Master of Engineering Studies (CLOSED for NEW applications)

The Master of Engineering Studies qualification has been closed for new applications and potential students are advised to apply for the new Master of Engineering (ME) qualification.

Late in 2014 AUT obtained approval to offer a new postgraduate engineering qualification that replaces both the existing Master of Engineering (ME) and Master of Engineering Studies (MEngSt) degrees. This new degree (also a Master of Engineering) offers exactly the same pathways for students as were available under both the ME and MEngSt degrees previously, but also provides additional pathways that allow suitable engineering applicants with three-year degrees  to complete a Master of Engineering postgraduate degree in three semesters – normally 18 months.

Please note that, to qualify for the one-year (120-point) pathway, an applicant must have completed a four-year engineering undergraduate degree at an honours standard – normally a B average.

Please click here for information on the Master of Engineering.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3732
Level: 9
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 2 March 2015 for current students

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the Master of Engineering Studies an applicant must have completed the following or equivalent:

(a)  a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering or

(b)  an approved bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant professional experience.

An applicant must normally have completed the admission qualification in 1(a) or (b) above with a B grade average or higher.

Guidelines to entry


This one year taught masters qualification allows for advanced study in the areas of mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, electronic or biotronic engineering. Students can focus their studies on one of the following study areas, or they can choose to follow a more generic pathway combining papers from different study areas. Study areas include:
  • Biomedical Technologies
Available for electrical, mechanical, chemical and biomedical engineers, it covers the engineering theories and practices that are applicable to the biomedical area. The focus will be on advanced measuring systems, system modelling and signal processing. These will cover theoretical and experimental knowledge on current areas of interest in measurement instrumentation; generalised configurations and functional descriptions; performance characteristics; manipulation, transmission and recording of data; design techniques for mechanical and electromechanical measurement systems; in-depth knowledge of system dynamics, measurement systems and automatic control system response evaluation; generalised modelling methods; specific applications of modelling techniques as well as digital signal and image processing techniques.
  • Computer Engineering

Designed for computer and electronic engineers with a background including microcontrollers and C language programming, it covers advanced techniques for the design and development of real-time embedded software systems using a real-time operating system. Topics include: principles of real-time systems and robotics, PID control for robotics, state machines for embedded systems and the use of real-time operating systems. Applications are designed, developed and tested on a robotic platform. The course also includes a review of some current research literature related to embedded systems.

  • Manufacturing Technologies
Students will study the mechanical and metallurgical behaviours of materials and thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformation in various manufacturing processes, and develop advanced analytical and modelling skills for understanding and being able to control these processes for manufacturing efficiency and for applications of new product development. The manufacturing technologies that will be studied include the thermomechanical and deformation processes, traditional and the more advanced casting technologies, the widely used arc/plasmas welding methods and the more newly developed friction stir welding, machinabilities particularly of advanced alloys, as well as technology of rapid manufacturing.
  • Power/Energy System Engineering
Designed for Electrical Engineering graduates, practicing engineers, R & D managers, power system designers and industry planners who would like to seek an in-depth understanding of power electronics and drives, power quality, power system modelling, planning, operation and control. Coupled with the experience in a research project, students will be equipped to adapt to the challenging demands in the power industries.
  • System Dynamics and Control
Available for electrical, mechanical, chemical and biomedical engineers, the focus is on advanced measuring systems, system dynamics and control. The topics covered include theoretical and experimental knowledge of current areas of interest in measurement instrumentation; generalised configurations and functional descriptions; performance characteristics; manipulation, transmission and recording of data; design techniques for mechanical and electromechanical measurement systems; in-depth knowledge of system dynamics, measurement systems and automatic control system response evaluation. New and well established measuring methods will be modelled, analysed and tested. Various lumped and distributed modelling approaches will be elaborated on. Techniques on how to develop an electro-mechanical model which can be used for virtual industrial environment will be presented.
  • Telecommunication Engineering
Focuses on communication networks theory and technologies with special attention to wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. Areas relevant to network communication protocols organization and standards are covered. Modern application design features relevant to green, secure and reliable networks are covered. Other areas like data management, network synchronization, localization and protocol cross layer optimization are also covered. Other supportive courses like intelligent systems and digital signal & image processing prepare students to deal with advance research areas that involves network embedded intelligence, cognitive networks, communication testbeds federation and virtualisation.

If you wish to transfer from this programme to the Master of Engineering programme at the end of the first semester, you must achieve an average of B or better for the first semester papers.
Students choose 120 points from the following papers, with the guidance of the programme leader.
708017 Specialist Readings (Technology) (30 points)*
709011 Engineering Research Methodology (30 points)*
738015 Digital Signal Processing Applications (30 points)
738016 Specialist Readings (Electrical Engineering)  (30 points)
739000 Intelligent Systems (30 points)
739001 Wireless Sensor Networks (30 points)
768007 Selected Topics in Materials (30 points)
768008 Selected Topics in System Modelling (30 points)
768009 Advanced Measuring Systems (30 points)
768010 Specialist Readings (Mechanical Engineering) (30 points)*
768015 Computer-Aided Engineering and Analysis (30 points)
769000 Advanced Manufacturing Science A (30 points)*
769001 Advanced Manufacturing Science B (30 points)
769003 Mechanical Systems Analysis (30 points)*
769004 Asset Management (30 points)*
ENEL804 Sustainable Energy Systems (15 points)

ENEL805 Power System Protection (15 points)
ENGE801 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (15 points)
ENGE802 Engineering Research Methodology (15 points)
ENGE996 Research Project (45 points)
ENME801 Industrial Robotics - Dynamics and Control (30 points)
Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers (not all papers listed above will be open for enrolment in a given year).    

Please contact the Programme Administrator, Shirley Liew for programme information and availability of papers.

*Papers not open for enrolment in 2015

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme have the opportunity to move into a variety of engineering organisations, such as large multinationals and specialised smaller companies in roles such as:
  • Consultant
  • Engineering and general management
  • Management of technology companies
  • Technical Sales

Last updated: 28-Jan-2016 1.23pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.