Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Geomechanical engineers examine the soil and rock layers that make up the earth in order to determine their physical and chemical properties. Using this information, they design foundations and earthworks structures for buildings, roads, and many other types of projects. They provide information and knowledge on how the soil and rocks beneath a proposed structure will behave under pressure.
The Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) is a 3 year full-time course delivering technical and professional outcomes that will allow you to be recognised as an Australian graduate engineer in this field. This degree has been given provisional accreditation at the level of Professional Engineering by the industry governing body, Engineers Australia http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/
In this course you will engage in areas of study including environmental geotechnics, rock engineering, and engineering behaviour of soils.
If your bachelor's degree included foundational engineering units, you may be given advanced standing in the Master of Professional Engineering. Entry pathways are available for students with widely varying backgrounds.
The MPE is comprised of foundation units of study, elective units in the area of your specialisation and a 12-week practical industry experience component. There are also a number of professional electives you can choose from and a capstone project in your final year.
If you are interested in continuing on to complete a research degree, a research dissertation can act as a research pathway.
Candidates for the Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) complete 144 credit points.
Candidates will 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 in the course include environmental geotechnics, rock engineering, civil engineering and engineering behaviour of soils.
Further course information
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.
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.
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
Career paths for geomechanical engineering graduates include investigating sites to find out what is under the ground, designing foundations, planning and designing of road, rail and canal cuttings, offshore work investigating and designing cable routes, pipelines, foundations for offshore facilities and design of landfills for society's waste products.
The Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) has been accorded provisional accreditation at the level of Professional Engineering by the industry governing body, Engineers Australia http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/
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.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Professional Engineering 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. Refer to the admission requirement tables in the handbook for a guide to acceptable prior learning units of study.
You may be eligible for a reduced volume of learning of up to 48 credit points, depending on the level and type of your prior tertiary studies. This will be determined by the foundation units completed in previous tertiary studies for the field you are entering. For example, if you have completed a Bachelor of Engineering or equivalent degree in the same specialisation of study for which you applied, you may be awarded advanced standing of up to 48 credit points. These credit points will be credited towards foundation units in your specialisation. Every applicant will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
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 2015, 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 2014 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.
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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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are 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.
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.