If you’re an aspiring engineer planning to study abroad, then applying for engineering in Australia would be the best idea for you. Most students want to choose a country with not just academic excellence but opportunity for international students to settle as well. Australia is a welcoming country in this respect and you can fulfil your dream while investing your energy and time for a stable future. These universities are affordable and also offer scholarships. As engineering jobs are in high demand, most international students from good universities find high paying jobs (the average expected salary of an engineer is 60,000 AUD per year) almost immediately after graduation. This great job demand for engineers also helps them get work visas, and hence PR points, easily.
We’ll be looking at the best universities in Australia for engineering and the benefits offered by each.
1. University of New South Wales
According to QS World University Rankings, ARWU Shanghai Subject Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings UNSW’s Engineering department is ranked as 1st in Australia. It also ranks as 23rd in the world for engineering and technology according to QS rankings 2022. There are 22 departments to choose an engineering course from. Due to these rankings, employers take notice of UNSW graduates and they get jobs in renowned places like Caltex, Shell, Google, Netflix, Greenpeace, etc (so this says a lot about their software engineering programs!). There are latest lab facilities worth $1 billion located on the campus which gives students a free reign to test their ideas and pursue research after their studies as well. It receives a substantial amount of government funds and industry grants.
Some of the lab facilities include flight simulator, mechatronics research space, a refrigeration and energy storage lab, laser labs, machines for tensile and compression testing, an aerodynamics laboratory with four wind tunnels and a mechanical workshop.
You can calculate the fee for these courses here and the eligibility criteria for each course on the course pages listed below.
Some degrees that interest majority of the students are:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical Engineering)
- Master of Engineering Science (Chemical Process Engineering)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic Engineering)
- Master of Engineering Science (Robotics)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software)
2. University of Queensland
This public university founded in 1909 is among the top 100 engineering universities of the world (according to QS ratings 2022). There is a lot of flexibility given to students to choose their specialisation (any one from chemical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, mining engineering, software engineering, process engineering) and during the first year, they can experiment before choosing. There are also double degrees to suit your career plans. The overall coursework enables students to start practical work from the very beginning and make them ready for the competitive job market by building a strong portfolio and enhancing their capabilities. Among the graduates of the university is a Nobel laureate, an Academy Award winner, and leaders in government, science, law, etc. Students are given the chance to have diverse challenges and opportunities: global experiences (with their exchange programs), a chance to have their own startup (According to the Harvard Business Review, 34 of the top 100 CEOs of the world are engineers so you never know what an engineering degree can do for you) with the Venture program and the 24/7 coworking spaces, research opportunities, internships and volunteering.
With a graduation employability rate of 71.4 %, the Student Employability Centre actively aids students in finding the jobs related to their aspirations and plans. Out of the 56,000 students, 21,000 are international students from 153 countries around the world at the University of Queensland.
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (choice of 10 majors)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering
- Master of Engineering Science
- Master of Mechanical Engineering (Professional)
3. Monash University
With a QS ranking of 39 in engineering and technology 2022, Monash is one of the most sought-after universities for engineering students. It has 9 campuses all over the world. After the basic first year, in which students gain enough knowledge of all the branches so they can choose a specialisation. You can graduate in four years and then put in an extra year for a Masters or double-degree. Usually, this works because the professors and experts you meet during undergraduate studies prefer to take students they already know for research. If you want to go into research, studying the professors’ profile and the course curriculum of the degrees beforehand will help you choose the right degree for yourself. Monash supports all kinds of engineering research which includes collaboration with government agencies, business and research institutes. Besides this, Venture capital and incubation is also a possibility. Some of the world-class facilities on the campus include the Woodside Building for Technology and Design, Monash Makerspace, significant capability in 3D printing of metals, polymers and multi-materials and the ground-breaking New Horizons centre.
There is also a Co-op program which is a paid internship for students for 3, 6 or 12 months. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students. Popular industry partners for this program are Bosch, Lion, Mitsubishi, Webjet, Coleman Rail, ARTC, etc.
Don’t forget to check out the scholarships offered by the university, there is a special one offered especially for women in engineering.
These are the best engineering courses offered in Monash:
- Engineering Bachelor degree (honours) with major in metallurgy
- Mining Engineering
- Bachelor of Chemical engineering (Honours)
- Bachelor of Mechanical engineering (Honours)
Considering the research output of the university or the employability of the graduates (whichever concerns you more), you can make a practical decision and go ahead with the applications. Follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date with important deadlines and guidance or book a session with our experts for a one-on-one counselling session to clear your mind about your career prospects to study in Australia.