Master of Telecommunication and Network Engineering

Choose Telecommunication and Network Engineering at La Trobe

If you're an engineer who wants to specialise in the rapidly evolving telecommunication and network field, our master's program is for you. Computer, internet, multimedia and communication technologies have changed significantly in recent years, and we'll give you the knowledge and practical experience to meet the challenges of this industry.

First year core subjects introduce you to fundamental areas including broadband digital communication, engineering practice and communication networks. Second year moves into more advanced areas including personal mobile communications, antennas and propagation, and current experimental practices in electronics and telecommunications.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Career outcomes

This degree equips you for careers in:

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

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 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.

Course content

This two-year Master's degree comprises 240 credit points of subjects. Core first-year subjects include foundation areas like telecommunication engineering and communication networks, while second-year moves into more advanced areas including intermediate network engineering and pervasive network design. You also have the option of choosing between an electronic design exercise, a network design exercise, or a research project supervised by one our staff members.

An example of the course structure is as follows:

First Year

  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Telecommunication Engineering
  • Engineering Practice
  • Communication
  • Engineering Project B
  • Communication Networks
  • Telecommunication Design Exercise

Second Year

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

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:

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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