The Master of Electrical Engineering is a 2–3 year degree (full-time) depending on your prior study.

Course structure

First year

In your first year (or equivalent) you’ll complete foundation engineering subjects – tailored to students from a non-engineering background. If you’ve completed the Electrical Systems major in the Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, plus the required maths and science subjects, you’ll receive credit for these foundation engineering subjects and start in second year. If you’ve completed another science or engineering degree, you may be eligible for advanced standing.

Second and third year

In the second and third year (or equivalent) you’ll focus on your chosen engineering discipline. You will be guided in acquiring core skills in electronics, control, signal processing, communications and power systems. Learn from leading experts in power systems, energy-efficient telecommunications systems and sensor networks that monitor the environment.

You’ll undertake an industry, design or research project and gain the skills and knowledge to practice as a professional engineer.

Choose your specialisation

As a Master of Electrical Engineering student, you can pursue your career goals and interests through one of five specialisations, or you can choose not to specialise if you’d prefer.

Autonomous Systems

Study the fundamental principles of electrical engineering, focusing on the areas that underpin modern autonomous systems in everything from robotics to UAVs – control systems, signal processing and optimisation.


Study tailored business subjects developed in partnership with the Melbourne Business School, covering how economics, marketing and finance relate to engineering.

Communications and Networks

Study the fundamental principles underpinning modern-day communications engineering, discover the technologies behind communication networks like 5G and IoT , and learn how to design the communication systems of the future.

Electronics and Photonics

Study the fundamental principles in electronic engineering, with an emphasis on designing and building electronic and opto-electronic systems for applications in modern communications, computing, instrumentation and sensing.

Low-Carbon Power Systems

Develop expertise in the operation, planning and design of low-carbon power systems and learn about energy markets with deep penetration of renewables, distributed energy resources and smart grid technologies.

Industry, design and research subjects

Internship subject

Enhance your skills and build work experience through our academically credited Internship subject. Run over 10–15 weeks, you could intern at a biotechnology, aerostructures, oil and gas, automation, technical consulting, power solutions or computing devices organisation.

Creating Innovative Engineering subject

Work on a real-world innovation challenge with an industry mentor through our Creating Innovative Engineering subject.

Engineering Capstone subject

Work alongside our world-leading engineering researchers in our Engineering Capstone Subject. Access an industry-partnered project, or pursue your own exploratory research. You’ll have the opportunity to present the findings to the public at our annual engineering showcase, the Endeavour Engineering and IT Exhibition .

Handbook entries

Master of Electrical Engineering

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