Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical)

A foundation for advanced engineering

Mechanical engineers design and develop materials, processes and products, from prosthetic limbs and robots to motor vehicles, aircrafts and space stations.

Our Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) is suited to engineering graduates and working engineers with relevant experience.

What will you do?

The program acts as a foundational year for the Master of Engineering (Mechanical). It’s designed to upskill students for advanced studies and career opportunities. You will:

  • practise structural design
  • study applied aerodynamics and thermodynamics
  • learn all about solid mechanics, heat transfer, dynamics and control
  • develop skills for research, communication, critical thinking, business and management.

Note: If you’re currently enrolled in the master program and wish to exit with the graduate diploma, see the academic requirements for this degree.

  • Ranked #48 in the World for Computer Science and Engineering*
  • Taught by our research-active staff and industry experts
  • Gain credit towards the Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

*ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

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This program is an Exit award for the Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 3CM063

Domestic applicants

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent in a related discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.5

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $43,500

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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

Mechanical engineers have great employment prospects both locally and globally. They offer expertise in the fields of combustion, noise and vibration control, energy technology, control systems, robotics, quality management, bioengineering, aeronautics, fluid mechanics, water supply, mining, manufacturing, production planning, maintenance planning, consumer product design, pollution control and new materials.

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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Aircraft Engineer;  Manufacturing Engineer;  Noise Control Engineer;  Robotics Engineer;  Mechanical Engineer

Degree Structure


Academic Program Rules

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


Example Study Plan

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 12 units
  • Mechanical specialisation courses to the value of 12 units

All courses are 3 units unless stated otherwise.

Core Courses

Students must complete all of the following:

ELEC ENG 7164 Business Management Systems PG

MATHS 7025 Research Methods and Statistics

PROJMGNT 5021 Project Management Fundamentals

Core Course, choice of

Students must complete one of the following:

COMP SCI 7317 Using Machine Learning Tools PG

ENG 7057 Communication & Critical Thinking

MECH ENG 7056 Systems Engineering 1

PROJMGNT 5004 Risk Assessment and Management

PROJMGNT 7012 Project Governance and Contracts

PROJMGNT 7038 Project Leadership and Communication

Specialisation Courses

Students must complete all of the following:

MECH ENG 7068 Applied Aerodynamics

MECH ENG 7067 Advanced Mechanics of Materials

MECH ENG 7070 Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics

MECH ENG 7111 Acoustics and Vibrations PG


Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Friday, 1 Mar 2024