Are you interested in strengthening your capacity to design, develop, and implement complex systems and technologies? The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science offers core courses relevant to electrical, software or systems engineering.

  • The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science is a six-month (four course) program designed for applicants with a background in engineering. There are several ways you can meet admission requirements – check the Program Rules for details.
  • Complete four courses (#8 units) from one of the following fields: Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, or Systems Engineering. Each field of study has a huge number of courses to choose from, which cover a diversity of relevant topics.
  • Benefit from a program that offers a flexible study plan. Because the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science has such a large number of courses to choose from, you can tailor your studies to suit your interests, your industry, or your career goals.
  • On completion, choose to progress to the 24-unit Master of Engineering Science. Because courses in the graduate certificate are taken from the master's course list, you can transfer study credits to the higher-level program.

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science will show you how to address global and local challenges through creative thinking and innovative technologies.

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    Global standing

    The Faculty of Engineering was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. Our engineering academics also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means our research is internationally significant.

  • State-of-the-art facilities

    During your studies, you'll learn in the $135 million Advanced Engineering Building – a state-of-the-art facility and "living laboratory" that combines teaching and research spaces. We've also got a dedicated Extension Learning Centre for engineering students.

  • Employability

    Industry engagement

    You need to complete a minimum of 60 days professional practice during your engineering studies. We maintain a strong engagement program with organisations including Boeing, Deloitte, Energex, Ernst and Young, Google, Lend Lease, the Queensland Government, and Rio Tinto.

  • Diversity

    We're a diverse bunch

    UQ is the leading choice for women in engineering in Australia and hosts more than 1000 international students from 120 different countries.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 2 fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science.

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Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science have developed the core knowledge needed to cross disciplinary boundaries and undertake advanced engineering work.

Graduates not only have technical expertise, but also have a combination of business, problem-solving and interpersonal skills to understand markets and develop productive relationships with customers, suppliers, business partners and colleagues.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever industry they work in – or use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to the 24-unit Master of Engineering program, which has a more comprehensive study plan and offers greater professional opportunities.


Entry requirements


Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in Engineering (in the relevant field of study for which they wish to enrol) with a GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale OR relevant post-secondary study and at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and work experience will be individually assessed. View additional entry requirements for applicants with overseas qualifications.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Computer Society

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Electrical Engineering

Courses cover traditional electrical areas such as power systems, electronics and signal processing, as well as more specialised areas, including biomedical, computer systems, radio frequency and microwave, software, telecommunications). Projects generally follow the research interests of staff. Current interests include power electronics; problems of power delivery in a deregulated environment; modelling of semiconductor devices; development of sensors for the mining industry; and the automated analysis of pathology slides. This broadly-based program extends graduate career opportunities in telecommunications, electronics, computer hardware, control systems or power systems. Graduates are also employed by companies varying from the large and long-established to small, new start-up companies.

Software Engineering

This field of study consists of an extensive menu of intermediate- and advanced-level courses, which are designed to build on your existing engineering skills. In total, there are nearly 40 courses to choose from. Specific topics include operating systems, artificial intelligence, information systems, implementing compilers and interpreters for programming languages, and many more. Graduates typically work for global companies, state and federal government departments, and in many small, specialised and emerging companies.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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