The University of Newcastle, Australia

Study Professional Engineering

The University of Newcastle's Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) is a highly flexible, advanced engineering degree that allows existing engineers to develop their careers and aspiring engineers to enter the profession.

Students have the opportunity to complete a 1-year, 2-year or 3-year program, depending on their career goals and background.

NOTE: The 3-year program is only available in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Software engineering.

Why study with us?

  • Relevant in the real world: connect with business through industry-based projects, guest lectures, mentorship and case studies.[2]
  • Ready for your future, ready for the world: our professional practice and leadership courses will help you develop skills in project management, complex problem solving, innovation and communications. Choose a major project that’s linked to industry or focused on research.
  • Recognised by industry and globally: take your career anywhere in the world with international recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord.[3] The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UON at No.8 in the World and No.1 in Australia for Automation and Control.[4]
  • Powerful learning: our smaller student cohort means you’ll have greater access to teaching staff and be part of a close-knit student community.
  1. Limits apply depending on the background of the individual and the discipline they now wish to specialise in.
  2. Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching www.qilt.edu.au/
  3. For the MPE, accreditation from Engineers Australia is pending.
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Specialisations

Choose to study one of the following specialised Master of Professional Engineering degrees:

  1. Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical)
  2. Master of Professional Engineering (Civil)
  3. Master of Professional Engineering (Computer Systems)
  4. Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)
  5. Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental)
  6. Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)
  7. Master of Professional Engineering (Mechatronics)
  8. Master of Professional Engineering (Software)

The following Master of Professional Engineering programs are currently under development for offer beyond 2018:

  1. Master of Professional Engineering (Geospatial Engineering and Surveying)
World Top 150 ? for civil and structural engineering
World top 8 ? for automation and control

What you will study

Industrial experience

Students in the 2-year and 3-year program are required to complete 12 weeks of Industrial Experience.

Students who have previous work experience may be exempt from this requirement provided they can submit suitable evidence, such as a statement from their employer.

Students in the 1-year program are not required to complete industrial experience.

Program structure

For students whose undergraduate degree is NOT in engineering, but is in a related STEM area. For example, a Science degree in physics, mathematics or chemistry. You will take the necessary courses to qualify as an engineer and be professionally recognised by Engineers Australia. This degree provides the perfect pathway to transfer your prior knowledge into an engineering context. You will gain a highly sought-after professional qualification and benefit from the high salaries and job opportunities that engineers enjoy.

For more detailed information on admissions requirements and pathway options, please see the program handbooks.

NOTE: The 3-year program is only available in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Software engineering.

If you are an international student seeking professional recognition from Engineers Australia* and the Washington Accord, or if you wish to extend your engineering and professional expertise in an Australian context, the 2-year MPE is the ideal program. Your study program will be designed to build on your prior studies and develop the core technical competencies to ensure you qualify.

* Pending accreditation of this degree by Engineers Australia.

For more detailed information on admissions requirements and pathway options, please see the program handbooks.

If you are a graduate of a University of Newcastle Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or equivalent, you can complete the MPE in just one year. You will take advanced engineering courses and choose electives to broaden your skill base and enhance your employability. By gaining a highly relevant postgraduate degree you will accelerate your career, opening up opportunities to work at a more senior level.

For more detailed information on admissions requirements and pathway options, please see the program handbooks.

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Entry requirements

Study Pathway

Admission Requirements

3-year program*A STEM based Bachelor degree, other than engineering, with at least 20 units (UON equivalent) of mathematics covering algebra and linear calculus.

2-year program

A named Engineering degree in an aligned discipline area to applicant’s preferred MPE. The degree must be equivalent to the Sydney Accord standards.

1-year programA University of Newcastle Engineering degree, or equivalent, in the same discipline area.

*The 3-year program is only available in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Software engineering.

NOTE: All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements: Overall IELTS 6.5 with no band score less than 6, or successful completion of a diploma or above that was wholly conducted and assessed in English of two or more years of study within the last five years, or equivalent.

Further details about admissions is available in the individual Program Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Engineers work on a huge range of tasks in many different environments – industries like electronics, energy, food, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, environmental health and transportation. Engineering continues to be one of the most in-demand qualifications in the world, with many countries desperate to fill a shortage of professional skills in this field.

A Master of Professional Engineering will open up even more varied career opportunities, empowering you to take on a leadership role, start your own business or manage major engineering projects.

  • Salaries: As an engineer you’ll be valued and well rewarded. Starting salaries average around $80,000p.a. In 2015, 85% of our engineers had jobs when they graduated - making the University of Newcastle one of the top 2 universities in NSW for graduate employment rates.
  • Flexibility: Some engineers work 9-5 in an office, others fly-in-fly out from a project site. You might prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or managing people and projects.
  • Global opportunities: As a qualified engineer you can travel the world and work almost anywhere you choose. Professional recognition through Engineers Australia lets you work in places such as Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, the UK and the USA.

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