September 28, 2020

Master of Professional Engineering at the University of Newcastle

The Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) degree at the University of Newcastle is an advance engineering degree which students can complete in one, two or three years based on their background and career goals.

The 3-year MPE degree is for individuals seeking to make a career change to engineering. Applicants with related backgrounds such as science or mathematics can build on their knowledge through foundational engineering courses. This degree is only available in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Software engineering.

The 2-year MPE degree is designed for applicants who have an engineering degree from overseas countries and are seeking to gain professional recognition in Australia and around the world.

The 1-year MPE degree is for recognised professional engineers seeking to gain a highly relevant postgraduate qualification to help advance their career.

Studying Master of Professional Engineering at the University of Newcastle

Rankings such as 13th in the world for Automation and Control (ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020), 44th in the world for Mining and Mineral Engineering (ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020), and Top 100 in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020) are among the top reasons for aspiring individuals to study MPE degree at the University of Newcastle. Other benefits include:

  • Greater access to teaching staff and powerful learning opportunities attributed to the smaller student cohort
  • Skills development in areas such as project management, complex problem solving, innovation and communications
  • Global career opportunities and international recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord
What you will study

The students in the 2-year and 3-year program need to complete 12 weeks of Industrial Experience (students can be exempt from this provided they can submit suitable evidence). Students seeking to enrol in the 1-year program are not required to complete the industrial experience component. The following specialisations are available:

  • Master of Professional Engineering (Civil)
  • Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)
  • Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)
Career opportunities

Completing an MPE degree from the University of Newcastle opens up varied career opportunities for graduates. Whether it be starting their own business or managing significant projects, MPE graduates are empowered to take on leadership roles and work on a vast range of tasks. Industries seeking professional engineers range from electronics, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, to food, environmental health and transportation.

Requirements, intake dates and location

Academic Requirement:

  • 3-year MPE program: STEM-based Bachelor degree, other than engineering, with at least 20 units (UON equivalent) of mathematics covering algebra and linear calculus.
  • 2-year program: A named Engineering degree in an aligned discipline area to applicant’s preferred MPE. The degree must be equivalent to the Sydney Accord standards.
  • 1- year program: A University of Newcastle Engineering degree, or equivalent, in the same discipline area.

English Requirement: IELTS score of overall 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent

Intake: Semester 1 and Semester 2

Location: Newcastle

Fee and Scholarship

The fee varies as per the chosen specialisation area.


For more information on available scholarships, visit the link


Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord (This program has been granted provisional accreditation through Engineers Australia.)

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