Master of Engineering (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering)

Master of Engineering (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering)

RESEARCH

Further your growth in mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Part-time 4 years
Next intake:
Continuous (scholarship application closing dates apply)
Location:
Bundoora
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$37,440 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
Continuous (scholarship application closing dates apply)
Location:
Bundoora
Melbourne City

Overview

Develop advanced research skills and further the growth of mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

You will join an active research community and work with academics, peers and partner organisations who have demonstrated research success in a range of specialities, including:

Mechanical engineering:

  • aerodynamics
  • alternative energy technologies (e.g. solar cells)
  • applied heat and mass transfer
  • conservation and renewable energy (CARE)
  • combustion and fuels
  • computational engineering (including CAD, FEA, CFD)
  • dynamics and control and noise vibration harshness engine and supercharger technologies
  • industrial and vehicle
  • sports engineering
  • vehicle design and crashworthiness
  • virtual engineering and design.

Manufacturing engineering:

  • additive manufacturing
  • computer-integrated manufacturing
  • design for manufacturing
  • forming and machining technology
  • high-speed automation
  • operations
  • polymeric and composite product development
  • quality management in manufacturing
  • robotics, laser technology.

Use your advanced engineering skills to contribute to our applied industry focused mechanical and manufacturing research projects.

RMIT’s experienced engineering researchers have achieved significant successes across application areas and industry sectors.

Through collaboration with our own institutes and centres we produce creative solutions to existing and emerging industry-applicable engineering problems.

Research is supported by state of the art facilities, including the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.

RMIT researchers deliver high-impact and influential outcomes. RMIT is also ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for the fields of aerospace and mechanical engineering (2019 QS World University rankings).

Research centres and collaborations

There are active collaborations with other national and international institutes, centres, groups and partners, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing CRC
  • Centre for Additive Manufacturing
  • Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials (CISM)
  • CRC for Advanced Automotive Technologies
  • CRC for Advanced Composite Structures
  • Defence Materials Technology Centre

Research facilities and infrastructure

RMIT research is supported by excellent facilities and infrastructure, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
  • Green Engines Research Laboratory
  • industrial research wind tunnels
  • composites and advanced materials testing laboratories
  • computer laboratories with relevant and updated software

School of Graduate Research support

Throughout your candidature, you will be supported through:

  • an expert supervisor who will help you develop the required leadership, analytical and problem-solving qualities required to work at a world-leading level
  • participation in high-quality professional development programs delivered by RMIT's School of Graduate Research
  • access to RMIT’s extensive facilities, laboratories and equipment and those of our partners.

Scholarships

Mechanical and manufacturing engineering candidates may be eligible for a range of scholarships including:

  • the Australian government
  • RMIT
  • industry sponsors

Details

Research at RMIT

Time spent on research

Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.

Regular contact with your supervisor

A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion.

Resources, facilities and support

You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.

School of Graduate Research

The School of Graduate Research works with Schools to further support candidates during their postgraduate research degree.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

You will undertake the masters program under the supervision of an appointed research supervisor.

The masters program is structured to enable you to:

  • Complete a compulsory research methods course
  • Receive training in research integrity and ethics
  • Select studies in qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • Complete a thesis/project which demonstrates your contribution to the field and your ability to communicate complex research for peers and the community to an international standard.

Research Integrity modules

You are required to complete the online modules:

  • Research integrity
  • Copyright and intellectual property

Research methods for engineering and related disciplines

Research methods courses step you through the literature review and preparing your research proposal for confirmation of candidature. They are taught in large discipline groups.

You may need to complete an ethics module to ensure your research is ethical and responsible.

Research Techniques

You may elect to take (where relevant) electives in qualitative or quantitative research techniques once data collection has begun. You can use your own data to explore different research analysis techniques. Your supervisor will help you decide when you should take these electives.

Co-curricular activities

You are encouraged to participate in activities offered by the university, College and School according to your needs and interests.

This Masters degree may be undertaken in a project or thesis mode. Prospective candidates should discuss these modes of submission with their potential supervisor/s prior to application.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Master of Engineering (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering)
Program code: MR216

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Master of Engineering
Bundoora Campus
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
MR216
079834E
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Plan code
MR216
CRICOS
079834E
Master of Engineering
Bundoora Campus
2 years full-time
MR216
079834E
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
MR216
CRICOS
079834E
Master of Engineering
Bundoora Campus
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
MR216P23
079834E
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Plan code
MR216P23
CRICOS
079834E
Master of Engineering
Bundoora Campus
2 years full-time
MR216P23
079834E
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
MR216P23
CRICOS
079834E

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

A masters degree will provide you with a foundation for further studies into a PhD and employment in senior leadership and management research-based positions in a variety of government, non-government and corporate organisations.

Admissions

The minimum requirements for admission to a master by research program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a credit average in the final year; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of credit represents academic achievement of 60% or higher.

These entrance requirements are the minimum academic standard you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for the program. You will need to complete a selection task as part of your application.

A selection process will be conducted in conjunction with the School and supervisors you nominate. See the Higher Degree by Research Admission and Scholarship Application Form (PDF 292KB) for more details.

For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see How to apply – Research programs.

The minimum requirements for admission to a master by research program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a credit average in the final year; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of credit represents academic achievement of 60% or higher.

Research proposal and supervisor

Proposal

You must attach a substantive research proposal that is 2 to 5 pages in length which articulates the intent, significance and originality of the proposed topic using the following headings:

a) title / topic
b) research questions to be investigated in the context of existing research/literature in the area
c) significance and impact of the research
d) methodology / research tasks required to undertake the research
e) particular needs (e.g. resources, facilities, fieldwork or equipment that are necessary for your proposed research program, if applicable)

Supervisor

Your application will not be considered if you have not discussed your research topic with a proposed senior and associate supervisor or joint senior supervisors. You must provide the names of the academic staff in the school you have applied to and with whom you have discussed your proposed research.

For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see How to apply – Research programs.

To study this course 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 (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • 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 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this program from a range of RMIT four year Bachelor and Honours degrees or Postgraduate programs.

Further study

If you excel in your master degree by research, you can continue your research in a doctorate (PhD). This involves four years of research under the supervision of a senior researcher.

Fees

Fee information for masters by research and doctorate (PhD) programs.

If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen you may be eligible for a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place where your tuition costs are funded by the Commonwealth Government under the RTS and you have full exemption from tuition fees.

Acceptance in an RTS place is very competitive and places are granted on the condition that you meet annual progress requirements and complete within the allotted time for your program and your status as a part-time or full-time candidate.

This means a maximum of 2 years for a full-time Masters by Research or 4 years for a PhD (or the equivalent part-time).

Contact the School of Graduate Research for more information.

The student services and amenities fee (SSAF) is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

In addition to the SSAF there may be other expenses associated with your program.

Candidates may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to their employment. See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website for more information.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$37,440.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$75,840.

The student services and amenities fee (SSAF) is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

In addition to the SSAF there may be other expenses associated with your program.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.