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Start Date
June

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LMDI

SATAC Code
4CM222 (Internal)

Study as
Part-time

Mode
On-campus

Fees
$AU 26,500 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2020

Degree overview

  • Understand the full systems engineering life cycle, from conceptual design through to delivery into operations.
  • Learn to apply interdisciplinary skills associated with engineering management, integrated logistics support, test and evaluation and project management.
  • Draw on expertise from industry to underpin the focus on real-world defence sector requirements.
  • Develop high level engineering skills relevant to Australia's National Defence Interest.
  • UniSA is rated well above world-class for research in engineering.1

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

The defence sector has become one of the priorities for the State and Commonwealth Governments. With the Australian Government investing over $200 billion in Australia's defence capability over the next decade1, there are now significant opportunities and increasing demand for a highly skilled and specialised workforce.

This program is an ideal career step for a range of engineers and defence industry professionals: mid-career engineers with five or more years’ experience from graduation, working within a defence company who are looking to further their formal engineering qualifications and prepare for a role as a senior engineer or a systems engineer; engineers from small to medium enterprises where the company is seeking to be part of a supply chain for a defence prime, and needs to increase the level of defence engineering knowledge in the company.

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification.

1Australian Government Department of Defence

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You'll draw on your foundation of engineering knowledge to develop further skills in systems engineering, tailored to the defence sector.

Courses taught in the program will align with the University's research strengths including: engineering and systems integration, autonomous and unmanned systems, information technology, System of Systems (SoS) integration, project management, and the execution of large scale projects. Students will focus on a systems engineering approach to full life cycle development, from systems design and implementation, to test and evaluation and integration. The program will also develop skills in engineering management and integrated logistics support. Students will have the opportunity to study elective courses of their choice to broaden their knowledge and skills in specific areas. 

Through in-class exercises, coursework assignments, and the completion of a research project, you will develop an advanced knowledge of, and learn to implement, systems engineering tools and problem-solving methodologies in a complex systems environment.

In the final semester, students have the option of completing a minor thesis in a topic relevant to their workplace, or a group project where they will apply the theory and techniques to realistic problems in a professional development context.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Principles of Systems Engineering ENGG 5031 4.5 Note(s): 1
Defence Systems EEET 5149 4.5
Principles of Test and Evaluation EEET 5151 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester
Engineering Management EEET 5132 4.5 Note(s): 1
System Design and Integration EEET 5128 4.5
Integrated Logistics Support EEET 5150 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Systems Integration Project Planning ENGG 5033 9
Systems Integration Project Execution ENGG 5032 9
OR
Minor Thesis 1 (Eng) MFET 5034 9
Minor Thesis 2 (Eng) MFET 5035 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • essays
  • group projects and presentations
  • reflective journals

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Master of Defence Systems Integration

Why this Degree

Major defence projects are inherently complex systems, which draw on many disciplines; including hardware, software, power electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, and engineering management. The integration of these disciplines in a systematic way requires the coordination of many and diverse resources over an extended period.

Drawing extensively on specialist visiting lecturers to underpin the focus on real-world defence sector practices, you'll develop an advanced understanding of the principle and practice of systems engineering in the development of complex defence systems through a combination of practical case studies and in-class exercises based on real-world scenarios.

This program is studied intensively in a blended mode, including both on-campus and online content.

Real-world connections

With strong connections with global defence companies, UniSA provides opportunities to network and receive insights from industry experts.

UniSA is one of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research.1 Our leading researchers will be your teachers and everything you learn will be supported by our research excellence. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

UniSA’s Engineering research rated well above world-class – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates of the program will be able to further their careers in various roles within the defence industry and government departments.

Potential employers include:

  • ASC
  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing
  • Defence SA
  • Department of Defence
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Naval Group
  • Nova Systems
  • SAAB Australia
  • Thales

Industry facts

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Defence acquisitions and equipment maintenance and support activities provide work for over 28,000 Australians in industry.1

1Australian Government Department of Defence

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UniSA is rated well above world-class for research in engineering.1

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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The Australian Government is investing over $200 billion in Australia's defence capability over the next decade.1

1Australian Government Department of Defence

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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