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Master of Engineering Management
Available online

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

Become an industry leader and innovator with an Online Master of Engineering Management. Prepare for the challenges of a managerial position through strategic asset management planning, commercial research and development processes, economic viability, new product development and commercialisation. Develop effective stakeholder engagement practices, and get ready to achieve your career goals.

By studying through Southern Cross University, you'll harness and build on your existing skill set to pave the next stage of your career. You will arm yourself with the tools and expertise required to become a successful leader in engineering management positions. A Master of Engineering Management may satisfy your CPD requirements with Engineers Australia or your relevant professional registering body. You can take advantage of the opportunity to significantly advance your career at the same time.

After graduation your responsibilities can include analysing complex problems and developing quality assurance and viability plans, planning and advising. You'll be able to apply your heightened understanding and skills to identify a gap in the market and establish a thriving firm or consultancy. Walk away from the Master of Engineering Management with a future-focused understanding of everything it takes to manage engineering teams, projects and organisations efficiently and effectively.

Learn more about the online course offering. 

Career opportunities

The career outcomes of a Master of Engineering Management are varied and ever-growing as the industry expands. Where could your Master of Engineering Management lead?

  • Engineering Manager Lead projects in any field of engineering, confidently making decisions concerning asset management, stakeholder engagement, finances and marketing.
  • Entrepreneur Pave your own path to success by initiating a start-up, equipped with the business knowledge to back up your bright ideas. Use your research project to investigate your passion, then leverage what expertise you've gained in the real world.
  • Advisor or Consultant Share your knowledge and experience with a variety of organisations on a per-project basis. Advise strategic and effective business solutions and manage projects for successful project outcomes.
  • Government Planner or Political Advisor Harness the power of your practical and diverse expertise to influence community life on a local, state or federal level. Combine your engineering background with budget and stakeholder management to benefit society.

Professional recognition

Units undertaken in this course may count towards your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements with Engineers Australia or your relevant professional registering body. 

Professional placement

Professional placement is not necessary. It is anticipated that engineers undertaking the course will already be working in engineering or engineering-related industries. Engineers without current employment can also undertake the course.

Major areas of study

Depending on the units you choose, your electives could lead you to focus on accounting and economics, leading teams and project management, or a unique combination of units to satisfy your particular professional needs.

Assessment methods

Units typically include written and/or oral assignments that match real-life work tasks: reports, literature reviews, discussion board posts, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. We support your performance via weekly activities that scaffold learning and act as a rehearsal space for the assessments.

Teaching methods

At Southern Cross University, we try to fit our course around you, with six seven-week study periods available per year. You can adapt your enrolment to the peaks and troughs of your life by choosing which blocks to study in. It's perfect for people who travel frequently, work abroad, or need to balance work and other commitments.

We use clever, user-friendly, interactive learning software that lets you collaborate with your classmates and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.

Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you'll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll be challenged by increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis.

Get ready for an intense but rewarding course; each seven-week unit requires approximately 20 hours of time per week. You will see the practical benefits of your further study immediately, when you begin applying your new found knowledge in whatever role you currently hold.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

You'll find our learning resources technologically sophisticated, intuitive and very easy to use. The four virtual spaces you'll use most frequently are MySCU, Blackboard Learn, the course and unit websites, and the library.

MySCU is your portal to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. It will link off to your specific learning and information sites, where you can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to your work.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn is where you, your peers and your lecturers communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. You can share files, presentations and applications. All recorded material is produced specifically for the course and addresses key learning points.

The course website houses all your learning materials, study resources, assessment information, quizzes, readings and other information. You may need to buy or access textbooks, but for the most part everything you need will be online.

SCU library offers a wide range of services include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. As an online student, you have access to the same resources as an on campus student. You can even borrow library books; the library will express post them to you free of charge. For more about library resources, see the Library Toolbox

Equipment and facilities

Because learning in the Master of Engineering Management is offered completely online, you'll need the technology to support a seamless study experience. We recommend:

  • a fast, reliable computer - either a PC or a Mac - with the latest operating system
  • a fast reliable internet connection
  • the latest version of Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox
  • the Blackboard app, which is available as free download. 

Occasionally, your lecturer may suggest software or textbooks for a specific unit. The library will usually have multiple copies of frequently asked textbooks. 

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Admission requirements

  1. A four (4) year undergraduate degree in engineering, or in a cognate discipline; or
  2. A three (3) year undergraduate degree in engineering, or in a cognate discipline, plus at least two (2) years of documented relevant work experience; or
  3. Demonstrated relevant prior learning and/or relevant industry experience deemed equivalent to items a. or b. above.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the Master of Engineering Management a candidate must complete all units in Part A and Part C, and any three (3) units from Part B of the Schedule of Units.
  2. Part C can only be attempted following completion of the equivalent of five (5) units from Part A and Part B.
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Master of Engineering Management, has completed two (2) units from Part A and two (2) units from Part B may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management following withdrawal of candidature from the Master award.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

Our enrolment advisors can help you move easily through the application process, including advance standing. Please call us on 1300 854 556 or apply now.

International students

The following international applicants are welcome to apply:

  • Applicants residing overseas from Australia, or
  • holders of a visitor, work or bridging visa with study entitlements or no limitations of study, apply now.

This course is not CRICOS registered and therefore Education Services for Overseas Students Commonwealth legislation (ESOS) and National Code regulations preclude international applicants who are holders of a Student Visa.

Those who would prefer to study in Australia as an International student and holder of a student visa, please refer to SCU International Study Options for onshore students for further information.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'