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Start date:
25 February 2019
Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Overview

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
  • Telecommunications.

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.

Our research groups are:

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 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.

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

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced VUHQ course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

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:

  • 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:

Select 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) from the following:

Research Units:

Specialisations

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, implement and evaluate Engineering projects or research which address complex issues and transmit subsequent findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences.  
  5. Formulate and strategise project management plans which 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.

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
OR
Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience.

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.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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After you apply

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  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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