Engineering

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Today's changing world needs engineering and technology leaders who identify opportunities and create solutions. It needs trusted leaders who work across sectors and industries, to deliver security and sustainability. Learn how we support graduate researchers to become leaders.

Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) has a long history of tackling big challenges to benefit society. This has been our mission for more than 160 years. Now, we’re confronted with new global challenges. Complex issues such as climate change and digital disruption need our attention. And they need a contemporary approach to engineering and IT solutions. In the face of these challenges, we’re using research to create more impact than ever before.

As a graduate researcher, you’ll find a wide range of research topics available. We employ more than 450 academic staff, all experts in their field. This means you’ll find deep knowledge in your chosen area – mentors who think creatively about complex issues. And mentors who help you achieve your research goals.

When completing your graduate research degree, you’ll access outstanding research training opportunities. You can join multidisciplinary initiatives, mentoring programs, networking events and fellowships. You can also work with industry partners to help solve their business needs. You’ll create real-world impact, while expanding your networks and your career prospects.

Diversity is important to us. We promote an inclusive culture, with strong female representation and an increasing number of Indigenous students and staff. More than half of the faculty's students come from overseas.

Together, we’re driven by a passion to keep finding solutions to the biggest challenges of our time.

Learn how we're making a difference

Reading the body’s electrical signals to treat illness – Embedded electrical devices have been used to treat chronic illnesses. Now, researchers are able to record and interpret the body’s own electrical signals. And these signals can be used to predict symptoms such as an epileptic seizure.

Engineering a smart city – Engineers are capitalising on the technology already in smart phones. They’re connecting it to sensors on the roadside and in vehicles. This creates an ecosystem of shared communication, which can predict a potential accident. Prevention warnings may then go to a driver, a pedestrian, or the artificial intelligence (AI) in a driverless vehicle.

Creating the Biometric Mirror – This interactive application raises awareness about the social implications of unrestricted AI. It takes your photo, then analyses it to identify your demographic and personality characteristics. The Biometric Mirror teaches us an important lesson about the flaws and ethics of AI.

Using your smart phone as your therapist – Technology is changing how we interact. It is now being used to offer digital mental healthcare.

Explore our research themes

As a graduate researcher in engineering, you can pursue exciting opportunities in a range of projects. Our priority research disciplines are:

AI, data science and robotics – Artificial intelligence, big data and robotics are disrupting the world. No one will remain untouched. MSE is collaborating across the University to pursue multidisciplinary research opportunities.

Smart and sustainable development – At a global level, we need more efficient and sustainable use of resources. MSE research focuses on energy, water distribution, food production and smart infrastructure.

Health technologies – Expertly designed technologies can have significant impact on global health and wellbeing. MSE is working with health professionals and patients to deliver healthier communities.

We also offer research innovation programs by sector. Work on real-life business challenges with our industry partners in these areas:

Depending on your research theme, you’ll be aligned with one of three schools within MSE:

MSE is also home to more than 20 major research centres and institutes. These organisations represent joint ventures between universities, industry and government bodies in Australia. Each centre offers its own research opportunities.

Collaborate with experts from across the University

We work across disciplines to address big, bold questions. Collaborating with researchers from other disciplines leads to creativity and innovation. Depending on the topic, you might work with experts in design, economics or health.

Current interdisciplinary projects include:

PhD Programs enrich your core PhD studies. They create the opportunity to extend your networks beyond your own faculty. You will attend seminars and workshops with researchers from other relevant disciplines. As an engineering PhD candidate, you could explore the Biomedical Engineering Innovation PhD program.

Work in a stimulating environment

Melbourne Connect

Melbourne Connect is a purpose-built innovation precinct at our Parkville campus. It will encourage collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And it will redefine how businesses, researchers, governments and entrepreneurs work together to drive digital solutions.

Melbourne Connect will house the new Science Gallery Melbourne. This gallery is a living laboratory that shows how art and science collide. Interactive exhibits will explain research to the public. The new gallery is the Australian branch of the acclaimed Science Gallery International network.

Fishermans Bend

We are building a new engineering and design campus in the heart of the Fishermans Bend. The campus will be a vibrant place of large-scale research and project-based teaching in advanced technologies. It will bring together researchers, established industry and start-up companies.

The campus will open in the early 2020s. It will feature facilities such as:

  • wind and water tunnels
  • smart grid technologies
  • electric vehicle and engine propulsion testing and
  • autonomous vehicle testing.

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