Master of Engineering Science

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The scope of the world’s engineering challenges continues to evolve. Today we are faced with many new and significant global and local challenges including climate change which has resulted in a move towards clean energy and the need to develop sustainable practices in the resources area. The University of Newcastle has combined two relevant disciplines to create the Master of Engineering Science. Designed to generate a cohort of specialised engineers, graduates will be provided with the skills and knowledge to tackle modern engineering challenges.

Offering a diverse range of coursework, the program has been designed to enable you to tailor your program to meet your specific needs. Whether you’d prefer to focus your studies on management, a specific engineering project or the technical areas of mineral processing or energy, the program's predefined specialisations will cater to your interests.

Overall, the University of Newcastle’s Master of Engineering Science will provide you with the right combination of theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience to help move you forward in your career to pursue interesting and challenging engineering projects.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Engineering Science is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Do you like to think outside the square to uncover new and innovative ways to improve our carbon footprint, promote sustainable resource development and/or improve infrastructure for our expanding populations?

If you have a degree in engineering or science and more specifically chemistry, chemical, mechanical or civil engineering, the Master of Engineering Science offers you the opportunity to expand your career horizons, particularly in the energy and resources sectors and research and development.

You will be provided the opportunity to broaden your technical knowledge and practical skills by undertaking study across several core areas, which are defined by your choice of specialisation. You can build your coursework into two core specialisations with a range of elective courses to choose from, as well as undertaking core courses to establish strong theoretical foundations in key areas.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.


The Master of Engineering Science it structured to offer you a selection of specialisations in technical, managerial and project related areas, depending on your career objectives.

You will study ‘innovation and commercialisation’ which is critical to the professional development of any engineer wanting to take on managerial/senior positions. This option will encourage you to challenge the development of existing products and services, trying to find innovative ways to improve them whist ensuring they are economically and commercially viable.

You can select two of the following specialisations* designed to provide you with a well-rounded and practical education, relevant to your career. The specialisations are:

  • Commercialisation - this specialisation will have you:
    • study intellectual property (IP) management, IP commercialisation and IP protection
    • explore issues related to organisational structural form, human behaviour and the management of people in organisations.
  • Energy - this specialisation will:
    • have you study power generation from fossil fuels, clean coal technologies, biomass energy, solar thermal power, wind power, geothermal power, and nuclear power
    • establish an overview of advanced clean coal technologies.
  • Engineering project - this specialisation will:
    • develop your understanding of the rigours of a research project
    • develop your project-based skills in literature review, planning, project management and execution as well as report writing.
  • Management - this specialisation will have you:
    • discover modern concepts in cloud computing and mobile applications for the enterprise
    • study a range of business driven courses.
  • Mineral processing - this specialisation will:
    • broaden your knowledge in coal and minerals processing
    • allow you to explore particle processing, research and development, managing intellectual property and advanced computer aided engineering’.

To find out more about where the Master of Engineering Science can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

* You are unable to combine the Mineral Processing and Energy specialisations.


As we continue to discover a world full of new local and global issues including climate change and clean energy, we look to educate a new cohort of engineering science specialists with the skills and knowledge to approach these emerging challenges.

Graduates of the Master of Engineering Science from the University of Newcastle will be prepared to pursue senior level careers in either technical or managerial capacities. The technical drivers of this program are heavily focused on the energy and resources sectors, providing employment opportunities in these growth areas. The engineering project specialisation in combination with the management specialisation will prepare individuals looking to develop a career in research and development or the innovation and commercialisation fields.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Engineering Science, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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