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Applications due 11 March 2018


The Master of Engineering prepares students for a specialised career in the fast-growing electrical power, telecommunications, process engineering and water management industries with a strong emphasis on real-world problem-solving and international trends.

Students acquire specialised skills through a combination of coursework, design exercises and research, with the opportunity to develop and implement innovative telecommunication and power distribution solutions.

You will benefit from the College of Engineering and Science's facilities and strong research capabilities.

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

  • 'well above world standard' (ranking of 5) in electrical and electronic engineering
  • 'above world standard' (ranking of 4) in engineering overall. 


  • Electrical Power - this specialisation develops students’ expertise in power systems, specifically those relevant to the contemporary Smart electricity system.
  • Telecommunications - this specialisation is designed to develop expertise in the telecommunications field, in particular wireless and network engineering – the current growth drivers of the global telecommunications industry.

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This industry-relevant course prepares students for careers in:

  • power generation, transmission, distribution, management and control
  • managing, designing and developing telecommunication network systems
  • microelectronic and electronic design companies.

Graduates with a Water Management specialisation can be employed in a range of water related Local, State and Federal organisations, water industry, water service providers, consultancy firms, and national and international funding agencies.  

Job titles

Job titles vary depending on the specialisation chosen.

Electrical Power specialisation job titles include:

  • Instrument Designer
  • Energy Economist.

Telecommunications specialisation job titles include:

  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Telecommunications Network Engineer
  • Power Engineer Supervisor
  • Power Project Coordinator.

Process engineering specialisation job titles include:

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Research Leader.

Water management specialisation job titles include:

  • 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 will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of Common Interdisciplinary components;
  • 48 credit points of Research Component units. Research topics must be aligned with the chosen specialisation;
  • 96 credit points of Core Specialisation units for Telecommunications or  Electrical Power.

Common Interdisciplinary Units:

Select forty-eight (48) credit points (four (4) units) from the following:

Research Units:

Select a total of forty-eight (48) credit points from the following:



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.


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.

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  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

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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.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: A relevant and recognised Bachelor degree in Engineering, Science, Information Technology, or the equivalent in qualifications and experience.
  • Mature: A relevant and recognised Bachelor degree in Engineering, Science, Information Technology, or the equivalent in qualifications and 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.

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