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)
1 - 2 Year(s)

Overview

Engineers combine innovative thinking and technical expertise to develop creative solutions to natural and human problems. Engineers require up to the minute knowledge and expertise in their varying fields to maintain accreditation and offer the best solutions to their sector.

This degree is designed for students looking to further their career by upskilling, retraining, refreshing on recent developments in the field or further specialising in an area of engineering. You’ll have the flexibility to specialise in one area or broaden your knowledge in other areas of Engineering. As you build on your knowledge, you’ll meet the requirements to maintain professional accreditation standards and continue your professional development.

Exciting and practical, this degree features complex, open-ended enquiry-based projects as well as many other opportunities to help you become a leader in your field. Students will develop their technical knowledge and ability to analyse engineering problems. They will also gain further skills in solving engineering problems and justifying professional decisions. The completion of an enquiry-based project provides a pathway toward postgraduate research degrees.

Key features

The Master of Engineering Science is for students with a recognised four-year Engineering Degree. Recent updates and enhanced recognition of prior learning enable students to complete the degree between one to two years, depending on the selected specialisation, accreditation of undergraduate degree, previous study experience and/or relevant work experience.

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.

This degree is offered in a range of specialisations tailored to the needs of today’s engineering industry. 

Specialisations include:

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, which may reduce the duration of this degree. Some specialisations allow entry from other cognate degrees in conjunction with relevant engineering work experience.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Postgraduate study at UNSW Engineering gives you the opportunity to make 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 specialise in your field and take a leading role in the industry.

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 Engineering 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.

 

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

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Entry requirements

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 this program in 1 year, 1.7 years, or 2 years. General entry requirements for each option are outlined below. Please consult individual specialisations for further details.

One Year Program

You will need one of the following: 

  • Four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree from Australia or accredited under the Washington Accord in one of the cognate disciplines below with a 65% GPA.*

  • Four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree not accredited under the Washington Accord in one of the cognate disciplines below with a 65% GPA* including:
    • Final year capstone design or research project
    • A project management course
    • Three years of work experience in a relevant professional engineering role

1.7 Year Program:

You will need one of the following:

  • Four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree not accredited under the Washington Accord in one of the cognate disciplines below with a 65% GPA* including:
    • A final year capstone design or research project
    • A project management course

Two Year Program 

You will need:

  • Four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree from Australia or accredited under the Washington Accord in any discipline with a 65% GPA.*
    • Students with this background may still be assessed for advanced standing on a case by case basis.

*Please note that Chinese degrees from non-211 universities will require a 70% GPA. 

Admission 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.

Admission 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.


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 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

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

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

Your career opportunities will depend on your area of specialisation. Visit the various engineering degree 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

2022 Indicative CSP First Year Fee

$8,010*

2022 Indicative CSP Fee to Complete Degree

$16,285*

There are many Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available for this degree. This means that the government subsidises a large portion of the fee for eligible domestic students, significantly reducing the cost to the student. Your eligibility to receive a CSP will be automatically assessed when you apply. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$36,330*
2022 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$73,525*

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.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$49,205*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$99,330*

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