Master of Engineering (Professional)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Engineering (Professional)
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Engineering
Tel 03 9244 6699

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code052600A
Deakin course code S751

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.

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

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.

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

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


  • 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.
  •  Demonstrate expert judgement within an engineering specialisation, adapt to emerging research directions and responsibly select and apply research methodologies in professional engineering practice.

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.
  • Research, 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 (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 16 credit points include 6 core units (totalling 8 credit points) (these are compulsory), 4 elective units (you can choose which ones to study) and 4 units from a major study. You will be required to complete at least one major study as part of this course.


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Course structure


Six core units (8 credit points):

SEB711Managing and Developing Innovation

SEB725Engineering Entrepreneurship

SET721Engineering Sustainability

SEN700Research Methodology

SEN719Project Scoping and Planning (2cp)

SEN720Project Implementation and Evaluation (2cp)


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).

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.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

  • 4-year bachelor degree in same discipline (engineering)


  • Membership of Engineers Australia, or equivalent professional body.


Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Credit for prior learning may be granted for relevant postgraduate studies, in accordance with standard University procedures.

How to apply

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Engineering (S550)


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.

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.