Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GDipE)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

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The Graduate Diploma in Engineering is comprised of foundation courses and advanced studies. The foundation courses are designed to ensure that students acquire a level of expertise in the relevant specialisation. This program gives the opportunity to study technical courses at an advanced level.

Students must specialise in one of the following disciplines:

Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace engineering is focused on the development and use of new technologies and materials that are relevant to any high-tech industries including the aerospace industry.

Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering combines knowledge of basic chemistry and mathematics with engineering principles and applies them to the systematic design, development and operation of process systems for the extraction, transformation and recovery of materials.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering is concerned with assessing and managing the effects of human activity on the natural and built environments and doing it in a sustainable manner. This ensures that we can provide adequate infrastructure and natural resources for current generations, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

Civil and Structural Engineering
Civil and Structural Engineering involves the planning, design and construction of society’s major infrastructures such as bridges, buildings, structures, roads, water supply, dams, pipelines, sewerage treatment facilities, drainage, pollution control equipment and coastal management facilities.

Electrical Engineering
Electrical engineering includes power systems engineering as well as an opportunity to develop advanced levels of understanding of related topics in mathematics, project management and system engineering.

Electronic Engineering
Electronic engineering includes topics such as telecommunications, microelectronics, image sensors as well as an understanding of related topics in mathematics, project management and system engineering.

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is concerned with the management of people and resources, the development and use of new technologies and the design and development of new processes and products. This mostly involves ‘things that move’, such as motor vehicles, aircraft systems, engines, pumps, gas turbines, industrial plants, air conditioning / refrigeration systems, manufacturing processes, building services and even space stations.

Mechatronic Engineering
Mechatronic engineering is a discipline that combines mechanics with electronics and computing. It involves the design, construction and maintenance of intelligent machines, micro-machines, smart structures, intelligent systems, control systems and consumer products such as cameras, washing machines or a fully automated robotic assembly line or they may be involved with defence technology and systems.

Mining Engineering
Mining engineering has an emphasis on technical analysis and evaluation of mining systems including mine design and planning, rock mechanics, modelling and simulation, risk and uncertainty, mining geostatistics, mine management and sustainable mining practices.

The Graduate Diploma in Engineering is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.


Condition of enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Engineering

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Engineering.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Courses to the value of 24 units including studies in one of the following disciplines
    • Aerospace
    • Chemical
    • Civil & Environmental
    • Civil & Structural
    • Electrical
    • Electronic
    • Mechanical
    • Mechatronic
    • Mining
  2. A total of 12 weeks practical experience approved by the Faculty and of which a minimum 6 weeks should be under the supervision of a professional engineer. Students who have previously completed an approved 12 week period of practical experience are exempt from this requirement.

Core Courses