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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 nine 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 9 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 they will be able to pursue in second year for their Bachelor of Engineering


Second Year Engineering (Honours) degree at UNSW Sydney on successful completion of Diploma


Term 1: 12 weeks
Term 2: 12 weeks
Term 3: 12 weeks

Contact Hours

Up to 25 hours per week


9 courses (based on specialisation)

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

FELIX, INDONESIA Diploma of Engineering, Renewable Energy

Dates and fees

EnrolmentFinishStart UNSW DegreePrice (AUD)
11 May 202030 April 2021Term 2 - May 2021$43,200*
31 Aug 202020 Aug 2021Term 3 - September 2021$43,200*
18 Jan 202110 Dec 2021Term 1 - February 2022$43,200*
10 May 202129 Apr 2022Term 2 - June 2022$43,200*
30 Aug 202119 Aug 2022Term 3 - September 2022$43,200*

* Price is indicative only

Please see non tuition fees here.

For a breakdown of 2020 diploma tuition fees by course click here.

Please see Academic calendar for this program here.

Diploma entry requirements

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

Degree Specialisations

Our courses are equivalent to those taught in the first year of an undergraduate degree at UNSW Sydney. The difference is that you get additional support in honing your English and academic skills.

Choose a degree specialisation to see the courses you will study


"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.
  • Note: Census date for Diploma Programs to be advised.
  • 2020 and 2021 fees to be confirmed 

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