Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

434211 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
2023 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 72.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,B
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Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 66.05
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Degree overview

  • Study at SA’s number one university for graduate careers1 and skills2 in IT.
  • Enjoy excellent career prospects with the already high demand for software programming skills predicted to increase3.
  • Learn specialist Software Engineering skills required to design and build large, complex systems.
  • Benefit from contemporary curriculum informed by UniSA research in areas such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and data analytics.
  • Learn specialist expertise beyond programming to develop vital skills across the full life cycle of software development.
  • Learn from dedicated, highly experienced teaching staff including leading researchers and practitioners employed in industry.
  • Benefit from our well-established partnerships with industry offering significant opportunities for placements and industry projects.
  • Experience purpose-built teaching spaces designed to facilitate collaboration and work-integrated learning.
  • Learn using the latest industry software and technology.
  • Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Computing and Information Systems – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities.

2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2020-21, Computing and Information Systems – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities. 

3Deloitte Access Economics, ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2021



Fast paced and innovative, the software engineering industry has reshaped the world as we know it, creating disruptive technologies that impact society on every level. From connectivity, to e-commerce, artificial intelligence and automation, highly trained software engineers are sought after to solve the business challenges of today, and tomorrow.

Software engineers are engaged in the full life cycle of software development, from the initial planning stage, through to costing, designing, developing, testing and maintaining large and complex systems. They understand how software systems are designed and built, and require effective communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, as well as advanced technical knowledge. 

Professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society, the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) offers a highly supportive learning environment, recognising the importance of developing the full range of skills to ensure you graduate with the knowledge and experience sought after by industry.

You will enjoy a modern, practical approach to your IT education, with significant opportunities to apply the skills learned in the classroom in real-world settings, including through a year-long project where you will develop a solution to an IT challenge faced by industry.

You will graduate highly skilled in programming, with employment opportunities available in defence primes, and IT companies and organisations that build large, complex software systems and solutions. 

What you'll learn

What you Learn

During your first year of study you will gain a solid foundation in networking, database development, programming fundamentals and systems requirements and design, before focusing on your software engineering specialty that will you see you studying:

  • Operating Systems and Tool Chains
  • Design Patterns with C++
  • Agile Development and Governance
  • Cloud and Concurrent Programming
  • Secure Software Development
  • Advanced Data Structures
  • Systems Architecture

You will build expertise in Python, Java, C++, ASP.Net and Agile methodologies – highly sought-after skills in the Australian job market¹.

As part of your honours year, you will put your skills into practice with a year-long IT project. You may have the opportunity to work directly with an industry client, drawing on the technical expertise gained throughout your studies and applying professional skills in a real-world setting to produce and deliver a quality software artefact for your client.

You will enjoy access to dedicated learning hubs where you can connect and collaborate, giving you the full workplace and project experience.

An honours degree is a higher-level qualification giving you a competitive edge in the job market and preparing you for further study, including Master of Research or a PhD, should you wish to pursue a career in research.

1Deloitte Access Economics, ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2021

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Information Technology Fundamentals INFT 1016 4.5
Problem Solving and Programming COMP 1039 4.5
Network Fundamentals INFT 1012 4.5
Design Thinking Studio INFT 1030 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Object Oriented Programming COMP 1046 4.5
Data Driven Web Technologies INFS 1025 4.5
System Requirements and User Experience INFS 1026 4.5
System Requirements Studio INFT 1031 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
System Design and Realisation INFS 2044 4.5
System Design Studio INFS 2045 4.5
Operating Systems and Tool Chains COMP 2035 4.5
Data Structures Essentials COMP 2012 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Agile Development and Governance INFS 2041 4.5
Project Studio INFS 2043 4.5
Web Technology INFT 2064 4.5
Data Structures Advanced INFS 2042 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Security Foundations INFS 3090 4.5
Big Data Concepts INFS 4020 4.5
Design Patterns with C++ COMP 3023 4.5
Database for the Enterprise INFS 2011 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Secure Software Development COMP 4035 4.5
Research Directions in ICT INFT 3044 4.5 Note(s): 1,3
Cloud and Concurrent Programming INFT 3043 4.5
AI and Machine Learning COMP 2019 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
IT Project 1 INFT 4030 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
System Architecture COMP 3024 4.5 Note(s): 3
Software Engineering Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Computer Science COMP 3026 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
IT Project 2 INFT 4023 9 Note(s): 2,3
Software Engineering Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1
Software Engineering Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning. Assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • Interactive studio exercises 
  • Industry relevant projects 
  • Hands-on practical activities 
  • Collaborative group projects 
  • Reports and project documentation
  • Essays and assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

Why this Degree

Our researchers are leading the way in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Industry 4.0, augmented and virtual reality, and Internet-of-Things (IoT), with their work not only informing the curriculum, but brought into the classroom through our experts, ensuring contemporary knowledge and skills are at the forefront of your education.

Throughout your program you will complete a unique series of collaborative, work-integrated courses, reinforcing the concepts learnt in the classroom in a supportive practice environment. Soft, non-technical skills are integrated into your learning to develop the qualities highly valued and sought after by industry. Topics include design thinking, system requirements, system design, agile development, and project management.

In your final year you may have the opportunity to work directly with an industry client – from brief through to project delivery – on a year-long IT Project undertaken as part of your honours year.  You will draw on the software engineering principles, practices and research methods learned throughout your studies. You will also apply professional skills such as workplace communication and stakeholder relationship management to deliver work to an industry standard and to the satisfaction of a client.

The final year project is one of numerous chances you will have to engage with industry, with placements and internships also available.

Most of our IT programs share a common first year, so choosing this degree offers a level of flexibility. Should you wish to pursue a different specialty after completing your first year, you can switch to an alternative IT program and receive credit for the courses completed.

Real-world connections

With more than 200 industry contacts, you will have a number of opportunities to gain real-world experience through projects and placements with organisations such as Adelaide Football Club, Services Australia, SAAB, DST, Forensic Science SA, Top Chop Games and Maptek.

UniSA is also home to several research centres and concentrations with world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students. These include:

All have world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students.

At UniSA you will benefit from our culture of innovation. We’re helping IT entrepreneurs and innovators turn their ideas into startup enterprises with a bright future. Through the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC), the University’s startup incubator, you will have access to programs (such as Venture Catalyst), services and expertise, including:

  • Workshops
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Office space for startups and entrepreneurs
  • Access to a global pool of expert advisers
  • Small funding stipends
  • Events to kick-start ideas and competitions like hackathons

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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Career outcomes

Your career

The number of technology workers in Australia is expected to pass 1 million in 2024. By 2026, it is predicted there will be nearly 300,000 more technology workers in the Australian workforce – an average annual growth rate of 5.4%.

Skills in software and applications programming are expected to be in particularly high demand, with an additional 65,000 workers needed between 2020 and 2026¹.

There are strong employment prospects for software engineers. Graduates of this degree may wish to consider the following career options:

  • Software Engineer: employing software engineering principles and techniques to produce large quality software solutions; leading software development; researching, analysing, designing, developing and testing business appropriate solutions; collaborating with other teams to develop solutions meeting business needs for functionality, performance, scalability and reliability.
  • UX Designer: contributing to the entire software development process to ensure a seamless user experience; designing user interfaces and interactions of software applications, websites and mobile devices to ensure an enjoyable user experience.
  • Full Stack Developer: working across the full stack of front-end and back-end technology (tools, languages and frameworks) to design, develop, test and debug software solutions on a variety of devices to meet client requirements.
  • Software and Applications Programmer: working in a diverse range of programming roles designing, coding, testing and debugging software applications; interpreting customer requirements; working with a team to research, design, and implement a software solution; working with others to extend existing software functionality; producing standalone software solutions for a client.
  • Agile Developer: leads or works in an agile team developing quality software artefacts in a diverse range of contexts.
  • Web Developer: designing, developing, testing and debugging dynamic websites in order to meet client requirements. 

Career progression may see you take on roles such as:

  • Software Architect
  • IT Project Lead
  • Senior Software Engineer / Analyst / Developer
  • SCRUM Master
  • Project Manager

1Deloitte Access Economics, ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2021

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Industry facts


The number of Professionals in Technology is expected to grow to almost 1.2 million jobs in Australia by 2027

(Australia Digital Pulse 2022)


Software and Applications Programmers are expected to grow very strongly by 27 per cent (or 42,200 jobs) by 2026

(Labour Market Insights 2022)

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Information Technology at UniSA. 
Find an Alternative Pathway


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

UniSA is ranked number one in South Australia for campus facilities in IT¹. During your studies you will have access to purpose-built learning spaces such as:

  • Game Development Lab
  • Software Development Lab
  • Network and Cyber Security Labs
  • IT Project Space
  • IT Development Studio
  • Mac Lab

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Computing and Information Systems – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

Your study spaces

Your program director

I’m passionate about building university degrees that help students further their careers. The biggest reward I get is meeting students later in their careers and having them say how useful what they learned at our University was for them.  My Phd was in programming languages and concurrency.  However, more recently I have been working with virtual reality technologies and the internet of things.

Dr Jo Zucco

Program Director

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Dr Jo Zucco

Program Director


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What others are saying

Throughout my time at university, I’ve been lucky enough to have access to real-world work experience and many opportunities for my career. I was selected as one of ten students to represent UniSA on a fully-sponsored three-week software engineering internship in Vietnam. I also got the opportunity during my honours year to be placed in an ICT project with real clients. Overall, UniSA has provided me with all the relevant knowledge and hands-on experience I need before entering the workforce and it's given me a solid foundation for a career in software engineering.

Swetha Krishnagopal

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)
Graduate Software Engineer | Boeing Defence Australia

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Swetha Krishnagopal

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)
Graduate Software Engineer | Boeing Defence Australia

My advice to anyone considering studying software engineering at UniSA would be to keep up with the work week-by-week and don’t be afraid to ask for help from your lecturers and tutors – they have all been very helpful. It was through one of my lecturers that I was offered a job as a software engineer. This opportunity was invaluable to my career development by offering me experiences that will set me apart from other graduates.

Thomas Lake

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

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Thomas Lake

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)