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Master of  Engineering

Program code: 5674
CRICOS code: 093154A


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Are you interested in designing, developing and implementing complex engineering projects? This program 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 chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials and manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, renewable energy, software engineering or urban water engineering.
  • 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

    UQ is ranked 75th in the world for Engineering and Technology in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Our engineering academics also scored an above world standard rating in the 2018 ERA Outcomes, which means our research is internationally significant.

  • 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 10 fields of study available in the Master of Engineering.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates 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.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


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.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Engineering are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

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.

Practicals, placements and internships

Completion of 450 hours of Engineering Professional Practice to satisfy the requirements of Engineers Australia.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

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.


New discoveries and modern technologies used in biology and medicine have led to the rapid change and growth of biomedical research and industry transitioning to sustainable operations. Rapid developments in the field of synthetic biology and its associated methods, including more widely available gene editing techniques, have substantially increased our capabilities for bioengineering. As our ability to modify and control biological systems increases, biological processes are replacing chemical and mechanical processes due to their inherent advantages of renewable resources, mild operation conditions and minimal waste problem. Bioengineering creates the opportunity to solve health and environmental problems. The University of Queensland promotes training in bioengineering education, with this new Master program to be key component, designed to help graduating students for tackling the major challenges that face our society. Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary research into biocatalysis, biomaterials synthesis, fabrication and characterisation, stem cell culture, tissue regeneration and medical device design.

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. All students complete a two-semester research project or industry placement as part of this program.

Civil Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) provides options for in-depth study in the broad engineering fields of structural, water and environmental, geotechnical and transportation engineering. The program enables students to advance their existing civil engineering knowledge and skills through practice-focused and advanced technical courses coupled with experiential learning experiences. Students will also be able to work directly and intensively with academic mentors through a research project in their final year.

Electrical Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) is designed to combine technical and research skills across biomedical imaging and instrumentation, power and energy systems, or photonics and microwave engineering with a global perspective on professional engineering practice. Students have flexibility to choose from a range of elective courses and will complete a two-semester research project or industry placement at companies like Allergen, Bayer or Cochlear as part of this program.

Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Materials and Manufacturing Engineering) combines professional engineering and leadership courses with advanced technical courses in composites, materials, manufacturing and mechanics. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of new and sustainable materials and how they can be used in applications as diverse as aerospace, medical devices and novel functional applications. All students complete a research project or industry placement as part of this program.

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.

Petroleum Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) covers the technical disciplines associated with the development of conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources. This field of study combines UQ's worldclass reputation in teaching and research with current industry insights to shape you and your fellow students as the next generation of highly skilled professionals that will solve future energy challenges. This field of study is taught by world-class industry experts, including guest lectures from current industry representatives and mentoring opportunities with senior technical managers. The program includes a world first field development capstone project to design a plan for development of an unconventional gas resource, opportunities for research projects on real industry problems, and hands on learning experiences with advanced software tools.

Renewable Energy Engineering

Students graduating with a Master of Engineering in the field of Renewable Energy Engineering from UQ will have a broad knowledge of how the diverse range of existing and emerging renewable energy technologies fit within current energy systems, as well as the nature and magnitude of the technical and other challenges that need to be overcome in the future. These challenges include the deployment of specific types of renewable energy technology more widely and on a larger scale, their integration into existing systems, and the emergence of new energy systems. The program broadens students' knowledge and understanding to important technical fields beyond their own undergraduate engineering discipline and extend to knowledge beyond engineering that is vital for developing good commercial and economic sense. The program also advances students' skills to a deeper level, by applying their own engineering discipline knowledge to renewable energy technologies and systems. Students will also gain a more in-depth knowledge of a renewable energy technology, or a closely-related engineering topic such as energy storage systems or system integration, chosen for its particular interest to them.

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.

Urban Water Engineering

The Master of Engineering (Urban Water Engineering) provides engineers with the integrated knowledge and skills required to grasp the whole urban water cycle and the linkages between its different aspects. Graduates will be equipped with the skills to design, optimise and manage the urban water infrastructure in the cities of the future.

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.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Engineering for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Safety boots (AS2210) (up to $140)
  • Hard hat (AS1801) ($15)
  • Safety induction program ($40 with group, or $80 individual)
  • Students who undertake vacation work, fieldwork or work experience will be required to fund their own travel and living expenses.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Engineering can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Engineering is 5674. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Engineering is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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