Electrical Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Ally Ribalko, Master of Engineering Science

Postgraduate study in Electrical Engineering allows students to consolidate a specialisation from an undergraduate degree, change direction to a new area within the field, or lay the foundation for a career in research and development. There are two masters specialisations – Electrical Engineering and Systems and Control.


The Electrical Engineering specialisation within the Master of Engineering Science program is designed for graduate engineers seeking to develop or enhance their careers through cross-training, re-training and specialisation. An extensive research component ensures students are armed with practical and analytical skills.


This program is underpinned by the attainment of disciplinary and advanced disciplinary knowledge, and the undertaking of an enquiry-based learning component. This stream offers electives across several sub-disciplines of electrical engineering, allowing students the option of obtaining a good depth of knowledge in one discipline, or a breadth of knowledge by adopting a multidisciplinary approach when choosing their electives. The stream provides a solid postgraduate program for electrical engineers wishing to upgrade their skills or further their knowledge.


The Master of Engineering Science program promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.  This program takes two years to complete (students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program); it is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.


The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives.


Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 70% average in Electrical Engineering or similar.

Sample Program Outlines*

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC4601Digital and Embedded System Design
ELEC4602Microelectronic Design and Technology
ELEC4603Solid State Electronics
ELEC4604RF Electronics

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ELEC4611Power System Equipment
ELEC4613Electrical Drive Systems
ELEC4614Power Electronics
ELEC4612Power System Analysis

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ELEC4621Advanced Digital Signal Processing
ELEC4622Multimedia Signal Processing

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ELEC4631Continuous-Time Control System Design
ELEC4632Computer Control Systems
ELEC4633Real-Time Engineering

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PHTN4661Optical Circuits and Fibres
TELE4642Network Performance
TELE4651Wireless Communication Technology
TELE4652Mobile and Satellite Communications Systems

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ELEC4617Power System Protection
ELEC9701Mixed Signal Microelectrical Design
ELEC9702Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Design
ELEC9703Microsystems Design and Technology
ELEC9704VLSI Technology
ELEC9705Quantum Devices
ELEC9711Power Electronics for Renewable and Distributed Generation
ELEC9712High Voltage Systems
ELEC9713Industrial and Commercial Power Systems
ELEC9714Electricity Industry Planning and Economics
ELEC9715Electricity Industry Operation and Control
ELEC9716Electrical Safety
ELEC9721Digital Signal Processing Theory and Applications
ELEC9722Digital Image Processing
ELEC9723Speech Processing
ELEC9725Satellite Navigation - Systems, Signals & Receivers
ELEC9731Robust and Linear Control Systems
ELEC9732Analysis and Design of Non-Linear Control
ELEC9733Real Time Computing and Control

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective

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Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC9771Project Report A
ELEC9772Project Report B
GSOE9010Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220Launching a startupGSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 70% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 75% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.