Course at a Glance
Schedule Start Date: 1st February 2021
Code: DEng
Course Length: 3 years
Course Location: Online

This Program is Delivered via EIT's Innovative Live Online Approach

Graduates of the Professional Doctor of Engineering (DEng) will be able to make original and significant contributions to the development, application and evaluation of professional knowledge by engaging with practical problems of demonstrated importance to their employment context and the wider body of engineering and technical knowledge.

  1. Skills and knowledge to perform detailed technical investigation, applied research and development to provide innovative solutions
  2. Acquire deep technical knowledge and research management skills
  3. Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and accurately
  4. Contribute to the profession through original body of knowledge and work
  5. A valuable and accredited Doctor of Engineering qualification
  6. Global networking contacts in academia and industry
  7. Improved career options

** A note regarding recognition of this program in the Australian education system: EIT is the owner of this program. The qualification is officially accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). EIT delivers this program to students worldwide.


Program Details


Successful completion of the course will equip the graduate to take a leading role in the development of research investigations into current and future problems of industrial and community concern within their area of expertise. The program will give candidates the skills and experience to act as independent researchers or group leaders for investigations of practical importance in their professional area over their professional life.

The program will run over three years (with four 12-week terms per year). The first year consists of four academic coursework units and a research project proposal which allows candidates to demonstrate their aptitude for research by undertaking a state-of-the-art literature review, which extends knowledge and skills attained in their undergraduate program and the four foundation doctoral units.

The second year of the DEng will require the candidate to successfully complete a further four units (two course work and two research units) that will address deeper concepts in their discipline area. Each of these units will have a significant research component as required by AQF Level 9/10. Complex theory will be applied to current industry problems. The synergies and importance of theoretical constructs to professional practice will be explored in detail. The second year has the important objective of providing the candidate with appropriate skills and expert knowledge to undertake a doctoral level dissertation in the final year with the requisite rigour; this includes identifying a suitable research problem and undertaking introductory literature review relative to the chosen topic.

The third year of the Doctor of Engineering is the dissertation year. Here the candidate will be expected to extend their work on the project that they have developed over the first and second year. The candidate will draw upon the research training, course learning, and research undertaken during the second year, to support this substantive body of work at AQF Level 10. This must make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice. In other words, the doctoral candidate must create new knowledge which can be applied in an industrial context. Academic supervision coupled with guidance from an industry advisor will be an integral part of this part of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Formulate a significant problem to engineering practitioners in their field, which can be addressed with new knowledge created through original research, innovation and entrepreneurial approach;
  • Using intellectual independence, perform a complex investigation, critically review literature, and present the problem and argue its significance to professional, and lay audiences.
  • Plan an approach to undertake original research to provide realisable solutions to unpredictable and complex problem, considering previous work.
  • Justify the contribution of knowledge, method, schedule, risk management plan and required resources.
  • Obtain relevant ethical or other expert approvals to undertake and manage the research in a rigorous and ethical manner.
  • Critically analyze data and report using various tools and media to practitioners and researchers in the candidate’ field, and to lay people: results, methods and analysis, comparison with previous work; originality and significance of the research; limitations; implications for theory, practice, and society; and recommendations for further research.

Rules of Progression

The Doctoral dissertation is the major component of the Doctor of Engineering course. There are coursework components in the course, which should serve as complementary knowledge for the dissertation. The dissertation unit appears in Year-3, but the research work for the dissertation starts from Year-1. The key units that are associated with the Doctoral dissertation are DEng700, DEng802, DEng804 and DEng900. The student needs to follow the steps below to produce a dissertation:

  • formulate a research idea in DEng700;
  • conduct research work throughout Year-2 and make publications in DEng802 and DEng804; and
  • continue to complete any unfinished research work and write up a dissertation.

The content of each unit is designed to provide a graduated increase in knowledge and skills throughout the course, culminating in the Doctoral Thesis in the third year.

Who Will Benefit

This program is highly recommended for engineering professionals who have a passion for engineering and want to contribute to the profession through original contribution of knowledge within the context of professional practice. It can include engineering professionals from any engineering field. Some examples below:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Industrial Automation
  • Process Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering

Time Commitment

The course contains 120 credit points in total made up of 88 research-based units and 32 course work units. The duration is three years’ full time, or equivalent. 

Successful students will need to spend a minimum of 20 hours per fortnight for coursework units and a minimum of 60 hours per fortnight for research units.

Pathways to Doctor of Engineering/Credits

A candidate can apply for credit at the point of admission. Credit will not be granted towards a thesis, dissertation or alternative research component.

  • Any candidate transferring from a coursework master's degree from EIT, or another recognised institute or university, may apply and receive credit for a maximum of 2 units (8 credit points).
  • Any candidate transferring from a master’s degree by research from a recognised institution may apply and receive credit for a maximum of 2 units (8 credit points).
  • Any candidate transferring from a professional doctorate degree from a recognised institution may apply and receive credit for a maximum of 2 units (8 credit points).
Direct Entry will only be granted to graduates of bachelor honours, graduate diplomas or master's from a cognate discipline from a recognised institution

Graduates of a 3-year Bachelor degree will NOT be granted direct entry (regardless of work experience) and will be advised to successfully complete a two-year EIT Master degree to gain entry.

Comprehensive eBooks and Associated Documentation

In addition to your recommended textbooks, there are a number of electronic resources available to you for your work during the program.  These include:

  • IDC Technologies Library – an engineering eBook library of over three hundred books and additional resources.
  • IEEE Xplore STEM45 Journal –unlimited full text access to 45 selected IEEE Journals
  • Elsevier Knovel® for Academia – a  cloud-based service that offers you 24x7 access to relevant and reliable technical information wherever you are.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements - Doctor of Engineering

Generally, all admission is be written application and interview. To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements: To gain entry into this program, applicants need one of the following:

BE Honours, Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) with minimum Second-Class Honours Division A (H2A).  OR

An appropriate and relevant Master degree from EIT or other recognised tertiary institution. OR

Satisfying the Dean (or delegate) of their fitness to undertake further advanced work. This would be established by:

I. Relevant four-year undergraduate qualification from a recognised institution


II. Submission of a resume demonstrating, at least five years professional practice in a relevant field with ability to demonstrate, or be in a position to produce their own substantial, original professional contributions in the relevant engineering field and/or published research work.


III. An appropriate level of English Language Proficiency as outlined in the Admissions Policy.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Exemptions

  • A candidate can apply for credit at the point of admission. Credit will not be granted towards a thesis, dissertation or alternative research component.
  • Any candidate transferring from a coursework Master degree from EIT or another recognised institute or university may apply and receive credit for a maximum of 2 units (8 credit points).
  • Any candidate transferring from a Master’s degree by research from a recognised institution may apply and receive credit for a maximum of 2 units (8 credit points).
  • Any candidate transferring from a professional doctorate degree from a recognised institution may apply and receive credit for a maximum of 2 units (8 credit points).

Program Structure

Program Structure

The program contains 120 credit points and has a duration of three years’ full time, or equivalent. Students must complete 16 credit points (four units) and one Research Project Proposal in the first year. The Research Project Proposal is the equivalent of 12 credit points. The second year has a further four units totaling 44 credit points. Two of these units are research based. The third year is fully occupied with the doctoral Dissertation which is 48 credit points. At the successful conclusion of these three years; the doctorate is completed.

Term Unit Code Subjects Research or Coursework Credit Points
Year One

Term 1 & 2

(1 Semester)

DEng601 Engineering Practice and Key Research Methodology Coursework 4
  DEng602 Technology Evaluation and Intellectual Property Coursework 4
  DEng603 Applied Mathematical Modelling and Simulation Coursework 4
  DEng604* Data Acquisition Coursework 4

Term 3 & 4

(1 Semester)

DEng700 Research Project Proposal (over 2 terms) Research 12
Year Two

Term 1 & 2

(1 Semester)

DEng801* Advanced Data Analysis Coursework 8
  DEng802 Doctoral Dissertation Research Paper 1 Research 14

Term 3 & 4

(1 Semester)

DEng803* Big Data Analysis and Pattern Recognition Coursework 8
  DEng804 Doctoral Dissertation Research Paper 2 Research 14
Year Three

Term 1 - 4

(2 Semesters)

DEng900 Doctoral Dissertation (over 4 terms) Research 48
Total Coursework Units (equivalent to 2 semesters) 32
Total Research Units (equivalent to 4 semesters) 88
Total Credit Points (equivalent to 6 semesters or 3 years) 120

*Elective units - Other approved postgraduate unit/s as appropriate to the relevant field of study (Master- year 2 level unit) can be taken on by the student in consultation with their supervisor. These alternative unit/s, endorsed by the supervisor, must be approved by the ACC/Deputy Dean. DEng801 & DEng803 units need to be substituted with 2 MEng elective units for credit equivalence.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

This Doctor of Engineering is an academically accredited program by the Australian Government agency Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Why EIT?

Why Study with EIT?

Engineering Specialist

We are one of the only institutes in the world specializing in engineering.


Our degrees are designed by an international body of industry experts, ensuring you graduate with cutting-edge skills that are valued by employers around the world. Our program content will remain current with rapidly changing technology and industry developments.

Industry Experienced Lecturers

Our lecturers are highly experienced engineers with applied knowledge.

World-Class Australian Accredited Education

Like all Australian higher education providers and universities, EIT programs are accredited by the exacting standards of the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Many of our degrees are also recognized under international engineering accords.

Unique Delivery Model

Our unique online delivery methodology makes use of live and interactive tutorials, an international pool of expert lecturers, dedicated learning support officers, and state-of-the-art technologies such as hands-on workshops, remote laboratories, and simulation software. Our supportive blended learning model and small class sizes encourage you to advance your technical knowledge and remain engaged in your studies while forming global networks and balancing life and work commitments.

How To Apply

How to Apply

Application Deadline 20 November 2020

Once you have reviewed the above entry requirements for this program, you can commence the application process by completing this form.  One of EIT's friendly Course Advisor's will contact you to provide you further detail about the application process.  You will also receive an email with a link to our application portal. Please note that your application will need to include certified/notarized copies of your identification and qualifications; a 500 word statement as to why you wish to apply for this program; and a 1000 word research proposal.




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