Graduate Certificate of Engineering

Postgraduate coursework

Study the Graduate Certificate of Engineering and you'll develop research, technical and professional skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to design and implement engineering projects as part of a team.

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Key facts

Duration

One year part-time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Study the Graduate Certificate of Engineering and you’ll develop research, technical and professional skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to design and implement engineering projects as part of a team.

Throughout this degree, you will acquire advanced engineering skills and the forward-thinking and entrepreneurial skills employers are looking for through the pursuit of specialised study.

This course is designed for those with a 3-year undergraduate degree; or membership of Engineers Australia (Engineering Technologist) or equivalent professional body.

Domestic students who wish to undertake the Graduate Certificate as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity are advised to choose a specialisation area of study out of the six areas available to choose from the Master of Engineering (Professional).

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Engineering, you must successfully complete 4 credit points.

The course comprises a total of 4 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 4 credit points from a chosen specialisation
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Core

4 credit points from a chosen specialisation from S751 Master of Engineering (Professional)

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Engineering
Year

2021 course information

Deakin code
S550
Level
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:
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

International students can only complete the Graduate Certificate of Engineering as an exit option from S751 Master of Engineering (Professional) or S752 Master of Engineering.

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.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a 3 year Bachelor degree in a related discipline (Engineering) OR
  • membership of Engineers Australia (Engineering Technologist) or equivalent professional body OR
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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

Am I eligible to receive 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

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee (CSP): Fee information is available on the short course webpage

Government subsidised short courses 2021 

The Australian Government's Job-ready Graduates package is providing a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for this course in 2021. It's your chance to upskill or retrain in an area of strong job growth for a fraction of the usual price. 

A CSP is a place in a course where Deakin receives some funding from the Australian Government. This means you'll only need to contribute part of the cost of your course – this is referred to as the 'student contribution'. In addition, if you meet the eligibility criteria and would prefer to defer your student contribution, you can apply for HECS-HELP. HECS-HELP provides you with a loan to cover your student contribution. 

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking this course.  

The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

Search or browse through our scholarships

Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Need more information on how to apply?

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

Entry pathways

Graduates of this course can apply to study S751 Master of Engineering (Professional) or any other postgraduate engineering coursework degree.

Contact information

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

Respond to or initiate research concerned with advancing engineering and developing new principles and technologies within the specialist engineering discipline using appropriate methodologies and thereby contribute to continual improvement in the practice and scholarship of engineering.

Communication

Prepare high quality engineering documents and present information including approaches, procedures, concepts, solutions, and technical details in oral, written and/or visual forms appropriate to the context, in a professional manner.

Digital literacy

Use a wide range of digital engineering and scientific tools and techniques to analyse, simulate, visualise, synthesise and critically assess information and methodically and systematically differentiate between assertion, personal opinion and evidence for engineering decision-making.

Critical thinking

Identify, discern, and characterise salient issues, determine and analyse causes and effects, justify and apply appropriate assumptions, predict performance and behaviour, conceptualise engineering approaches and evaluate potential outcomes against appropriate criteria to synthesise solution strategies for complex engineering problems.

Problem solving

Apply technical knowledge, problem solving skills, appropriate tools and resources to design components, elements, systems, plant, facilities, processes and services to satisfy user requirements taking in to account broad contextual constraints such as social, cultural, economic, environmental, legal, political and human factors as an integral factor in the process of developing responsible engineering solutions. 

Identify recent developments, develop alternative concepts, solutions and procedures, appropriately challenge engineering practice from technical and non-technical viewpoints and thereby demonstrate capacity for creating new technological opportunities, approaches and solutions.

Self-management

Commit to and uphold codes of ethics, established norms, standards, and conduct that characterises accountability and responsibility as a professional engineer, while ensuring safety of other people and protection of the environment.

Teamwork

Function effectively as a team member, take various team roles, consistently complete all assigned tasks within agreed deadlines, proactively assist, contribute to ideas, respect opinions and value contribution made by others when working collaboratively in learning activities to realise shared team objectives and outcomes.

Approved by Faculty Board 3 September 2020