Master of Engineering (Professional)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Engineering (Professional)
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code052600A
Deakin course codeS751

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Study the Master of Engineering (Professional) and you’ll develop technical skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to work as part of a team, while focusing on practical experience and a supervised research or industry project that provides you with the advanced project management skills required to tackle complex, industry-focused problems head on.

Throughout the degree you will acquire advanced engineering skills and the forward-thinking, innovative and entrepreneurial skills employers are looking for, while strengthening and extending your understanding of engineering through the pursuit of specialised study in either Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering Design, Electronics Engineering or Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering – the choice is yours. You will have world-class facilities and equipment at your fingertips with access to the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) and the Geelong Technology Precinct (GTP) – home to the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and the Australian Future Fibre Research and Innovation Centre.

Deakin’s Master of Engineering (Professional) partners with industry to provide you with practical work experience opportunities, the capacity to apply your skills to real-world problems and the opportunity to form professional networks prior to graduation.

Engineering offers an exciting future for your working life, with a huge demand for engineering graduates in Australia and internationally. Skilled engineers are needed across all sectors, opening up excellent career opportunities around the world.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Indicative student workload

You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

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

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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 and Project management.
  • Apply advanced and in-depth knowledge of current research directions and methodologies within an engineering specialisation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Master of Engineering (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 16 credit points, you’ll need to study 16 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 6 core coursework units (totalling 8 credit points)
  • one 4-credit point specialisation from the list below. You will be required to complete at least one specialised study as part of this course.
  • 4 elective units (you can choose which ones to study)
  • Completion of STP710 Introduction to Work Placement (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SEE700 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Course structure


SEB711Managing and Developing Innovation

SEB725Engineering Entrepreneurship

SET721Engineering Sustainability

SEN700Research Methodology

SEN719Project Scoping and Planning (2cp)#

SEN720Project Implementation and Evaluation (2cp)

STP710Introduction to Work Placement (0cp)

SEE700Safety Induction Program (0cp)

# Must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)


A four credit point specialism.


four elective units at level 7 (across the University)


Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

Work experience

You will have an opportunity to complete an engineering internship of 100-120 hours (typically as a 4-6 week unpaid placement or as a 12 week unpaid placement) in an Engineering-related position.

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