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.

Why study with us?

  • Designed around you: choose up to four courses in an area outside of engineering. Diversify your skills in areas such as business, design, or entrepreneurship.
  • 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.32 in the world for Energy Science and Engineering and in the top 100 for Civil Engineering.[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
  3. For the MPE, accreditation from Engineers Australia is pending.


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:

  • Master of Professional Engineering (Geospatial Engineering and Surveying)
32 in the world ? for energy science and engineering
World top 10 ? for automation and control

What you will study

Industrial experience

Students with a 4-year internationally recognised Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), or equivalent, will not be required to complete industrial experience. All other students will be required to provide evidence of relevant prior industrial experience OR complete 12 weeks of industrial experience before completing the MPE.

Program structure

As a student in the 1-year program you will take two major project courses, two advanced courses in your engineering field, plus four elective courses from your chosen specialisation – be it another engineering discipline, computer science, design, business, Aboriginal studies, Chinese, entrepreneurism – there are many options to choose from.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Advanced Engineering Project A

Advanced Engineering Project B

Advanced course in your engineering field

Advanced course in your engineering field

Course in your second specialisation

Course in your second specialisation

Course in your second specialisation

Course in your second specialisation

As a student in the 2-year program, you will have a tailored program developed especially to help you qualify as a professional engineer. The exact courses you take will be determined by the program convenor. All students take ten compulsory courses (including two major projects), which will help you develop advanced skills in your field of engineering, as well as project management expertise. Depending on your study background, you may need to compliment these courses with further studies in your chosen field of engineering, or you might have the flexibility to choose some elective courses.

Master of Engineering Management professionals

Entry requirements

Educational Qualification

Study Options

An internationally recognised 4-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), or equivalent

1-year option: Applicants can apply for up to 80 units of credit and complete the remaining 80 units of the MPE in 1 year.


2-year option: Applicants can complete the full 2-year MPE and choose to seek exemptions from some core courses, to gain increased flexibility to undertake studies in other areas.


1+1 option: Applicants can apply for up to 80 units of credit and complete the remaining 80 units of the MPE in 1 year. Applicants can then apply for a Master of Business Administration or Master of Engineering Management and complete in 1 year (subject to meeting entry requirements and credit exemption requirements – please seek advice upon enrolment if this is your intention).

A 3-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or 4-year degree which is not internationally recognised

2-year option: complete the full 2-year MPE which will be tailored to build on prior studies to develop core competencies for professional recognition.

A 3-year Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline, other than engineering (e.g. mathematics or science)

3-year option: Applicants with an existing Bachelor Degree in a cognate discipline of science or mathematics may apply for up to 2 years credit in a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree and then articulate into the one-year MPE. In this scenario, it would be possible to complete the Bachelors and Masters degrees in a minimum of 3 years.

The following will be assessed on a case-by-case basis:

  • equivalence of degrees from other institutions
  • international recognition of degrees from other institutions
  • applications for credit
  • applications to undertake an MPE in a discipline different from an applicant’s Bachelor degree

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.

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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