Start date

2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 41,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

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

  • Specialise in professional skills and knowledge in Engineering Management covering all four core competencies: engineering (technical) competencies, management competencies, entrepreneurship competencies and leadership competencies.
  • Develop essential skills for engineering management focusing on operation management, resource planning, quality management, supply chain management, project management, and leadership.
  • Undertake a research project in your area of interest with possible opportunities to work on an industry-related project with systematic academic supports.
  • UniSA is rated well above world-class for research in engineering1.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)




In the Master of Engineering (Engineering Management) program, you will learn the essential professional skills and knowledge related in engineering management and apply them to practical cases in industry, covering project management, supply chain management, quality management, operation management and resource management. You will also be immersed in practical industry operation procedures to suit becoming an engineering manager as a future career path.

In addition, as a part of your study, you will develop research skills and use these skills to produce a minor thesis, by working on a research project with a topic of your own interest or a possible industry-related project.  

If, for any reason you cannot continue your study and you decide to exit this degree having completed the four courses in the first year of the program, you may be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Engineering Management). If you have completed eight courses in the first year of the program, you may be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Engineering Management)

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In the first year of the program students gain an appreciation of various operational aspects of managing the operations of an engineering organisation. This includes studies in areas such as total quality management, research data analysis, principles of project management, engineering economic analysis, sustainable development and design practice, intelligent production systems, and leadership with elective courses in energy and society, robotics and automation and human resource management, strategic procurement and others.

In the second year of the program students undertake more advanced studies which emphasise the strategic management of engineering operations. This includes consideration of issues relating to supply chain management, resource management, project planning and control, and operation management. The program provides an integrative management of these various strategic aspects of engineering operations.

Key to this degree is the development and application of research methods and skills. These will be invaluable when you begin work on your Research Project in the second year with a topic of your own interest or possible industry-related project.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Intelligent Production Systems MFET 5055 4.5 Note(s): 2
Total Quality Management MFET 5022 4.5 Note(s): 2
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 4.5 Note(s): 2
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Sustainable Development and Design Practice MENG 4022 4.5 Note(s): 2
Engineering Economic Analysis MFET 5011 4.5 Note(s): 2
People, Leadership and Performance BUSS 5114 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Supply Chain Management MFET 5043 4.5
Project Planning and Control MFET 5040 4.5 Note(s): 3
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5 Note(s): 4
Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Operations Management Systems MFET 5024 4.5 Note(s): 5
Enterprise Resource Management INFS 5024 4.5
Master Thesis MFET 5034 9 Note(s): 4,6

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, as well as to 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: 

  • class exercises and online quizzes
  • tutorial works and computer practicals
  • reports and project documentation 
  • essays and assignments  
  • examinations 
  • group projects and presentations 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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:

  • machine vision systems and machine learning
  • robotics and automation
  • 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 (Engineering Management)

Why this Degree

The Master of Engineering (Engineering Management) program provides engineering management skills for future leaders in the industrial engineering sectors, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to strive in the ever-competitive global market. The program teaches essential principles and advanced practical skills in all core areas of engineering management covering operation management, project management, total quality management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, leadership, engineering economic analysis and production management. 

In addition, this master degree closely aligns learning to professional practice. You will apply the theory and skills you develop to a practical industry project in your own area of interest, or to a research project related to a UniSA research institution affiliated with engineering.

Incorporating strong theoretical teaching, practice-based learning and contemporary 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 practical industry examples to help advance your expertise and career opportunities in engineering management.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections.

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 career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

There are a wide range of career options for highly qualified engineers and project managers, with employment opportunities in engineering consulting firms, construction companies, and local, state and federal government. You could consider:

  • energy manager: monitoring and reducing energy usage; understanding where and how energy is used; highlight energy reduction across business, projects and work sites
  • 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
  • quality assurance manager: working with management and staff to establish procedures and quality standards and to monitor these against agreed targets; writing management and technical reports; determining training needs; promoting change and improvement in performance and quality
  • business development engineer: developing and maintaining excellent client relationships; working with new and existing clients to create new business and identify new markets; proposing business ventures, providing project details, writing business proposals, meeting business revenue targets

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

Industry facts


There is strong future demand for Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals in Australia

(National Skills Commission 2021)


There is currently a skills shortage of experienced engineers in Australia

(Engineers Australia 2022)

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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

My diverse research interests include machine vision systems and digital image processing, discrete-event systems, engineering management, supply chain management, robotics and automation. I have published over 100 international journal and conference papers.  

Dr Michael Evans

Program Director

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Dr Michael Evans

Program Director


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What others are saying

The program is designed to provide a combination of management skills with technical knowledge. UniSA not only provides the theory, but also practical and work integrated learning. This has been very useful for my professional development, enhancing my employability and developing skills necessary for the workplace.

Harsh Rana

Master of Engineering (Engineering Management)

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Harsh Rana

Master of Engineering (Engineering Management)

I wanted to study engineering management because I was interested in overseeing large-scale projects at multiple stages. My studies are preparing me to manage and balance time, costs, resources, quality controls, communications, procurements and risk management – all the things you need for successful project delivery. Through a workplace project, I was able to get industry experience and work on my presentation skills in professional meetings with real clients.

Hazel Zapanta

Master of Engineering (Engineering Management)
Graduate Project Manager | AECOM

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Hazel Zapanta

Master of Engineering (Engineering Management)
Graduate Project Manager | AECOM