Master of Engineering Management in Australia

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Did you know that overseas trained engineers play an important role in Australia's engineering capability ? Or that it is estimated that they will comprise half of the engineers in Australia by 2030?

As a potential student, what will probably interest you most is the recent Graduate Careers Australia report which confirms that there will be a healthy job market for engineering students in Australia. The increasing demand for engineers in Australia is also supported by the leading firm, PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), who claim that Australia will need to train 20,500 additional engineers in the next 20 years, above and beyond the currently projected requirements.

Given these facts, it is hardly surprising that the Master of Engineering Management in Australia is very popular among international students and offered by several well ranked Australian universities.

Here's what we'll go over in this article:

Top Australian Universities for Masters in Engineering Management

University Program Rank Cost/ Fees per year Years Location
University of Melbourne Master of Engineering Management 56 A$ 37,376 1 Melbourne
RMIT University Master of Engineering (Management) 79 A$ 34,560 2 Melbourne
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Master of Engineering Management 103 A$ 29,400 1 Brisbane
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Master of Engineering Management 109 A$ 30,060 1 Sydney
University of Newcastle Master of Engineering Management 146 A$ 23,260 1 Newcastle
University of Wollongong Master of Engineering Management 163 A$ 30,576 1 Wollongog
Curtin University Master of Engineering Management 173 A$ 28,460 2 Perth
University of South Australia Master of Engineering Management 182 A$ 32,000 2 Adelaide
Deakin University Master of Engineering (Professional) - Engineering Management 215 A$ 32,000 2 Melbourne
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Professional Engineering (Engineering Management) 224 A$ 34,000 2 Melbourne
La Trobe University Master of Engineering Management - A$ 29,990 2 Melbourne

* The 'Ranking' refers to the 2015 Times Higher Education Subject ranking. Wherever the Times Higher Education Subject ranking is not available the QS Faculty ranking is used.

How do you select the right course?

One of the most common mistakes that students make is focusing solely on rankings while selecting a university. While rankings might be important, it is crucial that you figure out what you intend to do when you complete your course and that you pick a program that will help you achieve that goal.

Here are a few things that you should definitely consider:

Which programs will allow you to stay back and work in Australia?

While different students have different end goals, I have found that most international students want to stay back and gain some work experience in Australia once they complete their program. Is that true for you as well?

Do you want to stay back and gain some work experience in Australia when you complete your course?

If you do, then I would suggest that you select a program that meets the eligibility criteria for the post study work visa in Australia.

While there are several criteria, it is very important for you to note the following while selecting your Master's course: International students need to complete 2 years of full time study in Australia in order to be eligible for a post study work visa in Australia upon graduation.

As you can see from the table above, several Australian universities offer only a 1 year program. You need to be aware that if you complete JUST this 1 year program you will not be eligible for the post study work visa.

You can read this article for detailed information on post study work visas and their eligibility criteria.

So, what are your options? Well, you can opt to do an additional 1 year Masters program or a dual degree program.

Dual degrees

Some Australian Universities offer dual degree programs that allow you to earn an additional Master's degree in conjunction with the MEM program. The additional Master's degree complements the MEM degree and will help you develop greater expertise in either the technical area or the management area.

For example, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) offers the MEM + MBA for students interested in management as well as the MEM + Master of Engineering which students can opt to do with a specialization or without a specialization. Some popular specializations that are available include Biomedical, Civil, Computer Control, Environmental, Geotechnical, Manufacturing, Operations, Software Systems, Structural, Telecommunication Networks and Telecommunications.

Similarly, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) offers the MEM + Master of Project Management for those interested in management as well as the MEM + Master of Engineering where students can opt to specialize in Mechanical, Networking or for no specialization.

These dual degrees are 2 years in duration and will allow you to meet the post study work visa criteria.

Another important thing that you should realize is that you have the added benefit of earning 2 Master's degrees within 2 years.

Remember, you need to study in Australia for 2 years if you want to be eligibile for the Australian post study work visa. Since this is the case, you might as well get 2 Master's degrees in those 2 years and broaden your career prospects on graduation.

Most affordable Masters in Engineering Management in Australia

Finally, a key deciding factor for many students is affordability of the program. It definitely makes sense for you to consider the costs that you will incur when you study in Australia and your return on investment. The table below is a list of Australian universities that offer the MEM program sorted on the basis of annual tuition fees for international students.

University Program Rank Cost/ Fees per year Years Location
University of Newcastle Master of Engineering Management 146 A$ 23,260 1 Newcastle
Curtin University Master of Engineering Management 173 A$ 28,460 2 Perth
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Master of Engineering Management 103 A$ 29,400 1 Brisbane
La Trobe University Master of Engineering Management - A$ 29,990 2 Melbourne
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Master of Engineering Management 109 A$ 30,060 1 Sydney
University of Wollongong Master of Engineering Management 163 A$ 30,576 1 Wollongog
Deakin University Master of Engineering (Professional) - Engineering Management Specialization 215 A$ 32,000 2 Melbourne
University of South Australia Master of Engineering Management 182 A$ 32,000 2 Adelaide
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Professional Engineering (Engineering Management Specialization) 224 A$ 34,000 2 Melbourne
RMIT University Master of Engineering (Management) 79 A$ 34,560 2 Melbourne
University of Melbourne Master of Engineering Management 56 A$ 37,376 1 Melbourne

* The 'Ranking' refers to the 2015 Times Higher Education Subject ranking. Wherever the Times Higher Education Subject ranking is not available the QS Faculty ranking is used.

Job scope and career prospects

The MS in Engineering Management course is a specialised area of study that is very different from other management studies.

What makes it so different?

The fact that you will not only possess management skills but will also be able to understand and contribute actively to the technical aspects of projects when you complete the program.

Apart from core project management principles, the Master's program will equip you with skills, such as, Systems Engineering and Quality Management that you can use at any level of seniority to enhance the quality of your work and the solutions that you develop. The program also enables you to factor technical considerations into the overall project plan and execution.

Engineers Australia identifies 4 stages in the typical career path for engineers, with Stage 1 & Stage 2 focused on gaining competence in the field. The MEM program gives you a pathway into the managerial roles specified in Stage 3 and an opportunity to fast track your growth in the industry.

While the roles you can apply to in the industry will depend on the industry experience you have prior to graduating, the latest Graduate Careers Australia report has identified that engineers command high starting salaries with a median annual salary of $60,000 which is the fifth highest for graduates.

Conclusion

Engineers are crucial to the global economy and are employed in practically every industry around the world. Moreover, the landscape of technology related projects is rapidly evolving and skilled engineers are in high demand. In addition to all this, industry reports indicate that it is very likely that this demand will continue to grow in the coming years.

In such an environment, a wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates of the Masters in Engineering Management program, making it a great option for you as an international student.

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