Master of Professional Engineering (Mechatronics)

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Overview

The Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) is a flexible degree that will allow you to fast-track your career in engineering.

The program includes advanced mechatronics engineering courses in real-time estimation for embedded systems and advanced estimation. Plus you’ll choose from a range of mechanical and electrical engineering courses in areas like advanced simulation, renewable energy conversion, bulk materials handling and transportation and computer aided engineering and manufacturing, signal processing, control systems design, drives and power electronics and electronics design. 
You can also broaden your skills base in a complimentary area such as business and management skills, entrepreneurship and innovation, design or environmental management. You will also complete an engineering project (design-based or theoretical – the choice is yours), which can potentially be linked to industry.

The flexible nature of the program puts you in control. Whether you want to specialise or diversify, move into a more senior role, lead teams or projects, develop sophisticated research and innovation skills for R&D roles - you can choose courses to support your personal career goals.

2-year or 1-year?
If you are a graduate of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or equivalent, you can complete the MPE in just one year.

If you are an international student seeking professional recognition from Engineers Australia* and the Washington Accord, or if you wish to extend your engineering and professional expertise in an Australian context, the 2-year MPE is the ideal program. Your study program will be designed to build on your prior studies and develop the core technical competencies to ensure you qualify –these will be chosen from areas such as managing engineering projects, linear control and estimation, non-linear control and estimation, mechatronics design and real-time optimization for embedded systems.

* Pending accreditation of this degree by Engineers Australia.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
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  • Semester 2
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Number of Courses
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8-16

Program Code

40063

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8-16
CRICOS

092852E

Program Code

40063

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Program Code 40063
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 092852E
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Description

The Master of Professional Engineering (Mechatronics) program extends upon prior undergraduate qualifications in the discipline of Mechatronics Engineering.  In a 2-year program, the MPE provides advanced fundamental skills andknowledge required for the practicing Mechatronics Engineer. The first year predominantly focuses on core knowledge and skills, while the second year provides the opportunity for specialisation through the completion of capstonecourses and a Masters Thesis Project. This program produces graduates with the knowledge, technical abilities and professional qualities to provide innovative solutions to society’s needs now and into the future.

Admission Requirements

 Direct Admission into the 1 Year MPE (Mechatronics) Program*:

  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) with Class 2 Division 2 or above in Mechatronics Engineering
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) in Mechatronics Engineering with a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above

Direct Admission into the 2 Year MPE (Mechatronics) Program*:

  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) in Mechatronics Engineering AND a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above

Direct Admission into the MPE Program:

  • Applicants currently undertaking or having completed the Master of Engineering Management program at the University of Newcastle may be admitted to the Master of Professional Engineering in the same discipline area as their undergraduate engineering degree.  The volume of learning required for the MPE will be assessed for individual applicants based on their background.

*Further Admission Requirements (if applicable)

Alternative Engineering Disciplines:

Applications for the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechatronics) from graduates from a different engineering discipline other than mechatronics engineering are welcomed, but will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

GPA Equivalence for Non-University of Newcastle Applicants:

Applicants from external institutions will be required to provide transcripts of previous studies to allow assessment of GPA equivalence on the University of Newcastle scale.

Alternate Entry Path Incorporating Work Experience:

Applications from graduates with an appropriate Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) or Honours Degree (AQF 8 ) in engineering not meeting the above requirements, BUT with significant relevant work experience will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

 

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

Two year program:

The MPE (Mechatronics) comprises 160 units, 110 of which are core courses, 10 of which is a directed course, and 40 of which are electives that can be selected from a specialised area of study.

One year program:

Students completing a one year MPE (Mechatronics) must complete 80 units, 30 of which are core courses, 10 of which are directed courses, and 40 of which are electives that can be selected from a specialised area of study.

  • Core courses for 1 year program: MCHA6300, MCHA6100 and MECH6840.

This program has three separate thesis courses:

  • Two year students must take MECH6840A MPE Thesis A: Experimental Methods and MECH6840B MPE Thesis B. These two courses form part of a multi-term sequence.
  • One year students must take MECH6840 MPE Thesis.

Course Information

Core Courses

Core Courses for 1 Year Students: 1 Year students complete the following core courses..

Code Name Availability Units
MCHA6100 Advanced Estimation Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MCHA6300 Real-time Optimisation for Embedded Systems Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MECH6840 MPE Thesis Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units

Core Courses for 2 Year Students: 2 Year students complete the following core courses..

Code Name Availability Units
ENGG3500 Managing Engineering Projects Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ENGG6440 Linear Control and Estimation Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG6441 Nonlinear Control and Estimation Not currently offered 10 units
ENGG6500 Engineering Complexity Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MCHA6100 Advanced Estimation Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MCHA6300 Real-time Optimisation for Embedded Systems Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MCHA6500 Mechatronics Design 1 Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MCHA6600 Mechatronics Design 2 Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MECH6840A MPE Thesis A: Experimental Methods Not currently offered 10 units
MECH6840B MPE Thesis B Not currently offered 20 units

Directed Courses

Core: Students choose 10 units from the following directed course list. 1 year students must choose one 6000 level course 2 year students can choose one 3000, 4000 or 6000 level course.

Code Name Availability Units
ELEC3160 Principles and Design of Off-Grid Power Systems Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ELEC3251 Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ELEC3500 Telecommunication Networks Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ELEC3720 Programmable Logic Design Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3730 Digital and Computer Electronics 2 Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6100 Electrical Systems Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ELEC6160 Advanced Drives and Power Electronics Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ELEC6210 Electronics Design Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ELEC6400 Signal Processing Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ELEC6550 Wireless Communication Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ELEC6700 Advanced Computer Systems Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
ENGG6400 Modelling and Control Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MECH3400 Materials Science and Engineering 2 Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
10 units
MECH3695 Heat Transfer Not currently offered 10 units
MECH6110 Mechanical Design Project Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MECH6130 Mechanics of Bulk Solids and Particulates Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MECH6200 Computer Aided Engineering and Manufacturing Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MECH6250 Bulk Materials Handling and Transportation Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units
MECH6410 Advanced Mechanics of Solids and FEA Not currently offered 10 units
MECH6480 Advanced Fluid Mechanics and CFD Not currently offered 10 units
MECH6760 Renewable Energy Conversion Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan) 10 units

Electives

Choose 40 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and/or the underpinning natural and physical sciences as applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
  • Professional use and management of information
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct
  • Effective team membership and team leadership
  • Demonstrated capacity for dealing with uncertain problems using self-direction

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) or equivalent Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) or equivalent

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