What is a Diploma?

A Diploma is a 12-month course that gives you the foundational skills and knowledge in a specific area of study. A Diploma in Engineering will take you straight into Second Year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at UNSW. 

It is a great option for you as an international student if you need a bit more support but don't want to add extra time to your degree. If you have just missed out on direct entry into your preferred bachelor's degree, or hold qualifications that are not recognised by UNSW Sydney, this could also be the program for you. 

Intakes

January, May, August

Duration

12 months (3 terms)

Weekly class time

Approximately 20-25 hours

Progression

Second Year, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at UNSW Sydney 

Delivery mode

On-campus

Diploma Pathway Responsive

Who is this program for?

The UNSW Diploma Program has been designed specifically for international students. Our Diplomas make it easy to adjust to university, with: 

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

With an innovative First Year equivalent curriculum, you will gain a solid background in the  natural sciences, programming and introductory engineering courses. You will also get to design, develop and build your first prototype in your first engineering design course. This will give you a taster of what it is like for engineers in the real world. 

Why study engineering at UNSW Sydney?

Work with robots, boost energy production or design bionic limbs. 

UNSW are world leaders in engineering education and research, and have the No.1 Engineering faculty in Australia. Add in a recent $1 billion facilities upgrade, and you have everything you need to build a successful future in this field. 

UNSW provides world-class education and a career-focused student experience. You will belong to a connected student community with opportunities to expand your network socially and professionally, as well as full access to UNSW’s world-class libraries, labs, clubs and societies. 

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). 

Career opportunities

  • Aerospace Engineer 
  • Bioinformatics Engineer 
  • Civil Engineer 
  • Chemical Engineer 
  • Computer Engineer 
  • Electrical Engineer 
  • Mechanical Engineer 
  • Mining Engineer 
  • Petroleum Engineer 
  • Telecommunications Engineer 

Your future at UNSW

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

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.

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    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

Program structure

UNSW Diploma students learn the fundamentals required for their future studies in courses that are equivalent to First Year undergraduate courses at UNSW Sydney. 

UNSW Diploma students will gain hands-on experience in engineering design and programming in addition to learning the fundamentals of mathematics and physics. All discipline-specific Diploma courses are equivalent to first year undergraduate courses but students receive added support and will also be equipped with academic and English skills. This will ensure students have a strong basis for their journey into Second Year at UNSW Sydney. 

For more information on each major you can study when you get to UNSW, see below. 

  • What is aerospace engineering? 

    This specialisation is all about the design, analysis and operation of various types of spacecraft such as aeroplanes, helicopters, rockets and satellites. Aerospace engineers are responsible for testing their designed prototypes and ensuring that they function according to specifications. If this is your chosen career path, you’ll gain access to cutting-edge technologies and the opportunity to travel. 

    Aerospace engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Aerospace engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Engineering Mechanics 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Other possible courses: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes
  • What is bioinformatics? 

    This field links engineering to the analysis of living organisms. Bioinformatics engineers develop technologies and software that are used to analyse and interpret biological data. You must have a good understanding of computing and the life sciences in order to gather, process and analyse vast amounts of data. Bioinformatics engineers work in research areas in the pharmaceutical industry, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, and medical informatics. 

    Bioinformatics Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Bioinformatics courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    and two of the following: 

    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is chemical engineering? 

    Chemical engineering involves the design and development of large-scale processes which enhance the manufacture of products formed from chemicals, microorganisms and other raw materials. It is used in industrial, biological and environmental fields for the production of materials such as fuels, fertilisers, foods, alcohol, polymers and pharmaceuticals.  

    Chemical engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Chemical engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Other possible courses: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is chemical product engineering? 

    This field forms a link between research and industrial-scale chemical engineering. Industrial chemists look at the synthesis of small-scale chemical reactions and create processes to manufacture the chemicals at an industrial scale. They also have a broad understanding of chemistry and environmental sustainability and work in pharmaceutical companies, polymer manufacturing, petrochemical processing, manufacturing industries and in food science. 

    Chemical product engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Chemical product engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Other possible courses: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is civil engineering? 

    Civil engineers are responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure. They work in a range of different industries involving buildings, roads, tunnels, airfields, railways and mines. Civil engineering is very broad and opens up the opportunity for further specialisation. 

    Civil engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Civil engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    And one of the following: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Design in Application of Materials in Science and Engineering 
  • What is computer engineering? 

    Covering the design, development and application of computer systems, computer engineering is a constantly evolving industry. It offers careers in the development of hardware/software systems to work with consumer electronics, transport systems, medical equipment, telecommunications and many more. 

    Computer engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Computer engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    And one of the following: 

    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
  • What is electrical engineering? 

    This field deals with the research, design, development, manufacturing and management of complex systems for many different uses. Electrical engineering has a wide array of employment opportunities including areas such as telecommunications, solar energy conversion and microprocessors. 

    Electrical engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Electrical engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Higher Physics 1A 
    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Other possible course: 

    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
  • What is environmental engineering? 

    Environmental engineers look at the natural world and identify environmental problems to develop effective solutions. They also coordinate activities of various specialist groups – such as biologists, ecologists and geologists – within major projects. Environmental engineering has an emphasis on management, system design, water, geotechnical and transport engineering. 

    Environmental engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Environmental engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    And one of: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is materials science & engineering? 

    Focused on improving existing materials and developing new ones, materials science & engineering experts understand how to manipulate materials to benefit technological advances in engineering, manufacturing and health. This branch of engineering combines chemistry, physics and biology with mathematics and the principles of mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering. 

    Materials science & engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Materials science & engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Design in Application of Materials in Science and Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Other possible courses: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is mechanical & manufacturing engineering? 

    Mechanical & manufacturing engineers develop products and the machines that build them. This specialisation focuses on industrial technology and automation, production processes, finance and decision making, and computer-aided design and manufacturing. Mechanical & manufacturing engineers work within a wide range of careers from automotive, defence and aerospace to just about any industry that turns raw materials into useable products. 

    Mechanical & manufacturing engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Mechanical & manufacturing engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Engineering Mechanics 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Other possible courses: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is mechanical engineering? 

    Mechanical engineers use mechanical power to operate machines and tools to develop new machinery. During your studies you will learn how to design and manage the construction, operation and maintenance of machines used in many industries. 

    Mechanical engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Mechanical engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Engineering Mechanics 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Other possible courses: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is mechatronic engineering? 

    Mechatronic engineers are involved in creating smart machines and autonomous systems, such as robots, self-operating cars and automated industrial machines. This evolving industry also covers software development to control sophisticated machinery. Understanding the conception process, design, construction, maintenance and integration of smart machinery and systems is integral to working as a mechatronic engineer, and can lead you to a career in industries such as manufacturing, automotive, mining, cargo handling and agriculture. 

    Mechatronic engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Mechatronic engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Engineering Mechanics 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Other possible courses: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is mining engineering? 

    The discipline of mining engineering involves the study of safe, economic and environmentally responsible recovery of mineral resources, followed by the processing, marketing and financial management of these resources. Mining engineers have an understanding of geomechanics, ventilation, mining planning and mineral processing. 

    Mining engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Mining engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    and one of the following: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is petroleum engineering? 

    Petroleum engineers collaborate closely with other professionals such as geologists, to design drilling operations and develop optimal processes for the production of petroleum products, using sophisticated computer modelling. Petroleum engineers have the job of helping boost energy production around the world, aiding local and national economies. They are among the highest paid engineers, employed by some of the largest companies in the world to work on multi-million dollar projects. 

    Petroleum engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Petroleum engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    And two of the following: 

    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is photovoltaics & solar energy engineering? 

    Involving the manufacture of solar cells that convert light into electricity, photovoltaics & solar energy engineering finds new and creative ways to harness the vast amount of energy in our sun. This fills a big demand of our increasingly energy-hungry world. People in this field use their skills and creative thinking to solve one of the world’s greatest problems – creating a sustainable energy source. 

    Photovoltaics & solar energy engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Photovoltaics & solar energy engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    and one of the following: 

    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is quantum engineering? 

    Quantum engineering involves the application of fundamental physics to major engineering problems. More specifically, it involves the use of quantum mechanics to the context of quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum sensing, to name a few applications. It is a field that is undergoing explosive growth and considered to be one of the most rapidly expanding technology spaces. 

    Quantum engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Quantum engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Higher Physics 1A 
    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Possible other course: 

    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
  • What is renewable energy engineering? 

    This area looks at all the renewable energy technologies including solar, thermal systems, photovoltaics, wind and biomass. A career in renewable energy can encompass a wide range of responsibilities, including designing, installing and operating renewable energy generating systems. It can also include inspecting the design and construction of buildings to ensure they are energy efficient. 

    Renewable energy engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Engineering below. 

    Renewable energy engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    and one of the following: 

    • Engineering Mechanics 1 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds and Life 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
  • What is telecommunications? 

    The study of how information is transferred from one point to another, telecommunications is a wide-ranging discipline. It covers many application spaces in the area of communications including those which are based on fibre optics, wireless, satellite, deep space and internet technologies.

    Telecommunications Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your First Year at UNSW Global below. 

    Telecommunications courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Higher Physics 1A 
    • Higher Physics 1B
    • Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering
    • Communication & Academic Literacy

    Other possible course:

    • Computer Systems Fundamentals

Entry requirements

The UNSW Diploma Program is designed specifically for international students, as a potential pathway to study at UNSW. To gain entry, students must meet specific English and academic entry requirements. For more information on these, visit Diploma and UEEC entry requirements.

View entry requirements


In addition, some Diplomas have extra prerequisites. See below.

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.

Diploma in Engineering prerequisites: Mathematics

Academic calendars

The academic calendar consists of important dates throughout your study period such as orientation, census dates, study weeks, exam weeks and breaks for your program or course of study.

Orientation Start Census Finish Continue to second Year at UNSW Calendar

 

 

6–May–22

 

 

 

 

9–May–22

 

 

 

 

29–May–22

 

 

 

 

28–Apr–23

 

 

 

 

Term 2 – 29 May 2023

 

 

 

 

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26–Aug–22

 

 

 

 

29–Aug–22

 

 

 

 

18–Sep–22

 

 

 

 

18–Aug–23

 

 

 

 

Term 3 – 11 Sep 2023

 

 

 

 

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13–Jan–23

 

 

 

 

16–Jan–23

 

 

 

 

5–Feb–23

 

 

 

 

8–Dec–23

 

 

 

 

Term 1 – 12 Feb 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diploma fees

2022 tuition fees

$A39,120

To see how tuition fees are broken down by course and units of credit (UOC), visit this page.

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.

Scholarships

Potential scholarships up to
$A7,500

UNSW Sydney International Student Award
Start a Diploma Program in 2022 to receive a 15% contribution towards your tuition fees.
This award is available to students from eligible countries who are starting their UNSW Diploma studies in Term 2 and Term 3, 2022.  

UNSW Pathway Scholarships
This scholarship is for high-achieving international students who wish to study a Diploma or Foundation Studies Program.

Find out more and apply here.

Ready to apply?

If you are an international student completing one of the following qualifications, you can apply for admission to a UNSW Diploma program through UAC:

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification such as HSC, VCE, WACE etc (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3.

Click 'Apply now' for more information on starting your academic journey with UNSW Global.

Program Code

7002

CRICOS Code

095863M

UAC Code

440200

Why study with UNSW Global?

  • Your path to a global top 50 university

    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.

Yousif Midhat Khalid Diploma in Computer Science student from Iraq
Student support are some of the friendliest people I have met in my life. The relationship between us and the tutors/lecturers surpassed the student-teacher relationship to friendship. Student support has helped me many times with lots of different enquiries throughout uni.

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Diploma in Engineering