Master of Engineering

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Master of Engineering
Cloud CampusNo
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeS750

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin University's postgraduate Engineering program has been designed to strengthen, build on and extend your understanding of the engineering principles required to build successful engineering careers in Australia and overseas.

As a student, you will gain technical skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to work in a team, enabling you to work on complex projects immediately.

You can choose from specialisms in Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering Design, Electronics Engineering or Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering. The specialisms all provide expertise in areas of high demand for graduates.

The Master of Engineering can be undertaken as a stand-alone or exit qualification from the Master of Engineering (Professional) program.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Career opportunities

With strong demand for professional engineers continuing to increase, engineering graduates can be selective about the location and type of employer they want to work for. Employers are looking for graduates who are fully equipped with advanced engineering skills and capable of starting work projects immediately. Graduates of this course may find career opportunities in a wide range of industries associated with their study area producing job-ready graduates that industry is looking for.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Engineering (S550)

Equipment requirements

Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection.  Information about the hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Engineering, telephone 03 9244 6699.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards


1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Apply specialised, integrated and practical knowledge of engineering principles in the design and analysis of systems and/or processes.
  • Apply advanced and specialised knowledge of contextual factors that impact on engineering including;

- Innovation;

- Sustainability;

- Leadership;

- Project management.

  • Demonstrate specialised functioning engineering knowledge by integrating principles, procedures and practice in the design and analysis of systems and/or processes.
  • Autonomously apply specialised knowledge of various contextual factors to demonstrate the ability to innovate, sustain, lead and manage engineering projects.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Communicate effectively and professionally in a range of contexts using oral, written, graphical and interpersonal communication to professional, non-professional audiences.


  • Engage, inform and motivate a range of professional and non-professional audience in discussion, negotiation and exchange of ideas, tasks, specifications and results, using professionally appropriate communication methods.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Locate, select, analyse, apply, evaluate, and disseminate both technical and non-technical information utilising a range of digital technologies and information sources.
  • Use specialised engineering tools and technologies to communicate ideas, concepts, and designs.
  • Autonomously locate and select information and resources, and use expert judgement to responsibly analyse, evaluate and disseminate information from a range of information sources using a range of digital technologies.
  • Consistently use specialised engineering tools and technologies to clearly communicate ideas, concepts and designs and provide objective feedback on other’s ideas.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Apply critical and analytical thinking and judgment to complete engineering projects through design-based learning activities.
  • Reflect critically on the theory and professional practice or scholarship of Engineering.
  • Use analytical and critical thinking, identify logical flaws and provide reasoning and evidence when independently designing and implementing engineering projects to completion.
  • Explain, evaluate, analyse and judge engineering knowledge and practice by reflecting, researching and interpreting information from a range of perspectives to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement and responsibility as an engineer.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
(real world and
ill-defined) problems.

  • Apply design-based methodologies and creative and innovative approaches to solve problems in the context of research-based or professional engineering projects.
  • Design, implement, analyse, synthesise and present creative and innovative solutions to complex engineering problems using an evidence-based approach to professional engineering practice.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Demonstrate self-management through professional and ethical conduct, and apply the principles of lifelong learning to new challenges.
  • Manage self, tasks and projects using initiative and professional judgement and engage in ethical professional conduct.
  • Use creativity and autonomy to plan and execute engineering projects.
  • Think on their feet, think retrospectively and reflect on challenges and outcomes for planning future projects


7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Work effectively in teams and demonstrate team leadership in a collaborative learning environment with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.


  • Working collaboratively as a team by contributing to the development and success of other team members.
  • Resolve any teamwork issues and assume various team roles (including a leadership role) to demonstrate responsibility and accountability as a team member
  • Apply professional judgement to provide constructive feedback and to communicate ideas, concepts, results and findings clearly by using evidence that substantiates claims.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Manage technical, economic, social and ethical aspects of global engineering problems and projects in sustainable and culturally sensitive ways.
  • Provide engineering solutions to global problems by being culturally aware and sensitive to the needs of the society.
  • Apply ethical engineering perspectives to state or object professional position in order to manage technical, economic, social problems.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Master of Engineering, students must attain 8 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 8 credit points, you’ll need to study 8 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

To be awarded the degree of Master of Engineering, a student must successfully complete units with a total value of 8 credit points, as detailed below.


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Course structure


Year 1

SEB711Managing and Developing Innovation

SEB725Engineering Entrepreneurship

SEN700Research Methodology

SET721Engineering Sustainability

plus a four credit point specialism.


Details of specialisations

Engineering Management


Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Unit set code



Industry expects professional engineers to lead, develop and manage products throughout their life cycle. The expectations later grow towards marketing, servicing and supporting the product, while ensuring its sustainability. This specialisation has been developed to equip students with the skills employers are looking for by combining engineering project management with engineering leadership. Graduates will have the expertise necessary to devise flexible, real solutions for the challenges faced by today’s engineering leaders.


SEB723Engineering Project Management

SEB724Engineering Leadership


Mechanical Engineering Design


Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Unit set code



Product development and innovation are key drivers for Australian industry. To meet this demand, this specialisation brings together studies in leading computer-aided engineering technologies, and
advanced materials and manufacturing, while drawing on Deakin’s world-class research teams in a practical and applied approach. You will acquire a solid understanding of product and process modelling
and designing for sustainability.


SEM711Product Development Technologies

SEM712CAE and Finite Element Analysis

SEM721Product Development

SEM722Advanced Manufacturing Technology


Electronics Engineering


Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Unit set code



This specialisation allows students to enhance the skills acquired through their undergraduate degree and specialise in technological areas associated with electronics. Students will have opportunities to explore interests in power systems, instrumentation and process control; sensor networks; and embedded systems.


SEE701Control Systems Engineering

SEE711Sensor Networks

SEE710Instrumentation and Process Control

SEE712Embedded Systems


Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering


Cloud (online), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Unit set code



This specialisation provides unique technical, research and practical learning experiences to prepare graduates for professional and leadership roles in contemporary power system environments.
Students will have access to industry-standard tools and world-class facilities, as well as opportunities to engage with internationally recognised teaching and research staff who have extensive experience in electrical and renewable energy.


SEE705Energy Efficiency and Demand Management

SEE716Electrical Systems Protection

SEE717Smart Grid Systems

SEE718Renewable Energy Systems