Energy Systems

Master of Engineering Science
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2 years
February and September
Ally Ribalko, Master of Engineering Science (Nuclear Engineering)

Find out as much as possible about the course and talk to past students to learn about their experiences. Undertaking postgraduate coursework while working full-time can be challenging so it is worthwhile investing in ways to make your learning experience more effective to maintain a balance in your life.

Ally Ribalko, Master of Engineering Science

Energy systems engineering is undergoing a renaissance due to the introduction of intelligent power supply systems such as smart grids. The growing need to interface renewable energy generation sources with the conventional electricity grid, and the increasing use of electric motors in everything from smartphones to hybrid cars and satellites, is also boosting job opportunities in Energy Systems.


This program offers a broad range of theoretical and applications-based electives providing a deep, broad knowledge across several areas. Perfect for electrical engineers wishing to upgrade their skills.


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*

Choose 4 or 5 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC4602Microelectronic Design and Technology
ELEC4611Power System Equipment
ELEC4612Power System Analysis
ELEC4613Electrical Drive Systems
ELEC4614Power Electronics
ELEC4621Advanced Digital Signal Processing
ELEC4631Continuous-Time Control System Design
PHTN4661Optical Circuits and Fibres
TELE4652Mobile and Satellite Communications Systems

Choose 4 or 5 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC4617Power System Protection
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
GSOE9141Smart Grids and Distribution Networks

Choose at least 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective

Choose 3 from

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.

Choose up to 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
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

* 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.