The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
86.30
86.30 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

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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UAC code

482630
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Fees

AUD36,400 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40059
CRICOS code: 092848A

Study computer systems engineering

Computer systems engineers combine creativity with technology to develop solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. They are essential in a wide range of industries like computer design, defence applications, communication networks and internet development. With a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours), you might find yourself developing advanced computing equipment for industrial or business systems. Or, you could develop or maintain banking data centre to run internet banking services.

What is computer systems engineering? Computer systems engineers use digital and computing technologies to solve problems in industrial systems. As part of a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering you will study courses in areas such as information processing, data transfer, communications, commerce and travel. Students will learn to combine creativity with technology to develop both hardware and software for electronic and ICT systems.

Why study with us?

  • Hands-on practical experience: build vital professional networks and hands-on industry experience with 12 weeks of professional practice throughout your degree.
  • Diversify your skills and knowledge: choose up to 4 elective courses from areas such as business, product/industrial design or entrepreneurship or take the opportunity to study a semester abroad.
  • Real-world insights: connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring.
  • Internationally-experienced engineering graduates: the University of Newcastle is one of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global e3).
  • 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.

94% ? of Engineering undergraduates found employment within four months
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates
Ranked 13 ? in the world for automation and control
No.1 in NSW ? for educational experience and median salaries (Engineering)
World top 200 ? for Electrical and Electronic Engineering

What you will study

Build critical technical engineering skills by studying courses in:

  • advanced computer systems and embedded systems
  • communication networks
  • computer and electrical engineering
  • programmable logic design
  • electronics design
  • signals and systems

    Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world engineering problems. Gain invaluable practical experience in computer systems engineering 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 and engineering degree 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
    • learn skills in areas outside engineering, such as business or maths
    • study overseas at one of our many partner institutions.

    Advanced study options

    The University of Newcastle offers a suite of Master of Professional Engineering degrees so you can take your learning to the next level. In your Masters, you’ll deepen your technical skills, pursue your personal interests through a major project and specialise or broaden your skills through four more elective courses.

    Master of Professional Engineering

    Data from the Association of Professional Engineers Australia found that Masters degrees in engineering deliver an 18.7% wage premium when compared with a Bachelor degree.


    Related undergraduate degrees

    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

    These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

    Elective pathways

    These pathways have been created to provide guidance for Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) students wishing to specialise in a study area with their elective courses.

    • Science 214.9 KB Aquatic Environments, Chemistry, Earth Science, Biology and Sustainability.
    • Mathematics 168.8 KB Discrete Modelling, Signal Processing, Differential Equations and Operations Research.
    • Humanities 196.0 KB History, Language, Philiosophy, Sociology and Anthropology.
    • Business and Legal Studies 213.9 KB Pathways in Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Marketing.

    View the full course list

    Career opportunities

    Computer systems engineers are an essential part of wide range of industries. They may find employment in computer design and development, instrumentation and control, ICT infrastructure, defence applications, healthcare systems and communication networks/internet development. Average starting salaries for engineers are great – more than $80,000 per annum.

    Computer systems 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:

    • information and communications technologist
    • computer systems specialist
    • web developer
    • information technology manager
    • computer systems analyst
    • network engineer

    It’s also common for engineers to take on senior leadership roles in innovative businesses. The CEOs of Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers. In fact, engineering is the most common degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs!

    Professional recognition

    Professional recognition

    Engineers Australia (logo)

    Professional recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord qualifies you as a professional engineer. You can work in places such as:

    • Canada
    • Hong Kong
    • India
    • Ireland
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Malaysia
    • New Zealand
    • Russia
    • Turkey
    • United Kingdom
    • USA

    Practical work experience

    Practical work experience

    All University of Newcastle engineering students must complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.

    Group of Eight Australia, Engineering Associate.

    Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

    Global Engineering Education Exchange

    One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.