Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering

POSTGRADUATE

Build on your existing knowledge to pursue a specialisation in the essential and rapidly expanding field of sustainable engineering.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 6 months
Part-time 1 year
Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Not applicable
Fees:

Not applicable

Next intake:
Not applicable
Location:
Not applicable

Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Engineering has been designed to upskill graduate engineers or scientists, or those with significant industry experience to allow them to specialise in the field of sustainability.

Through your studies in this certificate, you will develop the specialist knowledge, understanding and skills required to analyse complex sustainability systems and technologies. You will have the opportunity to find innovative solutions from an array of possibilities through a systematic problem-solving approach considering the economic, sociopolitical, policy and environmental context affecting sustainable energy solutions.

In addition to this, you will build strong communication skills, enabling you to communicate your findings and ideas to a range of key stakeholders in a professional and effective manner, and improve your capacity to lead and work with teams to further your research and professional goals.

Details

This multidisciplinary field will call on your existing and growing knowledge of natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.  

As a student in this certificate, you will build the skills to describe, investigate and analyse engineering issues using systems thinking and modelling techniques. You will be able to identify and assess risks and understand the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities.

You will approach problem solving with a creative mindset, acquiring the tools you need to solve engineering problems with innovative solutions. Through your studies, you will be able to comprehend and apply theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist knowledge sustainability. 

Your learning will take a variety of forms, including lectures and guest lectures, class presentations, and group- and student-led discussion, as well as laboratory practicals. 

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester, and may include tests, essays, reports, oral presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects, and practical assignments.

This certificate has strong links with industry through its Industry Advisory Committee and through research and teaching collaborations.

Many program teaching staff are from local industry or have extensive previous industry experience and well-developed contact networks, and many are currently engaged in industry-funded research projects. These attributes, when integrated into teaching and courseware development, ensure that your learning experience is industry-relevant and work-integrated.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

To graduate from this certificate, you must successfully complete four of the following subjects:

  • Energy Efficiency and Demand Management
  • The Economic, Social and Environmental Context for Sustainable Energy
  • Sustainable Thermal Systems
  • Sustainable Energy Systems and Design
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Electrical Energy Storage Systems
  • Renewable and Solar Fuels
  • Wind and Hydro Power

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering
Program code: GC202

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering
City Campus
0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent
GC202
Location
City Campus
Duration
0.5 years full-time or part time equivalent
Plan code
GC202
CRICOS

Career

Upon successful completion of this certificate, you will have the knowledge skills required to pursue a specialist career in sustainable engineering, which may include roles in public or private sector.

Alternatively, you may choose to undertake further study in the Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy)

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in one of the following fields: Engineering, Science, Information Technology, Physics and Chemistry

OR

Applicants without any relevant prior qualification will be considered if they have at least 10 years of relevant industry experience.Prior studies in the chemistry of energy (thermo-fluid science) is desirable but not required.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this graduate certificate from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Engineering are guaranteed entry into the MC229 Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy) program and will receive 48 credit points.

Fees

Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).

Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.

2022 indicative fees

Commonwealth supported places

  • Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$3,985 to AU$14,630*.

Full-fee places

  • Full-fee places: AU$17,760.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

  • You may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
  • For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2022 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,401 per standard year
$1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,630 per standard year
$1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course

If you are offered a full-fee place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$XX,XXX.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$XX,XXX.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

This program is not available to international students.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.