Course Description

If you are seeking to make the transition from a science or mathematics-based career to become an engineer, or if you already have an engineering degree and would like to change paths to a different specialisation, the Master of Professional Engineering offers an accredited qualification that will enable you to practise in Australia and overseas. In the geomechanical specialisation you"ll learn to examine soil and rock layers and determine their physical and chemical properties to design foundations and earthworks structures.

This degree will also help you develop the sound communication, management and decision-making capabilities needed to interpret and discuss complex issues in your area of specialisation. The program will provide you with the engineering professional practice and research skills that lead to recognition as an Australian graduate engineer. Your qualifications will be recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Commonwealth Supported Places

The Master of Professional Engineering degrees have a limited amount of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available to domestic students in 2018. No additional application is necessary, all domestic applicants for this degree will be considered for CSP.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,359 per year full-time, $28,077 total course cost
International Students: $44,500 per year full-time


3 years full time, 5 - 6 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Engineering postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 60.3% (national average 61.4%)
Improved skills: 84.0% (national average 81.1%)
Overall satisfaction: 75.9% (national average 78.0%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Engineering postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.8% (national average 84.7%)
Studying full time: 9.1% (national average 6.7%)
Median full time salary: $90,000 (national average $95,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 077470M
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAPROFEN2GEM

Entry Requirements