Master of Telecommunications Engineering

Course 364AA (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 027900G
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time.


Prof Bill Shieh


Melbourne School of Engineering
Ground Floor, Old Engineering (Building 173)

Current Students:
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
+61 3 9035 5511

Prospective Students:
Phone: + 61 3 8344 6944

Course Overview:

The Master of Telecommunications Engineering is designed for graduates with a high standard degree in electrical and electronic engineering or equivalent, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills base in the design and management of telecommunications networks.


This program aims to provide students with the technological and competitive skills needed in the design and engineering of modern telecommunications systems and networks.
It will provide students with opportunities to:

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the principles of telecommunications engineering
  • Develop an understanding of the basic principles underlying the planning and management of telecommunications networks;
  • Acquire a broad knowledge of telecommunications networks
  • Obtain the mathematical and computational skills necessary for the solution of theoretical and practical problems
  • Develop high-level analytical, problem-solving and design skills applicable to telecommunications engineering
  • Develop high-level oral and written communication skills specific to the needs of the telecommunications industry.
  • Apply their knowledge to design, investigate and solve specific problems in the area of telecommunications and their applications through directed studies or projects in the form of internships with industry or research providers
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The total of 100 credit points are taken through eight elective subjects each worth 12.5 credit points.

Up to 8 subjects could be selected from the Master of Telecommunications Engineering Electives, and

up to 2 recommended subjects from other master level programs below

Master of Nanoelectronic Engineering

Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing

Subject Options:

Master of Telecommunications Engineering Electives :

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1
Entry Requirements:

Entry Requirements
A four-year electrical engineering degree with a minimum of third-class honours, or equivalent .
Language Requirements

All students studying at the University of Melbourne must satisfy the University's English language entry requirements in accordance with Regulation 11.1.R3 Principles of Selection for Entry to Courses Academic Board Resolutions on Selection:
For graduate students the University's English language entry requirements are set out at:

International students and students whose prior qualifications are from a university overseas where English is not the official language of instruction and examination need to supply proof of academic English language competency. Proof acceptable to the University includes:
Original evidence of an English Language test score at a sitting within the last 24 months of either -
TOEFL - at least 577 and a TWE of at least 4.5 (paper based) or a TOEFL of at least 233 with an Essay Rating of at least 4.5 (computer based)
IELTS - at least 6.5. with no band less than 6
Entry under a slightly lower Engineering alternative* English Language entry requirement is available as follows:
TOEFL - at least 550, with a TWE of 4 or the computer based TOEFL of at least 213 with an Essay Rating Score of at least 4 and agreeing in writing to undertake and pass an ESL subject in the first semester of study at the University of Melbourne
IELTS - at least 6 and agreeing in writing to undertake and pass an ESL subject in the first semester of study at the University of Melbourne.

The Melbourne School of Engineering's English Language alternative may affect the duration and cost of your course.

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 website:

Graduate Attributes:

The Melbourne School of Engineering has mapped the University of Melbourne graduate attributes with Engineers Australia graduate attributes and

Melbourne School of Engineering graduate attributes.

Generic Skills:

On completion of this course, the students should have developed:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills,
  • Critical and creative thinking, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • Sense of intellectual curiosity;
  • Ability to interpret data and research results;
  • Ability to learn in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies;
  • Capacity to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature;
  • Ability to develop models of practical applications and evaluate their performance by rigorous analytical means;

Equipment Required by Students

Students will be required to supply their own computers (e.g. PCs or Macs) and their own software (e.g. PC standard O/S and software).

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