Master of Engineering (International Automotive Engineering)
- Duration Part-time 4 years, Full-time 2 years
- Location Melbourne city campus, Bundoora
- Next intake February, July
- Duration Full-time 2 years
- Location Melbourne city campus, Bundoora
AU$35,520 (2018 annual)
- Next intake February, July Program brochure (PDF) Create a personalised brochure
Gain the skills to be a technological leader capable of managing innovation in both automotive design and manufacturing settings.
Designed to meet the needs of the global automotive industry, you’ll develop the skills to take a leading role in automotive engineering design, manufacturing and testing using contemporary engineering methods and computational and experimental tools.
You have the flexibility to specialise in either advanced automotive design and development or automotive manufacturing.
You will use advanced computer-aided engineering software such as LS-DYNA and Abaqus and gain hands-on experience in several state-of-the-art experimental facilities, including the full-scale Vehicle Wind Tunnel, Green Engines Research Laboratory and Vehicle NVH Laboratory.
The program has a focus on sustainable design and manufacturing practices based on the entire life cycle (from 'cradle to grave') of vehicles. This incorporates the design for disposal and recycle, disassembly, life cycle assessment, alternative fuels and powertrains and light structures.
You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the product life cycle and systems design of modern automobiles and associated technologies. This understanding is developed through project-based learning involving real-life problems in cooperation with industry both locally and internationally.
You will have the opportunity to do work experience with multinational companies, enhancing your employment opportunities in the global job market. There are also exchange opportunities between RMIT and universities worldwide, including opportunities for dual masters’ awards.
The integration of classroom learning and workplace experience provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and problem-solving skills in a real workplace setting.
You'll also have access to highly qualified visiting staff from overseas industry and universities who are well-versed in current and future trends in the global automotive industry.
In addition you will have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive work placement program that incorporates research experience at leading automotive companies worldwide.
This program has dual master agreements with the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany and the University of Applied Science in Aachen, Germany.
Five students per year have the opportunity to take part in the dual masters’ program and receive master's degrees from both institutions. Eligibility and selection criteria for admission into the dual award apply as follows:
- Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in the single award program, Master of Engineering (International Automotive Engineering)
- Selection: Academic merit (based on cumulative GPA)
Students who are interested in the dual masters’ program will be invited to submit an expression of interest to the Program Manager by week 10 of their first semester of study at RMIT.
Students who select to pursue the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) will have the opportunity for an industry placement with a major overseas automotive manufacturer or supplier such as Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Bosch or Siemens.
Most lectures take place at the Melbourne City campus, with some lab classes run at the Bundoora campus.
Some projects in the Master's Research Project course may require travel to the Bundoora campus. Alternative projects based y at the Melbourne City campus are available.
The Master of Engineering (International Automotive Engineering) consists of 192 credit points.
In this program, you'll complete specific course(s) that focus on work-integrated learning (WIL). You'll be assessed on professional or vocational work in a workplace setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from those involved in industry with capital-intensive assets and engineering systems.
You'll work with practitioners in the automotive industry environment, using complex software and equipment, analysing real automotive design and manufacturing case studies, and proposing and evaluating new automotive designs.
The capstone Master's Research Project, which is undertaken in second year, involves WIL through an industry-relevant project.
As part of the program you must complete at least 12 weeks of work experience in a professional engineering environment. Work experience completed prior to joining this program and after commencing a relevant bachelor degree (see admissions) may count towards the work experience component.
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Program code: MC230
The Master of Engineering (International Automotive Engineering) will prepare you to a play an important role in meeting the needs of the global automotive industry.
Graduates will be able to work effectively as automotive engineering specialists, leading technological innovation in cross-disciplinary teams. They will be able to work effectively within, and between, geographically and culturally diverse settings with a broad understanding of the complex automotive supply chain and logistics involved.
- An Australian Bachelor degree (Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Engineering Science or Bachelor of Engineering), or equivalent, in the fields of aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive engineering, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of equal to or greater than 2.5 out of 4.0.
- An Australian Master of Engineering or PhD, or equivalent, in the fields of aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive engineering
Applicants with a GPA of less than 2.5 out of 4.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to at least two years' relevant work experience in industry.
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 aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive engineering disciplines with a minimum of 60% average/Credit or a GPA of at least 2.0 (out of 4.0).
An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a minimum of 60% average/Credit or a GPA of at least 2.0 (out of 4.0) and at least five years work experience in the aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive industry.
If you are applying on the basis of work experience, you are expected to have skills in analysis, design and management of engineering projects within the aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive industries.
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).
In 2018, if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is betweenAU$6,444 and AU$10,754.
The indicative annual tuition fee for full-fee places in 2018 is AU$30,720.
How much you’ll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place or a full-fee place. 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.
Fees shown above apply to 2018 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 96 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition 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.
In 2018, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,444 and AU$10,754. As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
For further information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-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 will 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.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program.
For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or the Department of Human Services for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
Income tax deductions
You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment. See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.
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.