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Software engineers develop, operate, maintain and retire software.

As our society becomes increasingly technological and computers integrate with products such as fridges and cars, one of our biggest challenges is how to create the necessary software to make computers useful.

Software engineers use principles of computer science, engineering, design, management, psychology, sociology and other disciplines to design and manage large software systems. Team and individual projects are a focus of this major, which is an approach valued by our industry partners – and your future employers.

Employment for graduates can be found in large multi-national companies, state and federal government departments and agencies, and in many small, specialised and emerging companies.

Join a growing industry

  • Digital information is everywhere and has the capacity to revolutionise the way that we live. In a digital future, the opportunities for software are as limitless as the human imagination.
  • Accredited software engineers establish their own companies or work with large corporations in the areas of software design, development, and advancement.
  • Software engineers are employed by leading organisations such as SAP, Oracle, IBM, eBay, LinkedIn, Google and Canon.


1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2022

73 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2022

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Software engineer
  • Software developer
  • Application developer
  • Embedded software engineer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Game development coordinator
  • Multimedia designer

Mid-career salary

Software Engineer


Late-career salary

Software Developer


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Introduction to Electrical Systems
  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Discrete Mathematics

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