Are you interested in designing, developing and implementing complex engineering projects? The Master of Engineering provides a pathway to becoming an accredited engineer in a range of specialised disciplines.

  • The Master of Engineering is designed to develop your expertise through advanced courses and specialised electives. The program is a pathway to becoming an accredited engineer and has been submitted for accreditation by Engineers Australia.
  • Choose to specialise in one of the following: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Software Engineering. See 'Fields of Study' for more information.
  • Undertake supervised projects relevant to your engineering field. You'll learn from UQ and guest academics, industry representatives, and business leaders about how to implement innovative design solutions in the real world.
  • Benefit from a program that includes a balance of business courses. You'll develop your ability to understand, manage and deliver complex professional projects within your chosen engineering discipline.

Build your engineering knowledge through practice-focused and technical courses that will prepare you to undertake challenging engineering projects in the 21st century.

  • Employability

    Industry engagement

    UQ maintains a strong engagement program with organisations including Boeing, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Google, Energex, and Rio Tinto. We also regularly host workshops for students to network with industry and employers. 

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The Faculty of Engineering was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2016/17 QS World University Rankings. Our engineering academics also scored the highest possible ratings in the most recent ERA Outcomes.

  • Why study

    International student scholarships

    There are a range of scholarships available to international students interested in the Master of Engineering, including postgraduate coursework scholarships available to students from China and India.

  • Teaching spaces

    State-of-the-art learning spaces

    St Lucia campus is home to the $135 million Advanced Engineering Building – a state-of-the-art facility that combines teaching and research spaces.

Fields of study for this program

There are 5 fields of study available in the Master of Engineering.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

Graudates of the Master of Engineering are equipped with the specialist knowledge, technical skills and business acumen needed for leadership roles within their chosen engineering discipline.

The program is a pathway to becoming an accredited engineer and opens doors to an array of industries, from consulting firms to forensic investigation companies, or working in areas such as chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, mining and software. 

Because the program has a strong emphasis on research and research skills, other students choose to work in research or advisory positions, or choose to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program.


Entry requirements


Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in Engineering (in the relevant field of study for which they wish to enrol) with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. View additional entry requirements for applicants with overseas qualifications.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Engineering are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Engineering. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Engineering.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Chemical Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) is designed to advance chemical engineers towards more senior, leadership roles in scoping and tackling the complex, interdisciplinary challenges associated with design and optimization of industrial scale processing of raw materials into commercial products.

Civil Engineering

The Master of Engineering is a two-year graduate entry program designed to enable students with appropriate non-accredited engineering qualifications to achieve entry level engineering accreditation [Engineers Australia National Generic Competency Standards ' Stage 1 Competency] in the field of Civil Engineering. The plan will allow students to advance their Civil engineering knowledge and skills and demonstrate their learning through practice-focused and advanced technical courses, experiential learning experiences, and research projects.

Electrical Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree is designed to equip students with state of the art technical and research skills, a global perspective on professional engineering practice and the competence to identify and apply current research practice to solve real-world engineering problems.

Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) is one of the broadest areas of engineering, covering dynamics and control, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, structures and solid mechanics and design and manufacture. Core to mechanical engineering process is the ability to formulate a problem, identify potential solutions, analyse and model solutions and select the most appropriate solution within constraints. This approach is integrated within the program and is applicable across a range of professions, making graduates well prepared for a changing world.

Software Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Software Engineering) provides a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge in software systems and applications. As our society becomes increasingly reliant on technology, there is great demand for skilled professionals to create the necessary software and information systems to transform the way we live and work.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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