Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

The Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne is the oldest engineering faculty in Australia. It was established in 1861, 8 years after the establishment of the University of Melbourne, and was made a Faculty in 1889. It teaches a substantial number of undergraduate and postgraduate students (around 4,500, including over 1,400 international students from over 50 countries), as well as being a significant centre for engineering research, employing many leaders in their fields. In 2011 the Melbourne School of Engineering celebrates its sesquicentenary and the School developed a large range of events and activities which are listed on the 150th Anniversary Website (MSE:150th Anniversary).[1]

Undergraduate Studies in Engineering

To become a professionally accredited engineer, students now complete five years of study, starting with an engineering major in a three-year undergraduate degree with an engineering major, followed by a two-year Master of Engineering.[2]

Engineering majors are available in the four undergraduate pathway degrees:

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Commerce (breadth sequence in Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Science

Following graduation from these degrees, students enter the two-year Master of Engineering program, continuing and intensifying their study in their chosen specialisation.

The Master of Engineering is accredited by Engineers Australia, ratified by the Washington Accord. In 2011, The Master of Engineering became the first Australian engineering course to be accredited by EUR-ACE, allowing graduates to work as accredited engineers in Europe.

Refer to the Undergraduate pages for the discipline areas, and pathways to Engineering.

Graduate Courses for Engineers

For Engineering Graduates, the following specialised Masters are available:

Civil Engineering

  • Master of Engineering Structures

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Master of Nanoelectronic Engineering
  • Master of Telecommunications Engineering

Engineering Management

  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Engineering Project Management


  • Master of Energy Systems

Environmental Engineering

  • Master of Environmental Engineering

Information and Communication Technology

  • Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing
  • Master of Software Systems Engineering

Geomatics and Spatial Information Science

  • Master of Geographic Information Technology

Information Technology

  • Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing
  • Master of Information Systems (1.5 years)
  • Master of Software Systems Engineering

Professional Entry Masters

Graduates with a three-year undergraduate degree can undertake the following degrees

  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Spatial Information Science
  • Master of Information Systems (2 Year Program)

Professional Master of Engineering

Graduates with a three-year "Melbourne Model" degree with an Engineering major or sequence can complete a two-year Professional Master of Engineering to gain accreditation as an Engineer.

The Master of Engineering is available in the following specialisations:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geomatics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Software Engineering
  • Structural Engineering


The Melbourne School of Engineering is one of the largest engineering research institutions in Australia, with a 2010 research income of $90 million. The School conducts leading interdisciplinary research in four key themes – Biomedical, Structured Matter, Information and Communication Systems, and Sustainable Systems and Energy.

The School is home to a range of key research centres, institutes, groups and laboratories, including:

  • Advanced Centre for Automotive Research and Testing (ACART)
  • ARC Research Network on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing
  • Australia-China Centre on Water Resources Research
  • Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications
  • Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNST)
  • Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration
  • Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory
  • CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC)
  • CRC for Irrigation Futures
  • CRC for Polymers
  • CRC for Spatial Information (CRC-SI)
  • eWater CRC
  • Gait Analysis & Gait Rehabilitation (NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence)
  • Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society
  • Interaction Design Laboratory
  • Melbourne Systems Laboratory
  • Mercury Project
  • National ICT Australia (NICTA)
  • Neuroengineering Research Laboratory
  • Nonlinear Signal Processing Lab
  • Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC) (ARC Special Research Centre)
  • Peer-to-Peer Networks and Applications Research Laboratory
  • Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA)
  • Uniwater

Deans of the Faculty

1889 – 1909 W.C. Kernot
1909 – 1910 G. Higgins
1910 – 1931 H. Payne
1932 – 1936 W.N. Kernot
1937 – 1943 A.F. Burstall
1943 J.N. Greenwood
1944 – 1945 A.F. Burstall
1946 C.W. Sexton
1947 R.R. Blackwood
1948 – 1949 J.A.L. Matheson
1950 – 1952 C.E. Moorhouse
1953 – 1955 H.K. Worner
1956 – 1957 A.J. Francis
1958 – 1959 H.W. Worner
1960 – 1961 P.L. Henderson
1962 – 1965 C.E. Moorhouse
1966 P.W. Whitton
1967 – 1969 M.E. Hargreaves
1970 – 1976 S.R. Siemon
1977 – 1979 J.B. Potter
1980 – 1987 L.K. Stevens
1988 – 1996 W.W.S. Charters
1997 – 2002 D.G. Wood
2003 – 2006 J. van Deventer
2007 – I.M.Y. Mareels

The Kernot Memorial Medal

The Kernot Memorial Medal honours distinguished engineering achievement in Australia, and was established in memory of Professor William Charles Kernot, the first professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. The award is made by the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Engineering following the recommendation of a selection committee. This committee comprises the Heads of Departments within the Faculty, and two members who do not hold teaching or research appointments in the University. It is open to persons resident in Australia for at least five out of the last seven years before the award. Throughout its history, the Kernot Memorial Medal has been presented to many distinguished Australian engineers.

Recipients of The Kernot Memorial Medal

  • 1926 F W Clements
  • 1927 R W Chapman
  • 1928 M E Kernot
  • 1929 J N Reeson
  • 1930 Sir John Monash
  • 1931 G K Williams
  • 1932 J R Kemp
  • 1933 J J C Bradfield
  • 1934 H R Harper
  • 1935 E G Ritchie
  • 1936 F W H Wheadon
  • 1937 A G Michell
  • 1938 Sir George Julius
  • 1939 C F Broadhead
  • 1943 Essington Lewis
  • 1944 C S Steele
  • 1945 D McVey
  • 1946 J G Burnell
  • 1947 T H Upton
  • 1948 W E Bassett
  • 1949 L R East
  • 1950 A K Hacke
  • 1951 C H Kernot
  • 1952 R J Dumas
  • 1953 E D Shaw
  • 1954 H Hey
  • 1955 L F Loder
  • 1956 W Nimmo
  • 1957 W H Connolly
  • 1958 Sir William Hudson
  • 1959 Sir Lawrence Wackett
  • 1960 D V Darwin
  • 1961 A J Keast
  • 1962 B B Lewis
  • 1963 A W Knight
  • 1964 Sir Lindesay Clark
  • 1965 Sir Maurice Mawby
  • 1966 Sir Philip Baxter
  • 1967 Dr J A L Matheson
  • 1968 L P Coombes
  • 1969 Sir George Fischer
  • 1970 Sir Ian McLennan
  • 1971 I Langlands
  • 1972 Sir Robert Blackwood
  • 1973 Dr H K Worner
  • 1974 Dr D M Myers
  • 1975 Sir James Foots
  • 1976 Sir John Holland
  • 1977 Sir Brian Inglis
  • 1978 Sir Frank Espie
  • 1979 Professor Kenneth Hunt
  • 1980 Dr John W Connell
  • 1981 Professor H W Worner
  • 1982 Sir Bernard Callinan
  • 1983 Professor Arthur J Francis
  • 1984 Professor David H Trollope
  • 1985 Mr F Belgiorno-Nettis
  • 1986 Professor S R Siemon
  • 1987 Professor P T Fink
  • 1988 Mr Brian Loton
  • 1989 Sir Arvi Parbo
  • 1990 Dr H Wragge
  • 1991 Professor H R C Pratt
  • 1992 Mr G P Cook
  • 1993 Professor O E Potter
  • 1994 Dr John M Schubert
  • 1995 Dr Robert H Brown
  • 1996 Dr Robin J Batterham
  • 1997 Professor Jorg Imberger
  • 1998 Mr Ian Vaughan
  • 1999 Mr P Boland
  • 2007 Professor Don M Grant
  • 2011 Mr Jim Fox

Supporters of the Faculty

The engineering school has benefited from close links to industry including donations for its research from a number of engineering companies such as Hardcastle & Richards.[3]


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  2. ^ Master of Engineering
  3. ^ September 27, 2012Alumni'Reflecting on the first engineering industry student projects', Jennifer Thomas

External links

  • Melbourne School of Engineering

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