Start Date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GD098 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Study at the No. 1 university in SA for both teaching quality and student experience in engineering1.
  • Provide operation skills in engineering management covering courses in human resource management, quality management, research data analysis, principle of project management, engineering economic analysis and leadership.
  • A pathway to the UniSA Master of Engineering (Engineering Management).
  • One of Australia’s leading universities for engineering research, with research rated well above world-class.2

12021 Good Universities Guide –Undergraduate and Postgraduate

22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Taught by world-class lecturers and researchers, this graduate diploma will help you prepare for a career in engineering or management, or for further study.

You will study various aspects of managing the operations of an engineering organization, including human resource management, quality management, research data analysis, principles of project management, engineering economic analysis and leadership with elective courses in Energy and Society, Robotics and Automation, Sustainable Development and Design Practice, Intelligent Production Systems.

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification. 

If you decide to exit this qualification having completed the first four courses you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Engineering Management).  If you finish this qualification and want to do further study, consider going on to the Master of Engineering (Engineering Management)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The qualification comprises studies in quality management, project management, human resource management, leadership, intelligent production systems including the use of robotics and automation and energy management.

You will also have the opportunity to do a major work-based project with a local organisation.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Year
First semester (Study period 1,2,3)
Talent Acquisition and Development BUSS 5351 4.5
Total Quality Management MFET 5022 4.5
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 4.5
Second semester (Study period 4,5,6)
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5
Engineering Economic Analysis MFET 5011 4.5
People, Leadership and Performance BUSS 5114 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • group projects and presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Engineering Management)

Why this Degree

UniSA is one of Australia’s leading universities for engineering research, with research rated well above world-class.1

You will study foundational courses in engineering management data analysis skills for research projects. The program provides students with advanced learning in practice of managing engineering operations in quality management, principles of project management, engineering economic analysis and leadership with elective courses in Energy and Society, Robotics and Automation, Sustainable Development and Design Practice, Intelligent Production Systems.

Incorporating strong theoretical teaching, experience-based learning and modern facilities, we offer the ideal academic blend for graduates to meet the challenges of modern enterprise. Learning is supported by world-class engineering research and industry experience to help advance your expertise and career opportunities.

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections.

We also have very strong research concentrations that provide a dynamic learning and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Engineering professionals find employment in engineering consulting firms, construction companies, and local, state and federal government. Careers to consider:

  • energy manager: monitoring and reducing energy usage; understanding where and how energy is used; highlight energy reduction across a business, projects and work sites
  • engineering operations: manager supervising and leading teams of engineers, scientists and technicians who work on projects; overseeing production and quality control; directing operations, testing and maintenance; planning and scheduling, client consulting, budgetary responsibilities
  • quality assurance manager: working with management and staff to establish procedures and quality standards and to monitor these against agreed targets; writing management and technical reports; determining training needs; promoting change and improvement in performance and quality
  • business development engineer: developing and maintaining excellent client relationships; working with new and existing clients to create new business and identify new markets; proposing business ventures, providing project details, writing business proposals, meeting business revenue targets

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

My diverse research interests include machine vision systems and digital image processing, discrete-event systems, engineering management, supply chain management, robotics and automation. I have published over 100 international journal and conference papers.

AsPr Sang-Heon Lee

Program Director

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AsPr Sang-Heon Lee

Program Director


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What others are saying

I wanted to study engineering management because I was interested in overseeing large-scale projects at multiple stages. My studies are preparing me to manage and balance time, costs, resources, quality controls, communications, procurements and risk management – all the things you need for successful project delivery. Through a workplace project, I was able to get industry experience and work on my presentation skills in professional meetings with real clients.

Hazel Zapanta

Master of Engineering (Engineering Management)
Graduate Project Manager | AECOM

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Hazel Zapanta

Master of Engineering (Engineering Management)
Graduate Project Manager | AECOM