Master of Professional Practice (Engineering)

Postgraduate coursework

The Master of Professional Practice (Engineering) is designed for experienced Engineering professionals seeking further career advancement.

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Key facts


2 - 2.5 years part-time


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2021 have closed
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

This innovative program awards a masters qualification largely based on recognition of professional practice and is designed for experienced engineering professionals seeking career advancement. Completion of this degree recognises the discipline-based knowledge and skills developed by professionals in the workplace, offering employers and professionals an alternative to a traditional masters degree.

Progress your career with the first Australian degree allowing engineers to obtain Chartered status and a masters degree at the same time.

Graduates of the Master of Professional Practice (Engineering) automatically attain Chartered membership status with Engineers Australia and are also eligible for registration on the National Engineering Register (NER). Becoming Chartered requires you to become a member of Engineers Australia.

Upon completion of this program, you will have demonstrated advanced skills and complex knowledge in your engineering area of practice.

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Course structure

To qualify for the Master of Professional Practice (Engineering), students must successfully complete 3 core units (totalling 4 credit points) of formal study and 10 Professional Practice credentials.  Each Professional Practice credential will assess the performance at a masters (advanced) level in one of the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes contextualised to Engineering. 

The course comprises the following:

  • Three (3) core units (4 credit points)
  • Ten (10) Professional Practice Credentials (Advanced Level)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP710 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit) as a corequisite for SEP701 Introduction to Engineering Professional Practice

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


Compulsory units


Professional Practice Credentials




Plus 10 Professional Practice Credentials (completed at the advanced level) as follows. Students are able to commence their credentials at anytime, utilising Deakin’s Start Anytime calendar. Learn more about the details of each credential (PDF, 3.2MB)   

Credential Code

Professional Practice Credentials

Minimum level


Communication (Expert)



Digital literacy (Expert)



Critical thinking (Expert)



Problem solving (Expert)



Self-management (Expert)



Collaboration (Expert)

(Formerly CRTWK-A1 - Teamwork (Masters-aligned))



Cultural engagement (Expert)

(Formerly CRGCZ-A1 - Global citizenship (Masters-aligned))



Professional ethics (Expert)


Knowledge based credentials:


Engineering Professional Expertise 1 (Expert)



Engineering Professional Expertise 2 (Expert)



  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Engineering Professional Practice
  • Engineering Entrepreneurship
  • Mastery of Engineering (2cp)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Professional Practice (Engineering)

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    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:
      • Cloud (online)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud (online)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud (online)

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in this fully online degree through Deakin’s Cloud Campus.

    Additional course information

    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.


    Successful students typically spend about 150 hours in learning and assessment for each one credit point unit. The time required to prepare evidence for credential assessment varies based on the student’s existing documentation.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    SEP702 Mastery of Engineering is designed for students to undertake a workplace research project with a view to theorise their own engineering knowledge, skills, and professional practice.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    • Membership or eligibility for membership (as demonstrated by an accredited 3 year or 4 year engineering degree) with Engineers Australia as a Professional Engineer or Technologist AND at least five years relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)



    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

    Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted for relevant postgraduate studies, in accordance with standard University procedures.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated fee rate

    Estimated fee rate: $16,400 tuition fees plus $4,950 for Professional Practice Credentials

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    This course includes a combination of tuition fees for four credit points of study and ten Professional Practice Credentials.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Professional Practice degrees are designed for those who wish to be credentialed for outcomes towards which they have already made significant progress through their extensive experience in a relevant professional field.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    FEE-HELP calculator

    What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $46,620.

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    This tool provides indicative information about the fees that will be payable in respect of courses and subjects offered to prospective students domiciled in Australia during the periods indicated.

    Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
    • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
    • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
    • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    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.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    There are currently no pathway or credit arrangements.

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Engineering) (S588)
    • Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (Engineering) (S688)

    Contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Engineering

    Prospective student enquiries
    Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
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    Current student course and enrolment enquiries
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    Career outcomes

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    The Master of Professional Practice (Engineering) is designed for experienced engineering professionals seeking to progress their career through a professionally recognised postgraduate qualification.

    Graduates of the Master of Professional Practice (Engineering) will automatically attain Chartered* membership status with Engineers Australia and will also be eligible for registration on the National Engineer Register*. Upon completion of this program, graduates will have demonstrated advanced skills and complex knowledge in their engineering area of practice.

    *Both Chartered and NER credentials will be applied in the appropriate Engineers Australia occupational category Professional Engineer or Engineering Technologist based on the candidate’s undergraduate qualification. 

    Professional recognition

    Graduates of the Master of Professional Practice (Engineering) will automatically be given professional registration (National Engineers Register), and attain Engineers Australia Chartered membership status (at their membership level), providing them a clear path to Chartered and independent practice as an engineering professional.

    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

    Demonstrate an integrated understanding and superior ability to apply contemporary Engineering theory and practices.


    Use advanced communication tools, techniques and media to engage and inspire others about engineering professional practice.

    Digital literacy

    Discover, analyse, synthesise and disseminate complex engineering information, data and ideas to stakeholders, strategic partners and professional colleagues using a range of digital technologies and channels.

    Critical thinking

    Systematically and critically analyse and test engineering models and theories to develop optimum engineering solutions.

    Problem solving

    Apply advanced problem- solving skills to conceptualise, design, construct and advocate for recommended solutions for complex engineering related issues.


    Advance personal development and capacity as a leader to proactively drive and take responsibility for strategic results.


    Work across a range of professions, functions, contexts or teams to optimise collaborative outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Define and reinforce the vision and values that orient collective effort, socially responsibility and ethical decision making.

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019