Sustainable Energy, M.Eng.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #247 (QS) ,
Devise innovative solutions to social and environmental problems around energy supply, distribution and consumption. The Sustainable Energy program is offered by the RMIT University. 


You'll learn the technologies and practices to improve energy efficiency, and how to use renewable resources and reduce the environmental and social impacts of conventional energy technologies and resources.

The Sustainable Energy program is offered by the RMIT University. 

Managing the transition towards a more sustainable energy sector is a priority for governments, the private sector and the general community.

A final-year research project forms an essential part of this program. Through this self-selected project (from a range of available topics) you will draw on not only the advanced engineering skills you have learnt but also coursework around ethical, economic and social responsibility.


Graduates are employed in local and international industries. They work on sustainable energy projects as energy managers, project managers and consultants.

On completion, graduates will be able to:

  • plan and effectively manage an independent research project at a professional engineering level
  • locate and critically review scientific literature to inform the conduct and findings of a research project
  • apply engineering practices and research methods to undertake project work and evaluate project results
  • communicate findings to a professional audience


Professional recognition and accreditation

Graduates will meet the requirements for Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 9.

Programme Structure

  • Energy Efficiency and Demand Management
  • The Economic, Social and Environmental Context for Sustainable Energy
  • Sustainable Energy Systems and Design
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Electrical Energy Storage Systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

An Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in engineering or science with exposure to physics and/or chemistry of energy (e.g. thermo-fluid science) disciplines with a GPA of at least 2.0 (out of 4.0) or equivalent. Some examples of relevant disciplines are mechanical, aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, chemical, electrical and power, or electronics engineering, industrial, civil, environmental, telecommunication, computer and IT; or science in physics or chemistry.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    35520 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35520 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


University wide scholarships are open to all students across the University.
  • Australia Awards Scholarship For international bachelor, masters by coursework and PhD students offering various scholarships and awards; worth tuition fees, stipend and more; open date varies by country.
  • Australian Government OS HELP Loan Scheme For local HECS-HELP students undertaking full time international study for credit. The maximum value of the OS HELP loan in 2015 is $6,362 for non Asian destinations, $7,635 for destinations in Asia and $1,018 for the Asian language supplement.
  • Clare Burton Scholarship For postgraduate coursework or research degree students undertaking research in gender equity, this scholarship can provide you financial support. If successful, this scholarship pays $10,000 over 12-18 months. Applications now closed.
  • Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships For international students, worth up to $263,500; Applications now closed.
  • International Development Scholarship If you are an international student from the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam, you could be eligible for the International Development Scholarship; worth $5000; Applications now open.
  • John Storey Junior Memorial Scholarship For local currently enrolled RMIT students applying for the RMIT Exchange Program; worth between $3000 and $5000; applications close July and December.
  • Ngarara Willim Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship For commencing and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate by coursework students; worth up to $13,000; applications close 29 February 2016.
  • Ngarara Willim Postgraduate Learning Technology Grant For commencing and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate by coursework or research students; worth up to $1000; applications close 31 March 2016.
  • RMIT Accommodation Support Scholarship For local commencing students moving to Melbourne to study; worth up to $5200 towards accommodation for one year; applications now closed.
  • RMIT Equity Travel Grant For local students commencing an international mobility activity for study; worth up to $4000; applications now closed.
  • RMIT Student Mobility Grant For local or international students worth $1000.
  • RMIT Study Support Scholarship For local students with financial difficulties/educational disadvantage; worth up to $2500; applications now closed.
  • RMIT Village Accommodation Support Scholarship For disadvantaged local commencing students moving to Melbourne to study; worth up to $5712 towards accommodation at RMIT Village in your first year; applications now closed.
  • St Vincent de Paul Grant for Students with Disabilities For students who need assistive technology to study; application times vary

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