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Master of Engineering (Professional)

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your knowledge and build the analytical, technical and leadership skills needed to advance your career as a professional engineer.

Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2021 close 27 June 2021
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2021 close 24 October 2021

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Study the Master of Engineering (Professional) 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 course is designed to extend your research, technical engineering and professional skills gained from a 4-year undergraduate degree.

Throughout the degree you will acquire advanced engineering skills and the forward-thinking and entrepreneurial skills employers are looking for, while strengthening and extending your understanding of engineering through the pursuit of specialised study.

The course focuses on practical hands-on learning, research skill and professional practice skill development. It allows you to embark on industry or research-based projects to strengthen the application of engineering knowledge whilst extending your understanding and perspectives through specialist study options.

You will also have the option to combine course-grouped electives and gain a second specialisation. Choose from areas such as engineering management and learn how to influence business decisions.

Want to advance your career through specialised study?

As an engineer with professional practice skills, you will develop the capacity to operate in dynamic, unstructured and diverse environments. You will also develop the ability to deal with a variety of organisational, technical and behavioural interactions, and cope with rapid changes in technologies, markets, regulations and socioeconomic factors. This gives you a set of skills that will set you apart in the industry.

You will have world-class facilities and equipment at your fingertips with access to Deakin’s state-of-the-art engineering precinct and the Geelong Technology Precinct (GTP) – home to the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI), 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, with employers looking for graduates who are fully equipped with advanced engineering, project management and interpersonal skills and capable of starting work immediately.

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Course structure

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:

  • 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 4-credit point specialisation from the first Engineering specialisation list below.  You will be required to complete at least one specialised study as part of this course.
  • 4 credit points of elective units, which may be selected from the:
    • First Engineering specialisation list OR
    • Second Engineering specialisation OR
    • Course-grouped electives list

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Engineering Design
  • Research Methodology
  • Engineering Project Initiation
  • Engineering Sustainability
  • Project Implementation and Evaluation (2 credit points)
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • plus

  • Internship - Engineering
  • OR

  • Engineering Professional Practice
  • plus

    A four (4) credit point specialisation.

    plus

    A second four (4) credit point specialisation OR

    four course group elective units at level 7 (totalling four credit points) selected from the list below.

    Electives

    Course grouped elective units:

  • Humanitarian - Development Nexus
  • Evidence and Decision Making in Humanitarian Action
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Business Requirements Analysis
  • Managing Digital Transformation
  • Foundation Skills in Data Analysis
  • Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Decision Modelling for Business Analytics
  • Decision Analytics in Practice
  • Business Intelligence and Database
  • Value of Information
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Financial Interpretation
  • Economics for Managers
  • Business Process Management
  • Business Strategy and Analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Critical Thinking for Managers
  • Cultural Experience
  • Engineering Leadership
  • Engineering Entrepreneurship
  • Energy Market and Policy
  • Microgrid Design and Management
  • Railway Infrastructure Design and Management
  • Enterprise Business Intelligence
  • Real World Analytics
  • Analytics for Security and Privacy
  • Machine Learning
  • Modern Data Science
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Risk Assessment and Control
  • Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Regional Development Economics and Planning
  • Systems and Strategic Thinking
  • Regional Development Modelling
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Cost Planning and Economics
  • Construction Measurement and Estimating
  • Strategic Construction Procurement
  • Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    First Engineering specialisation (4-credit points):

    Second Engineering specialisation (4-credit points):

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Engineering (Professional)
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    S751
    CRICOS code?
    052600A Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    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.

    Students commencing in Trimester 3 will be required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Work experience

    You may have the opportunity to complete an engineering internship of 120-160 hours (typically as a 4-6 week unpaid placement or as a 12 week unpaid placement) in an Engineering-related position.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    • 4-year bachelor degree in related discipline (engineering), OR
    • Membership of Engineers Australia, or equivalent professional body.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    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

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

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    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. 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.

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    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    Contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Engineering
    deakin.edu.au/engineering

    Prospective student enquiries
    Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
    Call 1800 693 888 or email us at myfuture@deakin.edu.au
    Enquire online

    Current student course and enrolment enquiries
    Call 03 5227 2463 or email us at sebe-enquire@deakin.edu.au
    Submit an online enquiry

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    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.

    Manage engineering solutions, projects and programs, and ensure reliable functioning of all materials, components, sub-systems and technologies as well as all interactions between the technical system and the context within which it functions to form a complete, sustainable and self-consistent system that optimises social, environmental and economic outcomes over its full lifetime.

    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.

     

    Communication

    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.

    Digital literacy

    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.

    Critical thinking

    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.

    Problem solving

    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.

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global citizenship

    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

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