GD044 - Graduate Diploma in Computer Engineering

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Plan: GD044 - Graduate Diploma in Computer Engineering
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Computer Engineering
Award abbreviation: GD in Comp Eng
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 031305
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Computer Engineering is to develop a highly skilled pool of graduates for the increasingly important area of embedded computer and network systems.  This domain represents a convergence of electronics, computing, telecommunications, and information technology and is increasingly driven by the threats and opportunities resulting from system miniaturization, programmability, and shrinking development cycles.  It includes the design, development and application of digital and computer-based systems as solutions to engineering problems, as well as embedded computer communications, software structures and algorithms.

A key objective of the computer engineering program is to provide you with the skills and understanding needed to design and build innovative new products and services.  The core courses focus on essential skills for embedded design while the elective modules cover advanced topics.  The program combines relevant theory, state-of-the-art tools and methodologies used in industry and academia as well as more general issues such as project management.  The final research project component provides important practical experience towards developing complex embedded systems.

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Articulation and pathways

The program will provide a pathway for engineers and scientists, or those with an alternative acceptable qualification and relevant experience in industry, to gain a Graduate Diploma specializing in Computer Engineering.  Successful candidates may also articulate into the Master of Engineering (Computer Engineering).

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Entrance requirements

Academic (all students local and international)
Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering in computer, electronic, telecommunications or electrical disciplines; or be qualified technologist with relevant industrial experience.

English Language Requirements:
One of the following:

  • IELTS – 6.5+ (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL – Paper based = 580+ (TWE 4.5+)
  • TOEFL – Computer based = 237+ (TWE 4.5+)
  • REW – English for Academic Purposes Advanced 1&2


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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Graduate Diploma in Computer Engineering is not accredited, although it has been developed to align with the Engineers Australia accreditation framework. Engineers Australia is the professional body responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers. Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Computer Engineering may be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia. More details on membership of Engineers Australia can be found here.

Industry Links
The School of Engineering has extensive links with industry across all streams, particularly through research projects, consulting services and industry-sponsored design projects. In a number of cases, industry has provided direct support by donating laboratory equipment

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library:
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content:
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

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In addition, many academics have their notes printed for distribution to off-shore students.  These notes are also available from the RMIT Bookshop at a very affordable cost for local students.

The school has many laboratories, many with specialised equipment in the area of machines, high voltage and power protection, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities, and most of these labs have been upgraded in recent years, to ensure that you have access to modern computers and equipment that you are likely to use in industry.

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