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Diploma in Engineering

The Diploma in Engineering fast tracks students directly into the second year of an undergraduate degree of Engineering at UNSW Sydney.

12 months
Program Code

Direct to Second Year

Entry to second year of your undergraduate degree in Engineering at UNSW Sydney, upon successful completion of the required courses in your Diploma.

Two Qualifications

Upon completion of your undergraduate studies at UNSW Sydney, you will receive a Bachelor degree in addition to your Diploma.

World-Class Campus

Your classes are on the UNSW Sydney campus with full access to world class libraries, labs, clubs & societies.

Who is this program for?

The Diploma in Engineering is delivered by UNSW Global, the pathway provider which is fully owned by UNSW Sydney. As a Diploma in Engineering student you will be studying equivalent courses to first year undergraduates which are accredited by UNSW Sydney, but delivered in a program tailored to international students. You will be able to enjoy access to the same facilities and resources as first year undergraduate students.

After successfully completing eight courses specific to your chosen degree specialisation you will be awarded a Diploma in Engineering. This will allow you to receive full credit for the first year of your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program at UNSW Sydney and enter directly into second year of the degree program.

UNSW Sydney offers an extensive range of engineering course specialisations for your future career (see list below).

1st in Australia

UNSW Sydney is number one in Australia for Engineering and Technology

Annual Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings by Subject 2020

Course Information

Program Description

The Diploma in Engineering (CRICOS Course code 095863M) is a 12 month program that will provide students with the opportunity to pursue a degree in Engineering. Students will need to complete a set of 8 courses within 24 months to achieve their Diploma and receive credit (advanced standing) for first year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at UNSW Sydney.^ The selection of courses students choose, determines the Specialisation (Major) they will be able to pursue in second year for their Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).


Diploma in Engineering program information

Intakes January, May, August
Duration 12 months
Terms 3 terms
Courses 8 courses
Contact hours Approx 20-25 hours per week
Progression Year 2 - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at UNSW Sydney
Scholarships Up to $7,500

"It’s a great campus, great atmosphere and I wanted to study here."

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Dates and fees

EnrolmentFinishStart Year 2 - UNSW
18 Jan 202110 Dec 2021Term 1 - Feb 2022
10 May 202129 Apr 2022Term 2 - Jun 2022
30 Aug 202119 Aug 2022Term 3 - Sep 2022


2021 Tuition fees: AUD$38,400

View 2021 fees by course here.

Note: The tuition fee that you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course. Fees are reviewed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed, so it’s important to remember that indicative tuition fees shown above are not guaranteed. Any update to fees is effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. You can view non-tuition fees here.

Diploma entry requirements

View the full table of academic and English Diploma entry requirements.

Progress to UNSW Sydney

Once you successfully complete a UNSW Diploma in Engineering, you will progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

The Diploma courses that you will study will be dependent on the major that you choose. To learn more about the program structure and courses you will study, view the UNSW Handbook.


"Being a leading university in Australia and worldwide, UNSW has an astounding reputation in creating career-driven, well-equipped students in this day and age. I would also like to add that this is one of the best universities in the field of computer science which is what I am currently studying."

- Yousif Midhat Khalid, Iraq

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Important Information

  • Australian permanent residents, Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens are not eligible to enrol in Diploma programs at this time. If a student becomes an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or New Zealand citizen after they enrol, they must continue to pay international student fees for the duration of their Diploma program and will be subject to additional competitive processes for entry into a UNSW Sydney program.

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