2 years full-time
Study the Master of Engineering (Professional) and develop the research, technical and problem-solving skills to design and implement engineering projects as part of a professional team. Throughout this degree you will acquire advanced engineering skills and the forward-thinking and entrepreneurial skills employers are looking for. You will strengthen and extend your understanding of engineering through the pursuit of specialised study, graduating with an in-demand expert skill set.
The course focuses on practical hands-on learning, and research and professional practice skill development. You will undertake industry-led or research-based projects to strengthen the application of engineering knowledge whilst extending your understanding through specialised study. You will also have the opportunity to combine electives and gain a second specialisation. Choose from areas such as engineering management and learn how to influence business decisions.
Want to develop advanced engineering skills and progress your career?
As an engineer with professional practice skills, you will develop the capacity to operate in dynamic and diverse environments. You will also develop the ability to deal with a variety of organisational, technical and behavioural situations, and manage rapid changes in technology, markets, regulations and socioeconomic factors. This unique set of skills will set you apart from your peers.
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 Future Economy Precinct (GFEP). This is 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.
Advance your career with invaluable professional experience opportunities while you study. Deakin 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.
With a huge demand for engineering graduates globally, you will be positioned for an exciting career ahead. 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.Read More
- Award granted
- Master of Engineering (Professional)
2024 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 052600A Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- 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.
To complete the Master of Engineering (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points, which must include the following:
- seven (7) core units (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 DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (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.
- four (4) credit points of elective units, which may be selected from:
- 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.
Core units credit points
A four (4) credit point specialisation.
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.
*Compulsory trimester 3 study
~It is recommended students undertake SEN710 and SEN720 in consecutive trimesters
Course grouped elective units:
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
First Engineering specialisation (4-credit points):
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering Design
- Mechatronics and Control Engineering
Second Engineering specialisation (4-credit points):
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
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)
*Enrolment in a Trimester 3 study period is compulsory to complete this course.
International students must also ensure they complete the course within their CoE duration
Additional course 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 lectures, 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.
Study in Trimester 3 is compulsory, please refer to the Handbook for unit offering patternsPlacement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.
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. More information available at Disability support services.
Students commencing in Trimester 3 will be required to complete units in Trimester 3.
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.
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Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.
To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a four year undergraduate engineering degree in a related engineering discipline (recognised as equivalent to an Australian undergraduate engineering degree)
- Professional Engineer Membership (in a related engineering discipline) of Engineers Australia, or an equivalent professional body that is signatory to Washington Accord, including a body that holds a provisional status
English language proficiency requirements
To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:
- bachelor degree from a recognised English-speaking country
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
- other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)
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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.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about tuition fees.
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If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
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.
- Graduate Certificate of Engineering (S550)
- Graduate Diploma of Engineering (S652)
With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, and roles expected to rise significantly in the next five years, Deakin graduates are in demand both in Australia and further abroad.
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. Stand out to employers with the practical skills, professional experience and specialist knowledge to meet this demand.
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.
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