Graduate Certificate in  Public Transport

Program code: 5618

Delivery location

St Lucia


1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)


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

Are you involved in planning, managing, or operating passenger transport? This program will provide you with a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge across a range of public transport areas.

  • This one-year part-time program is designed for professionals in the public transport sector. It provides an overview of subject areas including transport planning, management and operations.
  • Complete seven courses to learn about the broader context of public transport operations, public transport network and service planning, policy issues, research methods, and more.
  • Undertake a research project on a specific public transport topic or issue within an industry setting. You'll develop a research question, review and engage with relevant literature, conduct data collection and analysis, and write a report.
  • Benefit from our program's flexible structure. Don't worry – we know you're busy. Most courses available as three-day (20-hour) intensives, including the six coursework subjects. The research project course requires independent study.

If you're a public transport professional, the Graduate Certificate in Public Transport will provide you with an opportunity to broaden your knowledge, skills and practice – and develop your career.

  • Teaching staff

    Work closely with experts

    Our public transport program is co-ordinated by transport expert Professor Phil Charles, who has developed transport strategy and policy across Australia. His research focuses on regional transport strategy, urban passenger transport, and traffic incident management.

  • Why study

    One-of-a-kind degree

    The GCPTrans was developed in consultation with experienced transport practitioners and is the only specialised program of its kind in Australia.

  • Why study

    Industry links

    We have strong local links with Translink and its associated operators, as well as strong interstate links with Transport for NSW, Public Transport Victoria, Metro Trains Melbourne, and the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia.

  • Research

    Strong research focus

    Public transport is a key research area in the School of Civil Engineering, which is home to an Intelligent Transport Systems Research Laboratory that has high-end computing and transport modelling software.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Public Transport have specialised knowledge in public transport across a broad range of areas, including planning, management and operations, and performance management.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers and use the GCPTrans as a stepping-stone to higher-level management roles, or planning positions within the sector.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree in engineering or related field. Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and two years work experience in a related field individually assessed.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Public Transport 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 Public Transport. 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.

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.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Public Transport 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 $13,610
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Public Transport 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.


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

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

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Public Transport is 5618. You'll need this when applying.

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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 Public Transport 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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