Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Software)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334891
CRICOS 082124J

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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334891
    2019 CSP ATAR 82.1
    2019 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

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 72.6
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 86.73
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.7
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 82.1
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 92.33
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum eligibility score 80
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. 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) & Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Please note: From 2021 pre-requisites will be:

    SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3, Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3)

    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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. 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 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334891

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5 N/A
    (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)
    17 54.8%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • 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 9 29.0%
    All students 31 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 082124J
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    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
    Academic Entry Requirements
    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 [US] 1270
    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 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    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
    Prerequisites
    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) & Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) & Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Please note: From 2021 pre-requisites will be:

    SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3, Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3)

    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place

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    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $43,000

    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

    Demand 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 Placement

    Students are required to complete eight weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates 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).

    Potential careers

    Network Engineer, Networking Specialist, Communications Engineer, Computational Engineer, Computer Systems Engineer, Cyber Defender, Cyber Intelligence Expert, Data Analyst, Database Coordinator, Defence Engineer, Defence Scientist, Defense Industry Scientist, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Software Specialist, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Systems Programmer, UI Developer, ...

  • Study Overseas

    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 Experience

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    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.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Majors

    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. 

    Minor 

    Completion of a minor introduces students to an aligned fields in which their technical knowledge can be applied, and enables them to explore career opportunities in the area.

    The following minor is available:

    Entrepreneurship

    Example Study Plan

    Assessment

    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.
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Last updated: Saturday, 24 Aug 2019