University of Technology Sydney

C11238v1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies (GradCertESt)
CRICOS code: 081084J
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


This course qualifies individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional work and provides a pathway for further learning in engineering. Students with a bachelor's degree in a non-cognate engineering field can apply to this course. All applications are assessed individually and the course structure is tailor-made based on the basic qualifications that students possess.

Applicants without a degree but who have a TAFE diploma or equivalent qualification in engineering and significant related work experience are also considered.

This course creates a pathway for students from a different engineering background to explore their potential to undertake postgraduate studies in engineering. Once students complete the course, individual assessment is undertaken to articulate either 12, 18 or 24 credit points towards a master's course.

Career options

This course allows professionals who are currently employed, or would like to pursue employment in engineering organisations, to understand and gain advantage in securing and retaining employment.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies graduates are culturally and historically informed, with awareness of ethical practices when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
B.1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies graduates are socially responsible professionals, able to engage a broad range of stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of needs and impacts of engineering systems.
C.1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies graduates apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to design components, systems and processes to meet specified stakeholder requirements.
D.1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies graduates exhibit an integrated understanding of engineering systems through specialised technical skills. They apply fundamental discipline concepts, to evaluate, implement and operate engineering systems.
E.1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies graduates collaborate as an effective member or leader of diverse teams both within and across disciplines and communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences.
F.1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Studies graduates take responsibility and accountability for their own lifelong learning. They critically review and reflect on their own and others' performance to improve themselves and provide constructive feedback within their teams.

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.

Applicants must hold a qualification in an engineering field, and are required to specify on their application which new or varied field of engineering they wish to pursue.

Applicants who do not satisfy the above academic requirements may be considered on one of the following:

  • Completed Associate Diploma and RATE Diploma; or
  • Completed TAFE/AQF Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or overseas equivalent); or
  • New Zealand technical and vocational NQF Level 5-7


  • Above qualification(s) to be in the field of engineering;
  • Minimum two years' full-time equivalent related work experience post completion of study;
  • Submission of resume and proof of work experience.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning is not available for this course.

The substitution of core subjects with an alternative/advanced postgraduate subject in a similar field of study may be granted.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a six-month, full-time or one-year, part-time basis.

The course is tailored to individual student needs and comprises subjects that enable students to build their knowledge base in engineering. 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).

Course structure

Students are required to complete 24 credit points, comprising professional engineering (6 credit points), review (12 credit points), and an elective (6 credit points). Program details vary according to the interests of the student and are determined prior to enrolment as well as in consultation with, and with the approval of, an academic adviser.

Course completion requirements

CBK90956 Choice (Professional Engineering) 6cp
49143 Engineering Review 1 6cp
49144 Engineering Review 2 6cp
CBK90230 Elective (Engineering) 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The program below shows a suggested sequence of subjects for a full-time student. It 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.

full time
Year 1
Autumn or Spring session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90956 Choice (Professional Engineering) 6cp  
49143 Engineering Review 1   6cp
49144 Engineering Review 2   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90230 Elective (Engineering) 6cp  

Other information

Further information is available from:

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