There are eight specialisations in the Master of Professional Engineering. Read more about each specialisation and the program level outcomes in the links below.
Biomedical Engineering specialisation
Biomedical Engineering is the broad application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and the life sciences. It involves combining relevant foundation knowledge from traditional engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, chemical and materials engineering, for the design of biomedical devices and systems; typically towards improving health outcomes.
The Biomedical Engineering specialisation covers the major areas of the discipline, while also providing capacity for development into topics of personal interest. Within the Biomedical Engineering specialisation, students who have developed particular interests in the areas of mechanical, chemical or electrical engineering through the Engineering Science degree, can choose options that will provide further depth to these disciplines within the context of Biomedical Engineering. Additionally, students can expand their learning with options covering the translation and commercialisation of research into new products and tools.
The course has a strong focus on research and design, and emphasises the necessary skills and ways of thinking to lead future change in this exciting field. Furthermore, students will be exposed to several related disciplines that converge with Biomedical Engineering and will develop the necessary communication skills required to work effectively as a Professional Biomedical Engineer either leading or embedded within interdisciplinary teams.
- A strong foundation in biomedical engineering science.
- The ability to solve technical problems relevant to the broad field of biomedical engineering and communicate findings.
- The ability to synthesise, design and maintain biomedical devices that are fit for purpose.
- Leadership capability ? professional knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to contemporary engineering practice.
- Research capability ? ability to extend personal and collective knowledge in biomedical engineering.
Chemical Engineering specialisation
The Chemical Engineering specialisation offers a high quality foundation in core theories and in-depth training in chemical engineering, enabling students to confidently embark on a career armed with the skills and knowledge that has not just prepared them for a particular industrial sector, but for the profession of chemical engineering as a whole.
Through this course students gain an in-depth understanding of chemical engineering topics such as advanced gas processing technologies, combustion science and technologies, mineral processing technologies, advanced reaction engineering and catalysts, and flow phenomena relevant to chemical processes. Students can also explore mineral processing, oil and gas engineering, or fundamental chemical engineering to suit their interests.
- Strong grounding in Chemical Engineering Science and its practical application.
- Professional knowledge and associated skills in Chemical Plant Synthesis and Design with full awareness of economic and safety constraints.
- Extension of expertise into new chemical engineering arenas.
Civil Engineering specialisation
Civil engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including roads, bridges, canals, dams and buildings. The sub-disciplines include geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, structural engineering, surveying, construction engineering and transportation engineering.
The Civil Engineering specialisation offers the opportunity for people from a range of backgrounds to acquire an accredited degree in civil engineering. This course covers the core competencies as well as allowing specialisation in areas of personal interest. The course has a strong focus on research and design.
- Strong foundational knowledge and skills in civil engineering problem identification, simplification, analysis, planning, design, implementation and operation.
- Professional knowledge and skills in civil engineering principles, methodologies, engineering design and experiments and some commercial software applications.
- Professional knowledge and skills in civil engineering project and data management, analysis of risk and safety, time management and effective communication skills.
- Capabilities to extend strengths in civil engineering such as structural mechanics, geomechanics, rock mechanics and hydraulics through research.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation
Electrical and electronic engineering spans from the nanometres-thick scale of advanced electronic devices to the kilometres-long scale of power transmission, and everything in between.
The Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation prepares students for a career in such innovative fields as developing sustainable energy solutions, designing technologies to improve our health, creating systems that support industry or communities, or designing electronics that transform lives.
Through this course students learn to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems concerned with the generation and transmission of information and electric power, and the design and testing of electrical and electronic devices, circuits and systems, and consider the context of the broader system application within which all of this falls, including economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints.
- Strong numerical skills, computer literacy and a foundation in the design, construction, and operation of electrical and electronic components, circuits, and systems.
- Professional knowledge and skills in the analysis, design and implementation of electrical and electronic components, circuits and systems.
- Capability to make tangible contributions, meet new technical challenges, contribute effectively as a team member, and be an innovator in the analysis, design and implementation of electrical and electronic devices and/or systems.
Environmental Engineering specialisation
Environmental engineers apply engineering and scientific principles, including the systems approach, to design solutions in areas such as water resources and wastewater treatment, surface and groundwater systems, and oceans and coastal environments. This may include, but is not limited to, understanding of fundamental environmental processes, environmental risk assessment and management, contaminated site management, ecological engineering, the impact of climate change on coastal areas such as sea-level rise and beach erosion, oceanography, and environmental modelling.
The Environmental Engineering specialisation offers a strong foundation in the core concepts and practice of environmental engineering. A strong emphasis is placed on developing strong analytical and research skills, in particular advanced numerical techniques.
- Advanced understanding of physical, chemical and ecological processes, and their coupling, in environmental systems.
- Understanding of the tools and techniques that are available to provide Environmental Engineering solutions, and proficiency in designing solutions around these tools and techniques.
- Capability to extend knowledge in Environmental Engineering through research, experimentation and analysis.
- Professional knowledge and associated skills in Environmental Engineering.
Mechanical Engineering specialisation
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest disciplines of engineering and it is the backbone of industry worldwide. It involves the production and use of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools.
The Mechanical Engineering specialisation covers core theories, methods and practices used in modern mechanical engineering, as well as allowing for specialisation in areas of personal interest. Students may choose options from other engineering disciplines or advanced options in mechanical engineering topics such as sound and vibration, control, tribology, fluids and materials.
The course has a strong focus on research and design, and emphasises the necessary skills and ways of thinking to lead future change in this exciting field.
- Strong foundation in mechanical engineering science.
- Ability to solve technical problems relevant to the broad field of mechanical engineering and communicate findings.
- Ability to synthesise and design, select and size mechanical components and systems that are fit for purpose. 4. Leadership capability ? professional knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to contemporary engineering practice.
- Research capability ? ability to extend personal and collective knowledge in mechanical engineering.
Mining Engineering specialisation
Mining engineers are responsible for the extraction of minerals from the ground using surface and/or underground mining techniques. They are involved in activities such as deposit evaluation, mine design, mine production and waste disposal.
The Mining Engineering specialisation includes exposure to geology, finance and management, as well as detailed knowledge of surface mining, underground mining, rock mechanics and mine design. This course produces skilled engineers with an emphasis on the analysis, design and optimisation of complete mining operations (systems)i??from extraction of the ore to delivery of the final product.
- Able to design the most appropriate mining approach for any deposit, based on the available data and acknowledging the associated limitations and risks.
- Able to select the most appropriate operating strategy for any mining organisation, including the technical, economic, practical, social and environmental factors, risks, constraints and limitations.
- Able to select the most appropriate mining technique for any operation, considering technical applicability, costs and safety.
- Able to select the most appropriate mining equipment for any operation, and accurately plan its productivity and operating costs.
- Professional knowledge and associated skills in Mining Engineering with awareness of internal/external risks and constraints.
Software Engineering specialisation
The field of software engineering is concerned with the development, deployment and maintenance of software assets across an organisation. Software engineers require a diverse set of skills including design, modelling, negotiation, team management, estimation and programming skills. There are opportunities for software engineers in almost every industry, from large government organisations and dedicated software companies, to small start-up companies, or providing software solutions in a variety of fields, such as entertainment, finance, mining, commerce or health.
The Software Engineering specialisation includes a solid foundation in software requirements, design, implementation, testing and professional engineering standards. It also includes advanced topics in mobile computing, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.
- Advanced problem solving ability and programming skills to facilitate solution implementation.
- Professional knowledge and skills in software engineering principles, methodologies and practice.
- Capability to extend knowledge incomputing and software engineering through research, experimentation and analysis.