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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IBM Academic Initiative Partner

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
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

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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Gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge tools and learn how to leverage them for maximum impact.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your course materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

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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 - $162,230
  • Software Developer
    Average salary: $94,987 - $141,113
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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.


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. 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.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.


  • Diploma of Software Engineering

    CRICOS 102264E

    8 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    1 year full time, 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated

    Start with a Diploma to explore a new career area, or gain guaranteed entry into our Bachelor program.

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  • Bachelor courses ( 2 options )
    • Bachelor of Software Engineering Artificial Intelligence

      CRICOS 099352B

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    • Bachelor of Software Engineering Game Programming

      CRICOS 093341J

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  • Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering

    Domestic students only

    4 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    6 months full time, 12 months part time, 12 weeks accelerated

    Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

  • Master courses ( 4 options )
    • Master of Information Technology

      CRICOS 107046H

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    • Master of Information Technology Advanced

      CRICOS 107045J

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    • Master of Software Engineering Artificial Intelligence
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    • Master of Software Engineering Artificial Intelligence Advanced

      CRICOS 099353A

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Industry partners and Work‑Integrated Learning

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.

Completion of a qualification at AQF level 7 (bachelor degree), or above


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 or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

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How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • 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?
  • 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?

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