Choose a career at the forefront of innovation

Why choose mechanical engineering and mechatronics at Melbourne?

As an engineering student at The University of Melbourne, you have access to the knowledge base of leading researchers while gaining real-world industry experience.

The mechanical engineering and mechatronics program will challenge you to apply problem-solving and teamwork skills to real industry and research projects. You’ll learn how to develop innovative solutions to global problems in fields such as healthcare, energy, transportation, space exploration and more.

With a focus on mechanical engineering, discover how to turn energy into power and motion, learning about the design, construction and operation of devices. Or, delve into the field of mechatronics and learn about how mechanical, electronic and software engineering interact to enable ‘smart’ products and systems such as computer-controlled robots, automotive equipment, medical imaging systems, wind and wave generators, and hybrid and electric vehicles.

Because our professional Master of Engineering program is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®, you will be qualified to practice as a mechanical or mechatronics engineer in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and more.

Mechanical engineering and mechatronics courses

How to study mechanical engineering and mechatronics at Melbourne

It will take five years to become a professionally accredited mechanical or mechatronics engineer. You start with either a Bachelor of Science with a major in Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems or Mechatronics Systems, or a Bachelor of Design with a major in Mechanical Systems. You’ll then follow this up with a two-year Master of Engineering with a Mechanical, Mechatronics or Mechanical with Business specialisation.

A three-year Master of Engineering program is available if you haven’t completed the required engineering subjects, but do meet the maths and science entry requirements.

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Mechanical engineering and mechatronics research

As a mechanical engineering and mechatronics student, your research will be relevant to society and industry with a focus on building new partnerships with experts in research themes like: 

  • Autonomous systems
  • Biomechanics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Thermodynamics

You will focus on areas such as energy systems and their optimisation, biomedical device development and testing, robotics and automation. 

Biomechanics expert Professor Peter Lee is working with researchers from The University of Melbourne to create affordable prosthetics for people living in developing countries. Read our story on the research by Professor Peter Lee.

A new leg to stand on

Where could your master’s degree in mechanical engineering and mechatronics take you?

As a mechanical or mechatronics engineer, you have the opportunity to work in a diverse range of industries, from aeronautics, robotics, automotive, energy, manufacturing and bioengineering, to materials science and nanotechnology.

You could work in industries such as: 

  • Aeronautics
  • Automotive
  • Robotics
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Product development
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Computing and electronics
  • Software systems
  • Mining
  • Renewable energy
  • Biomedical engineering

The student experience

Hear Catherine Phillips discuss her work placement opportunity, project work and experience studying the Master of Engineering (Mechanical).

Catherine Phillips from Melbourne School of Engineering on Vimeo.