As the world becomes more interconnected, and the systems on which we depend become increasingly complex, systems engineers will be highly sought after. The systems engineering process coordinates and leads the translation of operational needs into a system designed to meet that need. It is a forward-thinking process that transcends software, electrical, and mechanical engineering. It focuses on how to design, integrate, and manage complex systems throughout their life cycles, coordinating performance, cost, and schedule goals. 

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework


6 months full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code


Delivery mode



The Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering at UNSW Canberra is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop a high-level understanding of the principles that shape systems engineering and their implementation through the design, development and application phases. This course will provide you with in-demand skills and experience in analysing, designing and managing complex projects with the opportunity to specialise in a specific engineering discipline.    

Find out more

For more information on this degree, see the UNSW Handbook.

  • Students undertaking GradCert in Systems Engineering are required to complete 24 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing four 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below).

    Students must take 6 UOC of core courses. Students must take at least 6 UOC, up to a maximum of 18 UOC of core course options. Students can take up to a maximum of 12 UOC of elective courses.

  • *Please Note: Program rules are subject to change, students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the year they were admitted into the program.

    Core courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8226 Systems Engineering Practice

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered



    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8230 Requirements Practice

    Not Offered

    Distance Mode

    ZEIT8231 Test and Evaluation

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8403 Capability Option Analysis

    Not Offered

    Distance mode

    General electives

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024

    Logistics Management

    Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8010 Marine Technology Not Offered Not Offered
    ZEIT8136 Software Project Management Distance Mode Not Offered 
    ZEIT8236 System Safety Engineering Not Offered

    Distance Mode

    ZEIT8302 Project Administration Not Offered 

    Distance Mode

    ZEIT8303 Project Management Body of Knowledge Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZEIT8601 Applied Machine Learning Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8200 Model Based Systems Engineering - New course 2024 Not Offered Distance Mode


  • For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to the online handbook

  • Limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this degree to eligible domestic students who commence in S2 2022 only. CSP are not available for any new admission or deferred admission in this degree for 2023 commencement and onwards. Further information regarding UNSW PG Commonwealth Supported Places can be found here including eligibility and CSP Tuition Fees. 

    Please note that CSP won't be available to Defence students in this degree if their study is funded via Defence PG ADFA Study Scheme. 

Key contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr Huadong Mo

Student Enquiries
T: +61 2 5114 5000