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Overview

  • Ideal for practising engineers who want advanced, cutting-edge knowledge and skills in a chosen engineering field or to move into an engineering management role
  • Lead and contribute to complex projects
  • Respond rapidly and effectively to current and emerging local and global challenges
  • Use evidence-based practice to imagine and realise change using management strategies, advanced design, collaborative decision-making and innovation
QUT course code EN55
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 2 years full-time
4 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 July, February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 096754G
Careers
  • Control systems engineer
  • Digital signal processing engineer
  • Electrical and Computer Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Power Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Engineering manager
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Network Manager
  • Telecommunications engineer

Details

This two-year course provides a developmental path for professional engineers to master skills in selected engineering disciplines and the interaction of those disciplines. It aims to enhance your skills in dealing with more complex engineering problems and interactions between engineering technical domains and the broader context in which they exist.

The Master of Professional Engineering provides post-professional knowledge and skills in a range of engineering disciplines. As such, it will equip you with the abilities to become a leader in your chosen engineering field. The program offers both theoretical understanding, and practical applications of advanced professional engineering practices, with a focus on themed technical discipline areas and sustainable, ethical, and managerial abilities.

We are currently seeking provisional accreditation with Engineers Australia for the Master of Professional Engineering. Professional accreditation allows graduates to work as a professional engineer in countries that are signatories of the Washington Accord.

Why choose this course?

Our Master of Professional Engineering enhances the knowledge, practice, and professional employability skills of engineers in specific discipline areas at an advanced level. This course provides an integrated mix of specialist discipline complexity and evidence-based practice with future-focused professional skills development in a connected learning environment.

Three-quarters of new engineering graduates looking for full-time work find it within four months and have the highest rate of professional or managerial employment of all STEM graduates [Norton, 2016].

You can choose from four majors as part of this program: electrical and management, mechanical and management, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.

  • Electrical and management offers an engineering management qualification to practising engineers, specialising in electrical engineering.  It combines a formal qualification in management with advanced electrical engineering skills and knowledge. 
  • Mechanical and management offers an engineering management qualification to practising engineers, specialising in mechanical engineering.  It combines a formal qualification in management with advanced mechanical engineering skills and knowledge. 
  • Electrical engineering provides advanced theoretical understanding and knowledge of current professional engineering practices in electrical engineering. It focuses on the technical discipline area, sustainable and ethical considerations, and evidence-based practices.
  • Mechanical engineering provides advanced theoretical understanding and knowledge of current professional engineering practices in mechanical engineering. It focuses on the technical discipline area, sustainable and ethical considerations, and evidence-based practices.

This course is suitable for the practising engineer wanting to change engineering disciplines and attain postgraduate qualifications.

Real-world learning

Through your studies, you will learn how to:

  • apply advanced and specialist knowledge, concepts and practices in engineering design, analysis management and sustainability
  • critically analyse and evaluate complex engineering problems to achieve, research informed solutions
  • apply systematic approaches to plan, design, execute and manage an engineering project
  • communicate complex information effectively and succinctly, presenting high level reports, arguments and justifications in oral, written and visual forms to professional and non-specialist audiences
  • organise and manage time, tasks and projects independently, and collaboratively demonstrating the values and principles that shape engineering decision making and professional accountability.

You will be engaged with the demands, complexities, tools and contemporary practices of authentic engineering environments. You will develop and shape contemporary authentic professional skills for immediate application in workplace contexts.

You will undertake your studies through a range of learning practices, including industry-led case studies, project-based learning.  Your capstone learning experience is a workplace-based or authentic two-semester project staged via a series of developmental assessments. This is supported through preparation for a simulated international engineering conference (peer-reviewed poster presentation and paper).

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the Master of Professional Engineering, you will be an Engineers Australia-accredited professional engineer with advanced cutting-edge knowledge and skills in a chosen engineering field or engineering management role. You will be able to lead and contribute to complex projects and respond rapidly and effectively to current and emerging local and global challenges. You will have research capacity for evidence-based practice, to imagine and realise change using management strategies, advanced design, collaborative decision-making and innovation in ethical and sustainable ways as appropriate to your role; you will be strategic in the use of digital technologies. You will be an effective collaborator and communicator in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts with knowledge of and respect for diverse cultural perspectives.

As a graduate, you will be able to apply integrated computer-based approaches to monitor and manage internal and external resources in an organisation and implement a range of strategies and practices to support organisational objectives such as competitive advantages, innovation, sharing lessons learned, integration and continuous improvement. You will be able to become a specialist engineering manager within your chosen professional field, in particular, a leader and manager of engineering processes. You will be capable of undertaking management level roles in operations management, quality control management, logistics, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management and other specialised engineering fields.

Professional recognition

We are currently seeking provisional accreditation with Engineers Australia for the Master of Professional Engineering. Professional accreditation allows graduates to work as a professional engineer in countries that are signatories of the Washington Accord.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Professional Engineering

To graduate with a Master of Professional Engineering (Study Area A) you are required to complete 192 credit points of course units consisting of:

84 credit points of core units, including advanced research skills and research based project units, two professional practice units, an advanced discipline unit and an engineering design unit.  Plus 108 credit points of disipline units from your specialisation to be selected from a list of options.

Option units provide added depth and breadth in your chosen discipline area, as such you should select an alternate unit if you have completed a similar or equivalent unit in your previous studies.

You are also required to undertake 60 days of approved work experience in the Engineering environment as part of your Work Integrated Learning.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements are based on QUT’s 7.0 point scale where 4.0 is a Pass.  Your bachelor degree must be completed and recognised by QUT.

Two (2) year program

Electrical major

  • Three (3) year full time bachelor degree in electrical engineering or engineering technology (in electrical engineering with a minimum GPA of 4.0; or
  • Four (4) year full time bachelor degree in any engineering discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

Electrical and Management major

  • Three (3) year full time bachelor degree in electrical engineering or engineering technology (in electrical engineering) with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

Mechanical major

  • Three (3) year full time bachelor degree in mechanical engineering or engineering technology (in mechanical engineering) with a minimum GPA of 4.0; or
  • Four (4) year full time bachelor degree in any engineering discipline with a minimum GPA. of 4.0.

Mechanical and Management major

Three (3) year full time bachelor degree in mechanical engineering or engineering technology (in mechanical engineering) with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

One and a half (1.5) year program

Electrical major

  • Four (4) year full time bachelor degree in electrical engineering discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

Electrical and Management major

  • Four (4) year full time bachelor degree in electrical engineering discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

Mechanical major

  • Four (4) year full time bachelor degree in mechanical engineering discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0.

Mechanical and Management major

  • Four (4) year full time bachelor degree in mechanical engineering discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $30,900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $25,900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Master of Professional Engineering

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

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You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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