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C11236v1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Engineering (GradCertE)
CRICOS code: 081083K
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course is designed to provide an opportunity for practising professional engineers or technologists to extend their engineering knowledge and to update their knowledge and skills in line with recent advances.

This course allows busy professional engineers to embark on postgraduate studies while working towards creating a work–life balance before making a commitment to start a master's degree. The subjects follow an integrated approach to professional practice through compulsory professional engineering subjects and compulsory subjects relevant to a particular major. Once completed, all the subjects in this course can be credited towards a master's for a specific major.

Career options

Students who have a basic engineering undergraduate degree are able to enhance their ability and knowledge through this postgraduate course in their respective majors, enabling them to gain and hold employment in their respective engineering fields.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Needs contexts and systems
A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs
A.2 Establish priorities and goals
A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
B.0 Problem solving and design
B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies
B.2 Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specification
B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
B.5 Implement and test solutions
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction and modelling
C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
D.0 Self management
D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
E.0 Communication and coordination
E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies
F.0 Professional practice within a global context
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation against appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations and specifications)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

It is a requirement that the bachelor's degree be in engineering and relevant to the applicant's proposed major, with no more than 25 per cent of subjects failed.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

This is offered as a six-month, full-time course or can be complete in one year of part-time study.

The course is made up of subjects that provide students with flexibility. Classes are usually held in a standard mode (weekly attendance) or in block mode (attend classes only two or three times during the session per subject). Some subjects may be available in distance mode.

Course structure

Students complete 24 credit points of study. Program details vary with the major and are determined prior to enrolment, in consultation with, and with the approval of, an academic adviser designated by the Director, Teaching and Learning.

Some program majors may require students to complete prescribed subjects with or without an opportunity for electives. In these cases, the area of program major is recognised on the candidate's academic record.

Students with a bachelor’s in engineering may be allowed to complete this course without a major; subject selection should be clearly related to a professional theme.

Course completion requirements

CBK90956 Choice (Professional Engineering) 6cp
CBK90715 Engineering choice 12cp
CBK90230 Elective (Engineering) 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The sample program below shows a suggested sequence of subjects for the Civil Engineering stream for a full-time student commencing the course in Autumn session. Students in other streams follow a similar sequence. The program is intended as a guide only and does not take into account such factors as recognition of prior learning, changes in attendance mode and subject availability, or satisfactory academic progress. Students should consult the Timetable Planner to confirm the availability of subjects in the current academic year.

List of Engineering areas of study
STM90898 Biomedical Engineering stream   12cp
STM90899 Civil Engineering stream   12cp
STM90903 Computer Control Engineering stream   12cp
STM90902 Energy Planning and Policy stream   12cp
STM90904 Environmental Engineering stream   12cp
STM90900 Geotechnical Engineering stream   12cp
STM90906 Manufacturing Engineering and Management stream   12cp
CBK90714 No specified stream   12cp
STM90907 Operations stream   12cp
STM90908 Software Systems Engineering stream   12cp
STM90901 Structural Engineering stream   12cp
STM90910 Telecommunications and Electonics stream   12cp
STM90911 Water Engineering stream   12cp
STM91238 Cyber Security Engineering stream   12cp
STM91304 Robotics stream   12cp
STM91410 Electrical Energy Systems (GC)   12cp
Civil Engineering stream
Year 1
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90956 Choice (Professional Engineering) 6cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
STM90899 Civil Engineering stream 12cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90230 Elective (Engineering) 6cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Engineering, the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (C06108), the Master of Engineering (C04271) and the Master of Engineering (Extension) (C04277).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222