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Professional Engineering

Whether you want to transition into a new specialisation, or update your qualification to meet Australian industry requirements, this postgraduate course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to reach your career goals in this evolving industry.


  • Timber Design
  • Civil and Structural
  • Electronics and Communications
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Renewable Energy and Electrical Power

You’ll graduate with the ability to improve society in areas such as electricity, construction, mechanics and design. You’ll develop skills in solving contemporary engineering problems by using modern techniques. Our course also gives you the opportunity to undertake work placement within the local and interstate engineering partners. This gives you the experience you need to advance your career.

The full duration of this course is 3 years, however you may be eligible for a 1-year block credit depending on your previous qualifications.

Course Options

Master of Professional Engineering (Specialisation)

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years
Hobart, Online

View course details Master of Professional Engineering (Specialisation)

Learn skills for building a sustainable future with Australia’s only professional engineering qualification in Timber Design.

As leaders in renewable energy and sustainability as both a state and a university, you will learn practical skills from the industry's best.

Support local communities by resolving technical, ethical, and resourcing challenges with affordable, contemporary and sustainable practices.

Study options

Timber Design

Focus on all aspects of timber engineering, from the design and construction of commercial and residential timber buildings to the processing and manufacture of their components, including engineered wood products. Timber design engineers are concerned not only with structural design and manufacturing, but with the building lifecycle, embodied energy, operational energy efficiency, and building performance.

Civil and Structural Engineering

Learn to plan, design, construct and maintain the world we live in, both above and below the ground. Projects include dams, bridges, pipelines, gas and water supply schemes, sewerage systems, roads, airports, and structures across all scales, including commercial and residential buildings. As cities grow, the role of civil and structural engineers becomes even more important. They balance development with sustainability, working to future-proof where we live, both functionally and for the environment.

Electronics and Communications

Work with modern communication technologies, advanced wireless communications, communications in extreme environments, network planning, advanced control techniques, and comprehensive embedded system design. You’ll have a deep appreciation of the changes that are occurring, and are expected to occur, through ever-evolving communication and smart technologies around the world. Contribute to transformation industry through automation, Internet of Things (IoT), and Industry 4.0.

Mechanical Engineering

These engineers are involved in mechanical design, manufacture, assembly, commissioning, maintenance, safety, management, and policy development. They work in a range of global sectors including energy, transportation, manufacturing, and automation. The largest and most complicated machines on the planet, from ships and aircraft to highly technical mechatronics and automation, need the skills and knowledge of a mechanical engineer.

Renewable Energy and Electrical Power

Learn to transition electrical power networks to renewable sources, meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with the integration of renewable generation technologies. You’ll become an expert in technologies and trends in power transmission (including HVDC technologies) with a focus on key contemporary energy storage technologies and their importance in evolving energy systems. You’ll also learn about emerging issues and technologies associated with future transition of the power sector.

Course breakdown


Master of Professional Engineering (Specialisation)

The Master of Professional Engineering (Specialisation) requires the completion of 300 credit points comprising:

  • 150 credit points of Core units
  • 150 credit points of specialisation units

Core units

All students will undertake 75 credit points of core engineering science and mathematics units, and 25 credit points of elective engineering design units.

Advanced standing for the first year of the MProfEng (Specialisation) may be granted for suitably qualified candidates.

You will also undertake 50 credit points in engineering project as a capstone to this degree.

Specialisation units

Focus your degree on your engineering specialisation of choice from our exciting range of options:

  • Timber Design
  • Civil and Structural
  • Electronics and Communications
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Renewable Energy and Electrical Power

A work placement unit is included and must be completed in order to meet the Engineers Australia Professional Engineer Stage 1 competency standard.

Career outcomes

Hydro Energy in Tasmania - A Renewable Engineering Project by James Beattie

Doing a project that has a link to industry but also being involved in a renewable project was really beneficial to James studies and career.

Timber Design

You’ll have sought-after skills in material technology (timber), timber engineering, BIM and project management, advanced manufacturing techniques, envelope and building performance and wood products processing. Graduates will be eligible to apply for positions with major employers of structural engineers in Tasmania, Australia, and internationally.

Civil and structural

There is an ever-increasing demand for engineers (particularly civil engineers) in Tasmania. Graduates will be eligible to apply for positions at the major employers of civil and structural engineers. Employers in Tasmania include: Department of State Growth, Local Councils, Hydro Tasmania, Entura, COVA, GHD, JMG, Gandy and Roberts, Aldanmark, JSA, Pitt & Sherry and other smaller consultancies and building companies such as VOS, Hansen Yuncken, Hutchinson Builders, and Fairbrother.

Electronics and Communications

Electronic engineering has seen some of the greatest inventions dating back to the 19th century. Items such as the light bulb, radio, induction motors and so much more come from engineering pioneers. You could come up with the next life-changing idea.

Your skillset will meet areas of specific industry needs, including modern communication technologies, advanced wireless communications issues, communications in extreme environments, network planning, advanced control techniques, and comprehensive embedded system design.  


As a mechanical engineer graduate, you’ll have a broad skill base focused on design, fluid and thermal engineering, dynamics and automation. You would be highly employable in industries like manufacturing, food, utility and building service sectors. Graduates will be eligible to apply for employment as mechanical engineers in local and international companies and consultancies.

Renewable Energy and Electrical Power

As a graduate of renewable energy and electrical power, you’ll be equipped with a deep understanding of power system planning, energy economics and key features of the energy system regulatory environment.

Careers involving solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources are set to grow over the coming years. This is because Australia and the world are looking to focus their efforts on providing people with alternative energy options.

Career Opportunities

Engineers are well paid, and find interesting and engaging career opportunities across government, private companies, industry and consulting firms. Employment outlook for Engineers is growing with skilled engineers in demand across a vast array of industries.

According to the National Skills Commission projected employment growth November 2020 and projections to November 2025, here are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years.

Engineering Professionals


Predicted job growth to 2025

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers


Predicted job growth to 2025

Civil Engineering Professionals


Predicted job growth to 2025

Study Experiences

Upgrading her engineering qualifications was a life-changer for Kruti Patel

Kruti moved to Tasmania from western India in early 2020, and completed a Master of Professional Engineering (Civil and Structural) with the University of Tasmania.

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Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.