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Master of Software Engineering

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM099

CRICOS 023447A

The Master of Software Engineering aims to provide graduates with the knowledge, tools and methods for defining software requirements, performing software design, construction, testing and maintenance tasks.

Graduates gain a demonstrated ability to design and construct large software systems and are qualified to secure rewarding technical careers in the software engineering industry.

Students who wish to proceed to further research study must complete an individual year-long research project in an area of software engineering instead of the usual year-long group project. Interested students should consult the program coordinator in their first year of study.

Students may convert to a Master of Software Engineering from a Master of Computing and Innovation after completing the equivalent of a major in computer science.  Students seeking to convert between degrees are required to seek program advice from the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, as not all courses can be counted towards the new degree.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM099
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree in Computer Science or a completed Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering) or a completed Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) or a completed Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) or a completed Graduate Diploma in Computer Science or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM099

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 023447A
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree in Computer Science or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of this program can seek advanced technical careers in the information technology industry including the financial, business, scientific, entertainment, networking and defence sectors.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The Master of Software Engineering is accredited by the Australian Computer Society. It is designed to provide a professional qualification in computing and information technology and also provides the necessary academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

    Potential careers

    Internet Consultant, Internet - Web Programmer, IT Manager, Software Engineer, Computer Programmer, Systems Engineer, Engineer, Software Specialist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    This 48-unit program is designed for graduates with a strong background in computer science, including courses such as Software Engineering and Project. It includes a year-long project and graduate courses in computer science, providing in-depth technical information to its graduates.

    This degree includes significant programming assignments that are usually written in JAVA or C++. Students are assumed to have foundational programming skills and be familiar with at least one object-oriented programming language prior to the commencement of the program.

    The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff, facilities and sufficient enrolments.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    MASTER OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
    Year 1 COMP SCI 7007 Specialised Programming (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7092 Mobile & Wireless Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7015 Software Engineering & Project (3 units)

    Elective (3 units)**

    Elective (12 units)
    Year 2 COMP SCI 7096A Master of Software Engineering Project- Part A (6 units)*

    COMP SCI 7023 Software Process Improvement (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7036 Software Engineering in Industry (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7096B Master of Software Engineering Project –Part B (9 units)

    Elective (3 units)
    Elective
    Choices
    COMP SCI 7005 Adaptive Business Intelligence (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7009 Modern Heuristic Methods (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7022 Computer Vision (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7091 Commercialising IT Research (3 units) ^ 

    COMP SCI 7044 Computer System Security (3 units)*^ 

    COMP SCI 7077 Solving Engineering Models (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7094 Distributed Databases & Data Mining (3 units)#

    COMP SCI 7301 Advanced Algorithms (3 units) 

    COMP SCI 7402 Introduction to Geometric Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7000 Software Architecture (3 units)^ 
     
    COMP SCI 7045 Distributed High Performance Computing (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7401 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7405 Research Methods (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7407 Advance Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7409 Search Based Software Engineering (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7093 Evolutionary Computation (3 units)

    *Students must achieve a grade of Credit or higher in COMP SCI 7099A Master of Computer Science Research Project Pt A in order to progress to COMP SCI 7099B Master of Computer Science Research Project Pt B. Students who do not meet this requirement and receive a Pass for COMP SCI 7099A Master of Computer Science Research Project Pt A may choose to present additional electives as directed by the School.

    **Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to undertake a specialist course ELEC ENG 7057 Engineering Communication & Critical Thinking. This course must be completed in the first semester of study and will be presented in lieu of an elective.

    All students are required to complete at least one elective from each stream.

    Data and Information Management Stream
    COMP SCI 7094 Distributed Databases & Data Mining (3 units)

    Computer Security Stream
    COMP SCI 7044 Computer System Security (3 units)^
    COMP SCI 7092 Mobile & Wireless Systems (3 units)

    Networks Stream
    COMP SCI 7045 Distributed High Performance Computing (3 units)^
    COMP SCI 7092 Mobile & Wireless Systems (3 units)

    COURSE AVAILABILITY
    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.


    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment http://www.ecms.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/enrolment/study-plans/

    Assessment

    Assessment includes a research project, written assignments, practical work and examinations.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017

 

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