Master of Science (Engineering)

Bring your research to our new engineering and science precinct

Engineer solutions to technical challenges through research with a Master of Science (Engineering Research) at Southern Cross University.

Engineers are a vital link between scientific discoveries and their commercial application. Through this degree, students undertake unique research around engineering design or solutions in relation to the built and natural environments.

Students work in state-of-the-art facilities at the Lismore campus, including our new engineering and science precinct that provides the perfect environment to support high-impact, experimental, numerical-based engineering research.

Southern Cross University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering has an outstanding international research profile built on 30 years of excellence in teaching and research.

Academic staff in the Faculty of Science and Engineering can provide supervision for various discipline areas. Please search for a supervisor on our Find a Supervisor page.

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With a 30 year history of excellence in teaching and research, Southern Cross University's Faculty of Science and Engineering has an outstanding international research profile. The World Heritage rainforests, reefs, beaches, estuaries, large rivers, mountains and national parks provide living laboratories for learning and research.


Faculty Duration Location CRICOS Code Contact
Faculty of Science and Engineering 2 years Lismore, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour 095715A A/Professor Renaud Joannes-Boyau


A Masters by Thesis work must show evidence of competence in research and scholarship including:

  1. Reviewing literature in a critical and focused manner
  2. Deploying analytic, comparative and critically reflective skills as appropriate
  3. Gathering and analysing material and interpreting results in an informed and competent manner
  4. Utilising and justifying appropriate methodologies, techniques and processes.

The Thesis must be clearly, accurately and cogently written and suitably documented. The work must demonstrate originality and a thorough understanding of the field of study.

Course fees

Domestic students:

Eligible applicants can apply for a Research Training Program-supported place. This will provide a tuition fee offset funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Southern Cross University will then supplement this cost to cover the full program tuition fees.

If unsuccessful in obtaining a Research Training Program place, students may be required to pay fees.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis and the process can be highly competitive.

International students:

Course fees for International Students are $30,000 per annum, unless a tuition fee waiver has been approved as per the below detailed information. 

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate School providing there is support from the Principal Supervisor, DHDRT and Associate Dean (Research). For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • Academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency (International English Language Test Score (IELTS) Academic (or equivalent) equal to or above 7.0, with a minimum 7.0 in Writing and no other band less than 6.5)
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the Faculty and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

The Dean, Graduate School, will assess the request according to these criteria together with the application for admission to candidature, and will seek further clarification if the above-mentioned criteria are not satisfied. If the tuition fee offset is approved by the Dean, this is recorded in the Student Administration System and conveyed to the student in the letter of offer for admission to candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

Admission requirements

An application may be submitted at any time.

Admission is subject to availability of facilities and supervision.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from the University
  • Satisfy additional requirements, if any, that may be prescribed by the Dean (Graduate Studies).

All candidates are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

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Research proposal

Research topics and projects can be developed in several key areas that are broadly related to the built and natural environments. Specific areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Smart materials
  • Concrete technology
  • Energy harvesting
  • Numerical modelling of biogeochemical processes in natural and engineered environments
  • Sustainable transportation systems
  • Mechanical design and manufacturing techniques
  • Re-engineering existing infrastructure in urban and regional areas
  • Waste energy and nutrient recover
  • Landfill barriers.

Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering is supported by its three key research centres:

  • Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research
  • Marine Ecology Research Centre
  • Forest Research Centre.

Contact the Graduate School


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T: +61 2 6626 9186