General Masters

Acquire core skills across all the specialisations by tailoring your study choices to your interests.

Core Teaching Team

These are the lecturers who guide you through the core subjects and context of the master's degree. They are part of the greater teaching team who you meet along your journey through the foundational subjects, your chosen electives, and your capstone project.

Structure of the General Masters

The following table lists the subjects required to achieve the general Master of Electrical Engineering degree. The table shows the suggested order of taking the subjects, with start and mid-year entry possible. Based on your bachelor's degree, you may be awarded advanced standing for the subjects grouped under Year 1, or part thereof.

Year 1
Intro to Numerical Computation in CFoundations of Electrical Networks Digital SystemsEngineering Mathematics
Electrical Network Analysis and DesignElectrical Device ModellingSignals and SystemsElectronic System Implementation
Year 2
Probability and Random ModelsSignal ProcessingIntroduction to Power EngineeringControl Systems
Electronic Circuit DesignCommunication SystemsEmbedded System DesignProfessional Skills Selective
Year 3
Engineering Capstone Project (Part 1)ElectiveElectiveElective
Engineering Capstone Project (Part 2)ElectiveElectiveElective

The program shown in the table above is built up of the following parts:

  • Nine foundational subjects that are core to all specialisations of the degree. The foundational subjects are the eight subjects indicated in Year 1 of the table plus the Embedded Systems Design subject, which together provide you with a solid foundation from which to specialise.
  • Six core electrical engineering subjects in Year 2 that provide you with in-depth knowledge for the core areas of the discipline. These subject build upon the foundations of electrical engineering.
  • Six elective subjects to explore your interests and develop expertise across any of our specialisation areas.
  • An individualised capstone project that is an outlet for all the expertise you have developed, described in more detail below.
  • A selective subject that focuses on professional skills development, described in more detail below.

General Masters Core and Elective Subjects

The core subjects of the general masters program provide you with the opportunity to explore and discover which topics you are most excited to study in more depth. Each of our four specialisation areas are represented by the core subjects, which empowers you to work on complex, multi-faceted electrical engineering projects. Armed with this core knowledge from Year 2, in Year 3 you delve deeper in specific topics through your choice of six electives, which are taken alongside a project-based outlet and development of your capabilities through the Engineering Capstone.

To find out more about the electives subject, read the descriptions for subjects that are core to each of our specialisation: Autonomous Systems, Low-Carbon Power Systems, Communications and Networks, Electronics and Photonics.


Core to all specialisations is the year-long capstone project that is completed in teams of 3 or 4. Through the capstone project you and your team develop solutions to an unsolved problem. The project is tailored to your interests, ranging from: research and development projects proposed by our world-class academics; to multi-team projects that partake in international and local competitions; to innovative projects proposed by you. See the handbook entry for further details.

View Capstone in the Handbook

Professional Skills

To develop and strengthen the skills necessary to operate as a professional engineer upon graduation, you take one of the following subjects.

Sample Course Plan

See the sample course plans on the University of Melbourne Study page for more details.

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