The Master of Engineering Science (Specialisations) is a 72 unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.

The Master of Engineering Science (Specialisations) articulates with the relevant specialisation in the 36 unit Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science.

In addition to being taken as a stand-alone degree, it can also be used as a pathway by graduates without an engineering degree to the University's accredited Master of Engineering awards. Such a transfer can be done after completing at least one year of study with an average grade of credit or higher.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for the award are one of the following:

  • an engineering degree
  • a science degree
  • an Australian TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma (AQF Level 5) qualification in an appropriate field plus 7 years relevant work experience
  • an equivalent overseas qualification.

Alternatively for the Biomedical or Electrical and Electronic specialisations only, a computer science degree is also accepted as meeting the requirement. The Biomedical specialisation can also accept a medical science degree as meeting the requirement.

In addition, whatever qualification is held, students are expected to be able to demonstrate previous study or recognised prior learning in communication and planning skills, mathematics (equivalent to first year university mathematics) and science (equivalent to university undergraduate topics in chemistry and physics). Some basic knowledge of other relevant sciences will be assumed.

Some specialisations have additional assumed knowledge as follows:

  • Biomedical Engineering - previous study in biology and basic human physiology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering - previous study in programming and computing fundamentals
  • Materials Engineering - previous study in chemistry/materials
  • Software Engineering- previous study in programming and computing fundamentals.

Credit Transfer Arrangements

Students who have completed the Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science (in a relevant specialisation) will be eligible for 36 units of credit.

Students who have completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree may receive up to 18 units of credit towards the Master's degree. This credit will be calculated on a like-for-like topic basis.

Course aims

The course provides graduates with:

  • advanced study in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering that builds on a student's previous knowledge and experience
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future roles as a technical specialist.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  • critically evaluate problems and use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex engineering systems
  • communicate effectively with other science and engineering professionals and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge has been developed
  • understand the engineering fundamentals needed to generate a solution appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • plan and execute a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Engineering Science (Specialisations), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic as per one specialisation program of study below.

The name of the specialisation will appear on the parchment.

The topics selected depend on the entry qualifications. Students must consult with the Director of Studies regarding their program of study.