Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Gain skills in robotics and cyber-physical systems to prepare yourself for a career creating and developing the smart software and systems of the future.

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Key facts


4 years full-time

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Course overview

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

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 industry placements. You will 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.

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

The rapid advancement in sensing hardware, computers and smart devices has created a growing demand for software engineers who can develop complex software systems that meet the need for smart and innovative 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 fthat benefit society. Deakin’s Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) prepares you to take advantage of this demand. You will 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.

Your ideas and creativity will flourish in our state-of-the-art facilities. You will work alongside hardware designers and app developers to drive the development of computing solutions that interact with people, environments and other technologies.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400510341 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610341 - Online, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
9190110542 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
CRICOS code?
092212D Burwood (Melbourne)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • twenty-two (22) credit points of core units
  • software engineering capstone units (2 credit points)
  • software engineering research training capstone units (4 credit points)
  • and one of:
    • a minor sequence (4 credit points), or
    • 4 open elective units (4 credit points)
  • a maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.


Core units


Capstone units


Minor/Elective units




Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit point unit)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Engineering in Society
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Data Capture Technologies
  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Database Fundamentals

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Embedded Systems Development
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Sustainable Design
  • Full Stack Development: Secure Backend Services
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Computer Networks and Communication
  • Full Stack Development: Secure Frontend Applications
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology
  • Concurrent and Distributed Programming

  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Software Quality and Testing
  • Robotics Application Development
  • Plus one (1) elective or minor unit (one credit point)

    Plus one (1) of the following:

    Software Engineering capstone option 1:

  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ^~
  • OR

    One (1) elective or minor unit (one credit point)

    Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Software Architecture and Scalability for Internet-Of-Things
  • Advanced Embedded Systems
  • Plus one (1) of the following:

    Software Engineering capstone option 1:

  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery ^
  • Plus one (1) elective or minor unit (one credit point)


    Software Engineering capstone option 2:

  • Professional Practice (2 credit points) ^+

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Developing Secure Internet of Things Applications
  • Research Techniques and Applications (2 credit point unit) (Research Training capstone),
  • Plus one (1) elective or minor unit (one credit point)

    Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Professional Practice ^@
  • Plus one (1) elective or minor unit (one credit point, level 2 or higher)

    Plus two (2) credit points from the following Research Training capstone options:

  • Research Project (2 credit points)
  • OR

  • Research Project (Advanced) (2 credit points)*
  • ^ offered in trimester 1, trimester 2, trimester 3

    + Students must have completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit) and SIT223 Professional Practice in IT.

    ~ Note: Students are recommended to undertake SIT374 and SIT378 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT374 and SIT378 consecutively.

    * Entry to SIT746 is subject to specific unit entry requirements.

    @ Please note that all students must complete their SEL703 placement. Students that complete SIT344 and an elective as their capstone option will still be required to complete another placement in SEL703.


    Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    Minor sequences

    Refer to the details of each minor sequence for availability.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Student equipment purchases

    The learning experiences and assessment activities within this course require that students have access to a range of technologies beyond a desktop computer or laptop. Access to high cost specialist equipment, such as robots, is provided. Students will be required to purchase minor equipment, such as small single board computers, microcontrollers and sensors, which will be used within a range of units in this course. This equipment is also usable by the student beyond their studies. Equipment requirements and details of suppliers will be provided on a per-unit basis. The indicative cost of this equipment for this course is AUD$500.

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    In order to satisfy course accreditation requirements, as specified and administered by Engineers Australia, all online enrolled students are required to participate in Campus learning activities equivalent to a minimum duration of one full academic week for every trimester of effective full-time study in order to ensure that graduates possess and have demonstrated the minimum necessary knowledge and skill base, engineering application abilities, and professional skills, values and attitudes at successful completion of the course to be sufficiently prepared to enter professional engineering practice.

    Online enrolled students are required to attend campus mode conducted activities during the corresponding Intensive Week in a trimester. Attendance at campus mode activities is linked to assessment requirements within the Engineering programmes, failure to attend will result in not meeting the hurdle requirement of the respective assessment. Thus, a fail grade shall be awarded for the respective affected unit(s) for that particular trimester.

    International students: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin online. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week, it is suggested that you apply for a tourist visa to enter Australia. Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a tourist visa by the Australian Government.

    International students studying online may not be granted a visitor visa to complete mandatory components of the course at a campus.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    Through SEL703 Professional Practice, you will gain industry experience by completing at least 30 to 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering workplace with assessment tasks designed to develop and enhance your understanding of the engineering profession, professional practice and continuing professional development, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL
    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Maths: General Mathematics


    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)
    • evidence of mathematical ability (equivalent to that of the Year 12 maths prerequisite)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    You will also require evidence of mathematical ability (equivalent to that of the Year 12 maths prerequisite).

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven’t undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    You will also require evidence of mathematical ability (equivalent to that of the Year 12 maths prerequisite).

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, Maths: Mathematical Methods, Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physics or Systems Engineering equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.
    Your Recognition of prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the handbook.

    Learn more about international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Career outcomes

    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.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia (EA) and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop a broad, coherent knowledge of the software engineering discipline, with detailed knowledge of the application of software engineering principles and approaches. Use knowledge, skills, tools and methodologies for professional software engineering practice. Design software components, systems and computing processes to meet application requirements, within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, legal and ethical constraints.


    Communicate in a professional context to inform, motivate and effect change, and to drive sustainable innovation, utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, analyse, evaluate, select, process and disseminate both technical and non-technical information.

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate information and evidence, applying critical and analytical thinking and reasoning, technical skills, personal judgement and values, in decision processes.

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical constructs and skills and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop innovative computing solutions.


    Apply knowledge and skills to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of software engineering with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner. Apply understanding of reflective practice and self-critique skills within broad parameters to plan for their own future continuing professional development.


    Contribute effectively as a skilled and knowledgeable individual to the processes and output of a work unit or team. Work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams, employing effective communication, self- and team-management skills to achieve shared goals.

    Global citizenship

    Apply professional and ethical standards and accountability for own learning to in the development, design, construction and management of localised computing solutions.

    Approved by Faculty Board 2 June 2022