University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

Computer systems engineers are experts in software development, electronic hardware design and networking. They design, build and test computer hardware and interface hardware to other equipment and networks. They also write the software with which the end user interacts. The Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) program covers the theoretical and practical knowledge required to create a computing system from inception. It enables students to innovate a computer system as part of an existing engineering system such as a controller of industrial plant or equipment. The degree focuses on underlying principles and techniques so that graduates are able to learn and apply new technologies as they emerge in the future. Combined with an Engineering degree, a Science degree opens up a diverse range of employment opportunities in private industry and government organisations. Students could pursue a career in cutting edge areas like nanotechnology, telecommunications, fibre-optics, laser technology, medical physics, organic electronics and photovoltaics. Some of these areas such as next generation telecommunication systems, quantum computing, etc, are closely connected with computer systems engineering. In particular, these are the areas that will constitute many of the future frontiers technological development. This combined degree opens up these future frontier of technological breakthroughs to students.


The Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science is a 5 year program comprising 410 units, of which 330 units are core courses and 80 units are directed courses. Students will have the opportunity to undertake an industry related project in their final year and must also complete 12 weeks of industrial experience throughout the program. A graded honours classification in engineering is awarded on the basis of superior performance throughout the program. The Bachelor of Science component of this combined program may be awarded with Distinction on the basis of superior performance throughout the program.


  • Computer systems engineering, Science
  • Physics
  • advanced computer systems and embedded systems
  • advanced physics
  • computer and electrical engineering

Standard entry requirements

Year 12 or equivalent. Alternative entry pathways may include approved TAFE studies, preparatory programs such as Newstep, Open Foundation or Tertiary Preparation Certificate. Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. One science-related subject would also be an advantage (Physics or Chemistry preferred). Applicants who have achieved less than Mathematics Band 5 may be admitted to the program but may need to complete additional study to successfully complete the requirements of the program. Students who have completed HSC Mathematics General 2 may be admitted to the program but can expect to undertake additional studies to successfully complete the requirements of the program.


This degree program is accredited by Engineers Australia and other affiliated international organisations.

Study pathways

Credit transfer agreements with TAFE NSW and other education providers are under continuous negotiation. A Bachelor of Science (Honours) is also available to meritorious students, as an additional year of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Callaghan Yes

Fee comments

Campuses: Callaghan.

Fees are indicative and subject to variation. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Further information

It may not always be possible to complete this combined Engineering degree within 5 years. This combined Engineering degree is not available for midyear admission to International Students.

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