Postgraduate program Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)
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LocationNewcastle
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 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.5, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 098285E
Program Code40185

Study Professional Mechanical Engineering

If you are a mechanical engineer looking to fast-track your career, the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)* 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]
  • Global recognition: The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UON at No.8 in the World and No.1 in Australia for Automation and Control [2].
  1. This program has been granted provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia.
  2. http://www.shanghairanking.com

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What you will study

The Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) is a flexible degree that will allow you to advance your career in engineering. You will have the opportunity to diversify your engineering expertise with courses in mechanical or another area of engineering, or broaden your skills base 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

  • Mechanical Design Project
  • MPE Thesis
  • Mechanics of Solids 1
  • Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Modelling and Control
  • Engineering Complexity
  • Mechanical Design Project
  • Advanced Mechanics of Solids and FEA
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics and CFD
  • MPE Thesis A: Experimental Methods
  • MPE Thesis B
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics
  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • Introduction to Procedural Programming
  • Mechanical Drawing/CAD and Workshop Practice
  • Calculus of Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 1
  • Materials Science and Engineering 1
  • Dynamics of Machines
  • Mechanics of Solids 1
  • Engineering Computations 2
  • Fluid Mechanics 1
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Modelling and Control
  • Engineering Complexity
  • Mechanical Design Project
  • Advanced Mechanics of Solids and FEA
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics and CFD
  • MPE Thesis A: Experimental Methods
  • MPE Thesis B

Directed courses

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

  • Advanced Estimation
  • Real-time Optimisation for Embedded Systems
  • Mechatronics Design 1
  • Mechanics of Bulk Solids and Particulates
  • Computer Aided Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Bulk Materials Handling and Transportation
  • Renewable Energy Conversion

Elective specialisation courses

From a list of directed courses, 1-year students choose four electives, 2-year students choose two and 3-year students choose one elective, 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.

Additional documents

View the full course list

Career

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

Applying for Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)

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