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Master of Marine Engineering

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 3 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost Domestic applicants: $9,585 / Intenational applicants: $44,000

Secure your future in the defence sector

South Australia has a world-class maritime industry base and the sector is growing rapidly. We’re currently witnessing a time of multi-billion dollar spending on submarines and surface ships.

The University of Adelaide is Australia’s leading university in defence, and partnered with industry both locally and internationally. Whether you’re looking to upskill or change careers, we’ll help match your professional goals to industry objectives.

What will you do?

Our new Master of Marine Engineering is flexible, and delivered in collaboration with ASC, Australia's builder and sustainer of the Navy's fleet of Collins Class submarines. During this program you will:

  • develop and enhance prior expertise
  • build highly sought after knowledge and practical skills
  • take core courses intensively, allowing you to complete Submarine Design, Naval Ship Engineering and Systems Engineering within six months
  • choose from a wide range of specialist electives and study paths.

Industry-sponsored students will also gain practical experience through workplace projects.

This degree is delivered in steps. Exit paths will be available after six and 12 months of full-time study, at which points you’ll receive a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering.

Dual Master of Marine Engineering with ENSTA Bretagne
The University of Adelaide also offers a premium dual 1.5 year Master of Marine Engineering program with ENSTA Bretagne in France. Students spend one semester in Brest, France, one semester in Adelaide and a third semester in a jointly-supervised industry internship. The new dual program feeds directly into the defence engineering skills base available to South Australia and France. Graduates receive two internationally-recognised qualifications—a Master of Marine Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Science in Marine Engineering, Surface Ships and Submarines from ENSTA Bretagne.

Intending students should consult with the Faculty if you are interested in finding out more about this exciting new program.


Career Readiness

Graduates have secured advanced technical and management roles in marine engineering.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.

  1. Deep discipline knowledge
  2. Critical thinking and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Career and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Defence Engineer, Engineer, Marine Engineer, Maritime Engineer, Naval Ship Engineer, Systems Engineer, Mechanical Engineer



Structural components
Ship training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Completed Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program.

Applicants without an honours degree in engineering must provide evidence of formal qualifications and professional work experience, providing equivalent learning outcomes.

Grant opportunities

The University offers scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

ISCED Categories

Maritime economy
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law
Naval engineering
Maritime security
Navigation and seamanship