Graduate Certificate of Engineering (2023)

Graduate Certificate of Engineering (1)

Postgraduate coursework

Develop research, technical and professional skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to design engineering projects as part of a team.


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    Key facts


    One year part-time


    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Online

    Key dates

    Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2024 close 18 February 2024

    Current Deakin Students

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

    Course overview

    Advance your career with the Graduate Certificate of Engineering at Deakin.

    This course enhances your research, technical and problem-solving skills, and ability to design and professionally implement engineering projects as part of a team. You will acquire advanced engineering skills and the forward-thinking entrepreneurial skills employers are looking for through the pursuit of specialised study.

    This course is designed for those with a three-year undergraduate degree; or membership of Engineers Australia (Engineering Technologist) or equivalent professional body.
    Domestic students interested in undertaking this course as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity are advised to choose one of the specialisation areas from the Master of Engineering (Professional).

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    Course information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Engineering

    2024 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.

    Course structure

    To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Engineering, students must attain 4 credit points, which must include the following:

    • four (4) credit points from a chosen specialisation
    • completion of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory unit)
    • completion of SEE700 Safety Induction Program (0-credit compulsory point unit).

    Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.


    • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)


    • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)


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


      Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

      Engineering specialisation (4-credit points):

      • Civil Engineering
      • Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering Design
      • Mechatronics and Control Engineering

      Intakes by location

      The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

      Trimester 1 - March

      • Start date: March
      • Available at:
        • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
        • Online

      Trimester 2 - July

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

      Additional course information

      Course duration

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

      Entry requirements

      Admission criteria

      Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

      Academic requirements

      To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

      • completion of a 3 year bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline (engineering)
      • membership of Engineers Australia (Engineering Technologist), or equivalent professional body

      English language proficiency requirements

      To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

      • bachelor degree
      • IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
      • other evidence of English language proficiency(learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements).

      Admissions information

      Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

      Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you’re able to commit to your study.

      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

      $17,600 - Full-fee paying place
      Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

      The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

      Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

      • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
      • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are available for this course.

      The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year. 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.

      FEE-HELP calculator

      What is FEE-HELP?

      FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $48,361.

      Please note: fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and based on 2023 rates. Actual fees may vary. We advise confirming fees with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

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      Deakin University (Deakin):

      • gives no warranty and accepts no responsibility for the currency, accuracy or the completeness of the information provided;
      • advises users that no reliance should be placed upon on the information provided, and;
      • instructs users that they should confirm the actual course fee withProspective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

      This tool provides indicative information about the fees that will be payable in respect of courses and subjects offered to prospective students domiciled in Australia during the periods indicated.

      Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

      The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

      • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
      • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
      • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
      • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
      • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
      • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

      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 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

      Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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      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.


      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.


      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.


      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.

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