Master of Engineering in Australia: A Detailed Course Guide

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    Master of Engineering (MEng) in Australia is a highly specialized degree offered in wide range of specializations such as mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. It is a technical program of 2 years full-time duration. More than 45 universities offer psotgraduate degree in engineering at Australian universities. Some universities also offer engineering specialization as MS degree. In 2018, 19649 international students were enrolled here for pursuing masters in engineering or related technical course. This included 9,364 new enrollments.

    Total International Enrollments in MEng Australia

    Master of Engineering covers topics from foundational engineering principles to applied mathematical techniques. Thus, students applying for this program must have basic knowledge of maths and physics with a bachelors degree in science or engineering. Tuition fee of top universities for Master of Engineering in Australia is between 29,600 AUD to 48,000 AUD (15.4 lakhs – 25 lakhs INR) per annum. Graduates can earn an average salary of 81,500 AUD per annum, equivalent to 42.34 lakhs INR in Australia.

    Why study for a Master of Engineering in Australia?

    As depicted in the graph above, the number students enrolled in postgraduate engineering programs of Australian universities has been increasing since last 10 years. Reason for this increase is growth in job opportunities in the recent years. 

    • About 2.4% of the total vacancies in Australia comprise of engineering jobs in 2019.
    • Number of vacancies in engineering sector is expected to increase up to 7.9% by 2020
    • Over 4,092 engineering jobs are advertised per month in the year 2019 in Australia. 
    Engineering Vacancies in Australia

    Top Universities for Master of Engineering in Australia

    Following are the top universities of Australia offering Master of Engineering program: 

    QS World Ranking 2020 University Specialization Total Program Fees (in AUD)
    29 Australian National University Electrical, Mechatronics, Photonics, Fluids etc 60,222
    38 University of Melbourne Environmental, Electrical, Civil, Biomedical etc 141,030
    42 University of Sydney Software, Civil, Intelligent Information etc 92,000
    43 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical etc 98,000
    47 University of Queensland Electrical, Mechanical, Petroleum etc 92,947
    58 Monash University Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, etc 96,000
    86 University of Western Australia (UWA) Oil and Gas 60,000
    106 University of Adelaide Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical etc 86,000
    140 University of Technology Sydney Civil, Structural, Computer, Manufacturing etc 59,280
    212 University of Wollongong Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil etc 75,072

    Course Structure for Master of Engineering in Australia

    Master of Engineering in Australia is a course of a total of 72 credit points to be completed in 2 years. The 72 credits are divided as follows:

    • The professional engineering stream consists of 18 credit points.
    • 42 credit points are for major choice. Students can choose any one major like Civil, Biomedical, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Telecommunication & electronics, Environmental, Geotechnical, Manufacturing & Management, etc.
    • Remaining 12 credits are for the elective courses. Students can choose any 2 electives each of 6 credit points. 
    • Students can choose the electives according to their career goals and this can include subjects that are not related to engineering or subjects that can give more deep knowledge in their major streams.

    Popular Specializations for Master of Engineering in Australia

    Following are the three popular specializations among international students for pursuing Master of Engineering along with the top universities offering them and total fees charged:

    Specializations Top Universities Average Annual Fees (in AUD)
    Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    UNSW Sydney;
    University of Melbourne;
    Monash University;
    University of Sydney;
    University of Wollongong

    61,400 – 141,030
    Masters in Civil Engineering in Australia University of Queensland;
    University of Technology Sydney;
    University of Adelaide;
    University of Melbourne;
    University of Sydney
    50,250 – 119,400
    Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia University of Melbourne;
    Australian National University;
    University of Sydney;
    University of Queensland;
    UNSW Sydney
    36,500 – 112,683

    Admission Process for Master of Engineering in Australia

    Students are required to have a bachelor of engineering or bachelor of science degree to apply for Master of Engineering in Australia. Applications are accepted directly via respective university’s application portals. Some universities accept offline applications too. 

    Eligibility for Master of Engineering in Australia Admission

    Minimum eligibility requirement for applying to Australian universities is tabulated below: 

    University Minimum Eligibility Required
    Australian National University 4-year bachelor's degree in engineering with 60% overall
    University of Melbourne 3-year bachelor's degree in science 65% overall
    University of Sydney Bachelors in engineering with minimum 65% OR
    Bachelors in engineering + 5 years of experience
    University of New South Wales 3 or 4 years bachelor of engineering with 70% overall
    University of Queensland Bachelor's degree with 60% overall
    Monash University 3 or 4 year bachelors degree in engineering, science or applied science
    University of Western Australia Bachelor's degree in engineering with 65% overall
    University of Adelaide 4 years bachelor's degree in engineering in respective fields
    University of Technology Sydney Bachelor's degree in engineering, less than 25% of subjects failed
    University of Wollongong 4-year bachelor's degree in engineering with 60% average

    Documents Required for Master of Engineering in Australia Admission

    • Transcripts of all the institutes attended, showing all the subjects attempted and the results.
    • English translation of the transcripts/ mark sheets.
    • A course-by-course evaluation of the transcripts.
    • Scorecards of the English language tests
    • A personal statement

    Proof of English Proficiency for International Students

    International students whose native language is not English will have to prove their English language proficiency through standardized tests like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, CAE, etc. Usually, the candidates who have completed their previous studies in the English language can choose to not take these exams. The minimum scores accepted by these top universities of Australia are:

    University Minimum IELTS Score Required Minimum TOEFL (iBT) Score Required
    Australian National University 6.5 80
    University of Melbourne 6.5 79
    University of Sydney 6.5 85
    University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) 6.5 94
    University of Queensland 6.5 87
    Monash University 6.5 87
    University of Western Australia 6.5 82
    University of Adelaide 6.5 79
    University of Technology Sydney 6.5 79
    University of Wollongong 6.5 86

    Cost of Study for Master of Engineering in Australia

    Cost of studying abroad usually includes the pre-arrival cost, tuition fees, and living costs. Comparing the cost of living in Australia and India, former is 53% more expensive than the latter. Thus, Indian students should plan accordingly and make sure they have enough funds to survive for the whole study period in the country.

    Pre-arrival Cost

    Pre-arrival cost includes the expenses that are incurred before arriving at the campus. This may include the application fees, English language exam registration fees, Australian student visa application fees, application acceptance deposit, etc.

    Type of Expense Cost (in AUD)
    Application Fees 100 – 150
    IELTS Registration Fee 329 – 368
    TOEFL Registration Fee 276
    Visa Application Fees 575

    Tuition Fees for Master of Engineering in Australia

    Among top universities offering, Master of Engineering in Australia, University of Technology Sydney charges the lowest tuition fees of 29,640 AUD per annum. University of Western Australia is close second with annual fees of 30,000 AUD.

    Tuition Fees of MEng Australia

    Cost of Living in Australia

    Cost of living for any student studying abroad includes accommodation, food, transportation and other expenses. Accommodation charges in Australia are tabulated below: 

    Accomodation Type Weekly Cost (in AUD)
    Hostels and Guesthouses 90 – 150
    Shared Rental 95 – 215
    On-Campus 110 – 280
    Homestay 235 – 325
    Rental 185 – 440

    Other living expenses are provided below: 

    • Groceries and Eating Out: 140 - 28- AUD per week
    • Gas, Electricity: 10 - 20 AUD per week
    • Phone and Internet: 15 - 30 AUD per week
    • Public Transport: 30 - 60 AUD per week
    • Car (after purchase): 150 - 260 AUD per week
    • Entertainment: 80 - 150 AUD per week

    Scholarships for Master of Engineering in Australia

    Following are the popular scholarships for international students in Australia pursuing Master of Engineering program: 

    University Scholarship Award Amount
    Australian National University ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship 50% of the tuition fees
    ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science International Postgraduate Merit Scholarship 25% of the tuition fees for up to 1 year
    ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science International University Partnership award 5000 AUD per annum
    University of Melbourne Melbourne Mobility Awards Up to 6,000 AUD
    Student Grant (for financial need) 1,000 -10,000 AUD
    University of Sydney Dr. Abdul Kalam International Postgraduate Scholarship 50% of the tuition fees
    The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) Joseph barling Fellowship 30,000 AUD
    University of Queensland UQ Engineering Latin American Scholarship 10,000 AUD for 1 year
    Monash University Master of Professional Engineering International Scholarship 10,000 AUR for 2 years
    University of Western Australia Ertech Master of Professional Engineering Scholarship 10,000 AUD
    North West Shelf Venture Scholarship Gas Processing 8,000 AUD
    University of Adelaide The University of Adelaide Global Citizen Scholarship 15% - 30% reduction of the tuition fees
    Global Academic Excellence Scholarship 50% reduction of the tuition fees
    University of Technology Sydney International Postgraduate Coursework Full Tuition Scholarship Full tuition fees
    Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship 5,000 AUD towards the first session of UTS tuition fees
    University of Wollongong UOW Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship 30% discount on the tuition fee
    UOW Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship 10% discount on tuition fee

    For more scholarships in Australia, click here.

    Scope for Master of Engineering in Australia

    The world is changing every day with new innovations and technology. With this change, demand for qualified engineers is also increasing. With a master’s degree in engineering, the students get eligibility to become professionally accredited engineers. 

    In Australia, an engineering graduate can earn an average of 81,500 AUD per annum. The salary increases to about 32% - 36% after 2 to 5 years of experience.

    Jobs after M.eng Australia

    MEng from Australia is specifically designed for students who have a BEng degree and want to gain specialized knowledge in their field. Students can also choose to pursue doctoral degree instead of looking for a job. 


    Ques. Which is the best school of Master of Engineering in Australia?

    Ans. Some of the best universities for Master of Engineering in Australia are Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney.

    Ques. Is Australia good for Master of Engineering in Australia?

    Ans. Australia has some of the top ranking universities for Master of Mechanical Engineering offering high quality education. However, the return on investment is quite low as compared to other countries like US and Canada.

    Ques. What is the job scope in Australia for Master of Engineering?

    Ans. Average salary offered to graduates of Master of Engineering in Australia is 81,500 AUD per annum. This increases by 32% – 36% with 2 to 5 years of experience. You can work as Associate Engineer, Automation Engineer, Biochemical Engineer, Mechnaical Engineer, etc depending upon the specialization choosen. 

    Ques. How much does it cost to study Master of Engineering in Australia?

    Ans. Average tuition fees charged by top universities offering Master of Engineering in Australia is in the range of 29,600 AUD to 48,000 AUD, equivalent to 15.4 lakhs – 25 lakhs INR) per annum.

    Ques. What are some of the popular specializations that I can pursue as Master of Engineering in Australia?

    Ans. Some of the popular Master of Engineering specializations in Australia are mechanical, civil, mechanical, biochemical, automotive, etc.