Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) (BEng (Hons))

University of Newcastle, Australia

Cricos: 00109J

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The award
BEng (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, July

International course fees
AUD 32205 per year

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About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software) at University of Newcastle, Australia

Creative…collaborative…future proof. Software engineering.

At UON we train engineers capable of solving the greatest global challenges. You may develop software for digital forensics analysis to help fight crime, or work in defence and combat cyber attacks. You could design wearable health management devices or write the software that powers robotically assisted surgery. Or you might create sophisticated apps that support waste minimisation processes.

What is software engineering? Software engineers focus on analysing a client's needs. They design the best software architecture solution, coordinate the implementation, integration and testing of software and document and provide long-term maintenance. Software engineering is behind much of the everyday technology we take for granted - from our ipads, computer software and mobile phones through to digital televisions, computer games and online banking.

Why study with us?

  • Real-world insights: Connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Be workplace ready: Graduates rated us no.1 in NSW for workplace ready skills. In 2016, 93% of graduates were employed within 4 months.
  • Flexible programs: Choose up to 4 courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design, or entrepreneurship. Use these to diversify your studies!
  • Travel the world with international recognition through Engineers Australia. You can even start while you're studying with international exchanges and scholarships available.
  • We're No.1 in Australia for overall quality of the educational experience.
  • Fast-Track Masters - advance your career and gain a Master of Professional Engineering in just 1 year on top of your Bachelor of Engineering degree.

What will you study?

Build critical technical and engineering skills through courses in:

  • algorithmics
  • computer engineering
  • database management systems
  • discrete mathematics
  • enterprise software architectures
  • formal languages and automata
  • internet communication
  • network and distributed computing
  • operating systems
  • programming languages and paradigms
  • software architecture and quality management
  • software development
  • web engineering

Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world problems. Gain invaluable practical experience through your industry placement.

Become job-ready through our professional practice courses. You'll learn to tackle 'wicked problems' and develop essential workplace skills in finance, project management, sustainability, communication and entrepreneurism.

Diversify your skills with an elective pathway, a cluster of courses which can be used to:

  • deepen your technical competence in your engineering field
  • broaden your expertise in another area of engineering
  • specialise your skills in areas outside engineering, such as business or maths
  • study overseas at one of our many partner institutions.

Careers

Software engineers play a vital role in a wide range of industries, as well as in government and commerce. They may work in:

  • mining and manufacturing
  • banking and finance
  • defence and security
  • aerospace
  • power generation and distribution
  • computer games and other entertainment-related industries

Average starting salaries for engineers are great - more than $80,000 per annum.

Software engineering is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • internet and web engineer
  • telecommunications engineer
  • software development manager
  • control systems engineer
  • product manager
  • applications software developer

Remarkably, engineering is the most commonly held degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs - the CEOs of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers.

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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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