Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

Design the machines and smart products operating all around us, from small scale devices to airplanes and spacecrafts, with mechanical engineering and mechatronics at Australia’s No. 1 university for engineering and technology.*

At Melbourne, you will be guided by world leading academics in fluid mechanics, turbulence and biomechanics. Access world-class facilities, including wind tunnels, alternative fuel engines, rehabilitation robots and UAV platforms.

Benefit from real-world problem based learning, with site visits, industry projects and internships within the infrastructure, aeronautic, biotechnology and automotive sectors.

Maximise your career opportunities around the world with an internationally accredited masters qualification.

What’s the difference between mechanical engineering and mechatronics

Mechanical engineeringMechatronics
Learn how to turn energy into power and motion, building skills in mechanical design, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and more.  Blend your electrical, software and mechanical engineering skills to create ‘smart’ computer-controlled products, such as robots, drones, automotive equipment and medical imaging systems.

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How to study mechanical engineering and mechatronics at Melbourne

Our educational model is an Australian first, aligned with the top international universities. We designed it to help students develop the flexible mindset and complex problem-solving skills required to solve future challenges and make a difference on a global scale.

You start with an undergraduate degree, focusing on engineering from day one, while also exploring subjects outside your discipline to develop a breadth of skills that will give you a competitive edge in the workplace.

To become a professionally accredited engineer, you complete the Master of Engineering, an internationally recognised qualification through Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®.

Mechanical Engineering via the University of Melbourne pathway

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Start with either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Design, majoring in mechanical systems.  (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Mechanical) or Master of Engineering (Mechanical with Business) to become an accredited engineer. (2 years)

Mechatronics via the University of Melbourne pathway

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Start with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in mechatronics systems. (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) to become an accredited engineer. (2 years)

Other undergraduate degree

Step 1: Undergraduate study

Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution (must have completed relevant maths, science and English language requirements). (3 years)

Step 2: Graduate study

Complete a Master of Engineering (Mechanical), Master of Engineering (Mechanical with Business), or Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) to become an accredited engineer. (2–3 years)

Your graduate outcomes

As a mechanical or mechatronics engineer, you will have a skillset that is sought after in a range of dynamic industries, from aeronautics to renewable energy, transport and robotics.

Some of our graduate outcomes include:

Mechanical Engineering

IndustriesCompanies Job roles
Minerals and energy
Power generation
Carbon Revolution
Mars Australia
Leica Microsystems
Yarra Trams
Mechanical Engineer
Subsurface Engineer
Process Engineer
Acoustic Engineer
New Energy Vehicle Engineer
Hydraulic Engineer
Commissioning Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Quality Engineer
Project Business Analyst


IndustriesCompanies Job roles
Advanced manufacturing
Product development
Computing and electronics
Software Systems
Renewable Energy
Biomedical Engineering
Metro Trains Melbourne
Viva Energy
Alerte Digital Health
McKinsey & Company
Mechatronics Engineer
Software Engineer
Software Consultant
Design Engineer
Verification Engineer
Senior Associate
Project Engineer
Control Systems Engineer

* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018