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 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.

  • Delivered in collaboration with ASC
  • Take courses taught by our research-active staff and industry experts
  • Hone your expertise through a Submarine or Surface Ships specialisation

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM208
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Additional Entry Requirements
Specialisation courses are available in alternate years.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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.

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    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 7 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

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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.

Master of Marine Engineering

Areas of Specialisation

The Masters degree in Marine Engineering supports two areas of specialisation:
  • submarines
  • surface ships

Example Study Plan

Core Courses (Submarine specialisation)
If chosen, students must complete all of the following:

Core Courses (Surface Ships specialisation)
If chosen, students must complete all of the following:

Research Project
Students must complete all of the following:

Students must complete five courses from the following:

Other electives may be chosen from another University listed here:
Australian Maritime College:

  • Design of Marine Machinery Systems (3 units)
  • Marine Propulsion Systems (3 units)
  • Ship Design (3 units)
  • Principles of Naval Architecture (3 units)
Curtin University:

  • Physical and Acoustical Oceanography (3 units)
  • Marine Acoustics (3 units)
Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

RMIT University:

  • Risk and Technology Decisions (3 units)*
University of South Australia:

  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (3 units)
  • Satellite Communications (3 units)
Students may present no more than 6 units of courses denoted with an asterisk*


Assessment includes coursework, project work and examinations.


During my studies, we had field visits to shipyards and saw how they are maintained. These were valuable insights of what it's like being underwater for weeks, working autonomously.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023