Master of Engineering Science
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Luke Godden, Master of Engineering Science (Telecommunications)

The quality of teaching at UNSW is very high, and access to cutting-edge research happening right on campus keeps the study interesting.

Luke Godden, Master of Engineering Science (Telecommunications)

For those working in the booming Telecommunications industry, or those who can see its potential, there’s no better way to gain a leading edge than through postgraduate study in this degree. Our programs provide advanced Telecommunications training in the latest in industry theory and application.


This program focuses on recent advanced aspects of telecommunications, including protocols used in networks such as the internet, the operation and control of these kinds of networks, and the design and operation of their switches and routers. It also covers aspects of advanced wireless communications, such as modulation and coding techniques, and information theory.


The School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications has a collection of facilities and labs that support faculty research, and enhance the learning experience of students. These include:

■ High voltage

■ Power electronics and drives

■ Renewable energy systems

■ Signal processing

■ Mobile communication

■ Communication networks

■ Semiconductor nanofabrication facility (SNF)

■ CAD facilities

■ Silica optical fibre fabrication facility

 ■ Polymer optical fibre fabrication facility

■ Optical waveguide fabrication facility

■ Photonics facility

■ FBG fabrication facility

■ Industrial and process control

■ Systems neuroscience & Biomedical Engineering

■ Vision and control laboratory


The Master of Engineering Science 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
ELEC4612Power System Analysis
ELEC4621Advanced Digital Signal Processing
ELEC4631Continuous-Time Control System Design
PHTN4661Optical Circuits and Fibres
PHTN4662Photonic Networks
TELE4642Network Performance
TELE4651Wireless Communication Technologies
TELE4652Mobile and Satellite Communications Systems
TELE4653Digital Modulation and Coding

Choose 3 or 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GSOE9758Network Systems Architecture
ELEC9725Satellite Navigation: Systems, Signals & Receivers
TELE9751Switching Systems Architecture
TELE9752Network Operations and Control
TELE9753Advanced Wireless Communications
TELE9754Coding and Information Theory
TELE9755Microwave Circuits, Theory and Techniques
TELE9756Advanced Networking
TELE9757Quantum Communications

Choose up to 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
GMAT9200Principles of GPS Positioning
GMAT9210GeoIT and Infomobility Applications

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.