Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering

Preparation for master's degrees in areas such as information science, human-centred systems and computer games technology.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

  • university placement for all successful students
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • access to City, University of London support and facilities

What is special about the programme?

The Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering is a full-time academic programme that prepares you for postgraduate study in areas such as information science, human-centred systems and computer games technology.

You will improve your language skills, increase your knowledge in academic subjects and develop the necessary study and research skills for postgraduate study. You will also gain an understanding of the UK education system before entering as a postgraduate.

As well as full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at City, University of London
  • intensive English tuition
  • world-class facilities in a modern study centre
  • detailed feedback on performance
  • a highly supportive study environment
  • small classes for maximum student teacher interaction
  • professional support and guidance with your university application
  • the highest levels of pastoral care and support

Teaching methods

The Computing modules have a strong practical focus: lectures are complemented by computer lab sessions where you will write programs. You will use the programs Virtualbox and Kali Linux as virtual hacking environments to practise ethical hacking. If you are studying the Science and Engineering pathway, you will attend seminar style classes, providing you with a solid grounding in physics in preparation for a range of engineering degrees.

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject. The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

What will I study?

All students complete a common core set of modules, plus specialist modules for your progression pathway.

Core modules:

Academic English and Study Skills

This module introduces you to the academic language and conventions of academic writing and speaking you will encounter as a postgraduate student at City, University of London. You will develop the skills needed to select, read and critically evaluate academic texts. The content of the course is linked to the subjects you are studying and this will enable you to carry out research for academic assignments and presentations. The module provides you with the confidence to work both collaboratively and independently, qualities essential for success at City, University of London.

Research Skills

This module will provide you with a basic understanding of the nature of enquiry, developing your ability to access and analyse data. A large part of the module involves analysing and interpreting existing data from various fields of research. You will also be introduced to the theoretical and practical differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Independent Research Project

The compulsory Independent Research Project brings together the skills and understanding from other modules. The project can be based on primary or secondary research, and allows you to practise core skills necessary for postgraduate level study. You will be allocated a supervisor, who will offer guidance on the content and structure of your Independent Research Project. English language support will also be given.


Specialist modules:

Introduction to Science and Engineering

This module is designed to provide a grounding in science and engineering, with a particular focus on physics, and to enable you to meet the requirements to progress to postgraduate programmes in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Programming and Design

The aim of this module is to develop your programming skills and in particular your knowledge of the C programming language to the level that will be required for postgraduate degree level study in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the School of Informatics. This module is compulsory for all students on the Science and Engineering pathway.


How will I be assessed?

Entry to all postgraduate degrees at City, University of London is highly competitive and students hoping to study at postgraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their Graduate Diploma programme. Whilst grades in the Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your postgraduate degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the criteria for entry to your chosen postgraduate degree programme at the University. Please see the progression requirements for your intended degree below.

Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study. You will be assessed by a combination of:

  • an independent research project - a written version and a presentation
  • exams
  • coursework which may include written assignments, reports, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

How is the programme validated?

The Graduate Diploma is quality assured and designed in partnership with City, University of London. Successful completion leads to the award of the City, University of London Graduate Diploma, at Level 6 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

How do I qualify?


Academic requirements:

Completion of a minimum of three years of higher education with good grades.

Previous study in a relevant academic discipline or relevant industry experience for specialised Master's courses. 

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

English requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills)

The Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
September 2017 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017 

Term 2: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018

January 2018 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 02 Jul 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018



Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £240 per academic course

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

What does this lead to?

This course leads to the following master's degrees at City, University of London:

Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

MSc Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management

MSc Civil Engineering Structures

MSc Civil Engineering Structures (Nuclear Power Plants)

MSc Mechanical Engineering

MSc Renewable Energy and Power Systems Management

MSc Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics

MSc Maritime Operations and Management

MSc Construction Management

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