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Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Create the smart software and systems of the future by studying Deakin's Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours).

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
4 years full-time
Course Code
S464, 092212D
Study Mode
Online, In person
Intake Months

About this course

Create the smart software and systems of the future by studying Deakin's Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours). The course arms you with the skills needed to build disruptive technologies that create change, making you a sought-after expert ready to solve tomorrow's business problems through creative computing solutions.

Explore a broad range of exciting study areas, including robotics, algorithms, programming and software architecture, and apply your skills in world-class facilities.

You'll have access to Deakin's $1.2 million dollar Robotics and Internet of Things (RIoT) Studio where you'll acquire specialist skills in robotics, cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things. Gain practical experience and learn how to work successfully in a team with project-based learning activities and contribute to real-world projects alongside professional engineers during 450 hours of industry placement.

Want to be at the forefront of robotics, computing and smart technologies?

Rapid advancement in sensing hardware, computers and smart devices has created a growing demand for software engineers who can develop complex software systems for the modern world. Deakin's Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) prepares you take advantage of this demand. You'll develop specialised skills in robotics, cyber-physical systems and the internet-of-things (IoT), all while getting hands-on with the latest software engineering tools that allow you to push beyond the limitations of traditional technologies. From Mars rovers, to smart homes and cities, robotic surgery and precision agriculture, software engineers combine software systems and embedded hardware to create solutions for the future that fill a vital role in the development of smart and innovative technologies.

Your ideas and creativity will flourish in our state-of-the-art facilities, including Deakin's $1.2 million Robotics and Internet of Things (RIoT) Studio featuring a range of devices, robotics and drones. Utilise these facilities to apply your knowledge alongside hardware designers and app developers, all working together to drive the development of computing solutions that interact with people, environments and other technologies.

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) provides innovative products, technologies and solutions for industry across all sectors. As a software engineering student, you will have the opportunity to interact and work with professional software engineers and data scientists on campus as part of your degree.

Through practical experience in the RIoT studio, a strong focus on project-based learning at A2I2 and exciting internship opportunities, you'll benefit from constant exposure to real-world software engineering situations. So, whether your dream role involves developing drones, creating smart devices or pioneering AI innovations, you'll have the industry skills needed to thrive.

Study locations

Cloud (Online)

Burwood (Melbourne)


Career pathways

Graduates will be equipped to find employment in diverse areas of software engineering. You'll be able to develop and implement state-of-the-art smart devices, systems and applications for industries including transport, health, agriculture and manufacturing.

You may pursue a career as a software engineer, software developer, programmer, embedded systems developer, robotics programmer or systems architect. Software engineers also work in specialist research roles; with experience, your career can move into project management and business development, in roles such as CIO and CTO, from start-ups to multinational corporations.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 or 2 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 32 credit points include 24 core units (these are compulsory) and 4 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 24 core units (28 credit points which includes a compulsory internship unit)
  • 4 elective units (four credit points)
  • completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • completion of SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • A maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1
  • A minimum of 22 credit points combined over levels 2, 3 and 4
  • A minimum of 6 credit points at level 4

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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