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Software Engineering

Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Science

In a digital future, the opportunities for software are as limitless as the human imagination.

The software engineering specialisation focuses on designing high-quality computer software and offers focused studies in computer programming, databases, web-based computing, cloud computing and cyber security. It also explores formal software engineering including how to design programs and systems that are free from errors, reliable, safe, efficient and manageable.

You will learn how to use computers to provide solutions and deliver high-quality code on time that can be integrated into existing operating environments. You will also use the principles of computer design, engineering, management, psychology and sociology in small or large multinational companies.

Tailor your specialisation in software engineering with majors or minors that meet your interests and career goals. Software engineering offers these options:




1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

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:

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

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
  • Computer Systems Principles and Programming
  • Human‐Computer Interaction
  • Project Design Testing and Evaluation

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