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Global recognition for Engineering Masters

The professional Master of Engineering programs at the Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) are the first in Australia to be granted the EUR-ACE® label at the masters level. The German accreditation agency ASIIN completed its assessment of these courses in June and have awarded the EUR-ACE® level 2 (masters level) accreditation.

As a consequence, MSE Master of Engineering graduates are now able to work as professional engineers throughout continental Europe. This is in addition to the Washington Accord countries Australia, UK, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, Malaysia, Turkey, Taiwan and Singapore.

The Dean of Engineering, Professor Iven Mareels, is delighted to announce that the Master of Engineering is now recognised around the globe, as few others are in the world, and none other in Australia.

“The Melbourne School of Engineering welcomes the EUR-ACE® level 2 accreditation, as it is further confirmation that our ME courses are high-quality programs that meet the international standard for professional engineering education at the masters level,” Professor Mareels says.

“For our graduates, it will mean that their skills meet the most rigorous European and international benchmarks, and that their qualifications are recognised by top employers in Europe’s leading economies. The EUR-ACE® label offers our graduates a competitive edge when applying for work in Europe.”

“Engineering courses at the University of Melbourne offer you the freedom to work as an accredited professional, wherever your travels may take you,” Professor Mareels says.

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  1. My name is Vikas and I am a graduate in Computer Science from a three year college. I wish to pursue Masters in Melbourne School of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering after 3 years. I am currently pursuing a bridge course in India called AMIE which is offered by the Institution of Engineers(India). It is also aa accredited body like the Engineers Australia. My doubt is whether in Melbourne School of Engineering they will accept the bridge course which I am pursuing currently called AMIE for their Master’s programme.

    Pls let me know.

    THanking you,


  2. Hi
    I am a recent engineering graduate from the masters of engineering course at unimelb, and am curious to know what the accreditation would mean for a young engineer entering the work force?
    Would I be correct in marketing myself as a “Professional Engineer” or a “Chartered Engineer” based on the degree alone while not having any real work experience in the industry (and hence not meeting the requirements for PE for most professional bodies)?
    Also, does having the degree mean that I am automatically registered in Engineers Australia as a Professional Engineer?

    • Jennifer Thomas says:


      As a graduate of the professional Master of Engineering you may call yourself a Graduate Engineer.

      There are two steps to becoming a full professional or chartered engineer – academic formation and professional formation. You have completed the academic requirement, you must now participate in a period of work experience to become a fully-fledged engineer. After a period of 4 to 8 years graduate engineers may seek the status of “chartered engineer” or “professional engineer” from their professional body, such as Engineers Australia.

      Gaining a degree which has been accredited by a professional body such as Engineers Australia starts you on the track to seek professional status in the future. You can apply to become a member of Engineers Australia, or any other professional body, after graduation.

      I hope this helps.

  3. John Henderson says:

    Hi there – I’m an American interested in making a career change into engineering, so I am considering applying to one of the professional masters programs (looking at Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering). I was curious whether those programs would be recognized by ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) and allow me to become a professional engineer in America? It seems they would be if the college is part of the Washington Accord. Do you know how many years of experience would be required after graduating to earn a PE in America? I imagine it varies from state to state, but what is the range?


    • Jennifer Thomas says:

      Hi John

      Our professional Master of Engineering courses are accredited by Engineers Australia, signatories to the Washington Accord, which means that you can practice a a graduate engineer in the US upon completion of these courses. I have passed on your questions about ABET recognition and PE to our resident accreditation expert, who is currently away on university business. I will get back in touch about this as soon as I hear anything.

      Kind Regards

    • Jennifer Thomas says:

      Hi John

      I have heard from our accreditation expert and he says that while the courses are not accredited through ABET, they are recognised in the US through the Washington Accord. We can’t comment on the years experience required after graduation to earn a PE in the US, because as you say, PE is granted by individual states and their requirements may vary significantly.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind Regards

  4. Hi guys

    I’ve received an offer from the university of Melbourne for the course “Master of Engineering (Electrical)”. However, I wish to apply for the course “Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)” as this could mean that I do not have to an MBA altogether…

    However, the course “Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)” isn’t recognized by Engineers Australia or EUR-ACE, unlike the course “Master of Engineering (Electrical)” which is recognized by both organizations.

    Would you recommend that I transfer my admission from “Master of Engineering (Electrical)” to “Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)”?

    Is it possible to do such a transfer of engineering from one program to another? (Keep in mind that both programs have the exact same entry requirements) – I ask this because the admissions office at Melbourne University have stated that I need to reapply for the course “Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business)” after which I shall be evaluated over a period of 6 weeks… but I was hesitant that it might affect my standing offer of “Master of Engineering (Electrical)”.

    I’d appreciate any help with regard to this


    • Jennifer Thomas says:

      Hi Dylan

      The Melbourne School of Engineering has been consulting with Engineers Australia to ensure the new ‘with business’ curriculum complies with their requirements for accreditation. The process of applying for full accreditation is currently underway. Application for accreditation will be made with EUR-ACE®, in the next reaccreditation round.

      Drop in Sessions are being held from 2-5pm next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Engineering and IT Student Centre, in the Old Engineering Building, Parkville Campus, where you can come and talk to a member of Admissions staff about your admissions queries.

      If these times don’t suit, you can still come to the Centre with your queries at any time between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday and we will have staff on hand to help.

      To make an email enquiry about your current application and transfer, the direct line is

      • Similarly for the Masters of Engineering (Mechanical and Business); is it likely that the provisional accreditation will see a professional status for Engineers Australia in addition to EUR-ACE® prior to the 2015 semester 1 intake? I am currently assessing study options for 2015 however the application closing dates appear to be in November; so further information would really assist the decision.

        Kindest Regards,

        • Jennifer Thomas says:

          Hi Alex

          The Master of Engineering (Mechanical with Business) will be provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia until sufficient students graduate from the program. An application for accreditation with EUR-ACE® will be made when the next round of accreditation applications opens.

  5. Orlando Moraes says:


    I’ve got some questions:

    Is it the Msc in Energy Systems under this accreditation or other/s?, When this master starts and has it already a first generation of graduates?


    • Jennifer Thomas says:

      Hi Orlando

      The Master of Energy Systems is a specialised Masters program which is aimed at professionals in industry, who are interested in professional development or a career change. It is not a professional entry Masters course, so accreditation is not required. The program has been running for several years.

  6. Divya Shirke says:


    Does the course “Master of Engineering Project Management” have the EUR ACE accreditation too?
    It is listed as an EUR ACE accredited program in “Course Accreditation” (
    However, it is absent in “ENAEE Database of EUR-ACE Labelled Programmes” (

    If not, is it accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Centre (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs?


    • Jennifer Thomas says:

      Hi Divya

      No, the Master of Engineering Project Management is a professional development course for people who already have an accredited engineering degree.

      Kind Regards

  7. Hello,

    I heard from a friend that if you have completed a 3 year Electrical Engineering Technology program in Canada. That you qualify as having a bachelor of engineering in Australia and then eligible to complete a Masters in Engineering in two to three years part time given that you have 5 years experience in you discipline.

    If this is the case, would you know where I could get more information?


  8. ANNIE nusrat says:

    After completing this masters am I eligible to apply for graduate recruitment programs in Australia.I have undergrad in biomedical engineering but do not have long experience .Most of the employers targets undergrad students that is why I am a bit unsure what if I have masters no experience would i ever be able to get a job?

    • Jennifer Thomas says:

      Graduates of the Master of Engineering are eligible to enter graduate recruitment programs in Australia and will do so at a highly competitive level. The extra time you spend studying, plus exposure to an industry-informed curriculum and projects in industry, would not only make Masters graduates more competitive when applying for graduate recruitment programs, but also ensure that your career will progress to roles of higher responsibility and management at a faster rate. In addition, your education is in line with international engineering education, which ensures that your qualification is competitive in Australia and overseas. If you would like further advice, please contact our enquiries line by emailing

  9. Can you use the Eur-Eng prenominal in Europe after graduation?

  10. Frumence Shirima says:

    I am one of the candidates who received a Master of Engineering Science M.Eng.Sc in 1986 from the University of Melbourne. The question is are we also recognised and eligible to work as Professional Engineers in the countries mentioned including European Union?

    • Jennifer Thomas says:

      Hi Frumence,

      Accreditation assessments are based on current courses offered by the School and are not applied retrospectively. Whatever accreditation your course was subject to in 1986 will apply.

      Kind Regards

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