Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Number of units: 8 units to complete

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The Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies includes units in the technical areas of energy supply and energy demand as well as the non-technical areas of economics and policy.

Graduates will acquire skills to enhance their work in areas such as energy policy, energy economics, energy management and efficiency, sustainable energy systems design and planning, the environmental impact of energy systems and their use. The course includes a short research project in renewable energy research.


Graduates of a Graduate Diploma will have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.
Student will learn about holistic approaches to sustainable energy development and how to improve existing energy systems. They will develop broad-based knowledge of the technical, policy, economic, social and environmental aspects of energy use and have the opportunity to undertake a short research project to explore an area of energy that they are really passionate about. Students are required to complete a total of 24 points over a period of 1 year full-time equivalent, which is available in internal, external or mixed-mode of study.


Graduates of a Graduate Diploma will have:

  • skills to design and carry out a techno-economic analysis of energy systems, undertake energy audits and report on energy consumption and carbon emissions, critique and improve energy policy, and conduct research into innovative energy solutions.
  • cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to problems
  • cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
  • specialised technical and creative skills in a field of skilled and/or professional practice
  • communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
  • communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

The course is designed in a way that the postgraduate students, irrespective of their previous degrees in science or engineering, can learn aspects of management, sustainability, economics, policy and climate science in relation to energy project development.


With training in state of the art research and teaching facilities, you will gain practical experience and learn from experts from the Murdoch University Energy Research and Innovation Group (MUERI). Graduates will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • to make high level, independent judgments in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised energy contexts
  • to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate specialised technical and/or creative contexts
  • with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters

Classroom students have site visits to wind farms, solar farms, village power renewable energy demonstrations, and conduct a walk-through investigation of energy consumption in a large hospital. Lectures are provided by MUERI renewable energy experts as well as from guests from the energy industry. Online students are provided all materials from the lectures, tutorials and site visits and are encouraged to participate in live classroom discussions and to present their work using online software.

The assignments are designed in a way that the students test and improve their understanding in scientific, mathematical, operational, engineering and computing skills, and critically analysis and reporting.

Students also learn how to conduct critical literature reviews that they present, either in person or online, to gain confidence on gathering information, improve their reporting and presentation skills, and to update their knowledge on current research and modern practices in renewable energy.

Some students have been successful in obtaining vacation employment during their studies which helps them to select a career in energy industry.
This course will also provide students with a clear pathway to the Master of Renewable Energy at Murdoch University.

Graduates may find increased employment opportunities in energy consulting companies, government agencies, energy management companies or renewable energy companies.

Applicants must have a recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training in a related area.

Some units have a prerequisite of upper high school Physics or first year university introductory physics. Therefore, students without that background may need to do the prerequisite unit SCI16 Introduction to Physics in addition to the eight units in this degree.  Please contact the Academic Chair of Energy Studies to discuss:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102

International applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.

Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies students must complete the following 8 units

All Murdoch graduate level units will be 3 points for 2016

  • EENV501 Energy and Greenhouse Reporting
  • EENV587 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development
  • EENV590 Energy Systems
  • EENV591 Energy Policy
  • EENV592 Energy in Society
  • EENV593 Energy Economics
  • EENV594 Energy Management
  • EENV596 Energy Studies Project

For individual advice on how recent changes to the degree structure may affect you, please contact the Academic Chair, Dr. Jonathan Whale, direct:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Energy and Greenhouse Reporting
EENV501 Murdoch SP1 - - -
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development
EENV587 Murdoch - - SP3 -
Energy Systems
EENV590 Murdoch - - SP3 -
Energy Policy
EENV591 Murdoch - - SP3 -
Energy in Society
EENV592 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Energy Economics
EENV593 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Energy Management
EENV594 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Energy Studies Project
EENV596 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -

Students with adequate academic backgrounds should seek exemptions from the Chair of Energy Studies at Murdoch University.

Applicants with relevant prior learning may be granted credit if they comply with the university’s policy on accreditation. Students should contact Murdoch University for further advice.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

2015 Course Changes 

Murdoch’s commitment to you:

  • Murdoch will honour its commitments to you as a Murdoch student.
  • You will not be disadvantaged by the changes to the curriculum.
  • Murdoch will actively manage your progress and provide study-planning support.

The significant changes are:

  • There have been no more 4 point postgraduate units offered since 2015.
  • All students need to graduate with 24 points of credit, but may be able to graduate with 23 points of credit if signed off by the Academic Chair for the programs – to ensure that students are not disadvantaged by the changes.

For individual advice on how the 2015 degree changes may affect you, please contact the Academic Chair:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102