Postgraduate research degree - course requirements

Master of Engineering Science by Research degree

The Master of Engineering Science by Research degree (MEngSc(Res)), normally takes two years of full-time study. The MEngSc(Res) is a research degree program during which students undertake a literature survey, leading to a thorough understanding of the key concepts of their chosen research area, followed by the development and execution of a research program that on completion contributes significantly to the field.

Doctor of Philosophy degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree normally takes approximately three years of full-time study and replicates much of the MEngSc(Res) requirements. In addition, students complete two coursework units in their first year of candidature.

In this case, the program consists of a full literature survey of the chosen research field, so that the student effectively becomes a world expert, and development and execution of a research program that on completion contributes significant new knowledge to the field. The significant difference between the MEngSc(Res) program and the PhD program is the scope of the research project and the resulting new knowledge it contributes to the field.

In the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, applicants can select to undertake either the Masters by Research or the PhD, depending upon their entry criteria. If an applicant selects the Masters by Research, they may have the option to transfer to complete a PhD by undertaking a transfer examination upon consultation with their supervisor. The examination is designed to ensure that the research project, work plan and candidate will produce a satisfactory thesis within the required timeframe.