Master of Engineering (Professional)

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Master of Engineering (Professional)

Townsville; Cairns
February, July
2 years full time
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
Four-year AQF level 7 Bachelor of Engineering; or equivalent in a discipline cognate to the major.
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Work as a graduate engineer in Australia and abroad. Upon completing the course, you will be accredited by Engineers Australia for Stage 1 competency standards (accreditation in process).

You will be a job‐ready graduate with competencies in advanced engineering techniques. You will have the broader skillsets and attributes required to work and succeed as a professional engineer.

You will also gain a head‐start in preparing for Stage 2 competency standards prescribed by Engineers Australia for Professional Engineers.

Gain advanced skills and knowledge highly-valued within the engineering sector through this robust postgraduate program.

Successful course completion will give you the expertise required to work and succeed as a professional engineer.

Master basic and advanced engineering subjects, develop professional skills such as risk engineering, asset management, safety in design, business leadership and data analytics, and gain industry experience as required by Engineers Australia.

Graduates will demonstrate in‐depth knowledge of advanced engineering methods through their application in engineering practice. These include design processes, whole system approaches, contemporary project management tools, and decision‐making strategies.

Gain an understanding of the relevance of engineering in society, with specific reference to practices and priorities for creating sustainable communities and industries in the tropics.

Plan and execute either a substantial research‐based project, capstone experience or scholarship piece within a professional workplace environment. Gain advanced technical knowledge including an understanding of recent developments in engineering.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

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Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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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.


Division of 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

Minimum 60 days industry experience

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


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

24 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)

60 days of industry experience

Course includes mandatory FieldworkNo

Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$27,560 (Estimate only)

Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international student.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

JCU offers pathways courses to help you move into a degree at JCU. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.  Contact us for more information.

The possibilities are endless

Meet JCU Engineering alumni Lydia Gentle, who now works as an Engineering Manager for BHP.