If you’re an engineer or a graduate wanting to further develop and expand your knowledge in a specialised area, the Graduate Diploma of Engineering Science is for you. This program will enable you to meet or maintain professional accreditation standards, provide opportunities for continuing professional development and interact with those at the cutting edge of their discipline. You will add breadth to your knowledge of engineering in general and expand your skills in engineering management, as well as developing your technical knowledge and ability to analyse engineering problems.  There are 22 specialisations to choose from: Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Process Engineering; Civil Engineering; Transport Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Project Management; Water Engineering: Catchments to Coast; Water, Wastewater and Waste Engineering; Geospatial Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology; Structural Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Energy Systems; Food Process Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering and Management; Mechanical Engineering; Petroleum Engineering: Petroleum Engineering Open Learning; Photovoltaics and Solar Energy; Renewable Energy; and Telecommunications. This program also serves as a pathway towards the Master of Engineering Science. 

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\^The Petroleum Engineering stream is available for distance study only. Offshore international students are not eligible for an Australian student visa for this stream.

Why choose this degree?

The Graduate Diploma of Engineering Science allows you to develop your technical knowledge and skills in an existing engineering specialisation.

Who should choose this degree?

Engineers and graduates choose this program to advance and broaden their skills, and to progress to the Master of Engineering Science. 

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Civil engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Project manager
  • Water engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Transport engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the program students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline of engineering with a minimum 65% average.NOTE: The minimum average required for entry is as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator.

Students from a non-211 university in China need a minimum 70% average.Those without such a qualification are required to argue their prior learning is equivalent to this qualification. For example, a 3- or 4-year Bachelor of Engineering or Science combined with relevant discipline experience (exact positions and roles that will be considered relevant to be decided by each specialisation) may be recognised.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Credit transfer

A student may apply for credit towards the program. For example, a student with a 4-year engineering honours degree could obtain a maximum of 24UOC of advanced standing. Applications for credit should be addressed to the Stream Authority (see relevant school site for further details).

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Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places are available for some streams of this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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