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Master of Engineering Studies in Software Engineering

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Grafton Campus


Enhance your employability in the competitive global market with a qualification that provides advanced technical foundations and industrial perspectives in your chosen field.

A strong research focus is vital to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and postgraduate study in Software Engineering is no exception. We boast expertise such as the Software Engineering Processes, Tools and Applications group (SEPTA) and the Parallel Computing research group, giving you opportunities to tackle projects alongside world-class researchers using purpose-built facilities, with real-world applications.

Postgraduate study in Software Engineering is as broad as the field itself, so your focus may range from fundamental research that advances our understanding of the discipline, or applied knowledge, which can mean utilising the right principles in a number of domains. Some major topics may include:

  • Adaptive and multi-device user interfaces
  • Coping with semi-structured data
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Information transformation
  • Performance engineering
  • Signal processing
  • Software architecture
  • Software measurement
  • System evolution
  • Technology transfer

Your specialisation may determine your career path, though our graduates fit broad roles in planning, evaluating, designing, maintaining and operating engineering products and infrastructure. The MEngSt gives you opportunities to advance in ranking, become a lead engineer, or enjoy a career in research and development.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Design engineer
  • Process engineering manager
  • Product engineer
  • Project manager
  • Senior engineer
  • Software developer

Further study options

Master of Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points or Research 120 points:

You must have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes:

Broad coverage in your first year of the foundational science topics that underpin engineering disciplines: mathematical modelling, chemical and materials science, electrical engineering theory, mechanics, programming, and engineering design.
One year of postgraduate-level study
a research project or dissertation comprising at least one-quarter of the final year.

Taught 180 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate engineering degree at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a field similar to your intended specialisation.

You will need a GPE of 4.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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