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Master of Engineering in Robotics, Automation and Control

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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  • Academic plan NRAC
  • Post Nominal MEngRobAuto&Con
  • CRICOS code 114603C
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Engineering and Related Tech
  • STEM Program
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan NRAC
  • Post Nominal MEngRobAuto&Con
  • CRICOS code 114603C
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Engineering and Related Tech
  • STEM Program
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Engineering in Robotics, Automation and Control requires completion of 96 units which must consist of:

  • 54 units from completion of Compulsory Courses
  • A minimum of 6 units from the completion of Technical Group 1 Courses
  • A minimum of 24 units from the completion of Technical Group 2 Courses
  • A maximum of 12 units from completion of Elective Courses offered by ANU

Compulsory Courses:

ENGN6213 Digital Systems and Microprocessors

ENGN6223 Control Systems

ENGN6250 Professional Practice: Holistic Thinking and Communication

ENGN6627 Robotics

ENGN8100 Introduction to Systems Engineering

ENGN8120 Systems Modelling

ENGN8170 Group Project (12 units)

ENGN8260 Professional Practice: Responsible Innovation and Leadership

Technical Group 1:

COMP6710 Structured Programming

COMP6730 Programming for Scientists

ENGN6224 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

ENGN6331 Systems Dynamics

ENGN6528 Computer Vision

ENGN6628 Network Optimisation and Control

Technical Group 2:

ENGN8224 Advanced Control Systems

ENGN8535 Engineering Data Analytics

ENGN8536 Statistical Inference in Mechatronics

ENGN8538 Probability and Stochastic Processes in Engineering

ENGN8831 Integration of Renewable Energy into Power Systems and Microgrids

ENGN8833 Industrial Energy Efficiency and Decarbonisation

Elective Courses:

Every 6000-level and 8000-level course offered by ANU qualifies as an elective course. (Students must satisfy prerequisites of elective courses.)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present the following:

·      A 4-year Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0 in a cognate discipline

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last

semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Ranking and English language proficiency: At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. In line with the University's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

·      a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

·      demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support

Diversity factors: As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications: Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Credit Granted

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate Disciplines

Electrical and/or Electronics, Automation, Control, Intelligent Systems, Robotics, Information Engineering, Biomedical, Mechatronics, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Optoelectronics, Computer Engineering, Communications/Telecommunications

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)@

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.@

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

This two-year master qualification provides students with specialised knowledge and professional engineering skills to prepare them for a career in one of the rapidly-growing application areas of Robotics, Automation and Control including mechatronics, robotics and automation, control engineering, computer vision, and smart grids. The program builds on the Australian National University’s interdisciplinary engineering focus and research expertise to give students the required skills to address complex multi-disciplinary problems, while at the same time providing advanced technical knowledge in one or more of the above fields. Work integrated learning is an important part of the program and is delivered through the group project and integrated exposure to professional practice throughout the program.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from second semester, 2024

Learning Outcomes

  1. Professionally apply systematic engineering methods to address complex, multi-disciplinary real-world engineering problems related to robotics and mechatronic systems.
  2. Proficiently apply advanced, integrated technical knowledge in automation and control and the underpinning sciences and scientific methods.
  3. Identify, engage with and respond to current developments and emerging trends within the robotics, intelligent systems, and industry automation sector.
  4. Understand the contextual factors that influence professional engineering practice, and identify the potential societal, ethical, and environmental impact of engineering activities.
  5. Communicate effectively with colleagues, other engineering professionals and the broader community employing a range of communication tools.
  6. Engage in independent investigation, critical reflection and lifelong learning to continue to practice at the forefront of the discipline.
  7. Work effectively and proactively within cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams, demonstrating autonomy, ethical conduct, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility to achieve engineering outcomes at a high standard.

Further Information

Learn more about the degrees offered at the ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics, read current student profiles to see what campus life is really like, and discover what our graduates have achieved since leaving the College Visit the College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics website .

New students should read the document found here for course advice.

About this degree

Study options

  • Typically students will enrol in 24 units per semester (four courses): a full-time load.
  • Domestic students may enrol in fewer courses each semester, known as part-time study. Part-time study will extend the duration of the degree and there are limitations to how long you can take to complete the degree.
  •  International students must always study full-time.
  • Students who wish to undertake an individual research project (ENGN8601 or ENGN8602) with an academic staff member at the School of Engineering, are recommended to consult with their prospective supervisor as early as possible to receive advice on completing courses which may be prerequisites for a particular individual project of interest


•    Elective ENGN courses can be found by searching Postgraduate courses on Programs and Courses.

•    You should read the appropriate enrolment patterns on Master Degrees to see how many electives you may choose and where they fit in your program.

•    When choosing elective courses, check the course listing on Programs and Courses to ensure that you have the required and assumed knowledge before enrolling. If you don't, consider changing your planned enrolment to make sure you take the pre-requisite course.

Academic Advice

Important things to keep in mind when planning your enrolment

•    You need to enrol in courses in both First and Second Semester (you can change your Semester 2 courses all the way until July.)

•    Before selecting what courses to enrol in, you should read the CECC advice on enrolling.

•    On the Programs and Courses page of a course, please make sure you have selected the correct year from the drop down box at the top right of the page to ensure a course is offered in a particular year and to ensure you contact the correct Course Convener.


•    Students with a Bachelor of Engineering may be able to obtain exemption or credit for some of the introductory courses included in the masters program.

•    Applying for status involves a rigorous evidence-based check to determine whether we have sufficient confidence that you have achieved the learning outcomes of the course to a sufficient level.

•    Instructions on how to apply for credit/exemptions can be found here.

•    Any awarded course credit counts towards the unit requirements of your program and may shorten the length of your degree. If the duration of your degree is shortened, international students electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) will be revised to reflect the new end date of the degree. This may have implications on your visa conditions. Students are advised to contact the Department of Home affairs for more information.


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