Graduate Certificate of Systems Engineering

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Discounted fees available. Commonwealth Supported Places on offer for domestic students in 2021 (see Fees)

The world and our engineered systems are increasingly interconnected. Systems engineering is the discipline of how to design, build, test and operate trans-disciplinary engineered systems from the scale of individual products up to large-scale interconnected systems of systems. The Graduate Certificate of Systems Engineering will equip you with ability to understand and apply fundamental systems engineering principles. You'll learn how to develop and interpret various types of models for engineering systems and graduate with skills that will allow you to contribute as an effective member of an engineering team.

This Graduate Certificate can be completed as a standalone postgraduate qualification or used as a pathway to the Master of Engineering in either Electrical or Mechatronics Engineering.

This program is available to domestic students only.

Program outline

This program is designed to be delivered online and completed part-time in 2021.

Students will complete four (4) courses (24 units) over this 1-year period. This includes:

One course (6 units) from the following:

The following three courses (18 units):

For more information please visit Programs & Courses

The next intake for applications is Semester 1 2022.


Study plan

Example recommended study plan:

Semester 1

  • ENGN8100 Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • ENGN8535 Engineering Data Analytics

Semester 2

Information about learning remotely

All materials are delivered online in intensive blended mode. You will not be required to come to Canberra.

You will need to be available during specified times to participate in remote tutorials and labs. Several tutorial times will be offered and you can attend your nominated session.

Estimated workload for each course is 130 hours of study over the course. This includes (virtual) attendance at classes and working on assessments.

Admission and eligibility

This program is available for domestic students only. 

Current ANU students are not eligible for this program. If you have previously been an ANU student and have completed that program, then you may apply for this Graduate Certificate. 

Admission requirements:

  • A four-year Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 in a cognate discipline.

Cognate disciplines include: Electrical, Electronic, Photovoltaics, Renewable Energy Engineering, Energy, Power Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automation, Control, Intelligent Systems, Robotics, Information Engineering Mechatronics, Mechanical, Optoelectronics, Computer Engineering, Communications/Telecommunications, Microelectronics, Internet of Things.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Fees and Commonwealth Supported Places

Applicants offered a place to study in this Graduate Certificate commencing their studies in 2021 will be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) under the Job Ready Graduate scheme.  This fee will apply to courses completed in this Graduate Certificate within 2021 and the first half of 2022, allowing you to study part-time. If you do not complete the degree by mid-2022 the remainder of your subjects will be billed on a full-fee basis from Semester 2 (Winter/Spring) 2022.

Fees are determined and charged at the individual course level. 

More information:

How to apply

Applications for this program are completed online. Visit Programs and Courses. The black ‘apply’ button on the top right-hand side of the page will take you to a portal where you can lodge your application. 

The next intake for applications is Semester 1 2022. 


Credit is not available for these programs. If you have already completed the undergraduate version of one of the courses listed above, contact the program convener to identify a suitable replacement.


Once you have accepted your offer, you will receive an email with permission codes that allow you to enrol in your courses.

Please allow up to two (2) weeks for your acceptance to be processed and these codes to be sent. If you do not receive permission codes within two (2) weeks of accepting your offer, please contact

Students in the Graduate Certificate of Data Engineering are only permitted to enrol in the four courses listed in the study plan. If you have already completed an undergraduate version of one of these courses, please contact the program convener for guidance on a suitable replacement.

Pathways to Masters

For interested students, this Graduate Certificate may be used as a pathway to other ANU postgraduate programs.

A Graduate Certificate is classed as an AQF 8 qualification. In many cases, completing a Graduate Certificate with a GPA of 5/7 will meet the academic entry requirements of most Masters programs. However, it may not necessarily meet a program’s cognate requirement.

*Please note that this is a guide only. All credit and exemption requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis based on academic background and personal circumstances.


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