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Graduate Certificate in  Engineering Science

Program code: 5527

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Interested in strengthening your capacity to design, develop, and implement complex systems and technologies? This program 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.
  • 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.

  • Fast Facts

    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

There are 6 fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science.

View all fields of study for this program

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.

Summary

  • Program code
    5527
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

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 4.0 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.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

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.

Civil Engineering

The 21st century is an era of great global and local challenges: climate change and the greenhouse effect, clean energy, reliable water supplies, infrastructure for booming populations, sustainable resource development, efficient and effective communications, to name but a few. These challenges create tremendous opportunities for a new generation of engineers. This is the dawn of a new engineering age where engineers are part of the solution at all scales from molecular to global. The GCEngSc(Civil Engineering) will equip Civil engineers with the necessary skills to actively contribute to finding solutions to these challenges. Students will advance their Civil engineering knowledge and skills and demonstrate their learning through practice-focussed and advanced technical courses, experiential learning experiences, and research projects.

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.

Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

** This Field of Study is not available until Semester 2, 2019. Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest areas of engineering, covering dynamics and control, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, structures and solid mechanics and design and manufacture. Core to mechanical engineering process is the ability to formulate a problem, identify potential solutions, analyse and model solutions and select the most appropriate solution within constraints. This approach is integrated within the program and is applicable across a range of professions, making graduates well prepared for a changing world.

Mechanical Engineering

** This Field of Study is not available until Semester 2, 2019. Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest areas of engineering, covering dynamics and control, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, structures and solid mechanics and design and manufacture. Core to mechanical engineering process is the ability to formulate a problem, identify potential solutions, analyse and model solutions and select the most appropriate solution within constraints. This approach is integrated within the program and is applicable across a range of professions, making graduates well prepared for a changing world.

Mechatronic Engineering

** This Field of Study is not available until Semester 2, 2019. Mechatronic engineers integrate mechanical engineering with electronics, computer systems and advanced controls in order to design and construct products and processes. Mechatronic engineers are typically involved with the design of automated and intelligent machines, including artificial intelligence systems, robotics, automated industrial machinery, and avionics, and are employed in areas including research and development, mining, aerospace and defence, or by government and industry groups. This major provides a broad-based education in the basic principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. A large number of electives cover areas including engineering analysis and design; engineering mechanics; dynamics and automatic control; signals and communication; and electrical hardware and computer software.

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.

Government assistance

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $13,600
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science is 5527. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

  • Some courses may incur additional costs (e.g. field trips).
  • Studies are usually on a semester basis. In some cases courses may be presented in a modular short-course format, or through flexible delivery.
  • Students who successfully complete the Masters program may progress to research higher degrees, e.g. Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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