Master of Telecommunications Engineering

Course 364AA (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014 - 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. This course is available as full or part 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:

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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.

Learning Outcomes:

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:

  • Acquire a body of knowledge including recent developments in the area of telecommunications networks;
  • 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;
  • Obtain the mathematical and computational skills necessary for the solution of theoretical and practical problems;
  • Demonstrate creativity and initiative in application of analytical, problem-solving and design skills to telecommunications engineering;
  • Develop an ability to successfully work independently with personal accountability in solving problems in 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 can be selected from the Master of Telecommunications Engineering (MTE) Electives;
  • Up to 2 subjects can be selected from other master's level programs in the Melbourne School of Engineering on opproval by the subject coordinator and the MTE course coordinator; and
  • At least 2 subjects must be selected from the following list of MTE subjects : ELEN90011, ELEN90003, ELEN90013, ELEN90016, ELEN90034, ELEN90014, and ELEN90008.

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:

The University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program (UMELBP)

The UMELBP provides a direct English language pathway from Hawthorn-Melbourne to specific courses at the University of Melbourne. Students who have achieved an IELTS band 0.5 lower than their University of Melbourne course entry requirement may be able to proceed directly to their University studies upon successful completion of the UMELBP. More information is available from the Hawthorn Melbourne website:

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 closely maps subject level attributes and knowledge to align with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), whilst also aligning with Attributes of the University of Melbourne Graduate, Engineers Australia competencies and its own School 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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