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The Master of Engineering Science program is designed for engineers and graduates wishing to develop and expand their knowledge and skills in their current area of expertise.* This will enable students to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards and to provide opportunities for continuing professional development, as well as the opportunity to interact with those at the cutting edge of their discipline. Students will develop their technical knowledge and ability to analyse engineering problems. They will also gain further skills in solving engineering problems and justifying professional decisions.

Students will have the chance to work on a complex, open-ended enquiry-based project. This will develop their systematic approach to a problem and require project planning and the ability to analyse, interpret and communicate results proficiently. The completion of the research provides a pathway towards postgraduate research degrees through the development and demonstration of enquiry-based skills.

(* It is also possible for students to acquire some knowledge and skills in a different specialisation with the approval of the Stream Authority. This may require the student to take additional foundation and disciplinary knowledge courses at the discretion of the Stream Authority.)

The program is designed to enable students to fulfil a number of needs including:

  • Updating technical knowledge and skills in an existing engineering specialisation.
  • Acquiring new knowledge and skills in a different engineering specialisation.
  • Updating qualifications and knowledge to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards.
  • Providing opportunities for continuing professional development.
  • Providing opportunities for interaction with those at the cutting edge of the discipline
  • Providing a preliminary step towards postgraduate research degrees


Study Level


Typical duration

2 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Engineering Science - MEngSc



Program Structure

Students must complete 96 UOC as a standalone program.

Students must complete 96UOC of courses to be eligible for the degree, and must complete:
- At least 18UOC of enquiry-based courses
- At least a further 30UOC of advanced disciplinary courses
- At least 6UOC of Engineering and Technical Management Courses.

A specialisation consists of 72UOC specialisation courses and 24UOC elective courses. Specialisation courses must include between 18-30UOC of disciplinary knowledge courses, 18-30UOC of advanced disciplinary courses and 18- 30UOC enquiry-based courses including a 12-24UOC project. Elective courses must include Engineering and Technical Management Courses.

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Specialisations description.

Students must complete at least one of the specialisations below.

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Entry Requirements
Progression Requirements


Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Additional Information

All software required for coursework is provided on the computers in the School computer laboratories. Some students find it advantageous to buy their own computer and software so that they can work at home. Some external courses may require students to own their own computer with Microsoft Office or equivalent. Specialist software packages that are required for external courses will be provided as part of the course pack to students.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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