Diploma of Engineering

La Trobe Melbourne’s Diploma of Engineering provides an introduction to the field of engineering and a pathway to engineering degrees offered at La Trobe University. You will study first-year undergraduate subjects and, after successfully completing the diploma, you will be eligible for direct entry to second year of your chosen engineering degree.
The course is practical and hands-on. Depending on your chosen degree you will develop skills in a number of core areas like biomedical engineering, communication engineering, electronic and electrical systems, sustainability in energy production, automotive engineering, the application of technology in modern medicine, project management of large-scale projects, sustainable infrastructure, water resources, civil construction, surveying and computer-aided design.
All of La Trobe University's engineering degrees are designed to be accredited by Engineers Australia and provide the opportunity to apply for a number of work placements in a range of fields.

Your direct pathway to La Trobe University

Secondary school





Year Domestic Student International Student FEE-HELP




available for domestic students



Two or three trimesters


February and June


Year 12 Maths Methods or Specialist Maths




  • Programming for Engineers and Scientists
  • Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Principles of Physics A
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Engineering Design and Problem Solving
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Calculus and Different Equations
  • Number Systems and Linear Algebra

Entry into 2nd year of

  • Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Industrial)*
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)*
  • Bachelor of Science (Maths major)

*Students require a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) to progress into second year as listed in the table on the Transferring to University page.

Potential career paths at the completion of a bachelor degree

  • Oil and gas
  • Building and construction of large-scale infrastructure
  • Water resources
  • Local government
  • Mining companies
  • Satellite and mobile telecommunications
  • Microelectronic circuit design and assembly Control systems
  • Technical support and supervision
  • Robotics or biomedical engineering
  • High-technology health services