Master of Engineering

Duration2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Online and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCV82
First-year fee
$30,600 dffpifyf
Man sitting at a computer in an engineering research lab


Whether you are a current professional engineer seeking to expand your engineering practice into a new specialisation, or you hold an engineering degree and want to meet the accreditation requirements to practice as a professional engineer in Australia, CQUniversity's Master of Engineering will enhance your career. You will have the choice to develop your knowledge and skills in traditional engineering disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as the flexibility to tailor your studies in specialist engineering applications such as structural or municipal engineering (civil), power, control, or communications engineering (electrical), and energy engineering or dynamics (mechanical). You will also have the option to deepen your discipline knowledge and contextualise your engineering practice to the rail, mining and infrastructure sectors, through the choice of electives.

The Master of Engineering allows you the opportunity to develop professional skills such as teamwork and communication while applying and further developing the theoretical knowledge you gained in your undergraduate study. If you are a practicing engineer, this is a versatile course that allows you to extend or expand your engineering practice.  

This course begins with an introduction to Australian engineering practice, providing the opportunity to apply discipline knowledge and skills in an authentic project, in some cases with an industry mentor, and will help to prepare you for engineering practice. You will then complete an internship of a minimum of 300 hours to gain work experience required to meet the accreditation requirements of the course. If you have significant and recent engineering experience (at least 480 hours) you may opt out of this unit and choose an elective unit as an alternative. 

Depending on your choice of elective units, you will study one or two units from topics including sustainability, mining, project management and rail providing the opportunity to contextualise your learning to your current or preferred industry. Finally, you will complete a major research project that will demonstrate your ability to work as a professional engineer.

For domestic students, this course is also available in online study mode, giving you the flexibility to study even if working or living in a remote location.

Study a Master of Engineering


The Master of Engineering program that we offer places a lot of emphasis on the type of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary skills set that our prospective employers actually seek in our graduates and this is something that we have embedded very successfully in the classroom.

The Master of Engineering offers majors in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

Students have an opportunity to spend a lot of time practically in several types of laboratory-based environments.

We also take them out on field trips.

I really learned and enjoyed a lot of things here. I'm a technical student and I enjoy doing labs, projects and lot more group work with different students because I learnt how to do teamwork and I learned how to talk in front of different people, and I learned how to do the presentations, do the reports, and laboratories, in fact, we're sitting in one of the labs I've worked in before.

The Master of Engineering is delivered by a group of academics who hold PhD’s in their chosen disciplines. We have several academics who are also affiliated to their individual discipline related professional bodies.

One of the key aspects of the Master of Engineering course is all students have to undertake a mandatory 12-week industry placement. During these 12 weeks internship, our students work as full-time engineers in a nominated industry.

We have 60 to 75 different internship providers who work very closely with us.

The main benefit of the ongoing partnerships that we have with our internship providers is we have successfully placed a lot of students on paid part-time or full-time employment before they graduated.

I was offered a scholarship from CQUniversity and during my degree CQUniversity helped me find my internship. At the end of my first year, which was my first internship, and at the end of my second year, CQUniversity found me a second internship through which I was offered a job and I've been working there ever since.

We have companies such as Holcim, Boral and BHP who have offered full time employment to our graduates. Our graduates are able to find employment in a diverse range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, energy, transportation and maintenance.

As a mechanical engineer, I always want to look at myself as a leading engineer in an organisation where I can plan and develop certain projects, which is useful for the real world. And, if I want to take up a project or if I'm designing something, I always want to see how useful it is to the world and for the sustainable living at this point.

My career aspirations are yet to be solidified. Since coming to CQUniversity has broadened my visions on what I can become as an engineer in manufacturing, mining and teaching sectors. I know that wherever I go and whatever I do, CQUniversity has enabled me to become the best version of myself.

Engineering is all about innovation and creativity. It's all about problem solving. So, until one understands what the problem is, the problem cannot be solved.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Master of Engineering, you will be recognised as a graduate professional engineer in Australia. As an engineer, you will realise career opportunities in a wide range of industries including energy, infrastructure, resources.

Possessing a Masters qualification will enhance your employability and elevate you above your engineering peers.

Structure & Availability


You are required to complete a total of eight units plus a major research project (96 units of credit) to be awarded the Master of Engineering. You will have the option of the following majors:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

All international students, regardless of previous experience, will be required to complete an internship in Australia in order to give them the experience of working in Australia in an engineering workplace:

Students who complete the full-time internship will be deemed to have satisfied the Engineers Australia requirements

Students who complete a part-time internship will have to make up the remaining hours in other professional practice activities. Engineers Australia has indicated this is acceptable to them but we will require students to provide a log in the university required format of these activities.

Please note that students who have not completed the requisite work experience will not be able to graduate from the course.


For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.


On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Melbourne, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2024Melbourne, Rockhampton
Term 3, 2024Melbourne, Rockhampton
Term 1, 2025Melbourne, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2025Melbourne, Rockhampton
Term 3, 2025Melbourne, Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 3, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online
Term 3, 2025Available Online

Civil major
Within this major, you will enhance your project management skills, stakeholder engagement and leadership capabilities through a civil engineering lens. Plus, your ability to create solutions to complex civil engineering systems will be heightened, as will your sustainable development aptitude.

Electrical major
Within this major, you will enhance your project management skills, stakeholder engagement and leadership capabilities through an electrical engineering lens. Plus, your ability to create solutions to complex electrical engineering systems will be heightened, as will your sustainable development aptitude. You will also design and analyse advanced power, communication and control systems according to industry standards.

Mechanical major
Within this major, you will enhance your project management skills, stakeholder engagement and leadership capabilities through a mechanical engineering lens. Plus, your ability to create solutions to complex mechanical engineering systems will be heightened, as will your sustainable development aptitude. You will also design and analyse complex dynamic, thermofluid and control systems according to industry standards. 

For some units for students enrolled in mix mode.

Professional Practice - Engineers Australia

Mechanical Major
The CV82 Master of Engineering course is fully accredited by Engineers Australia Graduates are recognised as professional engineers and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.

Professional Practice - Engineers Australia

Electrical Major, Civil Major
The CV82 Master of Engineering course is fully accredited by Engineers Australia Graduates are recognised as professional engineers and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.
Internship Work Experience - ENEP20001

Students are required to complete 480 hours (including a minimum of 240 hours of industry experience) of Engineering Professional Practice prior to graduation.


Recommended study

Students are advised to choose a major and stream which is consistent with their undergraduate studies. If in any doubt students are advised to contact the course adviser.

It is recommended that full-time students enrol in 24 credit points per term, and part-time students enrol in 12 credit points per term.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:

  • A completed three year Bachelor of Engineering, or equivalent, with an aligned engineering major, from a recognised tertiary institution. Degrees completed without standard engineering majors (Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical) will be assessed for compatibility with the master's course on a case by case basis by the School.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 for Reading and Writing and 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$30,600

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is four units over one term for a graduate certificate or eight units over two terms for a graduate diploma or masters degree). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Government assistance loans

You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees. Learn more about paying for university or view the FEE-HELP information booklet on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

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