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Graduate Certificate in Engineering

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertEng

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3695.3

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 061593J

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2021 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For commencement year 2020, please refer to: 3695.2 Graduate Certificate in Engineering

For commencement year 2017-2019, please refer to: 3695.1 Graduate Certificate in Engineering

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering enhances the specialist training of students at a postgraduate level and enables them to adapt to a dynamically developing and changing technological environment. The course also prepares students, especially those coming from a non-Australian learning background, for higher level postgraduate training.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time

Course Advice

Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetPart TimeInternal See above


Applicants must have successfully completed an Engineers Australia accredited three year undergraduate degree in Engineering Science or a recognised four year undergraduate degree in Engineering in one of the following specialisations: Civil, Biomedical, Environmental, Mechatronic, Mechanical, Electrical, Telecommunication.

Additional Information

Advanced standing may be granted for relevant prior studies for students who have successfully completed an Engineers Australia accredited four year Bachelor of Engineering program.

Those who have successfully completed a recognised three year undergraduate degree in Science or four year Bachelor of Engineering in another specialisation or equivalent qualifications must undertake and complete specified non-award undergraduate engineering units with approval of the Director of Academic Program before articulation to the Graduate Certificate in Engineering.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for the award of Graduate Certificate in Engineering requires the successful completion of 80 credit points as follows:

40 credit points of core units plus

40 credit points of single specialisation units.

Core Units

301002Specialised Software Applications
301003Sustainable Systems
301395Engineering Project 1 (PG)

(20 credit point unit)



All students must enrol in a Specialisation before enrolling in their units

Students enrolled in 3695 Graduate Certificate in Engineering choose four specialised alternate units

For the Graduate Certificate in Engineering or the Graduate Diploma in Engineering students can only choose a single specialisation by following the course structure below.

Single specialisations

Recommended sequence

Year 1

First session

301003Sustainable Systems

Three specialisation units (see note)

Second session

301002Specialised Software Applications
301395Engineering Project 1 (PG)

One specialisation unit


(1) Students must carefully follow the requirements of their chosen single specialisation in order to qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Engineering award. If unsure, students must seek the advice of the Academic Course Advisor.

(2) Specialisation unit offering is subject to sufficient demand and may not be offered annually.

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