Accelerate your engineering career

You could enter directly into the second year of a Master's degree. Find out how.

Discover how you could spend up to six months in industry and learn on the job during your accelerated career-focused engineering Master’s degree.

How does it work?

This accelerated entry option is available for a range of La Trobe's postgraduate engineering degrees.

If you’re eligible for accelerated entry, you’ll receive advanced standing for your prior studies and enter directly into the second year of your Master’s degree.

What does it involve?

In the first semester of your accelerated degree, you’ll enhance your engineering knowledge through coursework. In the second semester, you’ll build professional experience when you complete either:

  • a six-month Work Integrated Learning placement, including an A$10 000 scholarship from your industry partner; or
  • major industry project working on a real-world problem for an industry client.

As part of this accelerated entry, we’ll also connect you with a professional performance coach and mentor. They’ll help you develop the ‘soft skills’, like communication and negotiation, that Australian employers value. They’ll also:

  • give you one-on-one professional performance coaching for the duration of your degree
  • assess your professional capabilities and help you overcome challenges
  • advise you on professional development opportunities to increase your employability.

How do I gain accelerated entry?

You could be eligible to complete one of the relevant Master's degrees in only 12 months if you're an engineering graduate with a four-year Bachelor's degree with Honours from another Australian university.

If you meet these criteria (and the entry requirements for your chosen course) you could gain credit towards eight subjects (120 credit points) and take accelerated entry into your course.

Applicants are also required to sit an admission interview with an engineering academic prior to acceptance into the Work Integrated Learning track.

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We design our engineering degrees in consultation with industry, so you study topics that prepare you for your future career. From technical expertise to career skills, you’ll graduate as the innovative, adaptable engineer that employers are looking for.

As part of your accelerated entry, your admission process will include an interview with our academics and industry representatives. From here, you’ll enter one of two course tracks: the Work Integrated Learning track or the Professional Development track.

In either track, you’ll complete four engineering coursework subjects in your first semester. Your second semester will vary depending on which track you’re in.

In this track, you’ll complete a six-month placement (equivalent to 800 hours) with an engineering company or other engineering employer in your second semester.

During your placement, you’ll:

  • learn on the job
  • receive an A$10 000 industry-funded scholarship
  • be supported by a qualified industry supervisor and academic supervisor
  • develop the professional and people skills that engineering employers are looking for
  • develop research skills in a capstone experience based in a company
  • earn study credit for a full semester (60 credit points).

In this track, you’ll have another interview after you complete first semester. From there, you’ll then either switch to the Work Integrated Learning track (see above) or complete a major industry project in your second semester.

In the major industry project, you’ll:

  • engage with industry and be supervised by our expert academics
  • work on real problems for industry clients
  • apply advanced engineering and management skills
  • develop research skills in a capstone experience based in a company
  • build your resume while you study.

Choose your course

Our course pages include all the details about our engineering degrees that are eligible for accelerated entry, including the subjects you can study, entry requirements and how to apply.

Meet our students and industry partners

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Through being part of the monumental Metro Tunnel project, I’ve applied what I’ve learnt in the classroom directly in real-world settings. One of my placement’s highlights was working on the future Anzac Station site and seeing a tunnel boring machine in action. These experiences have empowered me to undertake any challenge I face in the future.

Ilhan Fahiye
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) student,
Work Integrated Learning placement at Metro Trains Melbourne
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As a knowledge and technology business focused on process engineering and manufacturing, we’re constantly looking to partner with the best and brightest. La Trobe University, through its Work Integrated Learning program, provides precisely that facility. It’s a truly remarkable program that is adding value to our business.

Edward Lynch
Managing Director, NIRAS Australia
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La Trobe has a lot of strong connections in regional manufacturing due to their regional campuses and presence. This has been incredibly valuable in sourcing talent for our growing operation. Our facilities are some of the most modern in Australia – it’s something we invest very heavily in and helps train the next generation of engineers.

Clint O’Brien
Engineering Operations Manager, Furphy Engineering

Explore additional scholarship options

We have a generous range of scholarships available to students, including course fee reductions of between 15% and 30%. These are offered separately to the A$10 000 scholarship from this program’s WIL track – so be sure to check what additional scholarships you could be eligible for.

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