Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Building Services)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Building Services program at the University of Sydney recognises the integration of the performance, design and management of a building. As the only Building Services program taught by an Australian faculty of the built environment, this program with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning embeds high level integration across our building services units. Your knowledge is not limited to ‘trade-skills’ endorsed by other programs. Instead, our first-principles approach, backed by the latest research and advanced equipment, ensures that you gain the understandings necessary to become a leader in this growing field.

Your program focuses on the management and science that enables great advances in building services. By studying the operation of plant, equipment, machinery and other services, you gain the detailed technical knowledge that underpins successful building services. You will understand these systems holistically, with reference to their financial, environmental and social impacts. And you will be cognisant of how to work alongside architects, designers, facilities managers and building tenants to produce plans that are site specific, appropriate and responsive.

The flexibility of the Building Services program enables you to incorporate deep understandings of the theory and practice of sustainable systems design, ratings and measurement systems, performance metrics and financial analyses. With optional units in strategic and project management, lighting and hydraulic services, our program offers you an unrivalled ability to tailor your study to your career goals. With the Double Stream option, you can extend your study and gain a specialisation in a second area of study, chosen from Audio and Acoustics, Illumination Design, Sustainable Design and Facilities Management.

Our Building Services program is accredited by the Australian Institute of Building (AIB). Students who have completed the Master degree and hold the necessary professional experience have been accepted by the AIB as Chartered Building Professionals. In addition, the AIB NSW Chapter awards an annual medal to an outstanding graduate from this Masters Program.

This program can be taken as a Graduate Certificate (six months full time), Graduate Diploma (one year full time) or Master degree (one and a half years full time).

This program can also be taken as double stream Master degree in combination with another Design Science Program. To undertake a double degree, the core units from the secondary degree are taken as the electives in the primary degree. Please see the Faculty Handbook for enrolment advice for secondary stream structure.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Building Services) complete 24 credit points (cp) made up of at least three core units of study (18cp), and one optional unit (6cp) offered within the course, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Design Science (Building Services) will find work with building services manufacturers, installation contractors, and building services consultants.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Building Services) will have a bachelor's degree or possess experience which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course.

Many Design Science units are taught as ‘block-mode’ intensive classes, delivered over four to six full days, of which some fall on weekends to accommodate full-time working students. Some units however may be delivered in weekly lecture format.

Please note that students may commence studies in Semester 2, however some courses are only available in part-time capacity due to the units on offer.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Building Services).

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Building Services).

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.