GD173 - Graduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering

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Plan: GD173 - Graduate Diploma in Electrical 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 Electrical Engineering
Award abbreviation: GradDipElecEng
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 031301
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The objectives of the Graduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering are:

  • To develop your knowledge and skills in electrical engineering that will enhance your career prospects in the relevant industries including power transmission and distribution and electronics industry.
  • To facilitate learning of electrical engineering concepts and applications that are directly linked to industry needs.
  • To provide a pathway for graduates from other engineering and appropriate science degrees to articulate into electrical engineering.

This program is an exit only point from the Masters of Electrical Engineering, which is primarily delivered at the City Campus. While most courses in the program are delivered on campus, others are delivered online.

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Articulation and pathways

The program provides a pathway for engineers and scientists, or those with an alternative acceptable qualification and relevant experience in industry, to gain a postgraduate qualification specializing in Electrical Engineering.

The Graduate Diploma (2 semesters full-time or equivalent) is an exit only point for students in the MC235 Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering). 

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Entrance requirements

GD173 Graduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering is an exit award only. Entry to this program is via MC235 Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering).

Students in the Masters degree who wish to exit the Masters before completion, may be eligible to take out the intermediary award of GD173 Graduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Graduate Diploma in Electrical 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 Electrical 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's Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) comprises industry representatives, staff and alumni, and it plays a vital role in advising the School on matters associated with the development, delivery and assessment of programs offered by the School. The IAC ensures that the programs offered meet their stated aims and objectives though the evaluation of student demand and community need, likely employment opportunities for graduates and advice on key relationships involving RMIT, employers and the profession.

The School of Engineering has extensive links with industry, particularly through research projects, consulting services and industry-sponsored design projects. Examples of the collaborative links in the energy and control area include:

  •  Powercor/Citipower and Jemena in ARC Linkage project led by Prof. Xinghuo Yu
  •  Holden Innovative in Formula SAE Car Racing led by Prof. Liuping Wang
  •  Futuris Australia in Final Year Student Project

In a number of cases, industry has provided direct support by donating laboratory equipment. One such example is ABB sponsorship of the Variable Speed Drive Controllers Laboratory.

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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. 

You can find more information at

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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