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to issues reshaping the global resources
industry, such as renewable energies
in a carbon-constrained economy. This
knowledge, insight and experience
helps young engineers tackle modern
Professor Moghtaderi, a global
authority on energy combustion and
the reduction of CO2 emissions, and
Professor Kevin Galvin of the University
of Newcastle, redesigned the Master of
Engineering Science and launched it in
2007 to meet a gap in the market for
postgraduate engineering education.
'We felt there was not enough
training for the next generation of
engineers in emerging technologies,'
says Professor Moghtaderi. 'There was a
need for engineers to learn about issues,
such as low-emission technologies,
and get them thinking about these
challenges early in their career.'
A feature of the Master of
Engineering Science is its delivery.
Students attend the university in a
ve-day block mode for each subject
with learning materials provided online.
Rather than attending nightly lectures
over a 12-week semester, face-to-face
instruction is completed in a week -- an
excellent format for busy resource-
sector professionals and those working
at remote mines.
The study-intensive week mixes
theory and practical application.
After three-and-a-half days of study,
students form groups and spend the
remaining time developing solutions for
engineering problems. 'For example,
the groups will be asked to develop,
with conceptual design, for clean coal
technology by the end of the week, and
put their learning into action straight
away,' says Professor Moghtaderi.
Another feature is personalised
instruction. About 10--15 students
undertake the Master of Engineering
Science each year, meaning more time
with lecturers and closer interaction
between students. Professor Moghtaderi
teaches the subjects Advanced Energy
Systems and Advanced Clean Coal
The ability to tailor the Master of
Engineering Science to meet a student's
professional needs and interests is
another attraction. Eight subjects
must be completed from a wide
range of choices and there are three
specialisations: Technical Courses,
Management and an Engineering
Project. The course suits students with
undergraduate degrees across most
'The breadth of the master's degree
is really important,' says Professor
Moghtaderi. 'Students can gain insights
on everything from the latest thinking in
renewables to nuclear energy. And they
can focus on issues that really interest
them, rather than having to follow a very
rigid course format.'
The average program cost ($17,550)
is highly competitive, given the
University of Newcastle's global research
standing in engineering research,
teaching quality and industry linkages.
The University of Newcastle has
impressive connections with leading
international and Australian resource
companies, and other Australian
universities that have strengths in
engineering academic research and
teaching for the resource sector.
The University of Newcastle is
involved in a unique collaboration
with the University of Queensland and
the University of Western Australia in
the International Energy Centre. The
IEC, which has Glencore Xstrata as a
founding industry member, delivers
the prestigious Master of Energy
Now in its third year, the MES has
attracted professionals from a range
of industries who want to deepen their
understanding of future energy trends.
The program suits more experienced
resource-sector professionals and senior
managers from outside the industry
who want to better understand how
their industry will operate in a carbon-
'A really interesting mix of students
enrol in the course, with the rst
course of students graduating this
year,' says Professor Moghtaderi. 'We've
had political aides, a journalist, lawyers
and engineers do the course.'
The program guide for the MES says:
'Energy managers around the world
are facing increasingly complex and
intertwined challenges. Successfully
addressing these challenges will require
energy literacy and understanding of the
issues and associated economics to help
society to move to a low-carbon future
ef ciently and cost effectively.
'The MES develops leaders with the
shared skills, knowledge and expertise
to develop sustainable solutions. MES
energy professionals will learn how
to communicate across scienti c,
environmental, and economic and
governance boundaries to create
innovative, sustainable solutions to
complex global challenges.'
Students can choose full-time study
over 18 months, or part-time study over
three years. Six foundation courses must
be completed, and specialisations chosen
in carbon management, which provides
more general business skills, or the
technology-focused Low Carbon Solutions,
taking two subjects in each specialisation.
The nal Professional Project,
equivalent to four courses, is the
culminating experience of the MES
program; it requires students to design
and undertake self-directed project works
that consolidate and apply concepts,
principles and methodologies learned.
Like the Master of Engineering
Science, the MES is taught in intensive
one-week block modes. Students attend
courses on campus at one of the three
universities in the IEC collaboration,
with guest presentations from
Australian and international energy
In the weeks following the intensive
block, students complete a number of
online tutorials and assessment items.
Each student completes courses at the
University of Queensland, the University
of Western Australia and the University
of Newcastle, meaning interstate travel.
The MES costs about $48,000
for the full program, which also
includes accommodation during ve-
day study blocks, site-visit costs,
industry dinners, course materials and
other networking opportunities with
resource-sector professionals. It does
not include travel costs.
To learn more about the Master of
Engineering Science, visit
To learn more about the MES, visit
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