Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia: Top Colleges, Admission, Fees, Scholarships, Scope

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    Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia spans over 1-2 years of study and is offered as Master of Engineering (Electrical) or a Master of Engineering Science (Electrical). The total program fees at universities in Australia offering masters in electrical engineering ranges between AUD 36,500- AUD 112,683. For Indian applicants, this cost estimates to around 19 to 60 lakhs. This may appear like a huge amount when compared to the cost of the degree in India (up to 8 Lakhs only).

    However, on completion of your Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia, you can expect earning around 65,000 AUD at the beginning of your career which equals  ~34 LPA while the same when done from within India will earn you as much as 6-7 LPA (average). These numbers are indicative of the value of education among employers for student graduated from Australian Universities. Not only you will be offered higher packages in Australia but the education from

    Electrical Engineering is a discipline that includes a study of the design and application of devices and systems involved in the generation of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. The courses of electrical engineering are interdisciplinary and focus on principles from physics, mathematics, computer science, electromagnetism, electronics, etc. A few of the top universities in Australia offering this Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia include the University of Melbourne, ANU, University of Sydney, Monash University, etc.

    Top Universities in Australia for Masters in Electrical Engineering

    According to QS, around 31 universities are offering Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia. According to QS 2020 Rankings, the University of Melbourne is the only Australian university that lies among the top 50 institutes in the world for electrical and electronics engineering.

    Listed below are some of the globally ranked universities in Australia according to Times Higher Education 2020 Rankings that offer electrical engineering masters in Australia

    University THE 2020 Rankings Program Duration (in years)  Total Fee (in AUD)
    University of Melbourne 32 Master of Engineering (Electrical);
    Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)
    Australian National University (ANU) 50 Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering 95,760
    University of Sydney 60 Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) 1.5  69,000
    Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 138,000
    The University of Queensland 66 Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) 2- 3 90,240- 135,360
    Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering) 45,120
    Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering) 1.5  67,680
    USNW Sydney 71 Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering);
    Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering)
    Monash University 75 Master of Advanced Electrical Engineering 1-2  48,000 – 96,000
    Master of Professional Electrical Engineering 92,000
    University of Adelaide 120 Master of Engineering (Electrical) 86,000
    University of Western Australia 131 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 119,400
    Queensland University of Technology 179 Master of Engineering (Electrical) 36,500
    Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 76,000
    Macquarie University 201 – 250 Master of Engineering Management (Electrical Engineering) 75,000

    Why Study Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia?

    • Australia is the third most popular study destination for students who want to study abroad and is soon expected to take over the UK for the second spot according to the University College of London’s Centre for Global Higher Education. 
    • Australia has seen an increase of almost 11% in international student enrollment since 2017. Also, for postgraduate studies, disciplines in engineering and technologies have seen a 30.9% increase in student enrollment since 2008.
    • The Australian government has invested over AUD 300 million in scholarships to support international students. 
    • Engineering Education Australia offers a professional year in engineering program which allows international students to train and work in Australia in the engineering field.
    • According to the Australian Engineering Vacancies report of 2019, electrical engineering is the fifth engineering sector with the most number of job vacancies advertised each month.
    Average Engineering Vacancies in Australia-2019
    • According to reports by the Australian Labour Market Information Portal, the electrical engineering industry is projected to have a 3% increase in employment by 2024. About 17,100 jobs will be available by 2024. 
    • 78% of the electrical engineering graduates are expected to find full-time employment within four months after graduation.
    • Students with an electrical engineering master's in Australia are able to earn 53% more than a student with a bachelor's degree.

    Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia: Admissions

    For admissions in a masters program in electrical engineering, an applicant is required to-

    • Have a four years bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related area of studies such as Computer, Electronic, Electronic and Biomedical, Energy, Information and Communications Technology, or others.
    • For an international student, ELP is one of the important aspects of eligibility. Non-native English speakers are required to submit scores of standardized tests to study in Australia

    Tabulated below is the detail of the academic and English language eligibility by universities offering the program: 

    University Minimum Entry Requirement TOEFL – iBT IELTS PTE
    University of Melbourne 65% 79 6.5 58
    Australian National University 65% 80 6.5 64
    University of Sydney 65% 85 6.5 61
    The University of Queensland 65% 87 6.5 64
    USNW Sydney 70% 90 6.5 64
    Monash University* 70% 79 6.5 58
    University of Western Australia 65% 82 6.5 64
    Queensland University of Technology** 50% 79 6.5 58

    *65% with 3 years of relevant engineering work experience

    **three years full-time Bachelor in an electrical engineering or related area with 50% and two years of professional work experience in Electrical Engineering

    Note: In case an applicant does not meet the required entry percentage or GPA, they can provide proof of relevant engineering work experience. 

    For Indian applicants, Australian universities also accept the All India Examination (CBSE) and Indian School Certificate (CISCE) with scores of a minimum grade of B2 or 60% in the two exams respectively.

    Application: Admission applications to universities in Australia for Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia can be made in two ways-

    • Apply directly to the university- online or through a hard copy.
    • Apply through the university agent in respective home countries.  

    Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia: Application Requirements

    Applicants are required to submit their admission applications and all the required supplemental documents at the time of admission. The required documents for admission include:

    • Completed application form.
    • Payment of non-refundable admission application fee at the university.
    • Academic transcripts from all educational institutions attended- secondary school and bachelor degree transcripts (with their English translations if not in English).
    • Proof of English language proficiency through one of the standardized exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or equivalent. 
    • Degree completion statement if the UG degree is completed outside of Australia.
    • Detailed subject description of the courses studied at the undergraduate level.
    • Copy of a valid passport.
    • CV or Resume in case a student has relevant engineering work experience.

    Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia: Cost of Study

    Costs for studying Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia can be divided into three main categories- Pre-arrival costs, Tuition or Program Fee, and Cost of Living. The section below caters to these estimated expenses. 

    Pre-arrival costs in Australia

    The pre-arrival costs in Australia include a one-time fee for the registration of standardized exams, visa application, health insurance, application fee, etc.

    Expenses Fee (in AUD)
    Visa application 636
    Health insurance 2,381
    IELTS 300
    TOEFL 330
    PTE 330

    Tuition Fee for M.Eng/MS in Electrical Engineering in Australia

    To study in Australia, the tuition fee for a master’s program in electrical engineering at the universities vary with the duration of the degree and the coursework. The Queensland University of Technology offers a one year Master of Engineering (Electrical) program with a total fee of 36,500 AUD.

    Among the top 10 universities in Australia for electrical engineering, the University of Melbourne has the highest program fee for Master of Engineering (Electrical) because of its three-year duration.

    Tuition Fees for Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in Australia (in AUD)

    Monash University offers a Master of Advanced Electrical Engineering with a total program fee of 48,000 AUD- 96,000 AUD and a Master of Professional Electrical Engineering with a total program fee of 92,000 AUD. Similarly, the University of Western Australia offers a Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) with a total program fee of 119,400 AUD. 

    Cost of Living in Australia

    The cost of living in Australia includes the accommodation costs and the living expenses that are to be paid by an international student. 

    Accommodation Costs: According to the Australian Government, the accommodation expenses for a student studying in Australia depend on the type of student accommodation chosen by a candidate. The estimated accommodation expenses for a week in Australia have been tabulated below:

    Housing Option Fee per week (in AUD)
    Hostels and Guesthouses 90-150
    Shared Rental 95-215
    On-campus 110-280
    Homestay 235-325
    Rental 185-440

    Other Living Expenses include groceries, gas, electricity, transportation, phone, and internet, etc. The weekly expenses that you will encounter when planning to study in Australia are:

    Expenses Fee per week (in AUD)
    Groceries and eating out 140-280
    Gas and electricity 10-20
    Phone and Internet 15-30
    Public Transport 30-60
    Entertainment 80-150

    When applying for your student visa, the Australian government asks students to submit proof of funding and estimates the annual cost of living to 21,000 AUD. Plan your expenses accordingly when thinking of moving to Australia for studies. You can finance yourself through scholarships and loans.  

    Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia with Scholarships

    For a student on budget studying masters in electrical engineering in Australia can be financially burdening. You can choose to opt for scholarships available. Some of the international scholarships to study in Australia are tabulated below:

    Scholarships University Scholarship Amount (in AUD)
    Melbourne School of Engineering Scholarships University of Melbourne 5,000- 20,000
    Women in Engineering & IT Scholarships University of Melbourne 10,000- 20,000
    International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship Australian National University 50% tuition
    ANU-Study Canberra India Scholarship Australian National University 10,000 AUD per annum
    Dr. Abdul Kalam International Postgraduate Scholarship University of Sydney Half of tuition fee
    Sydney Scholars India Scholarship Program University of Sydney 50,000
    UQ Future Students Postgraduate Scholarship for High Achievers- India The University of Queensland 10,000 AUD
    Monash International Merit Scholarship Monash University 10,000 AUD per annum;
    Global Citizens Scholarship University of Adelaide 15% and 30% of the tuition fee
    Global Academic Excellence Scholarship University of Adelaide 50% of the tuition fee
    UWA International Masters by Coursework Scholarships University of Western Australia 3,000 AUD- 7,000 AUD
    UWA International Achievement Scholarship University of Western Australia 5,000 AUD- 10,000 AUD per annum
    International Merit Scholarship Queensland University of Technology 25% of your tuition fees for first year
    Science and Engineering Financial Hardship Bursary Queensland University of Technology 1,500 AUD for one year
    Macquarie University India Scholarship Macquarie University 10,000 AUD
    Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship Macquarie University 10,000 AUD

    Students can also apply for other scholarships and loans to study in Australia that are provided by various private agencies or organizations or the government. 

    Scope after Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia

    Graduates with a degree of Masters in Electrical Engineering have broad and adaptable skill sets. They can find jobs in Australia in diverse roles across a wide variety of industries. Employment opportunities are available in growing fields such as industrial automation, renewable energy development, power systems, biomedical devices and systems development, mining, defense technologies, radar and remote sensing information security and telecommunications.

    Students who are interested in the research sector can go for their higher studies not only in Australia but can also choose to study in the USA, UK, Canda, New Zealand or other top countries. Students completing a Master of Engineering program with outstanding results are eligible to undertake supervised research in the degree of MPhil or Doctor of Philosophy in the fields of engineering. 

    There has been an increase in the number of job opportunities for electrical engineering over the last ten years. According to the reports by Australian Engineering Vacancies, there were about 367 electrical engineering vacancies advertised each month. 

    An electrical engineering graduate in Australia with 0-2 years experience can earn about 58,000 AUD per annum. Moving forward, with an increase in levels of experience the salary slabs for electrical engineering graduates also increases.

    Salary Trend for Electrical Engineering in Australia

    Possible career options that can be undertaken by a graduate of Masters in Electrical Engineering from Australia include:

    Occupation Average Annual Salary (in AUD)
    Electrical Engineer 73,000
    Senior Electrical Engineer 115,000
    Electronics Engineer 60,000
    Assembly Engineering Technician 77,800
    Automation Engineer 96,400
    Broadcast Engineer 92,100
    Electrical Engineering Manager 110,000
    Energy Engineer 94,100
    Engineering Production Manager 107,000
    Equipment Engineer 79,300
    Instrumentation and Control Engineer 88,900

    Electrical Engineering graduates earn 14% more than other engineering graduates. Electrical Engineers make the top twenty highest paid jobs in Australia. Graduates working in an industry job earn the highest followed by the graduates in government programs and then engineering practice. All these reasons make pursuing a masters in electrical engineering in Australia not only a lucrative degree but also a program with good ROI. 


    Ques. Is Masters in Electrical Engineering worth in Australia?

    Ans. Yes. electrical engineering graduates are in high demand in Australia. According to reports, electrical engineering is the fifth engineering sector with the most number of job vacancies that are advertised each month. Industries in both the private and public sectors are seeking graduates with electrical engineering qualifications.

    Ques. What are the top universities for Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia?

    Ans. The University off Melbourne, Australian National University, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, USMW Sydney, etc. are some of the best institutes to opt a Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia.

    Ques. What are the eligibility requirements to study Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia?

    Ans. To study a Masters in Electrical Engineering in Australia, a bachelor's in electrical engineering or a related area of study such as computer, electronic, electronic and biomedical, energy, information and communications technology, etc. A few universities might also require some professional experience or internship experience.  

    Ques. Is there any minimum score requirements for TOEFL or IELTS?

    Ans. Non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of English language proficiency. Although each university has its own criteria, TOEFL (iBT) scores ranging from 79-90 while IELTS scores ranging from 6.5 are accepted.

    Ques. How much does the Master of Electrical Engineering cost in Australia?

    Ans. The tuition fees to pursue a masters in electrical engineering in Australia ranges between AUD 36,500- AUD 112,683 (19-60 lakhs INR) for the full study duration.

    Ques. How much can graduates of Master of Electrical Engineering in Australia earn?

    Ans. The average salary of an electrical engineering graduate from universities in Australia is around AUD 65,000 (34 LPA).