Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

Mechatronics Engineering is a fast-changing discipline that blends mechanical, electrical and software engineering to develop automation and advanced manufacturing technologies.

You will develop in-depth technical knowledge combined with an understanding of broader issues, such as project management and intellectual property. You will learn to create and work with automated systems that feature computer control, such as robots, automobiles and CNC machines. Opportunities for industry interaction include guest lectures and industry design projects using state-of-the-art facilities, with companies such as Ford, ABB, ANCA, Invertech, Bosch and BAE Systems. You will have access to world-class facilities, such as a state-of-the-art wind tunnel, alternative fuel engines, rehabilitation and tele-operated robots, motion tracking fluoroscopy, intelligent automotive platforms, service robotics, multi-copter autonomous platforms and intelligent large-scale irrigation and water management systems. This course will provide you with a formal qualification in mechatronic engineering at the Masters level.

Career Outcomes

Mechatronics provides graduates with advanced skills and knowledge that can be used in a wide variety of interesting careers, such as developing ‘smart’ products and systems in various industries. You will have a wealth of job opportunities with companies that use advanced automation equipment and computer integrated manufacturing systems, in the private and public sector, in fields such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing, product development, computing and electronics hardware and software, mining and biomedical engineering. Career opportunities exist with companies such as Bosch, Honeywell, CNC Design, Ford, Resmed, Siemens, BAE Systems and Invetech.

Mechatronic Engineering Career Pathways brochure 906kb pdf


Dual accreditation with Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE® allows graduates of the Master of Engineering to practice as professional engineers virtually anywhere in the world. For more information see our accreditation page.

Course Details

2–3 years full-time
Available part-time.
Semester 1, Semester 2
Local CSP: $8,613 per annum (2014)
Local Full fee: $29,216 per annum ($3,652 per subject) (2015)
International: $35,936 per annum (2015)

Further Fees Information

Detailed information about fees and funding support including local and international fee brochures, scholarships, loans and grants, youth allowance, austudy and abstudy, currency converters, the cost of living in Melbourne and financial aid, is available at:

Domestic Students

International Students


Entry Requirements

Prior Qualification Entry Requirements
University of Melbourne Engineering Pathways
Any Undergraduate Degree
  • An undergraduate degree including:
    • the equivalent of 25 points (2 subjects) of first year mathematics, specifically Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra (or equivalent), and
    • the equivalent of 25 points (2 subjects) of first year physics (or equivalent).
  • An average of 65% in the final two years. (University of Melbourne equivalent)

Note: Students with a Bachelor of Engineering who seek to specialise in the same field of engineering in which they majored, are likely to receive the maximum of 100 points (one year) of credit (advanced standing). Exact advanced standing can only be determined on application.

Students who have graduated from an institution other than the University of Melbourne must supply official engineering syllabus or subject descriptions from their institution with their application.

English Language Requirements

All students studying at the University of Melbourne must satisfy the University’s English language entry requirements. For graduate entry, Engineering offers an alternative.

Engineering English Language Entry Requirements

Credit for Prior Studies

The Master of Engineering is a 300 point or 3 year program. The first 100 points (1 year) is made up of foundation study tailored to students from non-engineering backgrounds. Many students who enter the program will have some prior study in engineering, which will allow them to receive credit for up to the first year of the program, reducing the program to 2 years.

Students who have studied at an institution other than the University of Melbourne must supply engineering syllabus item details from their previous institution of study, along with an original or certified copy of their academic transcript, to enable credit to be assessed at the time of application.

Course Structure

These course plans are examples only and provided as an indicative guide. They will vary according to a student’s undergraduate degree and the time of commencement.

Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) Sample Course Plan

Preliminary year (or part there of): Required only for students entering from non-Mechatronic Engineering backgrounds.
Graduates from corresponding University of Melbourne undergraduate pathways enter at second year.

Year 1 (Prelim) Sem 1 Engineering Mechanics Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Dynamics Mechanics and Materials
Sem 2 Engineering Computation Engineering Communication Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics Foundations of Electrical Networks
Usual entry point for applicants with 100 points of advanced standing.
Year 2 Sem 1 Control Systems Programming and Software Development Electrical Network Analysis and Design Digital System Design
Sem 2 Mechatronics Design Embedded System Design Dynamics of Machines Algorithms and Complexity
Year 3 Sem 1 Manufacturing Systems Thermodynamics Software Modelling & Design MCEN90022 Capstone Project
Sem 2 Advanced Motion Control Advanced Control Systems Mechatronics elective

Students who have completed Object Orientated Software Development, replace Programming and Software Development with an elective

Students who have completed Algorithms and Data Structures, replace Algorithms and Complexity with an elective

Mechatronics Engineering electives are chosen from a prescribed list.

For further information on course structures, subjects and electives:

University Handbook course description

Further Information

Further Information


English Language Entry Requirements

International Students

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Hayden Jackson

A career that offers continual growth

Working as a Manufacturing Engineer for Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA) is the highlight of Pupul Bhaumik’s career to date.

At BAA, I am involved in assembly and fabrication projects for the new 787 aircraft. The best part of my job is the chance to be involved in a wide variety of tasks, which require both hands-on activity and working closely with structural analysts to solve any problems we encounter during production. Working closely with shop-floor operators ensures that my knowledge and understanding of the company’s processes and technologies is continually growing.

Pupul Bhaumik

Manufacturing Engineer, Boeing Aerostructures Australia

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