Transport Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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2 years
February and September
Vanessa Calderon - Master of Engineering Science (Transport Engineering)

I realised that to progress my career I needed to formalise my professional knowledge. There are so many interesting courses to choose from, and those I’ve taken so far are practical and reflective. This is more efficient from a real world perspective.

Vanessa Calderon - Master of Engineering Science (Transport Engineering)

With increases in population and urban sprawl, the need for safe, quick, reliable and efficient transport systems has never been more important. This discipline looks at the planning, functional design, operation and management of transport infrastructure, with a focus on its economic and environmental impact.


This program provides students with advanced study options in Transport Engineering. This ranges from transport planning, ITS and land use and risk management and safety, through to network design, demand estimation and sustainability, emissions and health. It’s designed to develop skills in modelling and analysing systems (including passenger and freight) for all types of transport.


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 65% average in one of the following:

- Automation Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Bioinformatics Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Civil Engineering with Architecture
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronics Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Geoinformation Systems
- Industrial Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronic Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Naval Engineering
- Renewable Energy Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Surveying
- Spatial Engineering
- Telecommunications

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose at least 4 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4103 Engineering Contracts
CVEN4104 Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4201 Rock & Slope Engineering
CVEN4310 Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN4402 Transport Systems Part 1

Choose 4 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9405 Urban Transport Planning Practice
CVEN9407 Transport Modelling
CVEN9415 Transport Systems Part 2
CVEN9421 Transport Logistics Engineering
CVEN9422 Traffic Management and Control

Choose 3 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9931 Masters Project A Students who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
CVEN9932 Masters Project B Students who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
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 at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics & Financial Management Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework Recommended for this stream.
CVEN9888 Environmental Management Recommended for this stream.
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective

Choose a maximum of 4 from

Course code Course name Notes
AVIA5004 Aviation Safety and Accident Prevention
AVIA5008 Air Traffic Management
AVIA5030 Aviation and Tourism
AVIA9201 Safety Risk Management
BENV7724 Transport, Land Use and the Environment
COMP9021 Principles of Programming
COMP9024 Data Structures and Algorithms
CVEN9701 Engineering Economics & Financial Management
CVEN9702 Project Planning & Control
CVEN9710 Management of Risk
CVEN9723 Design of Construction Operations
CVEN9731 Project Management Framework
CVEN9855 Water & Wastewater Analysis and Quality Requirements
CVEN9884 Environmental Chemical and Microbial Processes
CVEN9885 Transport and Transformation of Contaminants
CVEN9888 Environmental Management
CVEN9892 Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis
CVEN9901 Special Topics 6 UoC
ECON6003 Econometric Analysis
ECON6205 Microeconometric Modelling
GEOS9016 Principles of Geographic Information Systems and Science
GMAT9200 Principles of GPS Positioning
GMAT9205 Fundamentals of Geopositioning
GMAT9212 Precise GPS Positioning
GSOE9740 Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering
MATH5165 Optimization
MATH5855 Multivariate Analysis
PLAN9018 Transport Applications of GIS

* 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.