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Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering)

Course Description

This course is designed to meet the needs of electrical, electrical power, electronic and telecommunication engineers who are looking to open up their career prospects. You will specialise in one of three majors: Emerging Power Systems, Telecommunication and Networking, or Embedded Systems. Among a wide range of optional units, you may study electrical power, renewable energy, communications and computer engineering at the system level and the component level.

The course is designed to allow you to undertake further studies in a field of your preference through advanced coursework and a major project, ultimately developing a prototype and presenting a formal thesis on the outcome. With the approval of the course coordinator, you may also include a unit from the Curtin Business School, or the Department of Computing, or the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


Global demands on resources have placed an urgent emphasis on supplying a growing population with affordable, environmentally responsible power. How we manage this challenging paradigm will rely on a new generation of creative, technically savvy engineers. Since fossil fuels are a finite resource, the development of alternative sources of electrical energy such as solar and wind is vital.

The challenges that face you as a power engineer include interfacing renewable sources to the electricity distribution system, maintaining stability in the presence of many small energy sources and guaranteeing an electrical supply in the presence of intermittent sources such as solar power.

This major addresses challenges in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. Emergent technologies like smart grid and distributed generation are covered in detail. You will have the opportunity to further investigate and apply emergent technologies through your project work.


The electronics and communication fields represent two of the greatest growing technology areas in the world. With the rapid progress of information technology, the role of communications is becoming even more crucial for increasing industry efficiency and competition – whether machine talking to machine, computer with computer or human with human via a wide array of methods.

This major explores relevant topics in telecommunications and networking like mobile radio communications and data network security. The wide range of optional units includes topics such as computer architectural philosophies, LAN and WAN technologies, electromagnetics, error control coding, troubleshooter management, legal frameworks, and system design. You will also have the opportunity to further investigate a specialist area and apply your skills and knowledge through your project work.


Our world is characterised by the ever-increasing number of intelligent devices which have inbuilt or 'embedded' computers. Computers in the form of microprocessors are being embedded in almost every other form of system to control them or provide additional services, creating a strong demand for electrical engineers in all industrially advanced nations.

In this major, you will study intermediate and advanced topics in embedded systems, for example, embedded systems in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and embedded software engineering. You will have the opportunity to further investigate and apply emergent technologies in embedded systems through your chosen advanced project.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

Visit the Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering) page on the Curtin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have a bachelor degree in electrical, electronic, or computer systems engineering from a recognised university. Applications from other engineering disciplines will be considered on an individual basis. The degree must include topics on circuit theory, computer programming, probability theory and electronic design. Minimum English language entry requirements: IELTS Writing- 6.0, Speaking- 6.0, Reading- 6.0, Listening- 6.0, Overall band score- 6.5.

Course Fees

Australian/New Zealand: $26,700, International: $54,800

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