2021: February and July

2 years

2021: A$17,250*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Gain specialised skills in electrical power, telecommunications, process engineering or water management and aim for a top engineering career with the Master of Engineering.

The Master of Engineering prepares you for work in fast-growing industries, with a strong emphasis on real-world problem-solving and international trends.

You’ll acquire targeted skills through a combination of coursework, design exercises and research. You’ll have the chance to develop and implement innovative telecommunication or power-distribution solutions, with real-world applications.

Our College of Engineering and Science has world-class facilities, including high-tech engineering labs and a very strong research community.

In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia results we were rated:

  • 'well above world standard' in electrical and electronic engineering
  • 'above world standard' in engineering overall.

You can specialise in the following areas of engineering:

  • Electrical Power
  • Civil Engineering
  • Telecommunications.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, this course will be delivered in eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

When you study for a Masters of Engineering with VU, you’ll be part of a world-class research environment. The College of Engineering and Science research is ranked above world standard by Excellence in Research for Australia.

You’ll have access to state-of-the art labs with modern equipment. Our support services, programs and infrastructure give you the best road to success in your postgraduate study.


The College of Engineering and Science has associated institutes and centres that conduct independent research. The centres work closely with industry and community partners to produce cutting-edge, innovative engineering solutions.

As part of your masters research, you’ll have the chance to work with world-class institutes within the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.

We offer fantastic opportunities to work with other universities and industry partners, as part of your research.

University partnerships include:

  • Deakin University
  • University of NSW
  • Technion
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Sunchon National University (Korea)
  • University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP)
  • Nanjing University of Technology
  • Fudan University (China)

Industry and government partners include:

  • Barwon Water
  • Central Highlands Water
  • City West Water
  • Crusader Hose Pty Ltd
  • Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd
  • Departments of Health, Primary Industries, Sustainability and Environment
  • Fonterra cooperative
  • Ericsson
  • GWMWater
  • Melbourne Water
  • Regional Victoria Food Clusters
  • Telstra
  • Veolia Water Australia Pty Ltd
  • Victoria Chemical Company
  • Water Research Australia
  • Western Water.

We have a range of scholarships for postgraduate research to assist with the costs of study.

The College of Engineering and Science also provides 10 summer research scholarships to conduct research during the summer (up to 12 weeks) under the supervision of established researchers, and write-up scholarships for students to complete manuscripts for publication with their supervisors.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students

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Careers in engineering

On graduation you'll be able to prepare for a career in one of the following:

  • power generation, transmission, distribution, management and control
  • managing, designing and developing telecommunication network systems
  • microelectronic and electronic design
  • water-related government organisations and private firms.

Average salaries

Job titles vary depending on the specialisation chosen.

Electrical power:

  • instrument designer
  • energy economist
  • power engineer supervisor
  • power project coordinator.


  • telecommunications engineer
  • telecommunications network engineer.

Process engineering:

  • chemical engineer
  • process engineer
  • analytical chemist
  • manufacturing engineer
  • materials engineer
  • production manager
  • quality manager
  • research leader.

Water management:

  • water planning engineer
  • water policy officer
  • surface water modeller
  • water and wastewater treatment engineer
  • catchment management officer/engineer
  • hydrologist
  • project engineer
  • water program associate.

Course structure

To be eligible for the Master of Engineering, students are required to complete 192 credit points in total, consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of Common Interdisciplinary studies;
  • 48 credit points of Research studies;
  • 96 credit points of Core Specialisation studies.

Common Interdisciplinary Units:

Research Units:


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptually map the most recent theoretical developments in their Engineering specialisation and justify their application in various contemporary and emerging professional contexts;  
  2. Contribute to the discourse and practice around 'engineering sustainability' and elaborate the links between Engineering and innovation;  
  3. Critically apply knowledge and skills relevant to both their chosen specialisation and the broader discipline of Engineering to new and uncertain professional practice scenarios, exhibiting a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;  
  4. Design and evaluate Engineering projects or research which address complex issues and communicate subsequent findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and  
  5. Formulate and implement project management strategies that accurately meet stakeholder needs and expectations.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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