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Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering)

MEngSc (Curtin) - MC-ELENGR Science and Engineering
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 2 years full-time

This course is designed to meet the needs of electrical, electrical power, electronic and telecommunication engineers who are looking to open up their career prospects. You will specialise in one of three majors: Emerging Power Systems, Telecommunication and Networking, or Embedded Systems. Among a wide range of optional units, you may study electrical power, renewable energy, communications and computer engineering at the system level and the component level. 

The course is designed to allow you to undertake further studies in a field of your preference through advanced coursework and a major project, ultimately developing a prototype and presenting a formal thesis on the outcome. With the approval of the course coordinator, you may also include a unit from the Curtin Business School, or the Department of Computing, or the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


Global demands on resources have placed an urgent emphasis on supplying a growing population with affordable, environmentally responsible power. How we manage this challenging paradigm will rely on a new generation of creative, technically savvy engineers. Since fossil fuels are a finite resource, the development of alternative sources of electrical energy such as solar and wind is vital.

The challenges that face you as a power engineer include interfacing renewable sources to the electricity distribution system, maintaining stability in the presence of many small energy sources and guaranteeing an electrical supply in the presence of intermittent sources such as solar power.

This major addresses challenges in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. Emergent technologies like smart grid and distributed generation are covered in detail. You will have the opportunity to further investigate and apply emergent technologies through your project work.


The electronics and communication fields represent two of the greatest growing technology areas in the world. With the rapid progress of information technology, the role of communications is becoming even more crucial for increasing industry efficiency and competition – whether machine talking to machine, computer with computer or human with human via a wide array of methods.

This major explores relevant topics in telecommunications and networking like mobile radio communications and data network security. The wide range of optional units includes topics such as computer architectural philosophies, LAN and WAN technologies, electromagnetics, error control coding, troubleshooter management, legal frameworks, and system design. You will also have the opportunity to further investigate a specialist area and apply your skills and knowledge through your project work. 


Our world is characterised by the ever-increasing number of intelligent devices which have inbuilt or 'embedded' computers. Computers in the form of microprocessors are being embedded in almost every other form of system to control them or provide additional services, creating a strong demand for electrical engineers in all industrially advanced nations.

In this major, you will study intermediate and advanced topics in embedded systems, for example, embedded systems in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and embedded software engineering. You will have the opportunity to further investigate and apply emergent technologies in embedded systems through your chosen advanced project. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

You must have a bachelor degree in electrical, electronic, or computer systems engineering from a recognised university. Applications from other engineering disciplines will be considered on an individual basis. Your degree must include topics on circuit theory, computer programming, probability theory and electronic design.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $26,700*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 300 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

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