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Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.
Accelerated options available
2 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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Program Code40052

Study Professional Geospatial Engineering and Surveying

If you are looking to launch or advance your career in the field of surveying and spatial information, the Master of Professional Engineering (Geospatial Engineering and Surveying) at the University of Newcastle will help you develop management expertise, specialise and deepen your technical skills and be equipped to lead projects and move into more senior roles.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Female student in orange vest and hardhat stands with surveying equipment and two male students stand in background.

What you will study

The Master of Professional Engineering (Geospatial Engineering and Surveying) is a flexible degree that will allow you to fast-track your career in surveying and geospatial engineering. You will have the opportunity to diversify your expertise with courses in specialised spatial data collection, analysis and management, or broaden your skills base in a complementary area such as business and management, entrepreneurship and innovation, or design. Plus you can choose a major project that’s linked to industry or focused on design and research.

Core courses

  • Engineering Complexity
  • MPE Thesis A
  • MPE Thesis B
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Geodesy
  • Industrial Surveying
  • Satellite Positioning
  • SDS & RS
  • Photogrammetry
  • Engineering Complexity
  • MPE Thesis A
  • MPE Thesis B

Directed Courses

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

  • Sustainable Development
  • Hydrology
  • Town Planning
  • Law for Work Health and Safety
  • Geodesy

Program structure

1-year program: You will take advanced surveying and geospatial engineering courses and choose directed courses 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. If you are already a graduate surveyor, licensed/registered surveyor, or qualified engineer in Australia, this advanced program will broaden your skill base allowing for enhanced specialisation in your field and boosting your employability.

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

Surveyors and geospatial engineers work on a huge range of tasks in many different environments – industries like land surveying, mining surveying, remote sensing, geodesy and space research, construction, environmental management and transportation. Surveying and geospatial 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 in Geospatial Engineering and Surveying will open up even more varied career opportunities than you already have, empowering you to take on a leadership role, start your own business or manage major surveying and engineering projects.

  • Salaries: As a surveyor or geospatial engineer you’ll be valued and well rewarded. Postgraduate engineers starting salaries average around $115,000p.a*. In 2018*, 92% of our Surveying and Geospatial engineers were employed within four months of graduating, making the University of Newcastle one of the top universities in NSW for graduate employment rates.
  • Flexibility: Some surveyors and geospatial 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.

*QILT comparative postgraduate data 2017

*QILT comparative undergraduate data 2018

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 1 Year MPE (Geospatial Engineering and Surveying) Program*:
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) with Class 2 Division 2 or above in Surveying
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) in Surveying with a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above
Direct Admission into the 2 Year MPE (Geospatial Engineering and Surveying) Program*:
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) in Surveying AND a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above
Direct Admission into the MPE Program:
  • Applicants currently undertaking or having completed the Master of Engineering Management program at the University of Newcastle may be admitted to the Master of Professional Engineering in the same discipline area as their undergraduate engineering degree.  The volume of learning required for the MPE will be assessed for individual applicants based on their background.

*Further Admission Requirements (if applicable)

Alternative Engineering Disciplines:

Applications for the Master of Professional Engineering (Geospatial Engineering and Surveying) from graduates from a different engineering discipline other than surveying are welcomed, but will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

GPA Equivalence for Non-University of Newcastle Applicants:

Applicants from external institutions will be required to provide transcripts of previous studies to allow assessment of GPA equivalence on the University of Newcastle scale.

Alternate Entry Path Incorporating Work Experience:

Applications from graduates with an appropriate Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) or Honours Degree (AQF 8 ) in engineering not meeting the above requirements, BUT with significant relevant work experience will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.


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.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Surveying) or equivalent Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying) or equivalent

Students in the 2 Year Program 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.

Students admitted to the 1 Year Program will either hold a Washington Accord qualification, or have an undergraduate Surveying degree (AQF8) from UoN or another institution and therefore are exempted from this requirement.

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