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.

AWS Web Academy Member

Our Software Engineering courses are built in collaboration with AWS, offering the most up to date industry curriculum.

Developed in collaboration with IBM

Our Software Engineering program is built in collaboration with IBM, with access to IBM certification programs.

Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Online
6 months full time, 12 months part time, 12 weeks accelerated
Start date

12 Sep 2022

31 Oct 2022


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

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

Gain insights from creative experts
Our academics are leaders in the creative and design worlds. With their help, see where the industry is heading.

Master industry-standard software
Explore advanced software engineering techniques and the boundaries of software design.

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

4 Core subjects

  • Software Engineering Principles | SEP401
    In this subject students are introduced to the current Software Engineering standards and processes, with the aim of enabling them to analyse, design, and implement software projects that follow certain quality measures at every stage of the Software Development Life Cycle. The subject covers requirements engineering, modelling and design of software, software architecture, verification and validation of software systems, and other topics that are related to software engineering practices.
  • Human Centred Design | HCD402
    This subject helps students explore several important fields of general inquiry pertaining to significant intellectual issues related to human beings so they can view everyday problems and formulate solutions in new ways. Broadly, the subject covers the theory of knowledge, human cognition, ethical and moral values, analysis of human history, critical analysis, appreciation of literature and arts and social interaction among human beings through a technological context. Human Centred Design is to give students an appreciation of the factors that influence human behaviour and interactions so that they can apply specialised skills to help solve problems that affect diverse societies.
  • Secure by Design | SBD403
    This subject covers topics involving integration of the entire development lifecycle of IT systems in a secure environment through secure design methodologies, software development models, architecture design and industry Secure by Design standards like OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project). Students learn how to build adequate security into systems to maintain integrity and safety of the functionality of IT systems while being exposed to cyber threats.
  • Software Development Management | SDM404
    In this subject the students are introduced to the main project management principles and modern software project management practices. During the subject, the different methods for managing and optimising the software development process are discussed along with the different techniques for performing each phase of the software development life cycle.

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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Gain professional experience
Work on an industry brief in conjunction with an industry client or immerse yourself in an industry internship as part of your course.
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Why study with us?

As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. With employability at the centre of everything we do, we offer industry-relevant courses taught by leading experts. Our flexible study options, personalised approach and partnership placements will help you find a career you love.

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Future-proof your career
Whichever course you take at Torrens University Australia, you’ll be prepared for rapid change by having next-generation technology at your disposal.

Student showcase

Students and graduates are strongly recognised and constantly sought out by the design and creative tech industries. Work-ready, incredibly talented and always prepared to push the boundaries, they are creative problem-solvers.

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Most of my lecturers were working while teaching, which was important for me because it ensured everything I was being taught had real-world relevancy.
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Domestic entry requirements, fees and scholarships

Fees: Domestic students

Domestic fees
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.

Scholarships: Domestic students

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

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

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AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above from an Australian University in a relevant field of study; OR
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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.

Students who do not meet the above criteria are required to:
Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing from an Australian Government approved provider and demonstrate competency at exit level three (3) in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

How to apply: Domestic students

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Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
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Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.

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It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.

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We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Frequently asked questions

  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?

    Torrens University Australia has recognised pathways to help you gain entry into our bachelor degrees based on different criteria.

    To find out more, visit Study pathways or contact one of our knowledgeable Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits


  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit:

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

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