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Master of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)

Master of Engineering Science Specialisation Mechanical Engineering (MENS)
  • CRICOS: 067689G

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Supercharge your future

If you want to become a Professional Mechanical Engineer, and have a 3 year engineering degree but no work experience, the Master of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering) will get you there.

Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on practical experience and preparing you thoroughly for the engineering profession. In addition to the hands-on laboratory sessions and 60 days industry experience, you will complete a research project and dissertation applying all your formal knowledge to a real world problem. Whether this is the efficiency of different bio-fuels, obstacle detecting robotics or the design of FSAE race cars, your project will provide insight to the profession of a Mechanical Engineer.

The research project and dissertation can also be a stepping stone to further research degrees, such as PhD.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering) has been accorded full accreditation at the level of Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible for Graduate membership at the Professional Level. 

With the highly practical knowledge and skills you gained in the design, development and maintenance of machinery and systems, there will a wide range of career opportunities available to you including mining, transportation, manufacturing, air-conditioning and ventilation. You will often collaborate with other engineers and professionals on projects and there are great opportunities for travel with consulting and contracting engineers often moving from one major project to another.

Other specialisations for the Master of Engineering Science: Agricultural, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Environmental, Power and Structural.

If you do not meet foundation specialisation knowledge you may need to substitute courses in the standard pattern in lieu of any course credit. 
Practical experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete practical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of practical experience within this program.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
7 x core courses 8
plus specialisation courses 6
plus 2 x approved courses 2
plus 5 x practice courses (0 unit value) 0
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 25200
On-campus AUD 28895

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Australian university three or four-year Bachelor degree in engineering in the relevant specialisation, or equivalent.
  • Australian university four-year Bachelor degree in engineering in a non-related specialisation, or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How to apply

CRICOS: 067689G

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1 - Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2 - Monday 16 July 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.