Postgraduate course information
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology offers postgraduate coursework and research programs providing a wide range of professional development opportunities to engineers and other graduates. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the faculty draws on its close links with industry to offer distinctive programs that are highly regarded by engineering-dependent enterprises.
In 2019, over 2500 students were enrolled in postgraduate coursework programs and over 900 in higher degree by research programs.
The faculty 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 by internationally renowned experts.
In addition to award courses, the faculty provides opportunities for continuing professional development through studies undertaken on a non-award basis.
The faculty offers master's and graduate certificate programs in engineering management and environmental engineering management.
A range of technical courses, with a choice of major, are available to students who possess a background in engineering.
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).
Recognition of prior learning
Students who have previously undertaken relevant postgraduate-level study at a recognised tertiary education institution may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) if the subjects completed are deemed by the faculty to be equivalent to subjects in the student's course. Study completed more than ten years prior to the date of admission cannot be recognised. Limits apply to the number of credit points of RPL granted.
While courses are offered as stand-alone qualifications, they are also components of integrated programs of study that enable students who satisfactorily complete a graduate certificate or graduate diploma to apply for entry to a higher-level course within their chosen field of study. Where a student articulates from one level of study to another, the subjects completed are also carried forward into the higher-level course. Application for articulation may be made via internal course transfer.
Majors are available to students in the Master of Professional Engineering and Master of Engineering suite of courses. The name of the major completed appears on the student's academic transcript and testamur.
Majors have been developed to meet the needs of engineers and reflect current research strengths and interests in the faculty. They provide opportunities for advanced studies and professional development in engineering and cross-disciplinary areas between engineering and other disciplines. Majors are differentiated by their focus, structure, presentation, attendance flexibility, assessment practices and multiple entry/completion options.
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.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology has a lively and cutting-edge research culture driving advances in engineering and IT technology, practice and education. The faculty'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 and Tech Lab, Botany. 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 the Graduate Research School.
The faculty'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 centres and institutes
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology hosts a growing number of key research centres and institutes. These centres are hives of research activity that have international standing within their respective discipline areas.
- Advanced Analytics Institute
- Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute
- Centre for Advanced Manufacturing
- Centre for Advanced Modelling and Geospatial Information Systems
- Centre for Audio, Acoustics and Vibration
- Robotics Institute
- Centre for Built Infrastructure Research
- Centre for Electrical Machines and Power Electronics
- Centre for Green Technology
- Centre for Health Technologies
- Centre for Human-Centred Technology Design
- Centre for Innovation in IT Services and Applications
- Centre on Persuasive Systems for Wise Adaptive Living
- Centre for Quantum Software and Information
- Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater
- Computational Intelligence and Brain Computer Interface Centre
- Global Big Data Technologies Centre
- Transport Research Centre