Mechanical Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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2 years
February and September
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 65% average in Mechanical Engineering or similar.

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose 4 or 5 from

Course code Course name Notes
MECH4100 Mechanical Design 2
MECH4305 Fundamental and Advanced Vibration Analysis
MECH4320 Engineering Mechanics 3
MECH4620 Computational Fluid Dynamics
MECH4880 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 1
MECH4900 Mechanics of Fracture and Fatigue
MMAN4400 Engineering Management
MMAN4410 Finite Element Methods
ZEIT8231 Test and Evaluation (Distance Only)

Choose 4 or5 from

Course code Course name Notes
MANF9543 Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacture
MECH9325 Fundamentals of Acoustics and Noise
MECH9420 Composite Materials and Mechanics
MECH9720 Solar Thermal Energy Design
MECH9761 Automobile Engine Technology

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective
ZEIT8031 Reliability Engineering Fundamentals (Distance ONLY)
ZEIT8226 Systems Engineering Practice (Distance ONLY)

Choose 2 from

Course code Course name Notes
MMAN9001 MEngSc Project A
MMAN9002 MEngSc Project B

Choose 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
GSOE9010 Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011 Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220 Launching a startup GSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

Choose up to 3 from

Course code Course name Notes
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 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.