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Start date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 38,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • No.1 in SA for overall experience, graduate skills and teaching quality in engineering.1
  • Further your knowledge in electrical engineering, including information and communication technologies
  • Specialise in electrical power studying modern power systems, renewable and distributed energy generation, and advanced modelling of electrical machines.
  • Develop competencies and gain real work experience through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.
  • Access the newly furbished Power Electronics and Electrical Machines Laboratory, Digital Electronics Laboratory, Electronics Innovation Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory and Factory of the Future Laboratory.
  • Complete a research project and submit a minor engineering thesis.
  • One of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research, with research rated well above world-class2.

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



In this master degree, you will study advanced topics in electrical power systems, such as the operation and control of modern power systems; renewable and distributed energy generation; and advanced modelling of electrical machines.

Incorporating strong theoretical teaching, experience-based learning and modern facilities, we offer the ideal academic blend for graduates to meet the challenges of modern enterprise. Learning is supported by world-class engineering research and industry experience to help advance your expertise and career opportunities.

Graduate career-ready by completing the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program and gain at least 450 hours of skills and competencies through a range of engagement activities such as placements, internships, guest lectures, industry panels, site visits, networking and events.

If, for any reason you cannot continue your study and you decide to exit this degree having successfully completed the first semester, you may be eligible to receive a graduate certificate qualification. If you have successfully completed the first year, you may be eligible to receive a graduate diploma qualification.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In your first year of study you’ll study specialist electrical power engineering, such as the operation and control of modern power systems and power generation from renewable energy sources.

In second year you’ll take further specialist courses such as renewable and distributed power generation, advanced modelling of electrical machines, and modelling and analysis of power systems.

Key to this degree is the development and application of research methods and skills. These will be invaluable when you begin work on your minor thesis.

Our UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you've acquired throughout your degree in real-world settings.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Renewable Energy Systems EEET 3050 4.5
Power System Fundamentals EEET 4057 4.5
Engineering Research Practice EEET 5004 4.5 Rule(s): 2
ELECTIVE COURSES (select 22.5 units) Rule(s): 1
Electrical Power specialisation courses
Design and Integration of Renewable Energy Systems EEET 4072 4.5
Operation and Control of Modern Power Systems EEET 4074 4.5
Power Electronics EEET 3016 4.5
Electrical Engineering courses
Advanced Control and Signal Processing EEET 4071 4.5
Industrial Automation Systems EEET 3044 4.5
Electronic Filters and Amplifiers EEET 3049 4.5
VLSI Design EEET 4045 4.5
Digital Signal Processing EEET 4058 4.5
Energy and Society MENG 5005 4.5
Engineering Masters Industrial Experience ENGG 5030 0 Rule(s): 3,4
Select one of:
Engineering Economic Analysis MFET 5011 4.5
Total Quality Management MFET 5022 4.5
Lean Six Sigma MFET 5053 4.5
Project Planning and Control G MFET 5040 4.5
Enterprise Resource Planning MFET 5037 4.5
Operations Management Systems MFET 5024 4.5
Renewable and Distributed Power Generation EEET 5012 4.5
Advanced Electrical Machines EEET 5009 4.5
Advanced Power System Modelling and Analysis EEET 5146 4.5
Engineering Minor Thesis 1 EEET 5121 9
Engineering Minor Thesis 2 EEET 5122 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 (independent study). 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.



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 and other assignments  
  • examinations 
  • individual and group projects and presentations 

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


Our research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations. Through your studies you may become involved with the:

Through our research concentrations, we conduct a wide range of research activities, including in:

  • autonomous and unmanned systems
  • systems integration and engineering
  • sustainable agriculture and energy
  • low energy housing
  • nanotechnology and nano-manufacturing
  • photonics and lasers
  • minerals and resources engineering
  • energy and advanced manufacturing
  • environmental science and engineering
  • biomaterials engineering
  • nano-medicine

We have active connections with Australian and international institutions and industry through research and collaboration. Our innovative research projects are funded by Australian and international industry and government bodies and contribute to the global progress of science and technology.

Why Master of Engineering (Electrical Power)

Why this Degree

This master degree closely aligns learning to professional practice. You will learn the latest in advanced electrical power engineering theories. You’ll develop skills in engineering research methods and in your final year you’ll use these skills working on a minor thesis.

Our students have worked on industry-related research projects in renewable energy and its storage (such as the design and optimisation of microgrid solutions), and on issues related to the optimisation of electrical power systems (such as the protection, optimum capacity and placement of power factor compensation).

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide to ensure our degrees remain relevant and connected to industry. As part of all engineering degrees UniSA students participate in our UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program. The UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program gives you the opportunity during your studies to gain hands on experience and create industry connections. In-industry work placements and internships enhance the employability skills of our graduates.

We also have very strong research concentrations that provide a dynamic learning and research base for students. All have excellent facilities, with world renowned links and associations.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

There are a wide range of career options for highly qualified engineers. You could work in renewable energy systems (wind farms and solar), in power transmission or power distribution, or in support of major consumers of electric energy within the manufacturing industry.

Careers to consider:

  • energy researcher: designing, researching, improving and discovering clean energy technologies and renewable energy sources; analysing energy needs, and planning renewable, accessible, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions
  • engineering operations manager: supervising and leading teams of engineers, scientists and technicians who work on projects; overseeing production and quality control; directing operations, testing and maintenance; planning and scheduling, client consulting, budgetary responsibilities
  • renewable energy research and development: improving the capabilities of current energy technologies or developing new technological innovations; analysing problems, identifying solutions, using research methods to apply and test solutions, documenting and presenting solutions

 You could also continue with a PhD through one of our dynamic research concentrations.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Your program director

I am a lecturer in Telecommunication Networks and Computer Communications and Networks, and a Program Director for Master of Engineering (Electrical Power and Telecommunications) at UniSA. My research interests include telecommunications networks, protocols, mobility support in wireless Internet and related topics. In my Program Director role, I am passionate about helping all students feel welcome in the programs and achieve the best results they can.   

Dr Arek Dadej

Program Director

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Dr Arek Dadej

Program Director


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What others are saying

After working as a practicing electrical engineer for over 20 years I wanted the opportunity to reinforce my practical knowledge with the latest theoretical knowledge. UniSA provided this environment to create links and connect academia with industry, presenting the opportunity to innovate and bring together new ideas.

Fay Nunn

Master of Engineering (Electrical Power)

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Fay Nunn

Master of Engineering (Electrical Power)

The technical and human resource management skills learnt at UniSA are the key for my success. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Geetanjali Institute of Technical Studies, affiliated to Rajasthan Technical University and recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education, India.

Shakti Singh Shekhawat, Assistant Professor, Geetanjali Institute of Technical Studies

Master of Engineering (Electrical Power)

Shakti Singh Shekhawat

Shakti Singh Shekhawat, Assistant Professor, Geetanjali Institute of Technical Studies

Master of Engineering (Electrical Power)