Expand your knowledge in your area of expertise or broaden your knowledge in another area of Engineering to grow professionally.

 

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

Overview

UNSW Master of Engineering Science (Robotics) is a 2-year full-time postgraduate degree for students wanting to explore and specialise in the growing field of Robotics and automation. The degree is designed for students with a background in engineering and a recognised undergraduate degree to provide a foundation for continued learning.  

The Master of Robotics offers unique opportunities to combine a range of essential elements from a number of disciplines to develop modern day robotics and autonomous systems – and change the world for the better. In this degree, you’ll develop the knowledge, tools and strategies to design and develop state-of-the art-robotic systems that answer human challenges. 

You’ll be able to develop and expand your knowledge and skills in your current area of expertise and meet or maintain professional accreditation standards. Postgraduate study also opens the door to increased professional opportunities and greater involvement in the research sphere of this specialisation. 
 
This degree offers core disciplinary knowledge, advanced disciplinary knowledge and an advanced research component in the field of Robotics. It’s a comprehensive postgraduate study option for professional Mechanical/Electrical engineers or Computer Scientists wishing to upgrade their skills or extend their knowledge. 

Why study at UNSW?

Advance your knowledge in Robotics with a degree from Australia’s top-ranking Engineering faculty. You’ll study at UNSW’s School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, ranked #1 in Australia and 45th in the world in the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. We’re the only Australian university ranked in the top 50.  

We produce internationally acclaimed research, working closely with industry to provide innovative solutions to the sector. We’re leaders in research into Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Working with state-of-the-art sensors, we apply complex theories to the development of next generation robotic systems and autonomous vehicles. Due to recent investment, we’re now home to many cutting-edge laboratory facilities which are unique nationally.     

There’s a range of benefits from studying with us:   

  • Our staff are experts in their field in Australia and across the world  
  • We have expertise in a diverse set of Mechanical Engineering disciplines including aerospace, mechanical, advanced manufacturing, mechatronic and robotics   
  • Cutting-edge laboratory facilities including a robotics laboratory, energy storage laboratory, solar thermal energy laboratory and nuclear energy laboratory   
  • 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 Xinjang Goldwind Science & Technology   

UNSW Engineering is home to UNSW Robotics and Autonomous Systems. This research group conducts internationally recognised research into the design and analysis of robotic systems, combining core knowledge from control engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science. We work across a range of projects drawing on our academic staff and research students’ expertise with plenty of opportunities to get involved with our work.  

In Robotics and Autonomous Systems, we research and develop methodologies to be used in achieving persistent autonomous operation of aerial and ground vehicles. Our projects include work in: 

  • Field Robotics 
  • Medical Robotics: Precision Robotics: Space Robotics 
  • Control Systems 
  • Autonomous Urban Transportation Systems 
  • Agricultural Robotics 
Program Code
8338
CRICOS Code
084282A
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
2,383

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Entry requirements

Admission to this program 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.

Alternative entry pathways

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.

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:

  • 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.

Pathway programs

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.

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 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

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

This new degree at UNSW offers a range of professional opportunities in the growing field of Robotics upon graduation. As organisations and engineers find new and unique ways to apply robotics to existing and emerging fields the types of roles you can pursue abound.  

With a degree in Robotics Engineering from UNSW you could pursue roles including a Robotics Engineer, Project Engineer and Systems Engineer to just scratch the surface. Many jobs in this field are yet to be imagined.  

Pursue a range of careers in industries and sectors, including:   

  • Automation  
  • Robotics  
  • Engineering Design   
  • Propulsion Systems  
  • Control Systems  
  • Technology  

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^*

There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

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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