Apply to transfer to Master of Engineering by research

Are you currently enrolled in the Masters of Engineering (coursework)?

As current Master of Engineering (coursework) students at La Trobe, you have an opportunity to conduct an in-depth investigation into a topic of your choice by transferring into the Master of Engineering by research degree, and apply for a dedicated stipend valued at up to A$44,666 to support your research.

  • you will have the opportunity to strengthen your analytical skills and gain insights in your chosen field of study, which will position you well for senior roles in the tech industry, consulting firms, and beyond
  • as a graduate research candidate, you will benefit from the full suite of research development opportunities offered by the Graduate Research School’s Research Education and Development (RED) program
  • you may transfer directly into the Masters by research degree at the 6-month mark, after completing 60 credit points in the first semester, and be in a position to graduate with a globally recognised Masters degree in around 12-18 months. and be in a position to graduate with a globally recognised Masters degree in around 12-18 months
  • with a Masters by research degree you will have a competitive edge if you decide later to apply for a doctoral degree.

Applications are now open!

  • Candidature offers will be conditional on your school’s support and on completing 60 credit points in the first semester of full-time enrolment (or equivalent) with a weighted average mark of 70 or above. Your school may choose to set a higher WAM requirement and this would be included on your conditional offer.
  • If you receive a conditional offer, ensure you accept by 26 November 2023.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis and offers will be made to successful recipients in late July once final results for the 60 credit points of coursework have been released.
  • If you are successful, the Graduate Research School will enrol you in the Master of Engineering (research), normally effective from 12 February 2024. Candidates holding a stipend are required to commence during the period 1 – 28 February 2024.
  • You will be provided with progress milestones.
    • These will be a Mid-Candidature review (3 months from commencement),  Pre-Submission review (6-12 months from commencement) and an Expected Work Submission Date (8-14 months from commencement).
    • Your Expected Work Submission Date can be postponed up to your Maximum Candidature Date (12-18 months from commencement).

The transfer process is outlined below:

Monday 4 September 2023 Applications open
Saturday 30 September 2023 Applications close
November 2023 Conditional candidature offers are sent
Sunday 26 November 2023

Acceptances due

Wednesday 29 November 2023 The official release of results
December 2023

Students notified if conditions of the offer have been met and scholarship offers sent to successful recipients

Monday 12 February 2024
(unless otherwise specified on your offer letter)

Transfer students commence in the Master by research

Early March 2024Withdrawn from Masters of Engineering (coursework) degree


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