Graduate Certificate of Cloud Architectures and Solutions

Postgraduate coursework

Equip yourself with the specialised knowledge and experience necessary to leverage cloud-related opportunities to enhance business operations, with Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Cloud Architectures and Solutions.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at


One year part-time


Current Deakin Students

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Course information

In a fast-paced and data-driven digital world, cloud computing is an area of significant business interest. The rapid adoption of cloud technologies in many organisations and businesses has driven the need for IT professionals skilled in cloud computing, architectures, and solutions. This course responds to the growing demand for skilled professionals equipped with the specialised knowledge and experience necessary to leverage cloud-related opportunities to enhance business operations.

There are many benefits of building and deploying cloud architectures and solutions for businesses, including cost reductions and improvements to improve the agility and efficiency of business operations. This course is ideally suited to experienced IT professionals, network administrators and systems engineers who are keen to upskill and equip themselves with the specialist knowledge in cloud computing and enrich their industry experience.

Want to gain expert cloud computing skills to advance your career?

Throughout the course, you will develop an advanced understanding of current and emerging trends in cloud computing technologies. Specifically, the course will focus on the development of technical and analytical skills in the areas of cloud computing architecture and solutions, data networking, automation, storage, virtualisation, large-scale deployment, failover and load-balancing mechanisms. Depending on your particular area of interest, you will also have the opportunity to hone your studies in either networks and security (to focus on risk assessments, mitigation and the implementation of security protocols) or software architecture and scalability for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Following the completion of this course, you will be highly sought after for specialist roles within IT and related industries that require expertise to design, develop and deploy cloud solutions that enhance business operations with high-performing computing technologies.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Cloud Architectures and Solutions, students must attain 4 credit points (one year part- time study), which must include the following:

  • Four (4) core units (4 credit points)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.


  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Cloud Automation Technologies
  • Cloud Computing Technologies
  • Software Deployment and Operation
  • Plus choose one from:

  • Computer Networks and Security
  • Software Architecture and Scalability for Internet of Things
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Cloud Architectures and Solutions

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    New course from Trimester 1, 2022

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor Degree in a related discipline, OR
    • Bachelor Degree AND two years relevant work experience, OR
    • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent, OR
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    Deakin aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations.

    Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    After successfully completing your graduate certificate, you can continue your study by using the credit points you’ve earned to enter the:


    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of this course you will be equipped with specialised skills and knowledge to pursue managerial roles in high-performing computing environments within Australia and overseas. You could find employment in roles such as cloud computing engineer, network designer, security specialist, cloud solutions architect or cloud designer, or establish your own consultancy.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Use advanced and integrated knowledge of computer networking and Cloud computing architectures and solutions to guide, manage and support their successful development, deployment and operations.


    Communicate details of cloud architectures and solutions to technical and non-technical stakeholders using appropriate terminologies.

    Digital literacy

    Use digital media to locate, collect and evaluate information from technical channels and apply information to identify approaches and solutions that meet user requirements.

    Critical thinking

    Exercise independent and critical judgement in applying Cloud computing technologies to the deployment and operation of software solutions.

    Problem solving

    Apply specialised knowledge, skills, and techniques to design and implement solutions involving the application of Cloud computing technologies.

    Approved by Faculty Board 10 June 2021