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Master of Engineering

Overview

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 to Engineers Australia.

The world is changing fast. Rather than fighting change, at UQ we believe it’s something to embrace.

Postgraduate engineering studies will prepare you for more senior, leadership roles so you can boldly ask questions in new and challenging ways.

This three year program is designed to develop your expertise through advanced courses and specialised electives. It's a pathway to becoming an accredited engineer and has been submitted for accreditation by Engineers Australia.

Discipline focussed courses coupled with practical research or industry based projects will give you the confidence and capability to solve complex engineering challenges in a changing world.

Here, you’ll study alongside peers who share your passion for solving human problems such as climate change, overpopulation, network security and more.

Prepare for senior leadership roles

The 21st century engineer is someone with a truly global outlook who addresses increasingly complex and interdisciplinary challenges. UQ’s Master of Engineering has been designed to include business and innovation courses so graduating students are better prepared to take on more senior leadership roles.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5709
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45120 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5709
CRICOS Code
099431C
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • 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.
  • Specialise in bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials and manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, renewable energy, software engineering or urban water engineering.
  • 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.

5 in the world for mineral and mining engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

38 in the world for chemical engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

Fields of study

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Professional Engineering and the Business Environment: Global Practice
  • Engineering Innovation and Leadership

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Renewable energy manager

Job spotlight

Design Engineering Manager

$104–$208K

(Late career salary)

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Job spotlight

Geotechnical Engineer

$82K–$238K

(Late career salary)

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Next steps after graduation

Graduate from the Master of Engineering and you’ll have the specialist knowledge and technical skills to meet the demands of the future. You’ll undertake industry-based or research projects and develop your ability to understand, manage and deliver complex professional projects.

Prepare for senior leadership roles

The 21st century engineer is someone with a truly global outlook who addresses increasingly complex and interdisciplinary challenges. UQ’s Master of Engineering has been designed to include business and innovation courses so graduating students are better prepared to take on more senior, leadership roles.

Discipline focussed courses

Students will develop professional engineering skills and technical expertise in their discipline through advanced and master's level courses. This knowledge will expertly prepare graduates with the necessary skills required to solve complex engineering challenges in a changing world.

Practical research or industry-based projects

All students complete a two-semester research project or industry placement as part of this program. This practical experience is essential in developing a comprehensive understanding of your discipline and gives you invaluable experience in developing, managing and delivering on complex projects.

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Engineers Australia

Program accreditation

The Master of Engineering is accredited by:

  • Engineers Australia

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

To enrol in the 48-unit program, a person must (i) hold an approved degree or equivalent in engineering or a relevant field of study with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale.; and (ii) satisfy the executive dean, that based on their academic record, they are suitably qualified for admission into this program.

Prerequisites

To enrol in the 48-unit program, a person must (i) hold an approved degree or equivalent in engineering or a relevant field of study with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale.; and (ii) satisfy the executive dean, that based on their academic record, they are suitably qualified for admission into this program.

English language requirements

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.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Engineering are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Bioengineering

Solve bio-related challenges facing our society by producing chemical building blocks, therapeutical drugs (biopharmaceuticals), tissue engineered organs, new medical imaging technology and diagnostic devices.

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.

Careers

You will work at the interface of biomedicine and engineering. Examples of bioengineering applications include:

  • Cell engineered to produce chemical building blocks
  • Therapeutical drugs (biopharmaceuticals)
  • Tissue engineered organs
  • New medical imaging technology
  • Diagnostic devices

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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 optimisation 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.

Careers

  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Multinational engineering organisations
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Educational institutions
  • Government and regulatory institutions
  • Research and testing laboratories

View

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.

Careers

  • Advanced environmental monitoring techniques
  • Physical and numerical modelling of environmental fluid mechanics
  • Advanced sustainable built environment
  • Ground Improvement and remediation technologies
  • Dam and embankment engineering
  • Underground structures, modelling and support design
  • Advanced concrete structures and concrete technology
  • Design of composite structures
  • Computational methods for design optimisation
  • Spatial and quantitative methods for transport data analytics

View

Electrical Engineering

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

All students complete a two-semester research project or industry placement giving you invaluable experience in developing, managing and delivering on complex projects.

Careers

Electrical engineers are employed in a wide range of organisations including industries, educational institutions, companies and governments. Some graduates also go on to establish their own companies early in their careers. Electrical engineers typically find careers in areas such as:

  • Telecommunications
  • Signal and image processing
  • Robotics and intelligent systems
  • Computer systems
  • Electric power generation transmission and distribution
  • Biomedical instrumentation, imaging, diagnostics and decision support systems
  • Mining and transport
  • Defense, aviation and automotive technologies

View

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.

Careers

Mechanical engineers are employed in diverse industries including the automotive, aerospace, environmental, medical, power generation and building industries to name a few. Our graduates work in design and development, testing and manufacturing, consulting firms, government agencies and educational institutions.

Employment opportunities in Australia and overseas range from very large mining, refining, construction and manufacturing companies to small companies in which you might be the only engineer. Some graduates start their own companies soon after they have gained the experience required to become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

View

Petroleum Engineering

According to the world’s leading energy forecasting entity, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the oil and gas demand will continue for many decades in order to support the energy needs of a growing world population. Significant petroleum engineering investment will still be needed for years to come.

The Master of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) incorporates lectures and project work, with a wide range of engineering fundamentals, relevant to the modern petroleum industry. If you are already working, the program allows for flexible studies with eight technical courses, delivered in intensive lecture blocks of four to six days.

Lecturers include experts from UQ and experienced guest lecturers from the oil and gas industry, and you will meet potential employers from an early stage. Courses are hands-on in nature so that you are technically well prepared for and have a sound knowledge of industrial practices.

Field Development Project work in the final semester applies ideas and methods to evaluate real oil and gas fields and to design plans for resource development.

The cohorts generally consist of mature students – domestic and international – with diverse work experience, which makes sharing knowledge and experience an inherent part of this program.

Careers

As a Petroleum Engineer, you can find yourself working for some of the world’s largest companies looking to design and develop new methods for extracting oil and gas.

Australia’s oil, gas and energy industries play a key role in the economy, underpinning the economic performance of the transport, mining and agriculture sectors. With continued population growth and the ever-increasing need for energy, the future economic growth of the modern industry looks definite. There are also many opportunities to work overseas.

While this degree may be accredited by an official industry accreditation body in Australia, completion of the degree may not result in graduates receiving automatic accreditation. Please contact the relevant registration body for details of any conditions for accreditation.

View

Renewable Energy Engineering

Advance your existing skills to a deeper level, by applying your engineering knowledge to renewable energy technologies and systems. 

The Master of Engineering (Renewable Energy Engineering) will give you a broad understanding 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. Students will study core courses and a year-long research or industry based project common to the Master of Engineering, as well as electives aligned to:

  • Generation, Storage and Materials (background in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related field).
  • Power Systems (background in Electrical Engineering or related field).
  • Transport Systems and eMobility (background in Civil Engineering or related field).

View

Software Engineering

In a digital future, the opportunities for software are as limitless as the human imagination.

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.

In this field, you will use the principles of computer design, engineering, management, psychology and sociology in small or large multinational companies.

Careers

Accredited software engineers establish their own companies or work with large corporations in the areas of software design, development and advancement. Diverse roles are available, ranging from information security analysts, computer and multimedia programmers, through to software developers and information systems managers. Graduates also find employment as network managers with oversight of all company data including databases and storage.

Software engineers are employed by leading organisations such as SAP, Oracle, IBM, eBay, LinkedIn, Google and Canon.

View

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.

The trend towards urbanisation and associated water stress in modern cities is strengthening, and as the urban centres become more densely populated this will not be reversed in the foreseeable future. Globally, there is shortage of engineers with expertise in all aspects of the urban water cycle and their reciprocal influence and integration.

The Master of Engineering (Urban Water Engineering) is designed to develop your technical expertise through advanced and master's level courses, and provides the opportunity to select electives to complement your discipline. This knowledge will expertly prepare graduates with the necessary skills required to solve complex engineering challenges in a changing world.

Careers

  • Consulting / Multinational engineering organisations
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Educational institutions
  • Municipal and governmental bodies
  • Urban utilities

View

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Bioengineering

Solve bio-related challenges facing our society by producing chemical building blocks, therapeutical drugs (biopharmaceuticals), tissue engineered organs, new medical imaging technology and diagnostic devices.

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.

Careers

You will work at the interface of biomedicine and engineering. Examples of bioengineering applications include:

  • Cell engineered to produce chemical building blocks
  • Therapeutical drugs (biopharmaceuticals)
  • Tissue engineered organs
  • New medical imaging technology
  • Diagnostic devices

View

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 optimisation 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.

Careers

  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Multinational engineering organisations
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Educational institutions
  • Government and regulatory institutions
  • Research and testing laboratories

View

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.

Careers

  • Advanced environmental monitoring techniques
  • Physical and numerical modelling of environmental fluid mechanics
  • Advanced sustainable built environment
  • Ground Improvement and remediation technologies
  • Dam and embankment engineering
  • Underground structures, modelling and support design
  • Advanced concrete structures and concrete technology
  • Design of composite structures
  • Computational methods for design optimisation
  • Spatial and quantitative methods for transport data analytics

View

Electrical Engineering

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

All students complete a two-semester research project or industry placement giving you invaluable experience in developing, managing and delivering on complex projects.

Careers

Electrical engineers are employed in a wide range of organisations including industries, educational institutions, companies and governments. Some graduates also go on to establish their own companies early in their careers. Electrical engineers typically find careers in areas such as:

  • Telecommunications
  • Signal and image processing
  • Robotics and intelligent systems
  • Computer systems
  • Electric power generation transmission and distribution
  • Biomedical instrumentation, imaging, diagnostics and decision support systems
  • Mining and transport
  • Defense, aviation and automotive technologies

View

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.

Careers

Mechanical engineers are employed in diverse industries including the automotive, aerospace, environmental, medical, power generation and building industries to name a few. Our graduates work in design and development, testing and manufacturing, consulting firms, government agencies and educational institutions.

Employment opportunities in Australia and overseas range from very large mining, refining, construction and manufacturing companies to small companies in which you might be the only engineer. Some graduates start their own companies soon after they have gained the experience required to become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

View

Petroleum Engineering

According to the world’s leading energy forecasting entity, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the oil and gas demand will continue for many decades in order to support the energy needs of a growing world population. Significant petroleum engineering investment will still be needed for years to come.

The Master of Engineering (Petroleum Engineering) incorporates lectures and project work, with a wide range of engineering fundamentals, relevant to the modern petroleum industry. If you are already working, the program allows for flexible studies with eight technical courses, delivered in intensive lecture blocks of four to six days.

Lecturers include experts from UQ and experienced guest lecturers from the oil and gas industry, and you will meet potential employers from an early stage. Courses are hands-on in nature so that you are technically well prepared for and have a sound knowledge of industrial practices.

Field Development Project work in the final semester applies ideas and methods to evaluate real oil and gas fields and to design plans for resource development.

The cohorts generally consist of mature students – domestic and international – with diverse work experience, which makes sharing knowledge and experience an inherent part of this program.

Careers

As a Petroleum Engineer, you can find yourself working for some of the world’s largest companies looking to design and develop new methods for extracting oil and gas.

Australia’s oil, gas and energy industries play a key role in the economy, underpinning the economic performance of the transport, mining and agriculture sectors. With continued population growth and the ever-increasing need for energy, the future economic growth of the modern industry looks definite. There are also many opportunities to work overseas.

While this degree may be accredited by an official industry accreditation body in Australia, completion of the degree may not result in graduates receiving automatic accreditation. Please contact the relevant registration body for details of any conditions for accreditation.

View

Renewable Energy Engineering

Advance your existing skills to a deeper level, by applying your engineering knowledge to renewable energy technologies and systems. 

The Master of Engineering (Renewable Energy Engineering) will give you a broad understanding 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. Students will study core courses and a year-long research or industry based project common to the Master of Engineering, as well as electives aligned to:

  • Generation, Storage and Materials (background in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or related field).
  • Power Systems (background in Electrical Engineering or related field).
  • Transport Systems and eMobility (background in Civil Engineering or related field).

View

Software Engineering

In a digital future, the opportunities for software are as limitless as the human imagination.

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.

In this field, you will use the principles of computer design, engineering, management, psychology and sociology in small or large multinational companies.

Careers

Accredited software engineers establish their own companies or work with large corporations in the areas of software design, development and advancement. Diverse roles are available, ranging from information security analysts, computer and multimedia programmers, through to software developers and information systems managers. Graduates also find employment as network managers with oversight of all company data including databases and storage.

Software engineers are employed by leading organisations such as SAP, Oracle, IBM, eBay, LinkedIn, Google and Canon.

View

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.

The trend towards urbanisation and associated water stress in modern cities is strengthening, and as the urban centres become more densely populated this will not be reversed in the foreseeable future. Globally, there is shortage of engineers with expertise in all aspects of the urban water cycle and their reciprocal influence and integration.

The Master of Engineering (Urban Water Engineering) is designed to develop your technical expertise through advanced and master's level courses, and provides the opportunity to select electives to complement your discipline. This knowledge will expertly prepare graduates with the necessary skills required to solve complex engineering challenges in a changing world.

Careers

  • Consulting / Multinational engineering organisations
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Educational institutions
  • Municipal and governmental bodies
  • Urban utilities

View

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120

Indicative annual fee 2020

This 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 (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Engineering pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $28,640

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Engineering at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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