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Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
Accelerated options available
3 years full-time.Accelerated options available
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
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CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 098283G
Program Code40183

Study Professional Civil Engineering

The Master of Professional Engineering (Civil)* is a flexible degree that will allow you to fast-track your career in civil engineering. You will develop the strategic and technical skills required to tackle ‘wicked problems’, applying design thinking and systems engineering principles to develop solutions that are both innovative and ethical.

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

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.

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.

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 Civil, Electrical and Electronic and Mechanical engineering.

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.
  • 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 UON in the Top 300 for Civil Engineering.[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.
  • Internationally experienced engineering graduates: the University of Newcastle is one of only three Australian member institutions of the  Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global e3).
  1. This program has been granted provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia.
  2. http://www.shanghairanking.com

UON graduate Mark Arkinstall in front of the blue 'Watercube' in Beijing

Imagine if ‘work’ meant engineering a megastructure! UON civil engineering grad Mark Arkinstall worked on the Beijing’s Watercube.

What you will study

You can choose to deepen your skills through advanced civil engineering courses in areas such as hydrology, land surface process and management, or geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, or broaden your skill base with complimentary management courses in natural disasters, business and the environment as well as project planning, entrepreneurship and innovation. You will also complete a year-long advanced civil engineering project (design-based or theoretical – the choice is yours), which can potentially be linked to industry.

Core courses

  • MPE Thesis A
  • MPE Thesis B
  • Engineering Complexity
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Steel Design
  • Theory of Structures 2
  • Advanced Analysis for Design
  • Geomechanics 2
  • Hydrology
  • Water Engineering
  • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • MPE Thesis A
  • MPE Thesis B
  • Engineering Complexity
  • Core Design 1
  • Core Design 2
  • Numerical Methods
  • Engineering Probabilities
  • Theory of Structures 1
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Introduction to Geomechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Transportation Engineering and Design
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Steel Design
  • Theory of Structures 2
  • Advanced Analysis for Design
  • Geomechanics 2
  • Hydrology
  • Water Engineering
  • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • MPE Thesis A
  • MPE Thesis B
  • Engineering Complexity
  • Core Design 1
  • Core Design 2

Directed courses

From a list of directed courses, all students choose a minimum of five courses. Examples include:

  • Infrastructure Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Risk Analysis

Elective specialisation courses

3-year students choose one elective. This can be a course from the directed courses list, but can also be chosen from other areas.

Program structure

1-year program: 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.

2-year program: Your study program is designed to build on your prior studies and develop the core technical competencies to ensure you qualify for professional recognition from Engineers Australia* and the Washington Accord. If you are already a qualified engineer in Australia, this advanced engineering program will broaden your skill base allowing for enhanced specialisation in your field and boost your employability. You will choose to focus on areas such as:

  • Water Engineering
  • Steel Design
  • Geomechanics
  • Hydrology
  • Advanced Structural Analysis

3-year program: This program provides the perfect pathway to transfer your prior knowledge in science, physics, mathematics or chemistry 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.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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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.

Professional recognition

This program has been granted provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia. You can work in places such as:

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Direct admission into the 3 year MPE (Civil) Pathway A: 
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a non-engineering Bachelor Degree with at least 20 units of study in Mathematics (especially calculus and linear algebra); and Science, as related to Civil Engineering AND a UON GPA of 4.5 or above. You may also be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) which will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Direct admission into the 2 year MPE (Civil) Pathway B with 80 units of Recognition (RPL): 
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) in Civil Engineering AND a UON GPA of 4.5 or above. 
Direct admission into the 1 year MPE (Civil) Pathway C with 160 units of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
  • Graduates from an institution other than University of Newcastle with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) in Civil Engineering with a UON GPA of 4.5 or above.
University of Newcastle Engineering Graduate Pathway C:
  • Graduates of the University of Newcastle Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) single and combined programs will automatically be approved for admission to the 80 unit or 1-year program (Pathway C) with 160 units of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Students in Pathway A and Pathway B are required to complete 12 weeks of Industrial Experience as part of the program requirement.

It is anticipated that some commencing students may have met the Industrial Experience requirement, and as such, they will be deemed to have met this requirement, provided they can submit suitable evidence, such as a statement from the employer.

As students in Pathway C will already hold a Washington Accord qualification, they are exempted from this requirement.

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