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Doctor of Professional Engineering

Doctor of Professional Engineering (DPEN)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • Part-time candidates normally complete in 6 years
  • Feb, Jul, Nov


  • Have a passion for engineering and want to further your knowledge? USQ’s Doctor of Professional Engineering is designed to expand your knowledge in technical investigation and innovative design and analysis, as well as take your research skills to a higher level.
  • Your studies will include 8 units of discipline-based coursework and research methodology studies, before embarking on 16 units of independent research in a specialised field of your choice, contributing to our future world.
  • Doctor of Professional Engineering or PhD? The Doctor of Professional Engineering is for the engineering professional looking to upgrade their skills, knowledge and qualifications and to achieve a Doctoral qualification through a complementary combination of coursework and research project work.

Career outcomes

  • With your doctorate you can pursue a career as an academic, consultant or manager within the engineering profession in a diverse range of industries worldwide.

Entry requirements

  • Australian university four-year Bachelor degree in the area of Engineering with a GPA of at least 5.0 or above, or equivalent.
  • Be able to demonstrate, or be in a position to produce your own substantial, original professional contributions in an appropriate Engineering field.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

Courses to be studied Units
Academic approved courses 8
Independent research courses 16
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 37040

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 25 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021- Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021
  • Semester 3, 2021 - Monday 15 November, 2021.
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