Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering

Help Shape Complex Systems for the Future

As the world becomes more interconnected, and the systems on which we depend become increasingly complex, systems engineers will be highly sought after. The systems engineering process coordinates and leads the translation of operational needs into a system designed to meet that need. It is a forward-thinking process that transcends software, electrical, and mechanical engineering. It focuses on how to design, integrate, and manage complex systems throughout their life cycles, coordinating performance, cost, and schedule goals. 

The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering at UNSW Canberra is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop a high-level understanding of the principles that shape systems engineering and their implementation through the design, development and application phases. This course will provide you with in-demand skills and experience in analysing, designing and managing complex projects with the opportunity to specialise in a specific engineering discipline.  


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You can find more information on this degree on the UNSW Handbook.

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Students undertaking GradCert in Systems Engineering are required to complete 24 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing four 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below).


Core Course

Students must complete 6UOC of the following core course.

ZEIT8226 Systems Engineering Practice


Core  Course Options

Students must complete at least 6UOC, up to a maximum of 18 UOC of the following courses.

ZEIT8230 Requirements Practice

ZEIT8231 Test and Evaluatin

ZEIT8403 Capability Option Analysis


Prescribed Electives

Students can complete up to a maximum of 12 UOC of the following courses.

ZBUS8302 Logistics Management

ZEIT8010 Marine Technology

ZEIT8136 Software Project Management

ZEIT8236 System Safety Engineering

ZEIT8302 Project Administration

ZEIT8303 Project Management Body of Knowledge

This Graduate Certificate is available to domestic students only.

Under the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates Package, domestic students commencing in 2021 can access the CSP fee rate for the 4 courses (24 units of credit) in either Semester 1 or 2, 2021.   

Through the Job Ready Graduates Package, a limited number of CSP fee supported places are offered in 2021 for eligible domestic students in this Graduate Certificate.

*Please Note: Program rules are subject to change, students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the year they were admitted into the program.

Core Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
Systems Engineering Practice

 Distance Mode

 Not Offered 


Core Course Options Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
Requirements Practice

 Distance Mode

 Distance Mode

Test and Evaluation

 Distance Mode

Not Offered

Capability Option Analysis

Not Offered

Distance mode


General Electives Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022

Logistics Management

Distance Mode Not Offered

Marine Technology (requires approval)

Not Offered CTMC
Software Project Management Distance Mode Not Offered 
System Safety Engineering Not Offered

Distance Mode

Intensive Mode

Project Administration Not Offered 

Distance Mode

Project Management Body of Knowledge Distance Mode Distance Mode

 Note: Course ZEIT8010 is only available to Capability and Technology Management College (CTMC) students or other Australian Defence Organisation personnel on approval from the Director, CTMC.


For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to online handbook.