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Course summary

Become an industry leader and innovator with a Master of Engineering Management. Prepare for the challenges of a managerial position through strategic asset management planning, commercial research and development processes, economic viability, new product development and commercialisation. Develop effective stakeholder engagement practices, and get ready to achieve your career goals.

By studying through Southern Cross University, you'll harness and build on your existing skill set to pave the next stage of your career. You will arm yourself with the tools and expertise required to become a successful leader in engineering management positions. A Master of Engineering Management may satisfy your CPD requirements with Engineers Australia or your relevant professional registering body. You can take advantage of the opportunity to significantly advance your career at the same time.

After graduation your responsibilities can include analysing complex problems and developing quality assurance and viability plans, planning and advising. You'll be able to apply your heightened understanding and skills to identify a gap in the market and establish a thriving firm or consultancy. Walk away from the Master of Engineering Management with a future-focused understanding of everything it takes to manage engineering teams, projects and organisations efficiently and effectively.

Learn more about the online course offering. 

DurationLocationStudy Period

16mths P

Duration may vary depending on unit availabilities, previous study or work experience

SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
DurationLocationStudy Period


SCU Online1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Depending on the units you choose, your electives could lead you to focus on accounting and economics, leading teams and project management, or a unique combination of units to satisfy your particular professional needs.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Critically evaluate and synthesise a complex issue or theory from a discipline area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Develop cognitive and technical skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise engineering and management knowledge to identify and find solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.


Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to form alternative solutions to complex problems.

Ethical practice

Apply ethics and judgment to complex engineering problems.

Apply discipline based knowledge and skills that require autonomy and a high level of responsible behaviour.

Knowledge of a discipline

Develop technical skills and an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of engineering knowledge.

Apply and integrate research principles and methods to complex management situations.

Lifelong learning

Self manage and be resourceful and effective at developing new knowledge and applying it to engineering management problems.

Develop appropriate professional practice, reflection skills, and leadership and management competencies through study.

Communication and social skills

Effectively communicate engineering and management ideas, concepts and arguments using written mediums to a variety of audiences.

Critically reflect on self and team regarding participation and performance.

Cultural competence

Engage with diverse cultural and indigenous perspectives with engineering, leadership and management environments.

Apply and integrate research principles and methods to complex management situations.

Units typically include written and/or oral assignments that match real-life work tasks: reports, literature reviews, discussion board posts, case studies, presentations, research studies and plans. We support your performance via weekly activities that scaffold learning and act as a rehearsal space for the assessments.

At Southern Cross University, we try to fit our course around you, with six seven-week study periods available per year. You can adapt your enrolment to the peaks and troughs of your life by choosing which blocks to study in. It's perfect for people who travel frequently, work abroad, or need to balance work and other commitments.

We use clever, user-friendly, interactive learning software that lets you collaborate with your classmates and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.

Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you'll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you'll be challenged by increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis.

Get ready for an intense but rewarding course; each seven-week unit requires approximately 20 hours of time per week. You will see the practical benefits of your further study immediately, when you begin applying your new found knowledge in whatever role you currently hold.

The career outcomes of a Master of Engineering Management are varied and ever-growing as the industry expands. Where could your Master of Engineering Management lead?

  • Engineering Manager Lead projects in any field of engineering, confidently making decisions concerning asset management, stakeholder engagement, finances and marketing.
  • Entrepreneur Pave your own path to success by initiating a start-up, equipped with the business knowledge to back up your bright ideas. Use your research project to investigate your passion, then leverage what expertise you've gained in the real world.
  • Advisor or Consultant Share your knowledge and experience with a variety of organisations on a per-project basis. Advise strategic and effective business solutions and manage projects for successful project outcomes.
  • Government Planner or Political Advisor Harness the power of your practical and diverse expertise to influence community life on a local, state or federal level. Combine your engineering background with budget and stakeholder management to benefit society.

It is anticipated that engineers undertaking the course will already be working in engineering or engineering-related industries. Engineers without current employment can also undertake the course.

Units undertaken in this course may count towards your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements with Engineers Australia or your relevant professional registering body. 


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'