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Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
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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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Study Professional Electrical and Electronic Engineering

If you are an electrical engineer looking to advance your career, the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)* will help you develop management expertise, specialise and deepen your technical skills and be equipped to lead projects and move into more senior roles.

* 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?

  • 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.
  • Recognised by industry: take your career anywhere in the world with international recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord.[1]
  • 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).
  • Global recognition: The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks the University of Newcastle at No.13 in the World and No.1 in Australia for Automation and Control.[2]
  1. This program has been granted provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia.
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Master Professional Engineering Electrical and Electronic student with his search & rescue robot for his Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) project.

Eric Johns developed a search & rescue robot for his Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) project.

What you will study

The Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) is a flexible degree that allows you to fast-track your career in engineering. You'll have the opportunity to diversify your engineering expertise with courses in specialised areas including:

  • renewable energy integration
  • control systems design and automation
  • digital and electronic design
  • advanced telecommunication
  • power electronics, drives and highly efficient power utilisation

You can also broaden your skills in a complimentary area such as business and management, entrepreneurship and innovation, design or multimedia. Plus, you can choose a major project that’s linked to industry or focused on design and research.

Core courses

  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • Digital and Computer Electronics 1
  • Electric Energy Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Circuits
  • Circuits and Signals
  • Engineering Statistics
  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital and Computer Electronics 2
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Final Year Project A
  • Final Year Project B
  • Modelling and Control
  • Engineering Complexity
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Final Year Project A
  • Final Year Project B
  • Engineering Complexity
  • MPE Thesis

Directed courses

From a list of directed courses, 1-year students complete a minimum of two courses, 2-year students complete seven courses and 3-year students complete six courses. Examples include:

  • Electrical Systems
  • Electronics Design
  • Signal Processing
  • Wireless Communication
  • Linear Control and Estimation

    Elective specialisation courses

    All students choose four elective courses, which can include courses 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.

    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.

    View the full course list


    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.

    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 (Electrical and Electronic) 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 Electrical and Electronic 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 (Electrical and Electronic) Pathway B with 80 units of Recognition (RPL): 
    • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering AND a UON GPA of 4.5 or above. 
    Direct admission into the 1 year MPE (Electrical and Electronic) 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 Electrical and Electronic 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 Electrical and Electronic 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.

    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, 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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