Master of Marine Engineering

Secure your future in the defence sector

South Australia has a world-class maritime industry base and the sector is growing rapidly. We’re currently witnessing a time of multi-billion dollar spending on submarines and surface ships.

The University of Adelaide is Australia’s leading university in defence, and partnered with industry both locally and internationally. Whether you’re looking to upskill or change careers, we’ll help match your professional goals to industry objectives.

What will you do?

Our new Master of Marine Engineering is flexible, and delivered in collaboration with ASC, Australia's builder and sustainer of the Navy's fleet of Collins Class submarines. During this program you will:

  • develop and enhance prior expertise
  • build highly sought after knowledge and practical skills
  • take core courses intensively, allowing you to complete Submarine Design, Naval Ship Engineering and Systems Engineering within six months
  • choose from a wide range of specialist electives and study paths.

Industry-sponsored students will also gain practical experience through workplace projects.

This degree is delivered in steps. Exit paths will be available after six and 12 months of full-time study, at which points you’ll receive a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering.

Dual Master of Marine Engineering with ENSTA Bretagne
The University of Adelaide also offers a premium dual 1.5 year Master of Marine Engineering program with ENSTA Bretagne in France. Students spend one semester in Brest, France, one semester in Adelaide and a third semester in a jointly-supervised industry internship. The new dual program feeds directly into the defence engineering skills base available to South Australia and France. Graduates receive two internationally-recognised qualifications—a Master of Marine Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Science in Marine Engineering, Surface Ships and Submarines from ENSTA Bretagne.

Intending students should consult with the Faculty if you are interested in finding out more about this exciting new program.

To hear from our Course Coordinator and a Dual Master of Marine Engineering student, watch the video

For more details on the application process and upcoming Information Night, please visit our website.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM208
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July.
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
Specialisation courses are available in alternate years.
Higher Education Study Completed Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program.

Applicants without an honours degree in engineering must provide evidence of formal qualifications and professional work experience, providing equivalent learning outcomes.

How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM208

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $9,585


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

Graduates have secured advanced technical and management roles in marine engineering.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Defence Engineer, Engineer, Marine Engineer, Maritime Engineer, Naval Ship Engineer, Systems Engineer, Mechanical Engineer

Degree Structure

The master's degree is a 36-unit program. Students will complete 9 units of core courses and 15 units of electives and a 12-unit research project. At least 21 units of study must be taken from courses taught by the University of Adelaide.

The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff, facilities and sufficient enrolments.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan


Assessment includes coursework, project work and examinations.


During my studies, we had field visits to shipyards. We got to see how submarines are maintained. It provided us with great insight of what it's like being underwater for weeks, working autonomously. As part of my dual degree, I got to go to France for a semester. In France, formal networking events were often organised and I got to meet people from industry.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 21 Jul 2021