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    Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia: Course Guide for International Students

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    Masters in mechanical engineering in Australia is offered by over 18 institutes. It is majorly available as Masters in Engineering (MEng), Masters in Engineering Science (MES), Masters in Philosophy (MPhil), and Masters in Professional Engineering (MPE) with mechanical as specialization. The duration of masters in mechanical engineering from Australian universities is usually two or three years, depending on the type of degree selected. 

    • A bachelors in mechanical engineering or equivalent degree is required for admission to MS in Mechanical Engineering in Australia. 
    • Annual tuition fees of universities offering masters in mechanical engineering in Australia ranges between 18,000 AUD to 48,000 AUD.
    • The average salary of a mechanical engineer in Australia is 94,700 AUD. 

    Why Study Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    Following are some of the reasons for pursuing a master in mechanical engineering from Australia:

    • According to the 2019 Australian Engineering Vacancies report, there were over 4000 Engineering jobs advertised across Australia in the month of June.
    • The number of vacancies in the engineering sector is expected to rise by 7.9% in the upcoming years in Australia with around 9000 job openings being created for mechanical engineers until 2022.
    • A student with bachelor’s degree gets an average salary of about 68,700 AUD per annum while a student with master’s degree earns around 110,000 AUD, which is 60% higher than that of a bachelor’s degree holder.
    • Salary of mechanical engineering in Australia increases by 120% after 10 years of experience. 
    Salary of Mechanical Engineers in Australia

    Top Universities offering Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    Table below mentions some of the top universities offering masters in mechanical engineering in Australia according to THE World University Ranking 2020 for mechanical & aerospace engineering: 

    University THE Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Ranking Program offered Program fees Duration
    University of New South Wales 59 Masters of Engineering (Mechanical)  98,000 AUD  2 years
    University of Melbourne 68 Masters of Engineering (Mechanical) 141,030 AUD  3 years
    Monash University 70 Masters of professional in Mechanical Engineering 92,000 AUD  2 years
    University of Sydney 86 Masters of Engineering (Mechanical) 
    Masters of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)
    69,000 AUD 1.5 years 
    University of Wollongong 91 Masters of Engineering (Mechanical) 75,072 AUD 2 years
    University of Queensland 94 Masters of engineering (mechanical)  90,240 AUD 2 years
    University of Adelaide 101 – 125 Masters of Engineering (Mechanical) 84,000 AUD 2 years
    Edith Cowan University 151 – 175 Masters of Engineering (Mechanical) 61,400 AUD 2 years
    Curtin University 151 – 175 Masters of professional Engineering ( Mechanical) 72,600 AUD 2 years
    University of Newcastle 301 – 400 Masters of philosophy ( Mechanical engineering)
    Masters of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)
    119,475 AUD  3 years

    Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia: Course and Curriculum

    Students learn about the implementation and development of machines in mining, automotive, infrastructure, and various other sectors while pursuing masters in mechanical engineering degree. It is offered as a project-based program in Australia and is focused on practical knowledge. 

    The course structure of MS in Mechanical Engineering in Australia includes subjects such as advanced CAE, advanced dynamics, advanced controls, advanced solid mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, entrepreneurship for engineers, sustainable design and management, safety systems and risk analysis, advanced control and optimization, advanced computational Engineering, etc. 

    Admission Process of Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    Students are required to have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or relevant field to get admission in masters in mechanical engineering in Australia. Some universities also accept students with non-Engineering bachelor’s degrees if they have relevant experience. 

    Where to Apply: Students are required to apply for the master’s degree on the official website of the respective university. Some universities may have specific application portals while some have application forms. 

    When to Apply: The admissions are usually offered in January/February and July in most universities of Australia.

    Admission Requirements for Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    Following documents are needed while applying for MS in Mechanical Engineering in Australia:

    • Official transcripts of previous education
    • English translation of non-English transcripts 
    • Letter of references
    • Statement of purpose 
    • Updated resume 
    • Proof of relevant work experience
    • Proof of English language proficiency by submitting IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or equivalent test scores

    Eligibility for Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia Admission

    Minimum percentage required in bachelors degree and cut-off score for English language proficiency for various popular universities of Australia is tabulated below: 

    University Minimum % in Bachelors English Proficiency Requirement
    University of New South Wales 70% average  IELTS: 6.5
    TOEFL (iBT): 90
    The University of Melbourne 65% average IELTS:6.5
    TOEFL (iBT): 79 
    Monash University 65% average IELTS: 6.5
    TOEFL: 79 
    University of Sydney 65% average IELTS: 6.5
    TOEFL (iBT): 85 
    University of Wollongong 60% average  IELTS: 6.5
    TOEFL: 86 
    The university of Queensland 63% average  IELTS: 6.5
    TOEFL (iBT): 87
    University of Adelaide No minimum criteria specified IELTS: 6.5
    TOEFL (iBT): 79
    Edith Cowan University Bachelor’s degree or 5 years of experience in the relevant field IELTS: 6.5
    TOEFL (iBT): 70
    Curtin University No minimum criteria specified IELTS (academic): 6.0
    University of Newcastle Bachelor’s degree in engineering in a relevant course or mathematics subject in non-engineering bachelor’s degree. IELTS (academic): 6.5

    Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia: Cost of Studying

    The cost of studying in Australia can be broadly classified as pre-arrival costs, tuition fees and cost of living. 

    Pre-arrival Cost

    This includes everything from Australian student visa fees to university application fees which needs to be paid before entering Australia. 

    Expense Type Cost (in AUD)
    Visa application 636
    Health insurance 2381
    University application fees 100-200
    IELTS 300
    TOEFL 330
    PTE 330 AUD

    Tuition Fees of Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    The tuition fee is a major part of the total expenses for students. University of Wollongong has the lowest annual tuition fee of 18,768 AUD per annum among top universities offering masters in mechanical engineering in Australia. 

    Tuition Fees of Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    Cost of living in Australia

    Living costs include accommodation, food, entertainment, transportation and tuition fees of the course as well. 

    The average starting cost of living in different cities in Australia is tabulated Below:

    City Expense per month (in AUD)
    Sydney 1,900
    Adelaide 1,300
    Brisbane 1,400
    Melbourne 1,500
    Canberra 1,400

    The table below mentions the cost of living in Australia on a monthly basis.

    Expense Type Cost per month (in AUD)
    Accommodation Homestay: 450 – 1200
    Student halls of residency: 440 – 1100
    Rent an apartment: 750 – 1700
    Food 500 – 1000
    Transportation 30 – 70
    Internet 70 – 120
    Books and study material 500 – 1000

    Scholarships for Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    The cost of living in Australia is high compared to many other countries, but a number of scholarships and awards offered by the universities make education affordable for ambitious students. 

    The table below shows the scholarships offered to international students in Australia enrolled in masters in mechanical engineering program:

    Scholarships Benefits University
    UNSW International Scholarship 5,000 AUD for one year University of New South Wales
    Australian Awards Scholarships Full tuition fees, airfare, health insurance, and other expenses are covered in this scholarship. University of Melbourne
    Masters of Professional Engineering International Scholarship 20,000 AUD for postgraduate engineering students. University of Monash
    Dr. Abdul Kalam International Postgraduate Scholarship Half of the tuition fees University of Sydney
    Post Graduate Academic Excellence Scholarship Tuition fee waiver of 30%. University of Wollongong
    Alfred and Olivia Wynne memorial scholarship Upto 3,500 AUD The University of Queensland
    UQ Engineering Latin American scholarship Upto 10,000 AUD for one year The University of Queensland
    Global citizen scholarship 15-30% reduction in tuition fees. University of Adelaide
    Global Excellence Academic Scholarship 50% reduction in tuition fees. University of Adelaide
    International Masters Scholarship 2020 20% reduction in tuition fees in the first year of course. Edith Cowan University
    Curtin International Scholarship 25% reduction in first-year tuition fees upto a value of 10,000 AUD. Curtin University
    FEBE International Engineering and Technology Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship Scholarship amount of upto 18,000 AUD. University of Newcastle

    Jobs after Masters in Mechanical Engineering in Australia

    Masters in mechanical engineering in Australia can open the doors for a number of high salary jobs. Some of the posts that a mechanical engineer can have are mentioned below along with the average annual salaries. 

    Job Responsibilities Salary per annum (in AUD)
    Senior Manager Planning and monitoring the work, supervising a project 120,000
    Mechanical Design Engineer Create, develop and test products like machines, tools etc. 80,000-100,000
    Plant Mechanical Engineer Monitoring and reviewing operational plans, machinery and processes 65,000-80,000
    Manager Handles small projects 65,000
    Junior manager Assists manager in handling a project 51,000
    CTO Take executive decision regarding technological aspects of company 48,000

    Mechanical engineers are responsible for designing mechanical equipment, machines, components and parts of instruments. Additionally, they must have enough knowledge to manage and organize projects. A mechanical engineer with a masters degree is eligible to work with professionals who are involved in establishing standard codes and regulations for pipes, tubes, parts of machinery and equipment. 

    The personal growth is very high after the post-graduation degree as compared to a bachelor’s degree making it highly attractive for international students looking forward to settling in Australia.