Master of Engineering (Professional)

Master of Engineering (Professional)

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Professional accreditation status

Currently seeking provisional accreditation with Engineers Australia for the Master of Engineering (Professional). Professional accreditation allows graduates to work as a professional engineer in countries that are signatories of the Washington Accord.


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a four-year Bachelor of Engineering at AQF Level 7 (or equivalent) in any discipline.

Note: Entry for Master of Engineering (Professional) in Water Resource Management; Internet of Things and Data Engineering; and Electrical and Renewable Energy majors require completion of a four-year Bachelor of Engineering at AQF Level 7 (or equivalent) in a discipline cognate to the major.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 9) Guidelines for Masters degrees.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion

Must hold current Apply First Aid certificate at the time of graduation

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Engineering (Professional), graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced technical knowledge including an understanding of recent developments, in one or more engineering disciplines
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of engineering in society, with specific reference to practices and priorities for creating sustainable communities and industries in the tropics
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of advanced engineering methods, including design processes, whole system approaches, contemporary project management tools, and decision-making strategies through  their application in engineering practice
  • Articulate and communicate ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to specialist and non-specialist audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media
  • Apply knowledge of research principles, methods, techniques and tools to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship within a professional workplace environment.
  • Lead teams to achieve engineering project goals through advanced professional and leadership skills, self-motivation, creative thinking and entrepreneurship

Course Structure


EG5200:03 Professional Employability

EG5210:03 Risk Engineering and Systems Safety

MA5800:03 Foundations for Data Science

EG5220:03 Advanced Asset Management and Reliability

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

EG5300:06 Engineering Practice

EG5311:03 Research Project 1

EG5312:03 Research Project 2


Select a major from Table A

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

21 credit points




Electrical and Renewable Energy



Internet of Things and Data Engineering



Technology and Management



Water Resource Management






Only Internet of Things and Data Engineering major is available in Cairns


Internet of Things and Data Engineering major is not available in Townsville


Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Mandatory engagement with professional practice includes 15 weeks equivalent of industry engagement encompassing Employability Unit (EG5200) and seven weeks of Industry Placement (EG5300).

Course includes mandatory FieldworkNo

Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements

Minimum of 12 weeks equivalent of engagement with professional practice, which is met through EG5200 and EG5300.

Must hold current Apply First Aid certificate at the time of graduation

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Credit may be granted for the following:

  • Up to 12 credit points for cognate study closely aligned with course content.
  • Up to 24 credit points may be granted for an AQF Level 9 qualification in Engineering.

Credit will only be granted for subjects aligned to the current course’s learning outcomes and if the applicant demonstrates sufficient prior knowledge and skills to achieve the course learning outcomes in the time available in the course

Maximum allowed

24 credit points, except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Credit will not be granted for undergraduate studies or work experience used to gain admission to the course when assessed separately for admission requirements.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviations

MEng (Prof)

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed the relevant number of credit points and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive one of the following awards:

  • Graduate Certificate of Engineering
  • Graduate Diploma of Engineering

Course articulation

Not applicable

Special Awards

Not applicable