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Communication and network technologies have evolved rapidly in recent years, and our Master of Telecommunication and Network Engineering is designed to give you the knowledge and practical experience necessary to meet industry challenges.

Our course focuses on computer, internet, multimedia and telecommunication technology, from high-level specification of telecommunications systems through to the realisation of communication circuits.

First-year core subjects introduce you to fundamental areas such as broadband digital communication, engineering practice and communication networks. In second year, you'll move into advanced topics including personal mobile communications, antennas and propagation, and current experimental practices in electronics and telecommunications. A core subject is the design exercise, which involves using state-of-the-art software to design telecommunication, mobile and electronic systems.

At La Trobe, you’ll have access to state of the art equipment and work spaces, giving you the best possible platform for success. You’ll learn to use software tools and programming languages such as Matlab, Embedded C and integrated development environments (IDEs). You’ll work in industry recognised design suites. You’ll use a range of laboratory equipment, such as power supplies, signal generators, PCs, development boards, digital storage oscilloscopes and spectrum analysers. All in preparation for real-world experiences.

You can study our course for two years full-time or four years part-time at our Melbourne Campus.

Career opportunities

Telecommunications is a global industry, and the Master of Telecommunication and Network Engineering will prepare you for diverse opportunities in Australia and overseas.

You'll graduate ready to work on the design and development of new systems including computer networks, signal processing, wireless systems, and hardware and software development.

Our graduates have found employment as business analysts, network engineers, development engineers, programs analysts and technical project leads.

This course also equips you for careers in:

  • research and development
  • telecommunication design
  • broadband digital communication
  • defence organisations
  • mobile communications
  • advanced network engineering.

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Susnigdha Abburi

Susnigdha Abburi

Alumni, Master of Telecommunications and Network Engineering

“The course at La Trobe University has definitely helped to shape my career.”

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Susnigdha Abburi completed a Masters of Telecommunication and Network Engineering and is now employed in a challenging and rewarding position with leading global professional services company Accenture.

Susnigdha says studying a Masters at La Trobe was the turning point in her career.

'The course at La Trobe University has definitely helped to shape my career and has fine-tuned my time management skills, people skills and decision-making skills.'

'The engineering staff are very knowledgeable and were very approachable, if and when I had any doubts. It is a very well-structured coursework with great laboratory facilities, and the interactive lecture sessions were a huge plus.'

'The best thing about studying at La Trobe was I had a chance to interact and work with people from different cultural backgrounds and that has greatly helped me to get started in the corporate environment.'

Get experience with real-world digital systems through a range of hands-on projects including advanced LabView programming and simulated network design scenarios using Opnet design software.

Course details for local students

Master of Telecommunication and Network Engineering

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$28,750 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Prerequisites:
A four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or international equivalent, in electronic engineering, computer engineering or communication/telecommunication engineering, or a four-year (Honours) degree in an appropriate field, or equivalent. Applicants with a three-year Bachelor of Science (in an appropriate field), or Bachelor of Engineering degree in another field, may also be considered for admission following the successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Electronic Engineering. Enrolment in this program is subject to approval from the course coordinator. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Engineering Practice
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Communication Systems or Applied Management for Engineers

Semester 2

  • Engineering Project B
  • Communication Networks
  • Telecommunication Design Exercise

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Pervasive Network Design
  • Intermediate Network Engineering
  • Network Design exercise  or Electronic Design Exercise or Electronic Engineering Major Project A

Semester 2

  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Advanced Network Engineering
  • Networks, Systems and Web Security
  • Personal Mobile Communications

Course details for international students

Master of Telecommunication and Network Engineering (050071D)

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
33 000
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
Prerequisites:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
A four-year Australian Bachelor's degree in electronics, telecommunications, or computer engineering, or an Honours degree in science in an appropriate field, or approved international equivalent. A minimum background in digital logic, computer architecture, mathematics at second year level and basic programming skills in C or C++. If you do not strictly meet these requirements, you may be considered for admission following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Electronic Engineering. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Engineering Practice
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Communication Systems or Applied Management for Engineers

Semester 2

  • Engineering Project B
  • Communication Networks
  • Telecommunication Design Exercise

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Pervasive Network Design
  • Intermediate Network Engineering
  • Network Design exercise  or Electronic Design Exercise or Electronic Engineering Major Project A

Semester 2

  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Advanced Network Engineering
  • Networks, Systems and Web Security
  • Personal Mobile Communications

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