Start date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

AUD$ 38,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023
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]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • No.1 in SA student experience and teaching quality in engineering1.
  • Further your knowledge in information and communication technologies.
  • Specialise in Telecommunications covering wireless and mobile communication systems, information theory and coding, and telecommunication networks.
  • 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.
    Use industry-standard modelling and simulation software, as well as advanced  Industrial Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) software packages to solve engineering problems.
  • Complete a research project and submit a minor thesis.
  • One of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research, with research rated well above world-class2.

12021 Good Universities Guide –Undergraduate and Postgraduate

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



In this master degree, you will study advanced topics in wireless and mobile communication systems, information theory and coding, and telecommunication networks.

The degree is strongly supported by UniSA’s research environment, a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have excellent facilities, with world renowned links and associations.

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 telecommunications areas such as communication systems, network infrastructure and optical communications. You'll also have the option to get industry experience through a work-based project.

In second year you’ll take further specialist telecommunications courses in areas such as telecommunications networks, wireless and mobile communications; and information theory and coding.

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  
Digital Communications EEET 3028 4.5
Digital Signal Processing EEET 4058 4.5
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 4.5 Note(s): 3
Elective Group 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective Group 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective Group 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective Group 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective Group 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Engineering Masters Industrial Experience ENGG 5030 0 Rule(s): 2,3
Elective Group 2 4.5
Elective Group 2 4.5
Telecommunication Networks EEET 5147 4.5
Mobile Communications and Wireless Access EEET 5102 4.5
Information Theory and Coding EEET 5101 4.5
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Masters Research Project CIVE 5092 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, 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: 

  • reports and project documentation 
  • essays and assignments  
  • examinations 
  • individual and 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


UniSA’s research institutes, centres and concentrations 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 research institutes and centres including the Laser Physics and Photonics Devices Laboratory and Future Industries Institute.

Why Master of Engineering (Telecommunications)

Why this Degree

This master degree closely aligns learning to professional practice. You will learn the latest in advanced telecommunications 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. As part of the degree you also have the option to obtain industry experience through a work-based project.

Our students have worked on industry-related projects such as:

  • indoor localisation based on visible light communications
  • digital signal processing applied to a variety of practical problems (such as radar-based vehicle collision prevention system)
  • various aspects of the Internet of Things

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.

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

Online study

Online study

Partially online

Career outcomes

Your career

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

Careers to consider:

  • network planning manager: developing and implementing network plans and strategic goals; analysing existing network performance and identifying growth opportunities; leading teams of network engineers
  • operations management and maintenance: 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
  • telecommunications research and development: improving the capabilities of current 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.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is professionally accredited by Engineers Australia and is designed to meet the requirements for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and comparable international institutions through the Washington Accord. Such accreditation is provisional until the program produces its first graduates.

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

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 Debabrata Karmokar

Program Director

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Dr Debabrata Karmokar

Program Director


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What others are saying

The support and facilities at UniSA has helped me develop as an engineer. I also have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement, where I can improve my professional and transferable skills, before entering the workforce.

Priyam Dushyant Sheth

Master of Engineering (Telecommunication)

Priyam Dushyant Sheth

Priyam Dushyant Sheth

Master of Engineering (Telecommunication)

I returned to study after hearing about UniSA's Institute of Telecommunications Research (ITR). ITR conducts industry-relevant research in the areas of high speed communication, which I found interesting and really wanted to study further.

Kharrufa Shweta Rana

Master of Engineering (Telecommunication)

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Kharrufa Shweta Rana

Master of Engineering (Telecommunication)