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UAC code489920 - Newcastle
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
Program Code40128
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Program handbook


The Diploma in Engineering prepares students for a range of engineering career options; and provides them with a foundation for further studies associated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program. 

It is a one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program which offers a broad range of core courses and directed course options.

The program has a practical orientation allowing students to develop their skills for further tertiary studies through real world projects and laboratories.

The courses offered by the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre within the diploma are distinguished from similar bachelor level courses through the following key features:

This is combined with classes taken alongside fellow degree students, and study as you would in an undergraduate degree program.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Elementary, theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and/or the underpinning natural and physical sciences as applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of simple engineering projects
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
  • Professional use and management of information
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct
  • Effective team membership and team leadership
  • Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline
  • Basic understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
  • Introductory knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
  • Basic understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice
  • Application of established engineering methods to simple engineering problem solving
  • Initial skills in the application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes


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Program code40128
AQF level

Level 5 Diploma

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Callaghan CampusNANA

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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    Admission is available to domestic applicants. 

    The University of Newcastle accepts a range of qualifications to determine eligibility for admission. These include, but are not limited to, Australian or overseas senior secondary qualifications (such as the HSC), prior tertiary studies, prior TAFE/VET studies, vocational/professional experience, and completed enabling programs. To be considered for admission, applicants must have an unadjusted ATAR (or equivalent) of 50 or above.

    For further information on the pathways that are available to you, please see here.

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

    Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    80 units

    Program duration

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

    Program requirements

    In the Diploma in Engineering program students are required to complete 80 units (made up of 8 courses worth 10 units each), which is comprised of:

    • 70 units of core courses; and
    • 10 units of directed courses.

    Program plans

    Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

    The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

    You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Core Courses

    Complete the following core courses to fulfill the requirements of the program:

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    ENGG1500Introduction to Professional Engineering
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (BCA Singapore)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (UNCIE)
    • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNEG1003Engineering Computations and Procedural Programming
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNEG1110Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNMT1002Foundational Studies in Mathematics
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNMT1110Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNPS1001Engineering Physics 1
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNPS1002Engineering Physics 2
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units

    Directed Courses

    Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    FNEG1004Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units
    FNEG1005Introduction to Electrical Engineering
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    10 units

    Additional information

    Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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