MC238 - Master of Engineering (Airworthiness)

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Plan: MC238 - Master of Engineering (Airworthiness)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Engineering (Airworthiness)
Award abbreviation: MEng(Airworthiness)
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year full time, 2 years part-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 031599
CRICOS code: 085117F

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Purpose of the Program

The field of airworthiness encompasses all engineering disciplines required to develop, design, manufacture, certify, operate and maintain aircraft, both in the civil and military aviation domain. The program is designed for engineers seeking specialist knowledge and skills in the field of airworthiness engineering and management.

The objectives of this program are to educate you as an airworthiness engineering professional who is able to:

  • analyse complex engineering assets in the initial and continuing airworthiness engineering environment, and develop engineering, scientific and technological solutions to ensure problem-free operations; 
  • find innovative solutions from an array of possibilities through systematic problem solving and engineering / technological systems design methodologies operating in the aircraft design, engineering, certification and maintenance industry; 
  • analyse and implement novel solutions for the design, engineering, certification and maintnenance of aircraft and aeronautical systems for challenging problems and opportunities; 
  • communicate with a wide range of key airworthiness engineering and engineering management stakeholders in professional and effective manner; 
  • build, lead and work with teams with trust and respect; 
  • achieve results in an industry characterised by global competition and driven by rapidly changing market forces.

The program requires in-person attendance, but also takes advantage of the capabilities of Blackboard, the online learning management system that is available to all students and provides scope for collaboration and remote access.

The program includes the course Master's Minor Research Project in Semester 2 which constitutes a capstone experience. The Research Project is relevant to the different airworthiness engineering and management aspects taught during the program.

Typical careers paths include:

  • Airworthiness engineering in design, engineering and manufacturing organisations;
  • Airworthiness policy and regulations' formulation and administration in aviation regulating authorities;
  • Aircraft and aeronautical product design and certification in design and engineering organisations;
  • Aircraft maintenance management in airlines, continuing airworthiness management organisations and maintenance organisations.
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Articulation and pathways

Students may be eligible for exemptions on a case-by-case basis for previous study in a qualification at AQF level 8 or above, such as a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or bachelor honours degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical or Avionics engineering or other relevant engineering field.

Specifically, students may be eligible for exemptions from some courses in the program where they have completed a similar course in a program at a level at or equivalent to AQF level 8 or higher.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Engineering you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements. More specifically, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in Postgraduate Research Programs.


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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements 

If you have successfully completed one of the following combinations of qualification and relevant work experience, you will be eligible for entrance into the program. For all qualifications, a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 out of possible 4.0, or a minimum of 60% average, is required. 

  • Bachelor Honours (AQF8) in aerospace engineering or aviation
  • Bachelor (AQF7) in aerospace engineering or aviation, and two (2) years of relevant work experience
  • Bachelor Honours (AQF8) in a non-cognate area, and five (5) years of relevant work experience including one (1) year at manager level
  • Bachelor (AQF7) in a non-cognate area, and seven (7) years of relevant work experience including one (1) year at manager level
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience

In the above, qualifications in aerospace engineering are considered as a cognate area, and qualifications in equivalent areas (aeronautical engineering, avionics engineering, etc.) will also be considered in a similar manner. Qualifications in aviation are also specified as a cognate area, and qualifications in equivalent areas (aviation management, air transport management, etc.) will also be considered in a similar manner.

Qualifications are provided with the corresponding Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level, and international qualifications are assessed according to this framework. Equivalent qualifications to those stated will also be considered. For example, if you have been certified by Engineers Australia as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), this is considered equivalent to a Bachelor Honours (AQF8) in Engineering. Similarly, if you have been certified by Engineers Australia as a Chartered Engineering Technologist (CEngT), this is considered equivalent to a Bachelor (AQF7) in Engineering.

Relevant work experience is considered to be in aviation or a related industry. In some cases it is required that work experience is at manager level. Applicants applying in the basis of any work experience must provide a letter from their employer(s) (or equivalent) verifying their roles and the duration of these. Years of work experience are considered in terms of full-time equivalence.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.  

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Master of Engineering (Airworthiness) is not accredited, although it has been developed to align with the Engineers Australia accreditation framework. Engineers Australia is the professional body responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers. Graduates of the Master of Engineering (Airworthiness) may be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia. More details on membership of Engineers Australia can be found here.

Industry Links
This program has strong links with industry through its Industry Advisory Committees and research and teaching collaborations. Many program teaching staff are from local industry or have extensive previous industry experience and well-developed contact networks, and many are currently engaged in industry-funded research projects. These attributes, when integrated into teaching and courseware development, ensure that your learning experience is industry relevant and work-integrated. The Minor Research Project course provides opportunities for Work Integrated Learning through industry-based projects.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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