Master of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering)
- Duration Full-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
- Location Melbourne city campus
- Next intake February, July
- Duration Full-time 2 years
- Location Melbourne city campus
AU$35,520 (2018 annual)
- Next intake February, July Program brochure Create a personalised brochure
Gain advanced knowledge and skills in robotics and mechatronics and control systems.
This program will prepare you to lead the introduction of new technologies and operating practices in advanced manufacturing and a range of other technical industries including mechanical systems design, mechatronics and micro- and nano-technology.
You'll study high-demand areas including:
- advanced mechatronics system design
- advanced control systems (including process control)
- visual data processing and applications
- advanced robotic systems
There is a market demand for engineers with advanced skills such as computer-aided design and the ability to develop and implement new processes in lean manufacturing, ensuring innovations can emanate from all levels of the workforce.
With a focus on project-based and multi-disciplinary learning, you'll develop your professional engineering competencies in project management, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, communication and research.
This program incorporates blended learning which includes face to face teaching and intensive and e-learning delivery modes.
In addition, students will undertake a comprehensive program of supervised laboratory work and industry visits to relevant organisations. The laboratory program will allow students to use specialist equipment in robotics and mechatronics for both testing and researching industry-relevant problems and solutions
Through common core courses you will engage with the wider engineering community enhancing your cohort experience and enabling multidisciplinary learning.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Industry plays a vital role in the ongoing development, delivery and assessment of the program through membership of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which comprises industry representatives, academic staff and alumni.
Notable industry links for this program include:
- Australian Meat Processor Cooperation (AMPC)
- CNC Machine Tools
- Cornerstone Solutions
- Flexible Drive
- Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
The program includes exposure to a range of Australian and international companies through industry visits and may include site visits.
RMIT mechatronics engineering works with several industry partners, such as Flexible Drive, Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) and Cornerstone Solutions, to develop the next generation of smart devices for clean and efficient manufacturing. You will have the opportunity to be involved in these projects and gain first-hand experience of industry-relevant research and development life cycles.
You'll also have access to the Engineering Learning Factory, which is located in RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP). The learning factory is for students and industry and uses a production approach, where all learning is project-based, industry-relevant and where new concepts of manufacturing and design are established and trialled concurrently.
Professor Alireza Bab-Hadiashar is the Program Manager of the Master of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering) and an internationally recognised researcher in the area of computer vision and intelligent robotics.
Associate Professor Reza Hoseinnezhad is a senior lecturer in mechatronics engineering, with expertise in signal processing, measurement and instrumentation, vehicular electronics, statistical modelling and analysis, and computer vision.
The Master of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering) consists of 192 credit points.
In your first year, you’ll share four common courses with other Master of Engineering programs as well as studying specialist robotics and mechatronics courses.
You will cover fundamental areas such as:
- mechanical design
- computer programming
- modelling and control
You will have the opportunity to specialise in real-time and process control design and implementation as well as being involved in the state-of-the-art practice of robotics and mechatronics engineering with industrial applications.
The common core courses develop skills in:
- sustainable engineering
- managing innovation and technology
- risk and project management
- modelling and simulation
These courses are project-based and structured to replicate the multi-disciplinary team approach of engineers in industry. You’ll work collaboratively with engineering students from other disciplines on real projects drawn from industry. Projects change each year and past examples include a wastewater treatment plant and road/rail separation at level crossings.
In your final semester you'll tackle a significant research project designed to bring together the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. This project can be drawn from industry or simulate an industry environment.
As part of the Masters 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.
Note: Part-time students should enrol in two courses per semester, beginning with core courses in the first year of study and then moving into the relevant specific courses in year 2 and 3, followed by the research project in year 4.
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Program code: MC256
Graduates will be sought both in Australia and overseas. While there has been some decline in traditional manufacturing in Australia, there is steady employment in engineering in the construction, infrastructure, mining and building services sectors. The food industry sector and automated production are seen as growth areas of employment for robotics and mechatronics engineers.
The demand for engineers with expertise in advanced manufacturing technologies is at the cusp of exponential growth.
Graduates can work in mechanical systems design, advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, and micro and nano-technology.
- A bachelor degree in engineering, engineering science or engineering technology (or equivalent qualification) with a major study in one or more of the following relevant engineering disciplines: electrical and electronics, mechatronics, mechanical, manufacturing, sustainable systems, automotive, aerospace or equivalent.
- A Master of Engineering by coursework in one of the relevant disciplines listed above.
Applicants should have a Grade Point Average (GPA) equal to or greater than 2.5 out of 4.0; however, applicants who have a GPA of between 2.0 and 2.5 and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience will also be eligible for consideration.
International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in engineering, engineering science or engineering technology specialising in at least one of the following engineering disciplines: mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, electrical and electronics, sustainable systems, aerospace or automotive with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0);
An Australian Master of Engineering by coursework (or equivalent overseas qualification) in one of the following engineering disciplines: mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, electrical and electronics, sustainable systems, aerospace or automotive 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).
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 between AU$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 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.