering culminating in a diverse range of career paths. You'll also gain the broad engineering skills and expertise that will enable you to change careers to achieve new goals.

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

Enhance your job prospects with a Master of Electrical Engineering to open the door the roles including:

  • Electronics Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Civil/Environmental engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Information Technologist
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer

 

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.

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

Commonwealth Supported Places

2024 Indicative CSP First Year Fee

$9,000*

2024 Indicative CSP Fee to Complete Degree

$18,500*

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

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$41,000*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$84,000*

*The indicative Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) fees are an estimate based on the relevant student contribution band/s for a Commonwealth Supported Place undertaking a standard full-time load of 48 units of credit per year (1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load/1 EFTSL). To find out more about Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the degree/program. The indicative fee listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$54,000*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$112,500*

*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 here.

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.  

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


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