Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Software) Mid-Year Entry
Thrive in the golden age of software
From South Australia to Silicon Valley, software engineers are using a combination of problem solving and creativity to develop new technologies that change the world. They are involved in the whole life cycle of computer software. They strategise, design, build, test, code and collaborate.
Studying software engineering will prepare you to drive software solutions to enhance our future for generations to come.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) combines the underlying principles of software engineering with strong technical and leadership skills. You will:
- tackle real-world, open-ended and complex programming problems
- take new and refreshed courses that emphasise divergent thinking, collaborative learning and teamwork
- work with industry mentors
- pursue work experience and internship opportunities with some of the world’s best-known companies
- complete an eight-week practical experience.
Majors are available in:
A Minor is available in:
Where could it take you?
Our software engineering graduates are highly sought after by top companies around the globe. As an accredited engineer, you could develop software for mobile robots and driverless cars. You might create and test video gaming experiences. Perhaps you’ll design apps or entirely new smart technologies. In the software engineering landscape, you can code your own adventure.
This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 334891 2020 CSP ATAR 82.95 2020 CSP IB 30 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses. Enquiries Future Students team
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 77.35 Median ATAR to receive an offer 88.2 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.45 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 82.95 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 95.25 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95 Minimum eligibility score 80 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Applicants who have not achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) required for selection may be selected based on the grades in selected year 12 subjects. Applicants do not need to apply to be considered for subject-based entry, as this will automatically be done by SATAC on behalf of the University. For more information, please see: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/entry-pathways/recent-secondary-education/ Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics and Physics. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3, Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3) Unsure if you will meet prerequisites or ATAR? Check out our Engineering Pathway. MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods. Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2019). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 334891
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
6 24.0% (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A International students <5 N/A All students 25 100.0%
CRICOS 082124J Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced 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
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 80 International Baccalaureate (IB) 29 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75% British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82 ISC & CBSE [India] 75% ISBE [India] 85% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1270 AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 9 Abitur 3.1 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0 STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77 Eynesbury Foundation Program 380 ANU Foundation Studies 74% Monash Foundation Year 72.5% Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75 UNSW Foundation Year 7.3 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9 Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 59 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77 SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics and Physics. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3, Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3) Unsure if you will meet prerequisites or ATAR? Check out our Engineering Pathway. MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods. International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $6,964
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessDemand for software engineers is extremely strong. There are currently not enough graduates to meet industry demand, so there is no better time than now to study for a software engineering career.
Our graduates are employed across a diverse range of industries including: DSTG, Saab Australia, Google Australia, Atlassain, BAE systems, Raytheon, Microsoft, Maptek, ElmTek, and with government agencies.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Industry PlacementStudents are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.
Professional AccreditationGraduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) is also accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). The program is designed to provide a professional qualification in computing and software engineering.
It also provides the necessary academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American-based Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
Study Overseas ExperienceTo discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
In the early years of the program students build a scientific and engineering foundation of computing, mathematics and digital electronics, in preparation for more specialised software engineering courses. The third and fourth years have a strong emphasis on group software development projects with close industry connections.
A major is a great way to specialise and pursue topics of interest without narrowing future career options. All graduates of this degree— irrespective of their major—qualify as software engineers, and can pursue a career in any specialist field within the profession. Majors are available in Defence Systems, and Smart Technologies.
Completion of a minor introduces students to an aligned field where there technical knowledge can be applied. This allows students to explore career opportunities in these areas. A minor is available in Entrepreneurship.
Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Areas of SpecialisationMajors
Majors are available in:
- Defence Systems
South Australia is Australia's defence state and home to many important defence investments and industries, including shipbuilding and the over-the-horizon radar project. Software engineers are criticalto defence capabilities, and this major is ideal for launching a career in the field.
- Smart Technologies
The cross-disciplinary Smart Technologies major prepares students for careers in the fascinating field of artificial intelligence, and provides a broader perspective than direct artificial intelligence or electronics majors. Courses cover physical electronic devices and virtual sensor signal analysis, algorithms, and artificial intelligence systems.
A minor is available in:
Take the technical knowledge from the degree and create ventures in areas from large corporations, to small businesses, the not-for-profit sector, and community organisations through an Entrepreneurship minor. All technology advances in the past decade were once an idea that is now a reality through entrepreneurs. Students learn the processes, risks, rewards, motivations and societal impacts of innovation and entrepreneurship within regional, national and global perspectives.
Example Study Plan
Students must complete the following:
- ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering
- ENG 1002 Programming (Matlab and C)
- MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA
- MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB
- ELEC ENG 1100 Analog Electronics
- ELEC ENG 1102 Digital Electronics
- COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming
- COMP SCI 1106 Introduction to Software Engineering
- COMP SCI 2000 Computer Systems
- COMP SCI 2103 Algorithm Design & Data Structures
- MATHS 2107 Statistics & Numerical Methods II
- COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis
- COMP SCI 2205 Software Engineering Workshop I
- COMP SCI 2206 Software Engineering Workshop II
- COMP SCI 2207 Web & Database Computing
- COMP SCI 3001 Computer Networks & Applications
- COMP SCI 3004 Operating Systems
- ENG 3004 Systems Engineering and Industry Practice
- COMP SCI 3303 Engineering Software as Services I
- COMP SCI 3304 Engineering Software as Services II
- COMP SCI 4023 Software Process Improvement
- COMP SCI 4405 Research Methods in Software Engineering and Computer Science
- COMP SCI 4411 Event Driven Computing
Elective, choice of
Students must choose one of the following:
Major OR Minor, choice of
Students can choose either a major or minor in the following:
Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
AssessmentAssessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.
- Defence Systems
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Last updated: Friday, 26 Feb 2021