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What will I learn?

The Diploma of Engineering is ideal if you are curious about studying engineering and would like to learn more, though are unsure about committing to a full undergraduate degree.

During your engineering studies, you will explore some of the general concepts, principles and practices of engineering, develop your technical skills and build upon your maths and science knowledge.

With the diploma, you qualify for entry-level engineering roles, or you can continue onto other engineering degree courses such as CDU's Associate Degree in Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Science or Bachelor of Engineering Honours.


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Course structure

A strong general engineering background is provided, suitable as a pathway into all areas of engineering.

This course is available externally by distance learning for those who are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Distance learning requires reliable broadband internet access.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering, IT & Environment



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$33,480.00 (18,21,545) per year
This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

7 August 2022

More details

Start date

22 August 2022


Charles Darwin University

Casuarina Campus,

Ellengowan Drive,

Northern Territory,

0810, DARWIN, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).

Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.

Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic Module: A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.

Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency: A minimum overall grade of B2.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.

TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Charles Darwin University

CDU is the No.1 Australian university for postgraduate full-time employment outcomes (Good Universities Guide 2022).

  • A top 100 university for education - THE Impact Rankings 2021
  • CDU led the return of international students to Australia
  • A leader in e-learning with over 20 years in online learning
  • Multiple study locations across Australia