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Master of Engineering Science (Telecommunications)

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
View all admission criteria
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

UNSW Master of Engineering Science (Telecommunications) is a two-year degree that allows you to acquire advanced modern knowledge of the telecommunications industry. As a part of the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, this degree offers you a collection of facilities and labs that support research to enhance your learning experience.

You can expand your career opportunities in this booming industry by gaining a competitive edge with this in-depth postgraduate degree. As the largest electrical engineering school in Australia, with over 1800 students and 43 academic staff, our degree provides advanced telecommunications training in the latest industry theory and application.

This degree focuses on recent advanced aspects of telecommunications engineering, including protocols used in networks such as the internet, the operation and control of networks and the design and operation of switches and routers. It also covers aspects of advanced wireless communications, such as modulation and coding techniques, and information theory.

You can opt for flexible learning option, a keystone feature designed for students with a four-year accredited engineering degree wishing to broaden job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.

*Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Why study this degree at UNSW?

We’re global leaders in smart electricity grids and microgrids, future wireless networks and artificially intelligent signal processing and networks. The Master of Engineering Science (Telecommunications) is focused on providing you with a diverse and innovative learning experience.

Our research has received the maximum 5-star rating, making the standard of our output and educators world class according to the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) evaluations. With flexible options available and proactive learning embraced, we offer a modern, progressive place to learn.

During your degree, you’ll be learning about:

  • Renewable energy systems
  • Signal processing
  • Mobile communication
  • Communication networks
  • Silica optical fibre fabrication facility
  • Polymer optical fibre fabrication facility
  • Optical waveguide fabrication facility
  • Industrial and process control
  • Systems neuroscience & Biomedical Engineering

 

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 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.*

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

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 UNSW institution in a cognate discipline.

     

    Cognate disciplines

     
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Telecommunication Engineering
     

     

  • A 3 year Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7 equivalent) from any institution in a Cognate 2 discipline.

     

    Cognate Two disciplines

     
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Telecommunication Engineering
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering
    • Photonic Engineering
    • Optoelectronics/Electronics Engineering
     

     

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 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.*

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

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 UNSW institution in a cognate discipline.

     

    Cognate disciplines

     
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Telecommunication Engineering
     

     

  • A 3 year Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7 equivalent) from any institution in a Cognate 2 discipline.

     

    Cognate Two disciplines

     
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Telecommunication Engineering
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering
    • Photonic Engineering
    • Optoelectronics/Electronics Engineering
     

     

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

With the rapid technology evolution occurring across the telecommunications industry, you’ll be poised to secure a role working with the newest and upcoming telecommunications systems upon completion of this highly specialised degree.

The requirement for skilled graduates is growing as technology advances and its uses become broader. Demand for skilled graduates has been boosted in Australia by huge infrastructure projects like the National Broadband Network (NBN).

When you complete your degree, you could work for:

  • Telecommunications service providers such as iiNet or Skype
  • Major equipment and device manufacturers such as Cisco, Apple or Huawei
  • Start-up companies such as Airhop Communications, Cloudscaling, Devicescape or UNSW's own Zedelef.

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.

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

2023 Indicative CSP First Year Fee

$8,010*

2023 Indicative CSP Fee to Complete Degree

$16,285*

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*

Full Fees are the cost of the degree for students who do not receive a CSP place.​

*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.

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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I love that everything in the world is being engineered by somebody.
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