Start Date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GD122 (Internal)

Study as
Part-time only


$AU 26,500 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2022

Degree overview

  • Study the systems engineering life cycle, from conceptual design through to delivery into operations.
  • Learn to apply interdisciplinary skills associated with engineering management, integrated logistics support, and test and evaluation.
  • Draw on expertise from industry to underpin the focus on real-world defence sector requirements.
  • A pathway to the UniSA Master of Systems Engineering.
  • UniSA is rated well above world-class for research in engineering.1

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This program provides recent graduates from a wide range of disciplines such as engineering, finance, business, and management with opportunity to kick start their career as systems engineers in Defence industries or other industries such as telecommunication, transportation, and rail.

The program is also ideal career step for a range of engineers and professionals in defence or non-defence industries: mid-career professionals with three or more years’ of experience from graduation, working within a defence or non-defence company who are looking to further their formal qualifications in engineering and prepare for a role as a senior engineer or a systems engineer; engineers from small to medium enterprises where the company is seeking to be part of a supply chain for a defence prime, and needs to increase the level of defence engineering knowledge in the company.

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a suite of two programs (graduate diploma and master). The Graduate Diploma qualification easily transitions to a master level qualification.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You'll draw on your foundation of engineering knowledge to study further skills in systems engineering, tailored to the defence sector.

Courses taught in the program will align with the University's research strengths including: systems engineering and systems integration, autonomous and unmanned systems, and systems architecting and model based systems engineering. Students will study a systems engineering approach to full life cycle development, from systems design and implementation, to test and evaluation and integration. The program will also develop skills in engineering management and integrated logistics support. Students will have the opportunity to study elective courses of their choice to broaden their knowledge and skills in specific areas. 

Through in-class exercises and coursework assignments, you will develop an further knowledge of, and learn to implement, systems engineering tools and problem-solving methodologies in a systems environment.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Engineering Management EEET 5132 4.5
Defence Systems EEET 5149 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Principles of Systems Engineering ENGG 5031 4.5
System Design and Integration EEET 5128 4.5
Principles of Test and Evaluation EEET 5151 4.5
Integrated Logistics Support EEET 5150 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
  • group projects and presentations
  • reflective journals

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 Systems Engineering

Why this Degree

Major defence projects are inherently complex systems, which draw on many disciplines; including hardware, software, power electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, and engineering management. The integration of these disciplines in a systematic way requires the coordination of many and diverse resources over an extended period.

Drawing on specialist visiting lecturers to underpin the focus on real-world defence sector practices, you'll develop further knowledge of the principle and practice of systems engineering in the development of defence systems through a combination of practical case studies and in-class exercises based on real-world scenarios.

This program is studied online.

Real-world connections

With strong connections with global defence companies, UniSA provides opportunities to network and receive insights from industry experts.

UniSA is one of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research.1 Our leading researchers will be your teachers and everything you learn will be supported by our research excellence. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

UniSA’s Engineering research rated well above world-class – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates of the program will learn the fundamental skills of systems integration to further their careers in various roles within the defence industry and government departments.

Potential employers include:

  • ASC
  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing
  • Defence SA
  • Department of Defence
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Naval Group
  • Nova Systems
  • SAAB Australia
  • Thales

Industry facts


Defence acquisitions and equipment maintenance and support activities provide work for over 28,000 Australians in industry.1

1Australian Government Department of Defence


UniSA is rated well above world-class for research in engineering.1

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


The Australian Government is investing over $200 billion in Australia's defence capability over the next decade.1

1Australian Government Department of Defence

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. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 modern facilities including 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

Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik  is a senior Lecturer at UniSA, where he teaches Model Based Systems Engineering and Integrated Logistics Support, among other courses. He has a PhD in Complexity Management for Systems Engineering from University of New South Wales. He has valuable Systems Engineering experience with the $200M Systems F6 DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Project Agency) project in the US as well as with an ARC-Linkage project on Automated Agriculture System. He has thought Systems Engineering and related topics in UNSW-ADFA and ANU. He is the editor in chief of  Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering. He has served on the board of Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) for any years and works closely with that of INCOSE.

Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

Dr Mahmoud Efatmaneshnik

Program Director


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