The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle's Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) is a highly flexible, advanced engineering degree. Students have the opportunity to complete a 3-year degree or an accelerated program, depending on their career goals and background.

What are your study goals?

Make a Career Change to Engineering: 3-year MPE

Are you seeking to make a career change into engineering? If you have a background in a related area, such as science or mathematics, the 3-year MPE provides an opportunity for you to gain a professionally recognised qualification in engineering.

You will build on your fundamental knowledge through foundational engineering courses, gain expert technical knowledge in your area of specialisation, and develop professional practice skills in project management and complex problem solving.

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

Get Professional Recognition in Australia: 2-year Accelerated MPE

If you already have an engineering degree from an overseas university but are seeking professional recognition, this 2-year accelerated MPE will give you an advanced, accredited qualification, preparing you for practice in Australia and around the world.

You will deepen your technical knowledge in your area of specialisation, learn about engineering practice in the Australian context and develop professional skills in project management and complex problem solving.

Advance Your Engineering Career: 1-year Accelerated MPE

If you are already a professionally recognised engineer, the 1-year accelerated MPE will allow you to gain a highly relevant postgraduate qualification to help advance your career.

As well as deepening your technical knowledge with advanced courses in your area of specialisation, you will also diversify your skills in an area outside of engineering, such as business, management, entrepreneurship and innovation, health and safety or disaster risk reduction.

Why study with us?

  • Relevant in the real world: connect with business through industry-based projects, guest lectures, mentorship and case studies.
  • 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 [1]. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks University of Newcastle at No.8 in the World and No.1 in Australia for Automation and Control [2].
  • 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. The 2-year and 3-year program have been granted provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia.
  2. (Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019).
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Specialisations

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.

* This program has been granted provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia.

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.

* This program has been granted provisional accreditation through 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 program A 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.

Career opportunities

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