Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering

Secure your future in the defence sector

South Australia has a world-class maritime industry base and the sector is growing rapidly. We’re currently witnessing a time of multi-billion dollar spending on submarines and surface ships.

The University of Adelaide is South Australia’s leading university in defence, and partnered with industry both locally and internationally. Whether you’re looking to upskill or change careers, we’ll help match your professional goals to industry objectives.

What will you do?

Our marine engineering programs are structured so students can complete qualifications in steps. This approach lets you complete a Graduate Certificate in Marine Engineering after six months, the Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering after 12 and a Master of Marine Engineering after 18. You will:

  • develop and enhance prior expertise
  • build highly sought after knowledge and practical skills
  • take core courses intensively, allowing you to complete Submarine Design, Naval Ship Engineering and Systems Engineering within six months
  • choose from a wide range of specialist electives.

Industry-sponsored students will also gain practical experience through workplace projects.

This program is delivered in collaboration with ASC, Australia's builder and sustainer of the Navy's fleet of Collins Class submarines.

Note: consult the program coordinator before you enrol to check whether particular courses or projects will be available.

  • Delivered in collaboration with ASC
  • Taught by our research-active staff and industry experts
  • Gain credit towards the Master of Marine Engineering

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD099
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Additional Entry Requirements
Specialisation courses are available in alternate years.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Completed Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program.

Applicants without an honours degree in engineering must provide evidence of formal qualifications and professional work experience, providing equivalent learning outcomes.

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

Advanced technical and management roles in the field of marine engineering.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Defence Engineer, Engineer, Marine Engineer, Maritime Engineer, Naval Ship Engineer, Systems Engineer

Degree Structure

The Graduate Diploma is a 24-unit program including 9 units of core courses and 15 units of electives. Students must ensure that at least 18 units of study must be taken from courses taught by the University of Adelaide.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023