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Master of Engineering (Electrical)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM127

CRICOS 071203A

This degree offers students the chance to specialise in cutting edge technologies aligned to their career pathways. It is suitable for engineering graduates who wish to pursue further studies, as well as engineers with relevant work experience.

The Master of Engineering (Electrical) is intended for graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)/ (Electronic), or similar qualification, who wish to undertake more advanced studies in selected specialist topics in electrical power engineering. The program provides students an opportunity to study specialist topics such as power quality and fault diagnostics, power systems monitoring and protection, and distributed generation technologies, as well as an opportunity to develop advanced levels of understanding of related topics in mathematics, project management and systems engineering.

The Master of Engineering comprises a foundation year and an advanced studies year. The foundation year consists of a set of courses designed to ensure that students acquire a level of expertise in the relevant specialisation. The program gives students the opportunity to study technical courses at an advanced level and the opportunity to engage in a research project.

An exit path will be available for students completing only the foundation year, after they satisfy a set requirement in the relevant discipline. In this case a graduate diploma will be awarded.

To remain in this program, students must maintain a high grade point average (GPA) throughout their candidature.

The Master of Engineering (Electrical) is an Engineers Australia *accredited program. 

*It is part of Engineers Australia's practice to only afford provisional accreditation before the first cohort of students graduates, therefore this degree is provisionally accredited.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM127
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent in a related discipline.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM127

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 071203A
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Relevant Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $34,500

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $40,000


    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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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates have broad and adaptable skill sets and work in diverse roles across a wide variety of industries. Employment opportunities are available in many growing fields such as industrial automation, renewable energy development, power systems, biomedical devices and systems development, mining, defence technologies, radar and remote sensing information security and telecommunications.

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The Master of Engineering (Electrical) is an Engineers Australia *accredited program. 

    *It is part of Engineers Australia’s practice to only afford provisional accreditation before the first cohort of students graduates, therefore this degree is provisionally accredited.

    Potential careers

    Engineer, Researcher, Power Generation Engineer, Electrical / Electronic Engineer, Robotics Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Sustainable Energy Engineer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    The Master of Engineering is a 48-unit program comprising 12 units of core courses, 12 units of foundation courses, 12 units of advanced technical coursework and a project to the value of 12 units, which introduces candidates to research. Normally, students will complete the requirements for the Master of Engineering in two years of full-time study.

    Graduates of a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide or another institution whose program is equivalent to an AQF level 8 honours program, and accredited under the Washington Accord will be eligible to be considered for credit allowing them to complete the master's program in less than two years, with a minimum of one year of full-time study.

    International students from non-English speaking backgrounds will be required to take an English language communications course as part of the program.

    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

    Year 1 ELEC ENG 7057 Engineering Communication & Critical Thinking (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7082 Principles of Control Systems (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7069 Electric Energy Systems (3 units)

    PROJMGNT 5021 Applied Project Management 1 (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7049 Power Electronics Systems (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7074 Power Systems PG (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7164 Business Management Systems(3 units)

    MATHS 7025 Research Methods and Statistics (3 units)
    Year 2 ELEC ENG 7078A Masters Electrical Project Part A (6 units)

    ELEC ENG 7078B Masters Electrical Project Part B (6 units)

    Elective (12 units)
    ELEC ENG 7046 Power Quality & Fault Diagnostics (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7066 Power System Dynamics (3 units)^ 

    ELEC ENG 7047 Studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering A (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7075 Distributed Generation Technologies (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7068 Power Systems Monitoring & Protection (3 units) ^

    MECH ENG 7034 Advanced Digital Control (3 units)

    TECHCOMM 7029 Systems Engineering 2 (3 units)^

    ELEC ENG 7079 Principles of Signal Processing (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 7062 Studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering B (3 units)

    PROJMGNT 7013 Systems Engineering 1 (3 units)

    PROJMGNT 7057 Project Management Controls (3 units)
    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Assessment includes course and project work. All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 weeks of practical experience outside normal class time. Practical experience can be undertaken in Australia or overseas.

    Students who have already completed equivalent practical experience that is deemed acceptable by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences may be given a partial or total exemption from this requirement.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017