Transport Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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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 70% 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 codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN4103Engineering Contracts
CVEN4104Sustainability in Construction
CVEN4201Rock & Slope Engineering
CVEN4310Deformation Monitoring Surveys
CVEN4402Transport Systems Part 1

Choose 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9405Urban Transport Planning Practice
CVEN9407Transport Modelling
CVEN9415Transport Systems Part 2
CVEN9421Transport Logistics Engineering
CVEN9422Traffic Management and Control

Choose 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9931Masters Project AStudents who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
CVEN9932Masters Project BStudents who have not completed a four year degree which included a thesis must complete this course
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 at least 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
CVEN9701Engineering Economics & Financial ManagementRecommended for this stream.
CVEN9731Project Management FrameworkRecommended for this stream.
CVEN9888Environmental ManagementRecommended for this stream.
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective

Choose a maximum of 4 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
AVIA5004Aviation Safety and Accident Prevention
AVIA5008Air Traffic Management
AVIA5030Aviation and Tourism
AVIA9201Safety Risk Management
BENV7724Transport, Land Use and the Environment
COMP9021Principles of Programming
COMP9024Data Structures and Algorithms
CVEN9701Engineering Economics & Financial Management
CVEN9702Project Planning & Control
CVEN9710Management of Risk
CVEN9723Design of Construction Operations
CVEN9731Project Management Framework
CVEN9855Water & Wastewater Analysis and Quality Requirements
CVEN9884Environmental Chemical and Microbial Processes
CVEN9885Transport and Transformation of Contaminants
CVEN9888Environmental Management
CVEN9892Sustainability Assessment and Risk Analysis
CVEN9901Special Topics 6 UoC
ECON6003Econometric Analysis
ECON6205Microeconometric Modelling
GEOS9016Principles of Geographic Information Systems and Science
GMAT9200Principles of GPS Positioning
GMAT9205Fundamentals of Geopositioning
GMAT9212Precise GPS Positioning
GSOE9740Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering
MATH5855Multivariate Analysis
PLAN9018Transport 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.