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Electrical engineers play a key role in the design, implementation and management of systems that exploit electrical phenomena to meet practical needs.

These systems range from the telephone and computer networks used to reliably communicate information over large distances at high speed, and the networks of power lines and sub-stations used to distribute energy over wide areas, to much smaller systems, including the bionic ear and eye used to restore pathways from the environment to the brain, and the electronic micro-computers capable of processing billions of instructions per second. The Electrical Systems major introduces the fundamental mathematics of signals, systems and information, and the physical science of electrical phenomena. It leads directly to a professionally accredited Master of Engineering program in electrical engineering or mechatronics.

Master of Engineering (Electrical)

The Master of Engineering (Electrical) is designed to provide students with a formal qualification in engineering at the masters level. Electrical engineers design and build electrical and electronic devices on all scales, from transmitters smaller than the head of a pin, to large-scale infrastructure such as a national power grid. Students in this discipline are taught by staff, who work in partnerships with organisations such as NASA, IBM and Bionic Vision Australia. Each subject offered includes a practical laboratory component, combining theory with practice. During their final year students have the opportunity to take part in research under the guidance of leaders in the fields of broadband technology, telecommunications, signals processing and control systems. A particular strength and focus of this course is the attention paid to analytical and mathematical theory and practice, giving students the tools to direct their own future research and innovation.

More information is available from the Melbourne School of Engineering website:

Master of Engineering (Electrical)

Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)


The Master of Engineering is professionally recognised under two major accreditation frameworks — EUR-ACE® and the Washington Accord (through Engineers Australia). Graduates can work as chartered professional engineers throughout Europe, and as professional engineers in the 13 countries of the Washington Accord.

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Undergraduate Pathways to the Master of Engineering (Electrical)

The Electrical Systems major, leading to the Master of Engineering (Electrical), is offered in the Bachelor of Science (Electrical Systems Major).

Coursework Masters

Master of Telecommunications Engineering

This one-year specialised program is designed for engineers and scientists seeking to change or deepen their specialisation.

More information is available from the Melbourne School of Engineering website:

Master of Telecommunications Engineering

Research Degrees

Students with a Bachelor (or Master) of Engineering from the University of Melbourne or other institutions may apply to undertake research Masters and PhD programs.

Prior to applying for admission to a research degree, please submit an Expression of Interest:

Expressions of Interest

Visit the Melbourne School of Engineering website to find out more about:

Master of Philosophy (Engineering)

PhD in Engineering
Available Research Projects

What kind of careers can I pursue?

Electrical engineering and mechatronics graduates are known for their strong analytical and problem solving skills. They find employment in a variety of capacities, ranging from research and technical engineering work to management and finance, across a broad array of areas, including the energy, telecommunications, computer, electronics, defence, manufacturing, automation, transport and biotechnology industries.

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