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What will I learn?

Develop your knowledge and focus your practical skills on a specific research area in engineering with the Master of Engineering (by Research).

As part of this course you'll increase your knowledge and practical skills with a research project in a specific area of engineering.

Our College of Engineering and Science has high-tech engineering labs and a very strong research community.

In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia results we were rated:

  • 'well above world standard' in electrical and electronic engineering
  • 'above world standard' in engineering overall.

VU’s engineering research areas include:

  • advanced food systems (including biotechnology, chemical, analytical and polymer science)
  • applied ecology
  • alternative energy
  • engineered packaging and distribution (including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, vibrations and dynamics, chemical, analytical and polymer science)
  • structural mechanics and materials (including sustainable buildings)
  • smart energy
  • telecommunications, electronics, photonics and sensors
  • water resources.

You’ll graduate with well-developed skills for creating innovative engineering solutions. You may progress to higher-level (doctoral) study.

Careers in engineering

Prepare for a career researching and developing engineering solutions.

You may find a role in government or the private sector in one of the following, depending on your specialisation:

  • power generation, transmission, distribution, management and control
  • managing, designing and developing telecommunication network systems
  • microelectronic and electronic design
  • water-related government organisations and private firms.

The Master of Engineering (by Research) will prepare you for one of these roles:

  • engineer
  • research assistant
  • research technician.

Course structure

The standard duration of a Masters Degree (Research) is two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent, although in certain circumstances the degree may be completed in eighteen months.

In some cases the student may be required to complete approved coursework units such as laboratory skills or research design as part of the Masters Degree (Research).

Learning outcomes

The course objectives are to produce graduates who have the following knowledge and skills:

  1. a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in one or more discipline
  2. advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
  3. cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
  4. cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  5. cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  6. cognitive and technical skills to design, use and evaluate research and research method
  7. communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialist audience
  8. technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge

Which department am I in?

VU Research

CRICOS

002875K

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,200.00 (US$ 23,177) per year
AUD $15,600 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022, July 2022

Venue

Victoria University

Footscray Park campus,

Ballarat Road,

FOOTSCRAY,

Victoria,

3011, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,200.00 (US$ 23,177) per year
AUD $15,600 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2022, July 2022

Venue

Werribee Campus

Hoppers Lane,

WERRIBEE,

Victoria,

3030, MELTON, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into a master’s degree requires you to have completed an undergraduate qualification that is comparable to an Australian bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma. English language requirements: IELTS (academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL Internet: Test score of 79. Section score no less than: Listening: 19, speaking: 19, Reading: 18, writing: 22; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58-64 (with no section score less than 50); University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169; VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved.

For international students

Entry into a master’s degree requires you to have completed an undergraduate qualification that is comparable to an Australian bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma.

English language requirements

IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

TOEFL Internet: Test score of 79

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58-64 (with no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Victoria University

With over 100 years of educational prestige, Victoria University has earned its spot in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

  • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
  • VU ranked #1 nationally for Employability Skills
  • #3 in Australia for Learner Engagement (SES 2020)