Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Year and Campus:||2010 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Duration & Credit Points:||300 credit points taken over 36 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.|
CoordinatorProfessor Alistair Moffat
Melbourne School of Engineering Office
Building 173, Grattan Street
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010 Australia
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The professional Master of Engineering is a three-year full time program (300 credit points) (may also be taken part-time), offered in eleven specialisations: Biomedical, Biomolecular, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Geomatics, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Software, and Structural. Students will be able to enter the Master of Engineering via a number of pathways:
The Master of Engineering program is the School of Engineering’s professional-entry degree.
This course has as its objectives that graduates should:
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
The Master of Engineering consists of 300 points of study, typically across six semesters. This includes:
From 2011, students entering with appropriate engineering background may be granted up to 150 point of credit. For example, students entering from the University of Melbourne new generation Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Environments or Bachelor of Biomedicine with an 'Engineering Systems', 'Computer Science' or 'Geomatics' major will be granted 100 points of credit for the foundation year. Credit will also be granted to students who have completed a specified breadth sequence in the new generation Bachelor of Commerce or appropriate electives as part of any major in the new generation Bachelor of Science. Students entering from another institution may also be awarded credit in this way.
Specialisations within the Master of Engineering
Specialisations are available in the following particular fields of engineering studies:
Master of Engineering (Biomedical)
Biomedical engineers bridge the gap between technology, medicine and biology. In this specialisation, students choose to focus on areas including biomechanical engineering, bioengineering, bioinformatics, biocellular engineering, biosignals, neural engineering or clinical engineering. Graduates can expect to work in the biotechnology, biomedical or pharmaeutical industries, in research and innovation, in the health services or in government and consulting.
Master of Engineering (Biomolecular)Biomolecular engineers explore the development of large scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells. Career opportunities for biomolecular engineers exist in specialized biomolecular industries such as the pharmaceutical and food industries but also encompass more traditional chemical engineering fields including petrochemical, minerals and energy, and food and pharmaceutical manufacture.
Master of Engineering (Chemical)
Chemical engineers invent, design and implement processes through which raw materials are converted into valuable products such as petrol, foodstuffs and cosmetics. Career opportunities in the field are extensive and include the petrochemical, mining, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Civil engineers design and create the infrastructure that supports our society. Career opportunities abound in government, construction, property, infrastructure, consulting, mining, land, water, and waste.
Master of Engineering (Electrical)
Electrical engineers play a key role in the design, implementation and management of systems that exploit electrical phenomena to meet practical needs. These include systems for the distribution of power, telecommunications and information processing, on both very large and very small scales. Graduates are sought-after for their strong analytical skills, and they find employment in a variety of industries in roles ranging from research-and-development to project management and finance.
Master of Engineering (Environmental)
Environmental engineers create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Students in this specialisation learn from staff active in research areas specialisations such as hydrology, irrigation and water management. The course has a strong focus on sustainability and project management. Career opportunities exist in consulting firms, conservation and natural resource management agencies, environmental protection agencies, catchment management authorities, local, state and federal government and mining companies.
Master of Engineering (Geomatics)
Geomatic engineers study the science and technologies of measurement, mapping and visualisation. For example, they work on satellite and photographic image processing, three dimensional computer visualisations and global positioning systems. Through the course, students gain practical skills and highly sought after technical knowledge to prepare them for careers in land and/or asset management for government, banks or property firms, or as surveyors in mining, construction and land agencies, among others.
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Mechanical engineers focus on turning energy into power and motion. More specifically, this specialisation looks at the generation, conversion and use of energy, as well as the design, construction and operation of devices and systems. Graduates undertake careers in fields from automotive design and manufacturing and in non-engineering roles in organisations such as banks and consulting firms.
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Mechatronics engineering blends the disciplines of mechanical, electrical and software engineering around the principles of control systems and automation. Mechatronic engineers create and work with systems that have various degrees of automation, which is increasingly a factor of everyday life with examples including robots, automobiles and CNC machines all featuring levels of computer control.
Master of Engineering (Software)
Software engineers combine an understanding of computer science, design, engineering management, mathematics and psychology to manage the development, maintenance and production of large scale software systems. Two year-long industry projects provide the opportunity for students to work closely with ICT professionals and many graduates find roles in this field, in addition to those in other service-oriented and software development areas.
Master of Engineering (Structural)
Structural engineers apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and evaluation of materials and systems used in building load-bearing structures like roads, buildings, rail lines, dams and offshore platforms. Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles related to the design of structures, their longevity, and their ability to withstand extremes such as earthquake, high winds, blast or fire.
1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria:
2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above
*Relevant tertiary mathematics prerequisites for Master of Engineering Streams
For the Master of Engineering (Geomatics) and Master of Engineering (Software) streams, any first year mathematics subjects that assume prior knowledge of VCE Mathematical Methods 3/4 or equivalent may be counted towards the required 25 points of mathematics. For all other streams, a more prescriptive requirement applies: the 25 points of mathematics must include both linear algebra and calculus at an appropriate level.
Note. The 2010 Handbook University of Melbourne subjects 620-156 Linear Algebra and 620-155 Calculus 2 are considered to be linear algebra and calculus at an appropriate level.
**Relevant tertiary science prerequisites for Master of Engineering Streams
In addition to the tertiary mathematics prerequisites, the following science prerequisites apply to specific streams.
Master of Engineering (ME) (Biomedical)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Biomolecular)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Chemical)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Civil)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Electrical)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Environmental)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Geomatics)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Mechatronics)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Software)
Master of Engineering (ME) (Structural)
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit
Completion of the Master of Engineering can be used as the basis to apply for entry to research Masters or PhD programs. We expect the arrangements that currently apply to Bachelor of Engineering students in terms of eligibility and scholarship scoring, to apply to Master of Engineering graduates.
Students who complete the Master of Engineering with a minimum overall mark of 75 (H2A) or above will meet the minimum entrance requirements in relation to minimum qualifications, academic achievement and evidence of research ability. Note that all Master of Engineering specialisations include a 25-or-more credit point research or design project, or both, and that the Master of Engineering is deemed to be a suitable research-preparation degree.
Students who complete the Master of Engineering will of necessity meet the University’s English language entry requirements for PhD admission. All other criteria for selection into the University’s PhD program will equally be satisfied.
Engineers Australia Elements of Competency
Engineering Faculty Graduate Attributes
University of Melbourne Graduate Attributes
Provisional accreditation has been sought from or already received from:
Engineers Australia (all specialisations)
Master of Engineering graduates to have the following qualities and skills:
• an advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in their specialist area of engineering;
|Links to further information:||http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/ME/|
Guaranteed Entry Pathways
For a Commonwealth supported place (including for students who complete specified sequences of engineering subjects within the breadth component of the Bachelor of Commerce):
Other local applicants, including those who do not meet the ENTER hurdle for a guaranteed place, and those with undergraduate degrees other than the NG Engineering Systems majors or the Commerce pathway, will also be considered for Commonwealth Supported Places, based on academic merit.
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