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Diploma in Engineering

A Diploma in Engineering fast tracks you directly into the Second Year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at UNSW Sydney while gaining a solid background in mathematics, natural sciences and computing.

12 months
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Your path to a global top 50 university1

Successfully complete a Diploma Program and progress directly to Second Year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at UNSW Sydney.

Support as you learn

The Diploma Program is designed for international students like you, so you can develop English language and study skills to take the next step with confidence.

Directly connected to UNSW

The program is accredited by UNSW Sydney and provides full access to UNSW’s world class libraries, clubs and societies.

Who is this program for?

A UNSW Diploma is the perfect transition to university life in Australia. It’s ideal for international students who need extra support, including those who just missed out on direct entry into their preferred bachelor’s degree, or hold qualifications that aren’t recognised by UNSW Sydney.

Study a Diploma in Engineering at UNSW Global2, and progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

A UNSW Diploma makes it easy to adjust to university, with:

  • smaller classes and at least 20% extra teaching time
  • additional English and academic skill support
  • course material equivalent to First Year courses within the UNSW Sydney degree, and
  • access to the same facilities and resources as undergraduate students.


Why study Engineering at UNSW Sydney?

Work with robots, investigate the world of artificial intelligence, or explore bionic limbs.

UNSW’s globally renowned Faculty of Engineering is the #1 Engineering faculty in Australia, providing world-class education that empowers students through a hands-on approach.

You will explore new ideas and diverse perspectives within a vibrant student community, through a wide choice of majors available in your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), and graduate career-ready.

Diploma in Engineering program information

Intakes January, May, August
Duration 12 months
Terms 3 terms
Courses 8 courses
Weekly class time Approximately 20-25 hours
Progression Second Year, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at UNSW Sydney
Scholarships Up to $7,500

#1 in Australia


Times Higher Education (THE), QS World Rankings by Subject, 2020

#1 in Australia


Times Higher Education (THE), QS World Rankings by Subject, 2020

#15 in the world

Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering

QS World Rankings by Subject, 2020

"I wanted to study here to help people and challenge myself. It’s a great campus and atmosphere, I love it!"


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) and choose a degree major to prepare you for your future career.

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.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majors:

Note: Diploma in Engineering students must achieve a Satisfactory Grade (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) for the Communication and Academic Literacy course and a minimum pass for all other courses to progress to Second Year of the relevant degree program at UNSW. If you wish to study a major not on this list, you may be eligible to receive credit for courses that are common.

*Students who are interested to progress to the Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering (Honours) need to study the Materials Science & Engineering specialisation.

Diploma entry requirements

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

If you don’t meet the academic entry requirements for a UNSW Diploma Program, you can study a UNSW Foundation Studies Program first.

If you need help meeting the English language requirements, you could study the University English Entry Course (UEEC) before starting your UNSW Diploma Program.

Key dates

StartFinishContinue to
Second Year at UNSW
17 Jan 20229 Dec 2022Term 1 - 13 Feb 2023View Calendar
9 May 202228 Apr 2023Term 2 - 29 May 2023View Calendar
29 Aug 202218 Aug 2023Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023View Calendar


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.


"Being a leading university in Australia and worldwide, UNSW has an astounding reputation in creating career-driven, well-equipped students. 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

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  • 1QS World University Rankings, 2022
  • 2UNSW Diploma Programs are delivered on UNSW campus by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney.
  • 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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