Master of Professional Engineering


Program Description

  • CRICOS code: 098138E
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: MC-PROENG
  • Study mode: Full-time
  • Intake: February, July
  • Location: Perth
  • Indicative first-year fee: AUD$36,900


Course description

The Master of Professional Engineering equips you with the technical knowledge, skills and professional competencies that allow you to work as a professional engineer upon graduation. Completion of this course demonstrates attainment of the Stage 1 competency standards for Professional Engineers required by Engineers Australia. Direct entry to this course is available if you have a four-year engineering qualification in a discipline related to your intended major. Otherwise, you may need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Professional Engineering (GDPROENG) prior to enrolling in this course. During the course, you must gain at least 12 weeks of exposure to engineering professional practice and keep a formal logbook to record your experience. In your final year, you will complete a major research or design project that will draw upon and integrate knowledge and skills attained through the course.

You can choose one of the following majors:

Chemical Engineering

This major provides you with strong theoretical, laboratory, design and research experiences. You will also learn about technological advances in automation and control and large data management in chemical process industries.

Civil Engineering

This major covers civil engineering materials, analysis and design principles, numerical methods, geotechnical principles and foundation, water resources engineering and management, and structural health monitoring. The major also includes other components in engineering projects, such as risk analysis and management, construction cost and project management, and environmental engineering management.

Embedded Systems Engineering

Our world is characterised by the ever-increasing number of intelligent devices that have embedded computers. Embedded systems are computers with specialised input or output devices that may or may not be programmed by the end-user. In this major, you will study intermediate and advanced topics in embedded systems, such as embedded systems in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and embedded software engineering. During your one-year project, you will further investigate and apply emergent technologies in embedded systems.

Emerging Power Systems Engineering

Electricity is a key energy source in the development and progress of contemporary society. Since fossil fuels are a finite resource, developing alternative sources of electrical energy such as solar and wind is vital. This major addresses challenges in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. Emergent technologies such as smart grid and distributed generation are covered in detail. During your one-year project, you will further investigate and apply emergent technologies in power systems.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering involves the movement of solid parts and fluid flows. It is founded on the need to understand, design and manufacture parts, machines, devices and integrated engineering systems, including micro-mechanical actuators, cars, machine tools, aircraft and power-generating turbines. In this major, you will be introduced to intermediate and advanced topics that will enable your career in contemporary mechanical engineering and its future development. During your final-year project, you will have the opportunity to apply advanced knowledge and technologies to research and design challenges in the field.

Petroleum Engineering

This major provides you with technical knowledge and helps you gain an understanding of the exploration, drilling, production and operation of conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources. Upon graduation, you will be able to work as a petroleum engineer in the resource industry, service companies and relevant government organisations, including legal and regulatory authorities.

Software Engineering

Software is ubiquitous, driving almost all the technology around us. Software engineering is the process of analysing user requirements and designing, constructing, and testing complex software projects through the application of engineering principles to software development. This major prepares you to work as part of a team undertaking large-scale software projects, to put collaboration, rigour, creativity, and advanced technical skills to work on complex and diverse software challenges.

Structural Engineering

This major enhances your knowledge in materials development and sustainability, structural analysis and design, construction methods, numerical methods, structural dynamics and structural vibration. It also covers engineering contracts, risk analysis and construction management. Upon completion of this major, you will learn to apply theories and technological principles in this field, which will enable you to practise as a civil or structural engineer.

Subsea Engineering

This major provides you with the technical knowledge of subsea production systems. You will conduct a broad-based study of design, development and operation of subsea infrastructure and subsea production systems for oil and gas resource development and production in the subsea environment.

Telecommunications and Networking Engineering

The electronics and communication fields represent two of the fastest growing technology areas in the world. With the rapid progress of information technology, the role of communications is becoming even more crucial for increasing industry efficiency and competition. This major explores relevant topics in telecommunications and networking, like mobile radio communications, sensor networks and data network security. During your one-year project, you will have the opportunity to further investigate and apply emergent technologies in telecommunications and networking systems.

Admission criteria

  • Applicants require a four-year undergraduate engineering qualification in a discipline related to their chosen major. Applicants who do not fulfil this requirement should apply for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Engineering (GD-PROENG). Graduates from the GD-PROENG will meet entry requirements for this course.
  • Meet Curtin’s English proficiency requirements.

This course is designed for graduates of a four-year undergraduate engineering degree in a related discipline. Applicants seeking entry who do not hold such a qualification are required to first complete the one-year Graduate Diploma in Professional Engineering (GD-PROENG).

Professional accreditation

Accreditation for this program will be sought from Engineers Australia. Accreditation will be available for graduates who complete both the Graduate Diploma in Professional Engineering and the Master of Professional Engineering.

The future of petroleum engineering

Professional engineers will have the capabilities to address future challenges in an increasingly complex global environment.


  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Computer and mobile technologies
  • Construction
  • Consumer power systems
  • Energy production
  • Infrastructure design and development
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Mineral processing
  • Oil and gas
  • Subsea oil and gas

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Last updated Dec 2019

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