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Start date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 38,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Study at the No. 1 university in SA for graduate careers in engineering1.
  • Learn fundamental engineering theories in areas such as quality management, project planning and control, energy management and intelligent production processes.
  • 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

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Taught by world-class lecturers and researchers, this graduate certificate will get you up to speed with the latest practices in engineering operations management.

You will learn about project management, total quality management, lean six sigma, intelligent production systems, robotics and automation and professional skills for an engineering manager as part of your selection of courses. You’ll also learn about the latest research methods.

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 finish this graduate certificate and want to do further study, consider going on to the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Engineering Management) or the Master of Engineering (Engineering Management).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn fundamental engineering theories in areas such as quality management, project planning and control, energy management and intelligent manufacturing systems.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5
CORE COURSES (Select at least 1 from the following courses)
Total Quality Management MFET 5022 4.5
Intelligent Production Systems MFET 5055 4.5
Lean Six Sigma MFET 5053 4.5
Sustainable Development and Design Practice MENG 4022 4.5
People, Leadership and Performance BUSS 5114 4.5
ELECTIVE COURSES (select a maximum of 2 from the following courses)
Community Service Learning Project 1 EDUC 4186 4.5
Energy and Society MENG 5005 4.5
Robotics and Automation MFET 5023 4.5
Startup Studio G BUSS 5448 4.5
Organisational Leadership BUSS 3050 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 and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. 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 Certificate 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 a fundamental course in professional engineering practice and three elective courses that explore the foundations of engineering management.

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 business, projects and work sites
  • 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
  • engineering business development manager: 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

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

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, laboratories, and areas 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)
Employment: AECOM
Role: Graduate Project Manager

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Hazel Zapanta

Master of Engineering (Engineering Management)
<br />Employment: AECOM