Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

Mechatronics Engineering is a fastchanging 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 largescale irrigation and water management systems.

This course will provide you with a formal qualification in mechatronic engineering at the Masters level.

Career Outcomes

Mechatronics can lead to a wide variety of interesting careers, such as developing ‘smart’ products and systems in various industries. Job opportunities exist with companies that use advanced automation equipment and computer integrated manufacturing systems, in fields such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing, product development, computing and electronics, software systems, mining, renewable energy and biomedical engineering for companies like 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).
  • with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%), or 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.

The reference ‘or equivalent’ refers to a University of Melbourne equivalent score. To determine the equivalent score we look at your academic record and then calculate your University of Melbourne equivalent score based on the following factors:

  • Research profile and international standing of the University you received your degree(s) from.
  • The ranking of the University you received your degree from — the Times Higher Education Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings are good reference points and provide an indication of where other universities are positioned (against the University of Melbourne).
  • Australian Government guidelines which assess international universities and education institutions. These guidelines are not made public, however, they take into account a number of factors including scoring systems, etc.

Documentation Required When Applying

Students who have graduated from an institution other than the University of Melbourne must supply the following with their application:

  • Official engineering syllabus item details, or subject descriptions, from their previous institution of study.
  • An original or certified copy of their academic transcript.

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.

To enable credit to be assessed at the time of application, please supply the documentation described in the section above.

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

Course Structure

This is a sample course plan only and provided as an indicative guide. They will vary according to a student’s undergraduate degree and the time of commencement. Subject offered may change from year to year. You will be advised of subject offerings prior to subject selection and enrolment.

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) Semester 1 ENGR20004 Engineering Mechanics MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics MCEN30016 Mechanical Dynamics MCEN30017 Mechanics and Materials
Year 1 (Prelim) Semester 2 COMP20005 Engineering Computation ENGR90021 Engineering Communication and Practice MCEN30018 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics ELEN20005 Foundations of Electrical Networks
Usual entry point for applicants with 100 points of advanced standing.
Year 4 Semester 1 ELEN90055 Control Systems COMP90038 Algorithms and Complexity [3] ELEN30009 Electrical Network Analysis and Design ELEN30010 Digital System Design
Year 4 Semester 2 MCEN90024 Mechatronics Design ELEN90066 Embedded System Design MCEN90009 Dynamics of Machines ELEN90064 Advanced Control Systems
Year 5 Semester 1 MCEN90011 Manufacturing Systems MCEN90015 Thermodynamics COMP90041 Programming and Software Development [2] MCEN90022 Capstone Project [1]
Year 5 Semester 2 MCEN90017 Advanced Motion Control SWEN30006 Software Modelling & Design Mechatronics elective

[1] MCEN90022 Capstone Project is available year long, or semester long — 25 points in either Semester 1 or 2.

[2] Students without COMP20003 Algorithms and Data Structures replace an elective with COMP90041 Programming and Software Development

[3] Students without SWEN20003 Object Oriented Software Development replace an elective with COMP90038 Algorithms and Complexity

University Handbook course description

Further Information

Further Information


English Language Entry Requirements

International Students

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Matt De Bono

Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

Matt De Bono is in his second year of a Master of Engineering (Mechatronics), having completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in electrical systems at the University of Melbourne.

As technology evolves, mechatronics is becoming one of the most important engineering disciplines. I am learning skills that will help me to change the world. People who transform the world by inventing new technology are an inspiration and I wish to make a contribution to this. I am particularly interested in research and development into home automation and personal and healthcare robotics.

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