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University of Melbourne

Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Professional Certificate in Innovation Practice

The Professional Certificate in Innovation Practice is offered to project mentors in ENGR90034 Creating Innovative Engineering (CIE), ENGR90039 Creating Innovative Professionals (CIP) and equivalent subjects. The core of these subjects involves teams of four to six students working alongside an independent mentor, or a mentor and a sponsor from a sponsoring organisation, to elaborate an innovation opportunity.

This certificate provides a unique opportunity for candidates to develop the management, coaching and leadership skills required to guide innovation projects and take the next step in their careers. During this certificate, participants learn about strategic and operational considerations in generating innovative products and services. They also develop the leadership skills to guide teams that are innovating.

There are two pathways through the certificate. Either candidates can participate in an innovation team in CIE or CIP, and then complete the subject Leadership for Innovation (ENGR90036). Alternatively, the two broad domains of the program – innovation and leadership for innovation – are delivered together as one subject (ENGM90017).

In terms of innovation management, you will learn and facilitate the application of a human-centred design approach to an innovation project. Along with your team, you will refine a project brief, design research, conduct interviews, generate insights, create a problem statement, generate proposals that respond to that problem statement and then, select, refine, hopefully test, and finally pitch a proposal. Because you will be responsible for ensuring that the team delivers a good outcome, you will find that you need to develop a solid understanding of the human-centred innovation process.

Campus Information

Parkville campus

Our Parkville campus is a city within a city. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket, and even a seasonal farmers market, you’ll never have to leave. The Parkville campus is situated within a renowned knowledge precinct, which includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 60

Application Process

After Offer Acceptance, student receives ECOE ( Electronic Confirmation of Enrollment) and therafter visa is lodged.

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The University of Melbourne runs a twice-annual mentoring programme that brings students together with alumni mentors who guide them through the career decision-making process.

Faculty-specific resources assist students in finding the most relevant careers advice for them. Students are also able to take self-assessment tests to help them determine which occupation is most suited to them.

We run workshops, one-on-one sessions, and student mentoring programs to give you the advice you need, when you need it.

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We run a range of workshops, seminars and events to help support your skill development and employability.

About Careers and Employability

We provide you with the resources, support, and tools you need to achieve your career goals. Learn about our approach to employability and careers.

When you start university you may already know which career path you’d like to pursue. Or, you might be exploring your unique interests, passions, and opportunities.

No matter which category you’re in, career development starts from your first day at university. Career development doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to develop a greater awareness of who you are and what you want to achieve.

At the University of Melbourne, career development is a journey that involves:

  • Understanding and reflecting on your motivations and preferences, current skills and knowledge gaps
  • Researching potential opportunities that help you develop meaningful, industry-relevant experiences
  • Goal setting and deciding on what career success means to you
  • Seeking and applying for roles that align with this vision.
  • During this process, your ability to understand and apply your knowledge will be critical in making successful career decisions. We have dedicated career advisers who can guide you through this career development journey.

What are employability skills?

Employability skills are more than just your ability to land a job. They cover your attitude, personal qualities, and transferable skills (e.g. teamwork and communication).

These skills are valued regardless of the role or industry you’re interested in—and understanding their importance can help you succeed in your career and beyond.

Our aim is to help you develop these skills so you can progress professionally in the workforce and community.

How we can help you

We provide online and in-person services: from one-on-one guidance, to learning modules, on campus workshops, and more.

We support you to:

  • Understand the possibilities open to you during and after your time at university
  • Design your career by understanding where your degree can take you, and guide you on what experiences will help you gain future employment
  • Identify your skills and how they apply to actual jobs in the industry you’re interested in
  • Find opportunities via our online jobs board and our employability programs
  • Connect with employers and professionals through our mentoring programs and industry networks
  • Navigate the job application process so your cover letter, resume, and interview style sets you up for success.
  • Our services are available to all current undergraduate and graduate University of Melbourne students.

PSW Opportunity

Graduate Diploma packaged with Masters degree would allow 2 years PSW. Packaging of offers depends on the sole discretion of Faculty.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have:

- Completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent; or

- At least 5 years of full-time documented relevant work experience; and;

- Applicants will only be considered for entry to this course if they can demonstrate that they have been (or will be) nominated by a project sponsor to mentor a team in Creating Innovative Engineering (ENGR90034) or equivalent.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

- Prior academic performance; and

- Documented relevant professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band IELTS 6.0 is required.

Notes: Students may accrue up to 12.5 points towards the Certificate as part of their master’s degree, either as ENGR90034 (Creating Innovative Engineering) or ENGR90039 (Creating Innovative Professionals).

Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)

Candidates must be committed to attend a minimum of 80% of sessions during the program, in order to work with their teams and the other candidates effectively. Any absences must be explained in writing to the Program Coordinator.

The Professional Certificate in Innovation Practice welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and degree policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the degree.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 12568 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: 100 AUD
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