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Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Workplace

Overview

Develop your knowledge and focus your practical skills on a specific research area in engineering with the Master of Engineering (by Research).

As part of this course you'll increase your knowledge and practical skills with a research project in a specific area of engineering.

Our College of Engineering and Science has 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.

VU’s engineering research areas include:

You’ll graduate with well-developed skills for creating innovative engineering solutions. You may progress to higher-level (doctoral) study.

When you study for a Masters of Engineering with VU, you’ll be part of a world-class research environment.

We have 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 including:

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
  • CSIRO
  • 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.

VU offers world-class engineering research facilities. We have specialised labs in many areas, including:

  • geomechanics
  • hydraulics
  • thermodynamics
  • microelectronics
  • information technology
  • power engineering
  • mechanics.

Our Werribee Campus is part of a modern technology precinct with cutting-edge science facilities and a research centre, the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation.

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.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

Conduct ground-breaking research in a world-class engineering community

Careers in engineering

Prepare for a career researching and developing engineering solutions.

You may find a role in government or the private sector in one of the following, depending on your specialisation:

  • 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.

The Master of Engineering (by Research) will prepare you for one of these roles:

  • engineer
  • research assistant
  • research technician.

Average salaries

Course structure

The standard duration of a Masters Degree (Research) is two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent, although in certain circumstances the degree may be completed in eighteen months.

In some cases the student may be required to complete approved coursework units such as laboratory skills or research design as part of the Masters Degree (Research).

FULL-TIME STUDY

College of engineering and science

Civil & Building Engineering stream:

Electrical Engineering stream:

Mechanical Engineering stream:

Packaging Stream:

Transportation stream:

Physics stream:

CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND RISK ENGINEERING:

PART-TIME STUDY

College of engineering and science

Civil & Building Engineering stream

Electrical Engineering stream

Mechanical Engineering stream

Packaging Stream

Transportation stream

Physics stream

Centre for environmental and risk engineering

The course objectives are to produce graduates who have the following knowledge and skills:

  1. a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more discipline
  2. advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
  3. cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
  4. cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  5. cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  6. cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research method
  7. communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audience
  8. technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge

This knowledge and these skills will be demonstrated through the planning and execution of a substantial piece of research

  • with creativity and initiative
  • with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability, demonstrating expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner.

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.

Credits

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.

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 coordinator or academic adviser.

Additional information

(a) Academic achievement and preparation to a level that is sufficient to undertake masters level research demonstrated in any one or more of the following:
i. Qualified, at minimum, for a bachelors degree at a standard considered by the University to be sufficiently meritorious (normally Distinction average in the final year); or

ii. Qualified for any other award judged by the University to be of a relevant and appropriate standard and have:
•Produced evidence of professional experience; and
•Fulfilled any other conditions relating to prerequisite studies which the University may impose.

(b) Demonstrated competency in English sufficient to work at research masters level, through meeting one or more of the following criteria:
i. Successful completion of one of the degrees stipulated under a) i) – ii) above with English as the language of instruction and assessment and undertaken in a predominantly English speaking context; or
ii. Been taught for two of the past five years at a tertiary institution where English was the primary language of instruction; or
iii. Achieved an overall band score of not less than 6.5 in an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test with no individual band score below 6.0; or
iv. Achieved a score of not less than 92 and no section score less than 22 in the internet-based Teaching of English Foreign Language (TOEFL) test; or
v. Documented evidence of English proficiency equivalent to the above.

How to apply

You will need to follow the six steps to becoming a research student.

Contact the Office for Researcher Training, Quality & Integrity on +61 3 9919 4522 or email apply.research@vu.edu.au if you require further information.

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