Master of  Engineering

Program code: 5674
CRICOS code: 093154A


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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 one of the following: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, 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

    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 7 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 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • 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. View additional entry requirements for applicants with overseas qualifications.

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, 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.

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.

Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

Materials engineering is concerned with the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Our quality of life and technological advancements we often take for granted are linked to the availability of engineered materials and products. Materials engineering allows us to further advance technology in virtually all aspects of engineering whether it is developing new materials for space exploration, new materials for medical devices, new energy storage materials or new environmentally friendly materials to name a few. Materials engineering goes hand in hand with manufacturing because the latest and greatest materials still need to be manufactured into engineered products. Manufacturing is an essential contributor to any advanced economy and modern manufacturing has become smarter, leaner, cleaner and more flexible. Innovative new manufacturing processes are revolutionising the way we design engineering products and allowing us to create complex, functional products once considered to be unmanufacturable. With Materials and Manufacturing Engineering you can work in the supply chain for almost any product in any industry as well as in specialised fields such as forensic failure analysis

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.

Urban Water Engineering

The Urban Water Engineering field of study 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 $42,768
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Engineering for the 2019 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

Apply now

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.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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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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