Master of Professional Engineering (Civil)

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

The Master of Professional Engineering will provide you with a solid foundation for a career in engineering and a qualification that is in high demand around the world.

If you would like to change careers and become an engineer, obtain accredited qualifications that will enable you to practise in Australia and overseas, or simply move into a different field of engineering, you might consider this master’s program.

The Master of Professional Engineering 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.


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.

Course structure

The course comprises foundation units, elective units in the area of your specialisation and a 12-week practical industry experience component. You can also choose from several professional electives and complete a capstone project in your final year.

Specialisations

Fully accredited by Engineers Australia, the national accreditation body:

  • biomedical engineering
  • chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • civil engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • power engineering
  • structural engineering
  • telecommunications engineering

Provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia, the national accreditation body:

  • aerospace engineering
  • fluids engineering
  • geomechanical engineering
  • software engineering

Course duration

The Master of Professional Engineering is a three-year program. Depending on the level and type of your previous tertiary studies, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. This will reduce the length of your degree.

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree

Study plan

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

Please refer to the units of study section to view the full study plan.

Further course information

Progression rules

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 a capstone project. Candidates need to achieve a distinction 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.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Career paths for civil engineering graduates include construction and mining companies, engineering and infrastructure consultants, municipal councils, public works, airport and harbour authorities, banks and project management consultants.

Course accreditation

The Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 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

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) will hold a recognised bachelor's degree in either science or engineering with a credit average (or equivalent); and have completed at least 48 credit points of tertiary level units in the areas of maths, physics, biology, chemistry, and computer studies.

All candidates for admission must have prior learning equivalent to 96 credit points in total, which is comparable to the requirements for the first two years of a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Sydney in the stream or area of study sought for admission.

If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Engineering you may be eligible for reduced volume of learning (RVL). In order to be assessed for RVL you must indicate in your application that you would like to apply for credit. You will then receive an email including instructions about how to submit your application for credit. Your application for credit must include the name of your Bachelor’s degree and the awarding institution. You must also upload a copy of your transcript. The outcome of your credit application will be included in your letter of offer. Reduced volume learning will shorten the duration of your course.

Refer to CUSP for information on reduced volume learning and degree requirements.

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.

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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 Faculty Handbook 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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.