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If you are commencing in Term 2 2020 under the Government's Higher Education Relief Package due to COVID-19, please refer to the advice in the Additional Information section below.

The Graduate Certificate of Engineering Science program is designed for engineers and graduates wishing to develop and expand their knowledge and skills in their current area of expertise.* This will enable students to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards and to provide opportunities for continuing professional development, as well as the opportunity to interact with those at the cutting edge of their discipline.

Students will add breadth to their knowledge of engineering in general and expand their knowledge and skills in engineering management. Students will develop their technical knowledge and ability to analyse engineering problems. They will also gain further skills in solving engineering problems and justifying professional decisions.

The program articulates to the Graduate Diploma of Engineering Science program with full credit for courses completed in the Graduate Certificate program. Students may exit from this proposed program with a Graduate Certificate award if they have completed the required course requirements. A credit average (65%) is generally required to articulate to the next level in the sequence.

(* It is also possible for students to acquire knowledge and skills in a different specialisation at the approval of the Stream Authority. This may require the student to take additional foundation and disciplinary knowledge courses at the discretion of the Stream Authority).

The program is designed to enable students to fulfil a number of needs including:

  • Updating technical knowledge and skills in an existing engineering specialisation
  • Acquiring new knowledge and skills in a different engineering specialisation
  • Developing and expanding knowledge and skills in engineering management
  • Updating qualifications and knowledge to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards
  • Providing opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Providing opportunities for interaction with those at the cutting edge of the discipline
  • Providing a pathway towards the Master's program.

Note: All software required for coursework is provided on the computers in the School computer laboratories. Some students find it advantageous to buy their own computer and software so that they can work at home. Some external courses may require students to own their own computer with Microsoft Office or equivalent. Specialist software packages that are required for external courses will be provided as part of the course pack to students.



Study Level


Typical duration

0.7 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science - GradCertEngSc



Program Structure

Students must complete 24 UOC as a standalone program.

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Additional Information

Domestic students commencing in Term 2 2020 under the Government's COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package can enrol in a maximum of 4 courses (24 units of credit) across Term 2 and Term 3 2020 at the discounted fee rates. Further information about the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package is at

Available specialisations: CVENGT - Civil Engineering, MANFGS - Engineering Resilience, ENGGBS - Engineering Design and Management, CEICNS - Chemical Process Engineering, SOLAIS - Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering, SOLAJS - Renewable Energy Engineering, ELECUS - Energy Systems, ELECVS - Electrical Engineering, TELEDS - Telecommunications

The following courses are available online. You should check the rules of your specialisation on the relevant Handbook page and enrol accordingly.

Term 2 recommended courses:  ENGG9744 Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards  GMAT4220 Geospatial Information Science  GSOE9141 Smart Grids and Distribution Networks  GSOE9340 Life Cycle Engineering  GSOE9820 Engineering Project Management  GSOE9830 Economic Decision Analysis in Engineering  MANF4611 Process Modelling and Simulation  MANF9472 Production Planning and Control  MMAN4200 Additive Manufacturing PHTN4662 Photonic Networks  SOLA3010 Low Energy Buildings and Photovoltaics  SOLA3020 Photovoltaic Technology and Manufacturing TELE9751 Switching Systems Architecture  TELE9782 Special Topics in Telecommunications 2

Other Term 2 courses:  AVIA5015, AVIA5022, COMP6447, COMP9021. CVEN4104, CVEN4202, CVEN4301, CVEN4402, CVEN4703, CVEN9521,  CVEN9630., CVEN9888,  CVEN9888,  ENGG9743,  GSOE9340, GSOE9360,  GSOE9820, GSOE9830,  MANF9400,   SOLA3010, SOLA4012, SOLA4012, SOLA9103 

Term 3 recommended courses:  CEIC8330 Process Engineering in the Petroleum Industry  CEIC8341 Membrane Processes  CVEN4705 Environmental Sustainability  CVEN9504 Urban Transport Planning Practice  CVEN9710 Management of Risk  ELEC9711 Power Electronics for Renewable and Distributed Generation  ELEC9712 High Voltage Systems  ELEC9732 Analysis and Design of Non-linear Control  FOOD8450 Advanced Food Engineering  GMAT9600 Principles of Remote Sensing  GSOE9445 Entrepreneurial Engineering  GSOE9445 Entrepreneurial Engineering  GSOE9445 Entrepreneurial Engineering  GSOE9740 Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering  GSOE9810 Process and Product Quality in Engineering  GSOE9830 Economic Decision Analysis in Engineering  MANF9420 Operations and Supply Chain Management in Engineering  MANF9420 Operations and Supply Chain Management in Engineering  SOLA9001 Photovoltaics  SOLA9120 Advanced Photovoltaic Manufacturing  TELE9754 Coding and Information Theory 

Other Term 3 courses:  AVIA5018, CEIC8102, CHEN6701, COMP9021, CVEN4103, CVEN4204,  CVEN4308, CVEN4405,  CVEN9513,  CVEN9612,  CVEN9731, CVEN9802,  ELEC4602,  ELEC4603,  ELEC4605,  ELEC4632,  ELEC4 632,  ELEC9701,  ELEC9719,  GMAT9606, GSOE9111. GSOE9210, GSOE9210 , GSOE9445,   GSOE9810,  GSOE9810, GSOE9830,  MANF9543,  MMAN4400,  SOLA5051,  SOLA5052,   SOLA5056,   SOLA5056,   SOLA9001, TELE4651 

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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