The Master of Engineering Science is for students with a recognised four year Engineering degree. Its designed for students interested in developing job prospects through specialisation, retraining or cross-training. You will have the flexibility to specialise in one area or broaden your knowledge in other areas of Engineering. Exciting and practical, this degree features complex, open-ended enquiry-based projects as well as many other opportunities to help you become a leader in your field.

The specialisations available include: Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Process Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Energy Systems; Environmental Engineering; Food Process Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology; Geothermal Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering and Management; Mechanical Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Petroleum Engineering; Petroleum Engineering Open Learn; Photovoltaics and Solar Energy; Project Management; Renewable Energy; Robotics; Space Systems Engineering; Structural Engineering; Sustainable Systems; Systems and Control; Telecommunications; Transport Engineering; Water Engineering: catchments to coast, and Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering.

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Why choose this degree?

The Master of Engineering Science enables you to significantly extend your knowledge and skills in your existing engineering specialisation.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is aimed at graduates who already have a four-year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross-training, retraining or specialisation. 

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Civil/Environmental engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Project manager
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Information Technologist
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Chemical/Food Process engineer

Entry requirements

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • A recognised 4-year Bachelor degree in an appropriate area of engineering with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 5341 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Completion of the 7320 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science with a minimum 65% average.

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 with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Credit transfer

A student may apply for credit towards the program as per the UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedures. For example, a student with a 4-year engineering honours degree could obtain a maximum of 48UOC of advanced standing.

If the maximum credit is given, a student must still complete the following:

  • At least 36UOC of courses from their specialisation
  • At least 6UOC of research-related courses
  • At least 6UOC of electives from the approved elective courses list
  • At least 30UOC of advanced disciplinary courses

(Courses may count in more than one of the above categories.)

Applications for credit should be addressed to the relevant Stream Authority (contact relevant school for further details).



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*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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