Master of Professional Engineering (Structural)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.


If you are seeking to make the transition from a science or mathematics-based career to become an engineer, or if you already have an engineering degree and would like to change paths to a different specialisation, the Master of Professional Engineering offers an accredited qualification that will enable you to practise in Australia and overseas. The structural specialisation is concerned with the design of high-rise buildings, industrial complexes, bridges, stadiums, and sporting and exhibition centres.



This degree will also help you develop the sound communication, management and decision-making capabilities necessary to interpret and discuss complex issues in your area of specialisation.

The program will provide you with the engineering professional practice and research skills that lead to recognition as an Australian graduate engineer. Your qualifications will be recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree

Study plan

Candidates for the Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) complete 144 credit points.

Candidates will also complete a 12 week industrial placement, which will provide them with the opportunity to participate in a major project in an industrial environment. Areas of study include concrete structures, steel structures, civil engineering, and structural dynamics.

Further course information

Progression rules

A candidate for the degree of Master of Professional Engineering who wishes to undertake the research pathway must complete 48 credit points with an average mark of at least 75.

The faculty will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements, students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide you with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with your prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

In the Master of Professional Engineering, candidates complete either an engineering project or a research pathway. Candidates need to achieve a weighted average mark (WAM) of 75% in order to pursue the research pathway.

The engineering project involves a research activity in a related area. Candidates learn how to examine published and experimental data, set objectives, organise a program of work and devise an experimental or developmental program.

The research pathway comprises a substantial piece of research in a related area elected by the student in discussion with a supervisor. Students need to successfully analyse a problem, formulate appropriate experiments, examine the results, and produce a well-argued, in-depth thesis.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Career paths for structural engineering graduates include working in the design of major structures including bridges, high-rise buildings, industrial buildings, stadiums, and sporting and exhibition centres. Structural engineers need to show innovation and apply artistic, creative and technical skills to design. Many find employment in specialist consulting structural engineering firms.

Course accreditation

The Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) has been accorded full accreditation at the level of Professional Engineering by the industry governing body, Engineers Australia.

Further study

The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer, industry leadership and commercialisation. Research activities in the faculty focus on a wide range of areas from aerospace, biomedical, combustion, processing and manufacture, design, robotics, electronics, networks, wireless and satellite systems. If you would like to be part of Sydney's engineering research community, you may consider applying for admission to a research degree. Students completing a Master of Professional Engineering program with excellent average marks are eligible to undertake supervised research in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Other study options

Individual units of study within the course may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to complete an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University, consequently on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to the approval of the dean and individual course resolutions, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course.

Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in a postgraduate award course at another university and have approval from their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree. Please contact the faculty about non-award and cross-institutional study.

Admission

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:
- an Australian Bachelor of Engineering degree with a 68.5 percent average, or equivalent qualification or
- an Australian bachelor's degree in a non-Engineering discipline with a 68.5 percent average, with studies equivalent to 48 credit points (equivalent to 1 year full time study load) in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computing or statistics, as related to the stream sought for admission.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

Fast-track your master's
- If you have the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering degree with a 68.5 percent average in an unrelated specialisation, or a Bachelor of Science or similar (in a related discipline), you may be eligible for a Reduced Volume of Learning (RVL) of up to 24 credit points or .5 years/1 semester.
- If you have an equivalent of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering degree with a 68.5 percent average in a related specialisation, you may be eligible for RVL of up to 48 credit points or 1 year .
- If you have a postgraduate engineering degree with a 68.5 per cent average in a related specialisation, you may be eligible for RVL of up to 72 credit points or 1.5 years.

Applying for RVL/Credit: To be assessed for RVL/Credit, you are required to indicate in your application for admission that you would like to apply for credit. You will then receive an email with instructions on how to submit your application for credit. If you receive an offer of admission, the outcome of your credit application will be included in your letter of offer. For information on RVL and degree requirements visit CUSP.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for domestic students. An additional application is required. Visit our Coursework Scholarships page for more details and to apply.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.