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Doctor of Professional Engineering, DPEN

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Online
The aim of the Doctor of Professional Engineering program from University of Southern Queensland is to enhance the skills of already high performing professional engineers in the areas of detailed technical investigation, applied research and development, innovative design and analysis.
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The Doctor of Professional Engineering program from University of Southern Queensland allows candidates to develop and demonstrate these essential skills by communicating their significant original professional technical achievements as a substantial body of work in a formal academic format. In addition, candidates are likely to acquire some additional key management knowledge and/or broad technological knowledge. The specific set of knowledge will depend on the candidate’s choice of courses.

Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Doctor of Professional Engineering will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • critically evaluate knowledge from the professional journals and other information sources relevant to the professional engineering field;

  • analyse trends in technology;

  • use research skills in the field of professional engineering;

  • apply skills in detailed technical investigation of complex and unique engineering problems;

  • develop innovative solutions, designs and analyses; and

  • present a clear and accurate written account of an extensive and complicated body of work

Depending on the choice of Elective courses, students will also be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • apply selected fundamental management theories and practices;

  • apply skills in engineering and technology business;

  • evaluate the importance of technological innovation and risk in engineering business; and

  • apply knowledge and skills associated with technology management in areas such as sustainable development, technical risk assessment and engineering asset management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time candidates normally complete in 6 years. Students have a maximum of 8 years part-time to complete this program.

  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Assessment of Future Specialist Technology
  • Technological Impact and its Management
  • Management of Technological Risk
  • Asset Management in an Engineering Environment
  • Technology Management Practice
  • Whole of Life Facilities Management
  • Technological Innovation and Development

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of a relevant 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 their own substantial, original professional contributions in an appropriate Engineering field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3730 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3730 USD per credit and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    3310 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3310 USD per credit and a duration of 72 months.
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