English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
Study the Master of Engineering and you’ll develop research, technical and professional skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to design and implement engineering projects as part of a team.
This degree focusses on practical experience and enables you to partner with industry and form professional networks. You will gain the advanced project management skills required to tackle complex, industry-focused problems head on.
This course is designed to build on your foundational knowledge in engineering and extend your research, technical engineering and professional skills gained from a 3-year undergraduate degree.
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.
Want to develop advanced engineering skills and progress your career?
You will have world-class facilities and equipment at your fingertips with access to the Deakin’s state-of-the-art engineering precinct and the Geelong Technology Precinct (GTP) – home to the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), the Institute of Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI), CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering and the Australian Future Fibre Research and Innovation Centre.
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, with employers looking for graduates who are fully equipped with advanced engineering, project management and interpersonal skills and capable of starting work immediately.
Graduates of this course may find career opportunities in a wide range of industries including non-engineering fields, where there is a demand for their specialisation and area of expertise.
To complete the Master of Engineering, students must attain 16 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 or 2 credit point, sometimes abbreviated as 'cps'. 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:
- 7 core units (totalling 8 credit points)
- Completion of STP710 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
- Completion of SEE700 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
- Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
- One 6-credit point specialisation from the list below
- 2 credit points of course-grouped elective units, which may be selected from:
- An alternative specialisation OR
- the list of course-grouped electives
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
A six (6) credit point specialisation.
two course grouped elective units at level 7 (totalling two credit points), which may be selected from an alternative specialisation, or from the list below.
Course grouped elective units:
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering Design
- Mechatronics Engineering
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Additional course information
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.
Flexible entry into the course allows students to upgrade their qualifications and to obtain credit for previous studies/experience. Applicants with appropriate qualifications or experience may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
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.
Unit learning activities, including requirements for attendance at timetabled classes and seminars, and indicative workload are published in the unit guide for each unit. All students are required to participate in unit learning and assessment activities as required in the unit guide.
Project-based units (for example, SEN710 and SEN720) will require student presence in locations where the student project is designed and executed. This includes attendance and participation in workshops, weekly supervised and unsupervised project meetings and project activities. Students must also attend oral presentations and project exhibitions as scheduled during each study period.
Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.
Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Through SEL703, you’ll gain industry experience through a 30 day minimum placement with an approved organisation. You are required to complete the online pre-placement employability modules (Ready: WIL Placement Unit Induction modules) and additional professional development experiences and assessments that are equivalent to 150 hours of study commitment.
- Bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
- Graduate Diploma of Engineering (S652)
Why choose Deakin
Graduates of this course may find career opportunities associated with their study area in a wide range of industries. Employers look for graduates who are fully equipped with advanced engineering skills and capable of starting work projects immediately. With strong demand for professional engineers continuing to increase, engineering graduates can be selective about the location and type of employer they wish to work for.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply knowledge of engineering principles and techniques, and use research, project design and management skills and approaches to systematically investigate, interpret, analyse and generate solutions for complex problems and issues.
Respond to or initiate research concerned with advancing engineering and developing new principles and technologies within the specialist engineering discipline using appropriate methodologies and thereby contribute to continual improvement in the practice and scholarship of engineering.
Advocate engineering ideas and make engineering decisions from conception through to implementation by properly evaluating and integrating technical and non-technical considerations as desirable outcomes of engineering projects and practice.
Prepare high quality engineering documents and present information including approaches, procedures, concepts, solutions, and technical details in oral, written and/or visual forms appropriate to the context, in a professional manner.
Use reasoning skills to critically and fairly analyse the viewpoints of stakeholders and specialists, and consult in a professional manner when presenting an engineering viewpoint, arguments, justifications or solutions to engage technical and non-technical audience in discussions, debate and negotiations.
Use a wide range of digital engineering and scientific tools and techniques to analyse, simulate, visualise, synthesise and critically assess information and methodically and systematically differentiate between assertion, personal opinion and evidence for engineering decision-making.
Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate and share information, standards and regulations that pertain to the specialist engineering discipline.
Identify, discern, and characterise salient issues, determine and analyse causes and effects, justify and apply appropriate assumptions, predict performance and behaviour, conceptualise engineering approaches and evaluate potential outcomes against appropriate criteria to synthesise solution strategies for complex engineering problems.
Use research-based knowledge and research methods to identify, reveal and define complex engineering problems which involve uncertainty, ambiguity, imprecise information, conflicting technical or nontechnical factors and safety and other contextual risks associated with engineering application within an engineering discipline.
Apply technical knowledge, problem solving skills, appropriate tools and resources to design components, elements, systems, plant, facilities, processes and services to satisfy user requirements taking in to account broad contextual constraints such as social, cultural, economic, environmental, legal, political and human factors as an integral factor in the process of developing responsible engineering solutions.
Identify recent developments, develop alternative concepts, solutions and procedures, appropriately challenge engineering practice from technical and non-technical viewpoints and thereby demonstrate capacity for creating new technological opportunities, approaches and solutions.
Regularly undertake self-review and take notice of feedback to reflect on achievements, plan professional development needs, learn from the knowledge and standards of a professional and intellectual community and contribute to its maintenance and advancement.
Commit to and uphold codes of ethics, established norms, standards, and conduct that characterises accountability and responsibility as a professional engineer, while ensuring safety of other people and protection of the environment.
Function effectively as a team member, take various team roles, consistently complete all assigned tasks within agreed deadlines, proactively assist, contribute to ideas, respect opinions and value contribution made by others when working collaboratively in learning activities to realise shared team objectives and outcomes.
Apply people and personal skills to resolve any teamwork issues, provide constructive feedback that recognises the value of alternative and diverse viewpoints, and contribute to team cohesiveness, bringing to the fore and discussing shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to develop optimal solutions to complex engineering problems.
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the global, cultural and social diversity and complex needs of communities and cultures through the assessment of qualitative and quantitative interactions between engineering practices, the environment and the community, the implications of the law, relevant codes, regulations and standards.
Actively seek traditional, current and new information to assess trends and emerging practice from local, national and global sources and appraise the diversity, equity and ethical implications for professional practice.
Approved by Faculty Board 3 September 2020