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Postgraduate course information

UTS: Engineering offers postgraduate coursework and research programs, providing a wide range of professional development opportunities to engineers and other graduates. In fulfilling these responsibilities, UTS: Engineering draws on its close links with industry to offer distinctive programs that are highly regarded by engineering-dependent enterprises.

In 2018, over 2200 students were enrolled in postgraduate coursework programs and over 800 in research degree programs.

Postgraduate award courses may be taken by coursework or research. UTS: Engineering supports research through its management of postgraduate research, development of research strengths and centres, encouragement of individual researchers and research teams, facilitation of interdisciplinary research, and sponsorship of visits to UTS: Engineering by internationally renowned experts.

In addition to award courses, UTS: Engineering provides opportunities for continuing professional development through studies undertaken on a non-award basis.

The following information is intended to assist postgraduates to plan and complete their studies within UTS: Engineering. Additional information can be obtained online and from other publications or by direct inquiry.

Postgraduate coursework

Specialist courses

UTS: Engineering offers specialist courses by coursework in several fields. Each of these courses includes core subjects which must be satisfactorily completed during studies for the award.

Students in any specialist course receive preference in the allocation of class places in core subjects. Students taking popular subjects through elective studies are allowed to enrol when places are available.

  • Master of Engineering Management (C04275)
  • Master of Engineering Management Master of Business Administration (C04274)
  • Master of Engineering Master of Engineering Management (C04273)
  • Master of Environmental Engineering Management (C04272)
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management (C11239)
  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Engineering Management (C11237)

General courses

A range of coursework programs is available through UTS: Engineering, leading to the general awards of Master of Engineering (by coursework) and Graduate Certificate in Engineering.

For each of these general awards, postgraduate majors are available. The majors offered reflect current research strengths and interests in UTS: Engineering.

  • Master of Professional Engineering (C04309)
  • Master of Engineering (C04271)
  • Master of Engineering (Extension) (C04277)
  • Master of Engineering (Advanced) (C04278)
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering (C11236)
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies (C11238)


Postgraduate engineering students may be excluded from further study at the University if they fail more than 50 per cent of the total number of enrolled credit points from the commencement of the course.

Postgraduate engineering students may also be excluded from a course if they exceed the maximum time allowed for completion of that course (see rule 10.5).


The UTS Timetable Planner enables current and future UTS students to view subject timetables.


Postgraduate majors are available in the Master of Engineering, Master of Engineering (Extension), Master of Engineering (Advanced), Master of Engineering Master of Engineering Management, and Graduate Certificate in Engineering.

UTS: Engineering offers an extensive range of programs by research and/or coursework through its award and non-award courses. A selection of these program majors are described below. Information on other specialist research areas can be obtained from individual members of academic staff.

Program majors have been developed to match the needs of engineers and other professionals. They provide opportunities for advanced studies and professional development in engineering and cross-disciplinary areas between engineering and other disciplines. All postgraduate program majors are differentiated by their focus, structure, presentation, attendance flexibility, assessment practices and multiple entry/completion options.

Students are entitled to have the name of the major listed in their degree transcript (not the testamur).

Postgraduate program majors reflect current research strengths and interests in UTS: Engineering and change with time. The availability of individual subjects in any year is influenced by student demand, arrangements with visiting lecturers, scheduling within the University and policies on class sizes.

If, in the opinion of the designated Responsible Academic Officer (RAO), a student does not have the required prerequisite knowledge to successfully undertake and complete a major, the student may be required to undertake one or two preparatory undergraduate subjects.

Postgraduate research

UTS: Engineering has a lively and cutting-edge research culture driving advances in engineering and IT technology, practice and education. UTS: Engineering's research is needs-driven and collaborative and works with many enterprises in business partnerships. Researchers are world-class and recognised leaders in their fields, responsible for delivering new, better and more cost-effective solutions to complex engineering challenges.

Research is varied and utilises modern laboratories and research facilities on the City campus, Broadway. These are supported by extensive computing facilities and library services. The laboratories have excellent back-up workshops and expert support staff. Many opportunities exist for professional development through challenging, well-resourced research programs.

Contacts and inquiries

The management and administration of all research matters of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology is conducted by the faculty's Research and Development Office, headed by the Associate Dean, Research Excellence and the Associate Dean, Research Strategy and Management. The office is responsible for a broad range of matters including, but not limited to, research-strategic priorities, policy and planning, and advice and support to faculty staff in preparing grant applications, research publications, research conferences and research degree student supervision. The Associate Deans are supported by the Director, Research Programs, the Manager, Research Support and the research administration officers, who are responsible for the academic management and support of research degree students and general research matters respectively.

Research matters are governed via the Research Management Committee and Research Degrees Committee that report to the Faculty Board in Engineering and Information Technology. The Research Management Committee has overarching responsibility for determining the faculty's research strategies and policies, and for making recommendations in relation to building research culture and profile, and for budgetary and resourcing matters relating to research. The Research Degrees Committee makes recommendations and sets policies relating to candidature management of higher degree by research students, from admission through to graduation.

Specific inquiries should be directed to the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Research Office:

telephone +61 2 9514 2686

General inquiries may be directed to:

UTS Graduate Research School
telephone +61 2 9514 1336

Research profile and strengths

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology has a number of key research centres and institutes. These centres are hives of research activity that have international standing within their respective discipline areas. The centres and institutes include:

  • Advanced Analytics Institute
  • Centre for Built Infrastructure Research
  • Centre for Energy Policy
  • Centre for Electrical Machines and Power Electronics
  • Centre for Green Energy and Vehicle Innovations
  • Centre for Health Technologies
  • Centre for Human-Centred Technology Design
  • Centre for Innovation in IT Services and Applications
  • Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems
  • Centre for Real-Time Information Networks
  • Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater.

Collaborative research

UTS: Engineering's researchers work with private and public companies to achieve their strategic objectives in engineering research and development. These collaborative programs tend to be long-term and offer mutually beneficial outcomes, with the economic, business, social and environmental dimensions of engineering being addressed explicitly. Most collaborative research is supported by sponsorships or grants.

Research opportunities and major research areas

Research opportunities are available in the following areas of specialisation.

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering: built infrastructure, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction materials, local government, road engineering, water and environmental resource management, water modelling, membrane technology in water and wastewater treatment, soil contamination and remedial techniques, and solid waste management.

School of Electrical and Data Engineering: wireless relay/mesh and cooperative networking, body area networking, micro- and nano-scale networks, 4G (WiMAX, LTE), short-range RF and inductive near field communication systems and sensing, antennas and propagation, microwave engineering, national broadband network, multi-antenna systems, wireless sensor networks, bio-mimetic paradigms for network management and configuration, autonomic communications, anticipatory systems, radio resource management (RRM) mechanisms, Satellite communications and broadcasting, LAN/WAN enterprise networking, network embedded applications, m-health monitoring, mobile networks, personal area networks, multilayer switching, mobile and distributed multimedia applications and services, network security, internet service architecture, programmable networks, internet quality of service, web technologies, web architecture framework, mobile commerce and internet business, location-based services, network grid services, peer to peer networks, digital signal processing, pattern recognition, computer vision, multimedia, image processing, image and video analysis, machine learning, cognitive and affective multimedia content analysis, and multimedia systems.

School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering: advanced control, artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, automotive engineering, biomedical engineering, energy, embedded systems, health technologies, mechatronics, power systems, and renewable energy.

School of Software: art and technology, artificial intelligence, computer animation, computer games, computer graphics, computer usability, data mining, e-finance, e-government, e-health, e-marketing, e-safeguard, e-security and e-service, emergency management, expert systems, human-computer interaction, information systems, innovation and creativity, innovation and technology, intelligent agents, intelligent problem solving and smart business decision-making in engineering, interaction design, interactive entertainment, interactive storytelling, learning environments, multi-agent systems, multimedia, next-generation automated enterprise cooperative infrastructure, object-oriented computing, object-oriented processes and methodologies, ontologies, optimisation activities, quantum computing, ray tracing, rendering techniques, requirements engineering, resource planning, robotics, semantic web, smart trading systems, software development, and technology design and use.

School of Systems, Management and Leadership: energy policy and planning, engineering practice, environmental risk, information systems, IT education, IT governance, IT strategy and management, knowledge management, operations and risk management, strategic IT leadership, systems analysis and design, systems development, and systems theory and socio-technical systems.

Research centres and institutes

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology supports several centres and institutes, each capturing established research strengths in engineering and information technology related fields. These include the following:

Advanced Analytics Institute (AAI)

The Advanced Analytics Institute (AAI) provides interdisciplinary expertise and leadership in areas including data mining, machine learning, applied statistics, behaviour analytics, data science and engineering, marketing, finance, economics, decision-making, optimisation and risk management. AAI offers cross-disciplinary and cross-domain research capabilities and hands-on experience in data science and advanced analytics across historical data, real-time information and future trends. Data science and analytics is a fast-growing global industry with an ever-increasing demand for qualified graduates. At UTS, a cross-disciplinary approach to data science and analytics research brings together experts from across UTS's faculties and research centres to form an interdisciplinary data science and analytics group. The Institute also fosters dedicated research and development resources for data science and advanced analytics.

AAI offers unique training programs in broad-based analytics. AAI is working towards fostering world-class specialists and analytical project managers for specific domains through a supervisor-driven and practice/project-oriented approach, interdisciplinary workshops, short courses (including executive training), and day-to-day engagement in a variety of organisations.

Director: Professor Bogdan Gabrys

Centre for Artificial Intelligence

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI) is a world-leading research centre. Formed in March 2017, the centre is comprised of six research labs: Computational Intelligence and Brain Computer Interface; Data Science and Knowledge Discovery; Innovation and Enterprise Research; Biomedical Data Science; Decision Systems and eService Intelligence and Cyber Privacy and Safety. The centre’s vision is to develop theoretical foundations, innovative technologies and advanced algorithms for sustainable and comprehensible artificial intelligence, and to drive significant progress in all AI related areas. Through collaboration with industry, the centre has developed many innovative applications with significant social and economic impact for use in healthcare, logistics, education, telecommunications and defence. The centre works in partnership with well-known national and international organisations such as: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, IBM Australia; Optus; Telstra; Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.; Google; Samsung and Sony. It also partners with universities in Australia, Asia and USA. The CAI currently holds 15 Australian Research Council Discovery Projects, Linkage Program, Discovery Early Career Researcher and Future fellow awards.

Director: Professor Jie Lu


Centre for Autonomous Systems

Research at the Centre for Autonomous Systems aims to deliver robotics solutions to a vast range of real-world problems. Since 2009, we have been building an extensive body of knowledge in:

  • field robotics, which looks at the sensing, perception and control of intelligent machines in unstructured environments
  • human-centred robotics, or robots that can support human beings to undertake a wide range of tasks.

CAS has a growing reputation for research excellence, evidenced by more than $15 million in research funding since 2003. Currently, our researchers are working on projects worth $4 million in external grant funding.

Our research program is split into three research streams: fundamental research, applied research and research translation.

Our research team has won a number of awards, including six best paper awards at international conferences, two Engineering Excellence Awards (Sydney) awards and a UTS Research Excellence Award. We were finalists in the 2013 IEEE/IFR Innovation Award, the 2013 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes and the 2013 AEEA.

We are actively engaged in collaborative research, developing a number of joint research initiatives with robotics experts across the globe.

Centre for Built Infrastructure Research

The Centre for Built Infrastructure Research (CBIR) comprises a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the faculties of Engineering and Information Technology; Science; and Design, Architecture and Building. CBIR's nationally and internationally renowned work focuses on finding solutions to important global problems in control, rehabilitation and health monitoring of building structures and bridges, green and smart materials, sustainable design, management, improvement, safety and conservation.

Director: Associate Professor Jianchun Li
telephone +61 2 9514 2651

Centre for Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

The Centre for Electrical Machines and Power Electronics (CEMPE) is principally concerned with electrical variable speed drives and generation of electricity using rotating electrical machines and renewable sources (such as wind and hydro). The technical research disciplines necessary for these two areas are very similar, covering electrical machines design, power electronics and mechanical design. The interest in renewable energy generation is primarily for remote areas and developing countries, so the incorporation of expertise in design for such areas is valuable, with the inclusion of energy requirements analysis, energy economics, technology transfer and human management issues.

Director: Professor Joe Zhu

telephone +61 2 9514 2318

Centre for Energy Policy

The Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) addresses contemporary energy and environmental policy issues in national and international contexts. Energy market reforms, environmental policy options, and energy-economy interactions are key areas of focus. Research undertaken in the centre is policy-oriented, applied, and cross-disciplinary, emphasising the weaving together of technical, business, economic, legal, social, political and philosophical dimensions of energy, environmental and economic policies.

Director: Professor Deepak Sharma
telephone +61 2 9514 2422

Global Big Data Technologies Centre

The Global Big Data Technologies Centre (GBDTC) is an international centre of excellence for the development of enabling technologies for big data science, analytics and telecommunications, providing a platform for global collaboration with industry and government to deliver real societal and economic impact.

The Centre is currently structured around three core programs (Mobile Sensing and Communications, IoT Communications and Networking & Big Data Analytics), with each program housing several labs. It is a collaborative hub for UTS researchers, prominent professors and scientists from other leading universities in Australia and across the globe, and national research organisations including the CSIRO. Our researchers are internationally recognised for impactful projects at the nexus of science and industry, engineering and IT.

GBDTC’s focus is on developing and delivering cutting-edge enabling technologies for big data acquisition, transmission, storage, processing, visualisation, analysis, knowledge generation, telecommunications and security. We will develop innovative solutions, infrastructure, platforms and tools that equip government, industry and the community to transform the way they conduct business and deliver services.

Centre for Green Energy and Vehicle Innovations

The Centre for Green Energy and Vehicle Innovations (GEVI) was formed by experts of electrical power engineering and automotive engineering with a strong vision to provide new engineering solutions for the rapidly expanding high-tech and overlapping industrial sectors of green energy systems and advanced low emission vehicles. These solutions are critical for future sustainable energy use and reductions in greenhouse gas emission. The centre undertakes research projects on low carbon energy, especially the generation of renewable energy electricity and its integration into smart electricity grids, and on innovations in vehicles, especially on electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains, advanced transmissions and suspensions, lightweight vehicle structures and optimal design. The centre has extensive research partners, including universities, research institutions, and industry, both in Australia and overseas.

Director: Professor Jianguo (Joe) Zhu
telephone +61 2 9514 2318

Director: Professor Nong Zhang
telephone +61 2 9514 2662

Centre for Health Technologies

The Centre for Health Technologies research team brings together complementary interdisciplinary health research skills unique in Australia in the development of innovative medical devices and biotechnology processes for health technology applications in chronic diseases.

The Centre for Health Technologies has established world class innovative research centred on developing treatments and/or cures for major National Health Priority Areas such as diabetes mellitus, asthma (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD), cancer control, and arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions.

Our continuing success is related to the fact that our research is centred on cutting edge niche areas such as gene therapy, biomarker discovery, RNAi technology, epigenetics and medical devices that are unique in Australia and the world.

Director: Professor Ann Simpson

Centre for Human Centred Technology Design

The Centre for Human Centred Technology Design (HCTD) is focused on information and communication technologies (ICT) design research, methods and approaches, as defined by its commitment to humans, that is, to those who use the technology.

HCTD's approach furthers the development of a much needed socio-technical perspective on technology design that can both balance and extend the more common technology driven or business driven perspectives. HCTD's focus is on understanding the complex interplay between the drivers of social, organisational and technical change and how these shape, and are shaped by, the design, implementation and use of information and communication systems. The centre's research outcomes contribute to the design and development of ICT that fit easily and appropriately into the social, cultural and organisational contexts within which they will be used.

Director: Professor Toni Robertson
Director: Professor Didar Zowghi

Interaction Design and Human Practice Laboratory (IDHuP)

Director: Professor Toni Robertson

Requirements Engineering Research Laboratory (RE)

Director: Professor Didar Zowghi

Creativity and Cognition Studio (CCS)

Director: Professor Ernest Edmonds

Games Studio

Director: Associate Professor Yusuf Pisan

Leadership for Innovation in the Digital Age Research Community (LiDA)

Director: Associate Professor Ken Dovey

Centre for Object Technology Applications and Research (COTAR)

Director: Professor Brian Henderson-Sellers

Technology, Education, Development and Design Research Laboratory (TEDD)

Director: Dr Laurel Dyson

The Digital Organisation of the Future (DOOTF)

Director: Professor Eng Chew

Centre for Innovation in IT Services and Applications

The Centre for Innovation in IT Services and Applications (iNEXT) is a world-class research environment for developing and nurturing innovation for the next-generation IT services and applications, including:

  • internet infrastructure and next generation software-defined networks
  • cloud computing and distributed services
  • mobile health (m-Health) services
  • high-end visualisation technologies
  • novel image processing and computer vision applications
  • advanced video monitoring systems.

The iNEXT labs contains ultramodern gigabit Nortel routers and an IBM Blade Server for implementing and hosting cloud computing platforms. Highly specialised cameras with very high resolution, continuous pan-tilt-zoom and frame rate of up to 40,000 frames per second support researchers in intelligent video surveillance systems.

iNEXT encompasses research and commercialisation of such applications and services. The centre includes a significant research training component, with many research students graduating every year.

Director: Professor Doan Hoang
Director: Professor Massimo Piccardi

Advanced Research in Networking

Lab Director: Professor Doan Hoang

Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems

Lab Director: Associate Professor Jinjun Chen

Computer Vision and Image Processing Lab

Lab Director: Professor Xiangjian He

mHealth Lab

Lab Director: Associate Professor Valerie Gay

Surveillance Lab

Lab Director: Professor Massimo Piccardi

Visualisation Laboratory

Lab Director: Associate Professor Mao-Lin Huang

Centre for Quantum Software and Information

The Centre for Quantum Software and Information (QSI) occupies a unique position in the Australian quantum technology community. Our research is focused on methodologies and capabilities of quantum software and information technologies, with a significant focus on the development of new applications for these technologies. The UTS:QSI research agenda has five key research programs, which are: Quantum Algorithms and Complexity, AI Applications of Quantum Computing, Intermediate Quantum Computing and Architectures, Quantum Programming and Verification, and Quantum Information Theory and Security.

Director: Professor Runyao Duan

Centre for Real-time Information Networks

The Centre for Real-time Information Networks (CRIN) aims to support research and development activities related to the efficient creation, collection, transmission, analysis and use of information in real-time telecommunication networks. The centre supports the improvement of Australian society through a focus on theoretical and applied research achieved through close links with both industry and research bodies working in appropriate application domains.

Examples of priority areas of interest for the centre include next generation mobile communication systems, intelligent transport systems and vehicular networks, national security for safeguarding Australia, healthcare diagnosis and monitoring for the cost-effective improvement of the health of Australians, environmental and resource monitoring for a sustainable Australia, and the smart use of the web in supporting Australian industry.

The centre aims to design, fabricate and test proof concept systems, in which the performance and operational suitability of the developed systems is demonstrated. The proof of concept systems may be electronic hardware, software, or a combination of hardware and software, and will include the latest prototyping technologies, such as embedded processors, high-performance networks and sophisticated distributed software applications.

Director: Professor Guoqiang Mao
telephone +61 2 9514 2526

Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater

The Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater (CTWW) is an interdisciplinary research centre whose activities are at the interface between environmental engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, and biotechnology to develop cost effective and energy efficient technologies for water purification, wastewater treatment, and water resources management. We work closely with partners in the government, industry, and community to transfer our laboratory discoveries to practical applications that can benefits many sectors of the economy both in Australia and internationally. Key areas of expertise of CTWW include membrane separation and filtration technologies; innovative biological systems for wastewater treatment; water recycling; seawater desalination; surface and groundwater hydrology; biosolids and waste management; flood management; and catchment modelling.

Director: Professor Duc Long Nghiem