Software engineering is one of the fastest growing, most in-demand professions in the world, giving software engineers a job market full of opportunities.  

As a student in this field, you must be logical and mathematically inclined, analytical and passionate. This will allow you to fully use the technologies and tools for the design, construction, development, and maintenance of software in any organisation or company. 

Salaries can be much more attractive due to the smart solutions that graduates provide to organisations. This is due to the great technological boom that is being experienced worldwide.  

According to PayScale, the average salary for a Software Engineer is AU$117,794. There’s an increased demand for Solution Architects, IT Managers and Software Engineers all over the world. 

Why study Software Engineering in Australia?

  1. No specific background needed 
  • If you’ve successfully completed Year 12, you could start with a Bachelor’s degree in a Software Engineering program. 
  • If you have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in related disciplines, you can still apply for a Master of Software Engineering. Contact us to receive more information about this option 
  1. Multiple start dates 

Australian universities will normally have 2 or 3 intakes each year, which makes it more flexible for international students to commence their program based on their individual situation. Multiple start dates also mean more flexibility with the different units and payments. 

  1. Stay longer in Australia 

By studying Software Engineering for 2 years or more in higher education (a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree), students will be eligible for a 2-4-year Postgraduate Visa (485). Graduates can utilize these visa opportunities to get more work experience. For Software Engineering students, they can also use this working visa to prepare for their future migration options.

Career outcomes after graduation

  • Analyst Programmer 
  • App Developer 
  • Computer Application Engineer 
  • Database Designer 
  • IT Support and Test Engineer 
  • Software Engineer 
  • System Architect 
  • Systems Engineer 
  • Web Developer 

Course Options

  • Associate Degree of Software Engineering  
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering  
  • Bachelor of Information Technology 
  • Master of Software Engineering  
  • Master of Information Technology 
  • PhD Software Engineering 

Entry Requirements

  • For a Bachelor’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or a Diploma and attained IELTS between 6.0 / 6.5. 
  • For a Master’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree and attained IELTS between 6.0 / 6.5. 

What courses might you study for your Software Engineering degree in Australia?

  • Programming Principles 
  • Discrete Structures 
  • Algorithms and Complexity 
  • Software Development 
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Systems Programming 

Professional Accreditation

For most universities in Australia, their software engineering degrees are accredited by the ACS (Australian Computer Society) and some programs are also accredited by EA (Engineers Australia) 

Expected salary as a Software Engineer in Australia

The medium base annual salary for a graduate in Software Engineering is between AU$100,000 and AU$160,000. 

(Statistics from PayScale Australia)  

School Recommendations

Bachelor’s Level: 

Griffith University – Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering 

University of Canberra – Bachelor of Engineering in Network & Software Engineering (Honours) 

Charles Darwin University – Bachelor of Software Engineering 

Australian National University – Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) 

Deakin University – Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) 

Federation University Australia – Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development) 

University of Newcastle – Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) 

University of Queensland – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Software Engineering 


Graduate Diploma Level: 

Federation University Australia – Graduate Diploma of Technology (Software Engineering) 


Master’s Level: 

Charles Darwin University – Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) 

University of Adelaide – Master of Software Engineering 

University of Queensland – Master of Engineering Software Engineering 

Federation University Australia – Master of Technology (Software Engineering) 

University of Technology Sydney – PhD Information System, Software Engineering, Analytic

Interested in studying Software Engineering in Australia?

Contact SOL Edu today for free counselling, and a free application process!