The Master of Systems Engineering is for students who want to develop a high-level understanding of the principles and practices of systems engineering and their implementation through the design, development and application phases.As well as the standalone degree, you can specialise in electronic warfare, networking, space systems, test and evaluation, weapons and ordnance, marine engineering, simulation and reliability engineering.

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UNSW Canberra

Indicative Enrolments


Why choose this degree?

The Master of Systems Engineering is unique in Australia, covering the principles of systems engineering as well as allowing specialisation in networking, space systems, test and evaluation, reliability engineering, weapons and ordnance, electronic warfare and marine engineering.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is designed to broaden knowledge and skills, rather than deepen them (as in a traditional science or engineering degree). It is open to students from a background in any discipline.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Systems engineer
  • Marine engineer
  • Weapons and ordnance engineer
  • Test and Evaluation engineer
  • Networks and Satellite communication engineer
  • Reliability engineer
  • Simulation Engineer

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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