Master of Engineering (Micro-Nano Engineering)
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
Commonwealth supported places
Next intakeFebruary, July
DurationFull-time 2 years
AU$36,480 (2019 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Your career in micro-nano engineering
There is a strong demand for skilled specialists to create nanotechnology-enabled products such as wearable electronics and biomedical devices for the global market.
How you will learn
The Master of Micro-Nano Engineering gives you the opportunity to work alongside internationally-recognised researchers in purpose-built research and teaching facilities.
RMIT has invested in significant infrastructure such as the MicroNano Teaching Facility and the MicroNano Research Facility, which feature all the tools required to design, fabricate, test, package and validate electronic, photonic chips and microfluidic biodevices. RMIT has a unique and exciting emerging research culture with its broad diversity of students and collaborators creating an extremely engaging dynamic.
- Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell
Learn here, succeed anywhere
RMIT’s Master of Micro-Nano Engineering allows engineering graduates and industry professionals to enhance their potential through applied learning. It offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of technological change and work with research and industry leaders to design and create products that enhance everyday life. Our lecturers are passionate about helping students achieve high-level skills with real world applications.
You'll learn from experts in their fields and gain from a strong emphasis on laboratory work and professional engineering projects to put theory into practice.
The Master of Micro-Nano Engineering consists of 192 credit points. After completing 96 credit points of study approved by the Program Manager, you may exit with a graduate diploma.
This Masters degree offers you two opportunities to specialise, culminating in a major project in your final year.
MicroNano Electronics (design and basic fabrication)
Training in semiconductor, electronic, digital system and circuit design and fabrication is central to this stream.
MicroNano Systems (fundamentals and specialised fabrication)
In this stream, you‘ll be provided with the knowledge and skills to design, model, micro-fabricate and interface microsystem devices such as optics and sensors.
Gain advanced training in the specialised field of micro-nano engineering with a choice of focusing on micro-nano electronics or micro-nano systems. You’ll enhance your research, teamwork, leadership, communication and project management skills through project work.
Both streams utilise:
- computer-based laboratory sessions (instructor guided) on microsystems design and processing tools
- cleanroom fabrication (hands-on) of polymer microfluidics chips (instructor guided) followed by integration and testing (with fluorescent dyes)
- group projects to provide training in research skills, especially literature review
You will undertake three core courses which include laboratory work that places you in an industry design situation.
Your studies will include micro-nano fabrication processes in cleanrooms and involve the use of commercial design tools for design and simulation of micro-nano devices. This emulates industry practices where engineers are required to simulate device designs and use foundries to fabricate their chip designs. The focus of the core courses is to train you on how design and fabrication is undertaken in industry.
In addition you will be able to choose between a specialisation in micro-nano electronics (design and basic fabrication) or micro-nano systems (fundamentals and specialised fabrication).
You will undertake two core courses, including a major project that requires you to produce an individual research project or outcome that may be part of a larger project. You will work under the guidance of a professional engineer who may be from industry or be an academic or research staff member attached to the MicroNano Research Facility (MNRF).
Projects are typically in the areas of silicon photonics, microfluidics, micro/nano-fabrication, nano-electronics, flexible electronics, and electronic circuit design. The work for this project will be carried out in the state-of-the-art MNRF.
In addition, you will continue with your chosen specialisation.
Choose a program structure
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2 years (4 semesters) full time
4 years (8 semesters) part time
2 years (4 semesters) full time
Choose a program structure
Program code: MC206
Graduates are prepared for careers in the design of devices or systems employing micro-nano engineering fabrication techniques and in the development or management of fabrication facilities in either a research or manufacturing context.
Potential areas of employment include the semiconductor industry or the rapidly emerging area of biomedical device engineering.
An Australian bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 in engineering (computer, electronic, telecommunications, communications, network, electrical, biomedical, chemical, mechanical, and materials) or science (materials science or nanotechnology).
Applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 and with two years' relevant work experience would also be eligible for entry into the program.
International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
You must have successfully completed:
An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in engineering (computer, electronic, telecommunications, communications, network, electrical, biomedical, chemical, mechanical, and materials engineering) or Science (materials science or nanotechnology) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0)
If you have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5, you may also be considered if you have at least two years' relevant work experience in industry.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).
Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
2019 indicative fees
Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$6,566 to AU$10,958*
Full-fee places: AU$31,680*
* Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
In 2019, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958.
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2019
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
$6,566 per standard year
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,359 per standard year
$10,958 per standard year
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.