Mechanical Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Siaham Siaj – Master of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)

I chose to undertake a postgraduate degree at UNSW to be exposed to new technologies, cultures and an entirely different academic system where I could truly test myself. My time as a postgraduate student certainly proved to be a great challenge.

Siaham Siaj – Master of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)

Mechanical engineering offers the unique opportunity to combine various disciplines together in order to develop and improve products, processes and systems –in short, to change the world for the better. Our programs provide students with the knowledge, tools and strategies to design engineering systems and manage a product’s lifecycle.

This program covers the design, development, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, tools, plants and factories. This includes power generation, propulsion and manufacture.

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 industrial training is not required.

The typical program structure comprises 16 courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, three Research Courses and four Engineering and Technical Management Electives.

Required Background

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

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose 4 or 5 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MECH4100Mechanical Design 2
MECH4305Fundamental and Advanced Vibration Analysis
MECH4320Engineering Mechanics 3
MECH4620Computational Fluid Dynamics
MECH4880Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 1
MECH4900Mechanics of Fracture and Fatigue
MMAN4400Engineering Management
MMAN4410Finite Element Methods
ZEIT8231Test and Evaluation (Distance Only)

Choose 4 or5 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MANF9543Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacture
MECH9325Fundamentals of Acoustics and Noise
MECH9420Composite Materials and Mechanics
MECH9720Solar Thermal Energy Design
MECH9761Automobile Engine Technology

Choose at least 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective
ZEIT8031Reliability Engineering Fundamentals (Distance ONLY)
ZEIT8226Systems Engineering Practice (Distance ONLY)

Choose 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MMAN9001MEngSc Project A
MMAN9002MEngSc Project B

Choose 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
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 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.