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Engineering in Australia

January 2015

Australia is fast becoming a preferred destination in terms of education among Indian students. Currently, this "land of kangaroos" attracts the third largest number of international students in the English-speaking world after the US and the UK. In some countries Australia is the first choice of study destination.

Australia offers an educational experience that makes a real difference. It provides a unique kind of education and a learning style that encourages one to be innovative, creative and think independently. Graduates from Australia are very successful in finding jobs and hold prominent positions worldwide. Additionally, they are readily accepted for postgraduate study at leading international universities.

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Benefits of doing Engineering in Australia

  1. Recognized worldwide due to CRICOS code association.
  2. Internship component part of many universities in Australia.
  3. Affiliations with Engineering societies like Engineers Australia National body incorporating all engineering disciplines provide national certification.
  4. Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia National body incorporating all engineering disciplines, provides advice and support on workplace issues.
  5. Any UG or PG program gives the student a 2-year post study work visa.

Intakes for Engineering Courses in Australia

Most of the universities have 2 intakes - Feb and July

Most popular Engineering programs in Australia

Mechatronics Engineering
Civil and Structural Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Electrical Engineering

Top 10 Australian Universities for Engineering

University of New South Wales

2 programs available at University of New South Wales for Engineering
Master of Engineering Science - Our flagship Masters degree is designed for those who have a four year engineering honors degree. There is a core of key engineering subjects that can be applied to all fields, and an expansive choice of specializations and electives depending on what interests you.

Master of Engineering - This two year program is designed for those wanting to enter the engineering profession or for practicing engineers, who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in engineering management, acquire an in-depth knowledge of a particular specialization, or gain technical expertise. The five specializations Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical and Telecommunications are professionally accredited (or awaiting accreditation) by Engineers Australia.

The engineering program in Australia has a 60-day internship incorporated. UNSW does not offer any scholarships.

University of Melbourne

Professional Entry Masters Programs
Professional entry masters programs by coursework are designed to provide graduates with a formal qualification in engineering, information systems and information technology at the masters level.

The Melbourne School of Engineering offers these professional entry masters programs:
The Master of Engineering (in 16 streams)
300 point program: For students from non-engineering backgrounds, or who are seeking to change engineering disciplines.
200 point program: For students with a degree in engineering.
The Master of Information Systems (2 year program)
The Master of Information Technology
Specialized Masters Programs

Our specialized masters by coursework are designed for qualified engineers or IT practitioners keen to deepen their knowledge of a specialist area or to engage in new fields of study.

Coursework degrees are gained by subject-based study, but some research project work may be incorporated and entry pathways to research degrees are available.

Specialized masters programs will suit graduates who wish to:

  • Update their professional knowledge and skills.
  • Enhance their career opportunities.
  • Switch disciplines within their field.

University of Western Australia

The specializations for Engineering in University of Western Australia available are:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Upon successful completion, you will have an internationally recognized qualification that allows you to practice as a professional engineer.

University of Queensland

Master of Engineering Science (Management)
The MESc (Man) combines postgraduate studies in selected fields of engineering (Electrical; Software) or (Chemical; Civil; Materials; Mechanical; Mechatronic; within the Undeclared major). The program combines with studies in selected fields of business. For existing engineering professionals, undertaking this program will meet your professional and personal development needs in the future. The program provides for development of business skills in engineering graduates without prior formal background and caters for students with relatively advanced backgrounds by allowing them to substitute engineering courses with business management courses.

Specialization is also available in Electrical and Software Engineering in University of Queensland, Australia.
Scholarship is also for Engineering in University of Queensland Approximately (7000 AUD to 8000 AUD per semester) only for UG

University of Sydney

The Master of Professional Engineering is a three year full time program (or part time equivalent).

Depending on the level and type of your previous tertiary studies, you may be eligible for advanced standing of up to 48 credit points (one year at full time study load) that will reduce the length of your degree. This will be assessed on a case-by-casebasis.

The degree is comprised of foundation units of study, elective units in the area of your specialization and a 12- week practical industry experience component. There are also a number of professional electives you can choose from and a capstone project in your final year.

Specializations include Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical and Bimolecular, Civil, Electrical, Environmental Fluids, Geomechnical, Mechanical, Power, Software, Structural and Telecommunications Engineering.

Curtin University

Masters in Engineering has Chemical, Petroleum and Subsea programs which are their flagship programs.

Scholarship offered by Curtin University is AUD 8000 for year.

Griffith University

Master of Engineering program with options to study in Griffith University are

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Software Engineering

Only for UG approximately $24,000 - $60,000 and membership of Griffith Honors College

University of Technology Sydney

Masters of Engineering with almost 19 specializations to choose from. Option to combine Master of Engineering and Masters of Engineering Management.

Also Masters of Engineering Management and MBA
Scholarship offered by University of Technology Sydney is AUD 2000 only 1st sem

RMIT University

Master in Engineering has following areas:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Software Engineering

RMIT University does not offer any scholarships

Deakin University

Deakin University's postgraduate Engineering program has been designed to strengthen, build on and extend your understanding of the engineering principles required to build successful engineering careers in Australia and overseas.

As a student, you will gain technical skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to work in a team, enabling you to start work on complex projects immediately.

You can choose from specialisms in Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Engineering, Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering. The specialisms all provide expertise in areas of high demand for graduates.

Scholarship offered By Deakin University are
One time bursary of 20% off tuition fee for student who have achieved 60% aggregate in their bachelors degree
Approximately (2000 to 4000 AUD) of total course fee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the most popular engineering courses in Australia?

The most popular engineering courses are as follows:

  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering:
  3. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  4. Software Engineering
  5. Computer Engineering.
  6. Chemical Engineering
  7. Environmental Engineering
  8. Mechatronics Engineering
  9. Aerospace Engineering
  10. Renewable Energy Engineering
  11. Biomedical Engineering
  12. Mining Engineering

What are the requirements for studying engineering in Australia?

The requirements for engineers education in Australia are as follows:

  • Academic Qualifications
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Admission Test (if applicable)
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Visa and Passport Requirements
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Financial Requirements
  • Interview (if applicable)
  • Portfolio (for design-related programs)

How much does it cost to study engineering in Australia?

Undergraduate course: AUD 20,000 to AUD 45,000 per year

Postgraduate course: AUD 30,000 to AUD 50,000 per year

What are the job prospects for engineers in Australia?

Australia has a strong demand for engineers because of its good economy. Due to this, there are good job prospects. Following are the job prospects in Australia.

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  •  Mining Engineering
  •  Biomedical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering

What are the different types of engineering degrees offered in Australia?

Engineering university in Australia have a wide range of engineering degrees ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate courses. The types of engineering courses in Australia are as follows:

Undergraduate Engineering Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Beng)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BEng (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BengTech)

Postgraduate Engineering Degrees:

  • Master of Engineering (Meng)
  • Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)
  • Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
  • Master of Engineering Science (MscEng)

Specialized Engineering Programs:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

How can I get a student visa for Australia to study engineering?

The steps for getting a student visa for Australia are as follows:

  1. Receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  2. Prepare Required Documents
  3. Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
  4. Health and Character Requirements
  5. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  6. Online Visa Application
  7. Pay the Visa Application Fee
  8. Attend a Visa Interview or Biometrics Appointment (if required)
  9. Wait for Visa Approval
  10. Visa Grant
  11. Travel to Australia
  12. Maintain Visa Compliance

What are the scholarships available for engineering students in Australia?

The following scholarships are available:

  1. Australian Government Scholarship
  2. University Scholarships
  3. Research Scholarships
  4. Industry-Specific Scholarships
  5. International Scholarships
  6. Regional Scholarships
  7. Professional Associations
  8. Research Council Scholarships
  9. Commonwealth Scholarships
  10. Partner Scholarships

What are the pros and cons of studying engineering in Australia?

Pros and Cons of study engineering in Australia are as follows:


  • High-Quality Education
  • Diverse Course Offering
  • Cutting-Edge Research
  • Multicultural Environment
  • English-Taught Programmes
  • Internship and Co-op Opportunities
  • Safe and Welcoming Environment
  • Post-Study Work Opportunities
  • Quality of Life


  1. Tuition Costs
  2. Cost of Living
  3. Distance from Home
  4. Competitive Admissions
  5. Visa Requirements
  6. Climate Variability
  7. Time Zone Differences
  8. Housing Costs

What are the next steps after completing an engineering degree in Australia?

There are many potentials after engineering in Australia. A few are listed below.

Postgraduate Studies

  • Professional Engineering Registration
  • Graduate Engineering Jobs
  • Internships and Co-op Programs
  • Networking and Professional Development
  • Job Search
  • Start Your Own Venture
  • Explore Overseas Opportunities
  • Prepare for Professional Exams
  • Stay Informed
  • Migrate to Permanent Residency
  • Join Professional Organizations

About Edwise International

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Start your Education in Australia with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad in Australia, from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding a program and what student is really all

Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.

Also read: Scholarship: A Prime Ticket Enabling You to Study Abroad


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