Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering

Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering

What is a Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering?

A Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering provides opportunities for people looking to rapidly acquire new technology skills. It forms the foundation for postgraduate specialisations such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Networking and Cybersecurity. This qualification empowers you with technical software skills and traditional design concepts.

This course provides the foundation for all postgraduate Software Engineering specialisations such as Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Networking & Cybersecurity. You’ll focus on the knowledge required to design and implement advanced software engineering techniques and analyses designing, developing and using systems while employing well-informed software engineering methodologies. You’ll explore models and architectural techniques to develop secure software engineered solutions and learn about platform constraints, version control and issue tracking. Project management and monitoring tools will enable real-time progress and issue tracking leading to efficient software development.


Learning outcomes

  • Solve complex commercial software engineering problems with innovation and ethical practice.
  • Solve a variety of technical problems including those related to emerging technologies.
  • Analyse problem sets to synthesise critical software engineering solutions.
  • Communicate technical solutions, recommendations and workarounds efficiently to a variety of audiences.
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Our courses are developed in collaboration with IBM, providing access to select software, courseware and key student resources.

Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Online
Course duration
6 months full time, 12 months part time, 12 weeks accelerated
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023

This is an AQF Level 8 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Successful completion will guarantee entry into our Master of Software Engineering.

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Career opportunities

Demonstrate an awareness of the software engineering body of knowledge with a view towards ethics of practice in a global and sustainable context. This course is ideal for those wishing to upskill and acquire new technology skills and traditional design concepts to give them an edge in the industry.

Potential career paths

  • Software Engineer
    Average salary: $100,000 - $160,000
  • Software Developer
    Average salary: $95,000 - $140,000
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Subjects and units

This course comprises of four core subjects.

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.

  • Core


Complete four core subjects.

Core subjects

  • Software Engineering Principles | SEP401
  • Human Centred Design | HCD402
  • Secure by Design | SBD403
  • Software Development Management | SDM404


Learn with industry standard technologies

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Industry partners and work placements

The big difference at Torrens University Australia is that you’ll start working in the industry from day one – gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and making industry connections.
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Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


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Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent

OR Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above

OR Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification

OR Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

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How to apply

Frequently asked questions

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  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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