Master of Software Engineering

Note: This program is currently unavailable.

Drive software solutions

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.

Our Master of Software Engineering is a two-year intensive degree, offering a competitive edge in the industry. Our software engineering graduates are highly sought after by top companies around the globe.

What will you do?

  • Develop advanced technical skills.
  • Connect with industry professionals.
  • Explore mobile and wireless networks and their impact on software development.
  • Learn about distributed databases and data mining.
  • Undertake a year-long research project with a team of peers.

If you plan to pursue further research study, your year-long project must be undertaken individually. Interested students should consult the program coordinator in first year.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to define, design, construct, test and maintain software systems. As an accredited engineer, you might develop software for mobile robots and driverless cars. You could create and test video gaming experiences. Perhaps you’ll design apps or entirely new smart technologies.

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM099
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree with major in computer science or equivalent, or a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM099

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place

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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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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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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

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.

Master of Software Engineering

Example Study Plan

The Master of Software Engineering includes:
  • four (12 units) core foundation courses
  • seven (21 units) electives
  • two (15 units) research courses
Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:

Choice of, Computer Security stream
Students must choose one course from the following:
Choice of, Data and Information Management stream
Students must choose one course from the following:
Choice of, Networks stream
Students must choose one course from the following:
Research Project
Students must complete all of the following:
Students must choose four (12 units) from the following:

Note: Unless exempted, international students are required to take ELEC ENG 7057 Engineering Communication and Critical Thinking in lieu of an elective.


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

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Last updated: Wednesday, 17 Aug 2022