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Do you want to create the next generation of iPads, laptops or PCs?

Are you interested in building computers that control machinery, medical instruments, cars, whitegoods, robots, communications equipment and satellites?

Computer engineers design and manage computer-based systems, including any device that has a computer embedded in it. That's almost every device these days – ranging from smart watches and devices, network routers and conventional desktop and laptop computers to the hundreds of computer chips that can be found in modern cars and more that will be found in future self-driving cars.

This major will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to claim your place within a high-growth industry. During your studies, you'll gain skills in digital logic design, computer networks, embedded and desktop operating systems, microcontroller selection and programming, electronics, telecommunications and signal processing.


To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The computer engineering major is available in the following specialisations.


1 in Queensland for electrical and electronic engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

78 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2024

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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:

  • Control systems engineer
  • Network and systems engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Electrical engineer

Average annual salary range

Software Engineer


How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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

  • Programming in the Large
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Digital System Design
  • Advanced Embedded Systems

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