Master of Electronic Engineering

Choose Electronic Engineering at La Trobe

Consolidate on your undergraduate degree and specialise in the rapidly developing area of electronics. Our master's program offers studies in cutting-edge areas and allows you choose elements that suit your chosen specialisation. When you graduate, you will be equipped to work in electronic design, optical engineering, microelectronics, communications, manufacturing, and the automotive and defence industries.

First year introduces you to a range of fundamental areas including biomedical engineering, signal processing, telecommunications, and control theory. Second-year core studies moves into more advanced areas like instrumentation electronics, digital system design, and communication networks. You also have the flexibility to select an electronic engineering project or telecommunication/network design project. Subject to approval, you can undertake a research project under the supervision of one of our staff members.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Career outcomes

Completing a Master of Electronic Engineering will prepare you for careers in:

  • electronic design 
  • optical engineering
  • microelectronics
  • communications
  • electronic systems
  • biomedical engineering
  • the automotive industry
  • defence organisations
  • quality control
  • medical and electronic equipment design and manufacturing.

Course information


Melbourne (campus location)


2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.


Seminars and lectures during business hours, evening classes or in block mode.


Australian students

$24,040 per 120 credit points (indicative course fee for students starting in 2015). You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

International students

$25,100 annual fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

The complete course is 240 credit points.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor of Engineering degree or an Honours degree in science in an appropriate field, or international equivalent. If you do not meet these requirements, you may be considered for admission after successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Electronic Engineering.

Course content

This two-year Master's degree comprises 240 credit points of subjects. First-year subjects include foundation areas like biomedical engineering, signal processing, communications, and control theory, while second-year moves into more advanced areas including instrumentation electronics, digital system design and communication networks. You also have the option of choosing between an electronic engineering project or telecommunication/network design project.

An example of the course structure is as follows:

First Year

  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • Engineering Practice
  • Clinical Engineering
  • Digital Control Theory
  • Engineering Project B
  • Electronic Design Automation - Tools and Techniques

Second Year

  • Digital System Design
  • Electronic Design Exercise
  • Instrumentation Electronics
  • Communication Networks
  • Personal Mobile Communications
  • Electronic Engineering Major Project A or Telecommunication Design Exercise

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Scholarships and financial support

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.

Australian students:

International students:

Industry connections

The compulsory subjects in this course satisfy the requirements for membership of the College of Biomedical Engineering of Engineers Australia.

Featured staff

Dr David B Tay

Dr Tay, who lectures in electronic engineering, received his doctorate at Cambridge University after gaining degrees in engineering and mathematics in Australia. He taught at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University before joining La Trobe's Department of Electronic Engineering in 1999. Dr Tay is a member of DSP Technical Committee in the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and is the associate editor for the International Journal of Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing. His research is focused on wavelets and filter banks, although he is also interested in biomedical engineering and machine learning. His recent articles on wavelets have been published in the journal Signal Processing.

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