The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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UON program code: 40186
CRICOS code: 098286D

Study Professional Software Engineering

If you are a software engineer looking to advance your career, this program will help you develop management expertise, specialize and deepen your technical skills and be equipped to lead projects and move into more senior roles. Professionals Australia reports that engineers with postgraduate qualifications attract a 16% wage premium.

The Master of Professional Engineering (Software) is a flexible degree that will allow you to fast-track your career in engineering. You will have the opportunity to diversify your engineering expertise with courses in mechatronics or computer systems engineering, or broaden your skills base in a complimentary area such as business and management, entrepreneurship and innovation, design or multimedia. Plus you can choose a major project that’s linked to industry or focused on design and research.

Why study with us?

  • Relevant in the real world: connect with business through industry-based projects, guest lectures, mentorship and case studies.[2]
  • Ready for your future, ready for the world: our professional practice and leadership courses will help you develop skills in project management, complex problem solving, innovation and communications.
  • Recognised by industry: take your career anywhere in the world with international recognition through Engineers Australia and the Washington Accord.[3]
  • Global recognition: The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks UON at No.8 in the World and No.1 in Australia for Automation and Control [4] .
  1. Limits apply depending on the background of the individual and the discipline they now wish to specialise in
  2. Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching www.qilt.edu.au
  3. For the MPE, accreditation from Engineers Australia is pending
  4. http://www.shanghairanking.com

What you will study

Core courses

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Systems & Network Administration
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Network and Distributed Computing
  • Databases and Information Management
  • Data Structures
  • Web Engineering
  • Enterprise Software Architectures
  • Software Quality
  • Software Project 1: Requirements Engineering and Design
  • Software Project 2: Software Implementation, Testing, and Maintenance
  • Software Verification and Validation
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • System and Network Security
  • Software Engineering Masters Project Part A
  • Software Engineering Masters Project Part B
  • Engineering Complexity
  • Engineering Complexity
  • Software Engineering Final Year Project Part A
  • Software Engineering Final Year Project Part B
  • Enterprise Software Architectures
  • Software Quality
  • Software Engineering Masters Project Part A
  • Software Engineering Masters Project Part B
  • Managing Engineering Projects
  • Software Engineering Masters Project Part A
  • Software Engineering Masters Project Part B

Directed courses


From a list of directed courses, 1-year students complete a minimum of two courses, 2-year and 3-year students choose a minimum of three courses. Examples include:

  • Compiler Design
  • Data Security
  • Computer Graphics
  • Machine Intelligence
  • Network and Distributed Computing

Elective specialisation courses

1-year students and 2-year students choose four electives and 3-year students choose three. These can include courses from the directed courses list, but can also be chosen from other areas.

Program structure

3-year program: for students whose undergraduate degree is NOT in engineering, but is in a related STEM area. For example, a Science degree in physics, mathematics or chemistry. You will take the necessary courses to qualify as an engineer and be professionally recognised by Engineers Australia. This degree provides the perfect pathway to transfer your prior knowledge into an engineering context. You will gain a highly sought-after professional qualification and benefit from the high salaries and job opportunities that engineers enjoy.

2-year program: If you are an international student seeking professional recognition from Engineers Australia* and the Washington Accord, or if you wish to extend your engineering and professional expertise in an Australian context, the 2-year MPE is the ideal program. Your study program will be designed to build on your prior studies and develop the core technical competencies to ensure you qualify.

1-year program: If you are a graduate of a University of Newcastle Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or equivalent, you can complete the MPE in just one year. You will take advanced engineering courses and choose electives to broaden your skill base and enhance your employability. By gaining a highly relevant postgraduate degree you will accelerate your career, opening up opportunities to work at a more senior level.

* Pending accreditation of this degree by Engineers Australia.


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.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Engineers work on a huge range of tasks in many different environments – industries like electronics, energy, food, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction, environmental health and transportation. Engineering continues to be one of the most in-demand qualifications in the world, with many countries desperate to fill a shortage of professional skills in this field.

A Master of Professional Engineering will open up even more varied career opportunities, empowering you to take on a leadership role, start your own business or manage major engineering projects.

  • Salaries: As an engineer you’ll be valued and well rewarded. Starting salaries average around $80,000p.a. In 2015, 85% of our engineers had jobs when they graduated - making the University of Newcastle one of the top 2 universities in NSW for graduate employment rates.
  • Flexibility: Some engineers work 9-5 in an office, others fly-in-fly out from a project site. You might prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or managing people and projects.
  • Global opportunities: As a qualified engineer you can travel the world and work almost anywhere you choose. Professional recognition through Engineers Australia lets you work in places such as Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, the UK and the USA.