MC244 - Master of Engineering (Computer Aided Engineering and Design)

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Plan: MC244 - Master of Engineering (Computer Aided Engineering and Design)
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 (Computer Aided Engineering and Design)
Award abbreviation: MEng(CompAidedEng&Des)
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year Full Time; 2 years Part Time
Location: City AUSCY campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 030701
CRICOS code: 088090K

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Purpose of the Program

The main aim of the program is to prepare you to be a leader with a holistic understanding of emerging digital design and manufacturing technologies. You will learn to apply Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Design to a wide range of industrial settings in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), including all design activities, manufacturing, maintenance and recycling of industrial products throughout their life cycle, from preliminary studies until end of life. This will equip you to work in companies engaged in a global economic competition, as the adoption of PLM is a strategic choice to:

  • manage the complexity of the product design and creation process
  • accelerate the process of bringing innovative products to the market place and reduce development costs
  • improve cooperation and collaboration across business unit and company boundaries
  • increase personalisation and customer satisfaction
  • promote technological innovation for long term growth in a competitive global market. 

You will learn how PLM, which is based on integrated CAE platforms and regarded by global industry as best practice, provides an active virtual collaborative platform to enable engineers in different sites or companies to collaborate effectively during the design phase. The virtual platform also allows engineers to perform real-time geometric modifications and concurrent designs of different components/sub-assemblies, taking into consideration a wide range of requirements (including manufacturing and through-life support). 

The program requires in-person attendance, but also takes advantage of the capabilities of advanced CAE platforms to support online collaboration.

You will gain firsthand experience in how CAE creates opportunities to share engineering knowledge and 3D data seamlessly between disciplines and design and manufacturing teams. This provides the capability to develop engineering products at lower cost and higher speed than in the past.

The program will expose you to RMIT’s state-of-the-art infrastructure at the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP), using Dassault Systemes’ software, which supports a virtual environment for collaborative project-based learning on campus and off campus. You will have the opportunity to carry out high-level, industry-led, project-based design or research activity involving multinational companies and industry practitioners.

In this program you will undertake a capstone project with the two 24 credit point courses OENG1126 Masters Engineering Project Part 1 and OENG1127 Masters Engineering Project Part 2. In this project you will consolidate and expand the knowledge gained throughout the program through an in-depth experimental and/or analytical study of a highly technical and/or engineering management application.

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Articulation and pathways

Upon successful completion of this program 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.

Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice. If you require further details on programs refer to the RMIT University Handbook.



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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

A four year Bachelor Honours degree in any engineering field, at AQF level 8 or equivalent, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 out of 4.0, or a minimum of 60% average.


A four year Bachelor degree in any engineering field, at AQF level 7 or equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0, or a minimum of 60% average, AND at least two years of relevant and current industry experience.


A four year non-engineering Bachelor degree at AQF level 8 or equivalent, with a specialisation in Design relevant to the engineering field, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 out of 4.0, AND at least two years of relevant and current industry experience.

Relevant industry experience includes engineering practice, technical design in support of engineering practice, or industrial design practice that incorporates engineering. 

International qualifications are assessed for equivalence with the above Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications.

English language requirements 

International applicants: A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0, or equivalent.

Local applicants with international qualifications: If your four year International Bachelor degree was not taught in English you must undertake an IELTS test and achieve a 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 (Computer Aided Engineering and Design) 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 (Computer Aided Engineering and Design) may be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia. More details on membership of Engineers Australia can be found here.

Industry Links
Development of the program curriculum occurred in consultation with a range of industry leaders and experts including Advea, BAE Systems, Boeing, Futuris, the Department of Defence and General Motors Holden. These advisory processes ensure that those responsible for program design, delivery and enhancement possess an accurate and shared understanding of the dynamics and direction of the global Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) industry and postgraduate CAE education. To ensure that the program meets the highest possible standards in postgraduate engineering education, and that it satisfies the requirements of key external stakeholders, an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) provides ongoing advice. The IAC includes appropriate representation from the School of Engineering, the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) Global Industry Advisory Board (GIAB), and relevant external professional organisations such as Engineers Australia, and program partners from Dassault Systemes and Memko Pty Ltd.  

You may be eligible for worldwide industry certification from Dassault Systemes in key industry software by successfully completing this program to prepare you for global workforce readiness.

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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

Library resources and services
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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