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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Computer Systems Engineering

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
4 years
Start date: 02-March-2020
University of Auckland
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Course details


This four-year programme, comprising a blend of theoretical and practical work, ensures that you’re career-ready upon graduation.

What can you study in Computer Systems Engineering?

The phenomenal pace of change in this field makes it impossible to provide a lasting professional education based on technology alone; a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Computer Systems Engineering is therefore geared to provide core skills and theoretical knowledge needed for a future-proofed approach, including:

  • Fundamental knowledge in computer systems
  • Practical skills in hardware and software design
  • Problem-solving methodologies for designing and building systems
  • Project work, and verbal and written communication
  • Exposure to existing and new electronic, hardware and software technologies

You’ll gain a grounding in Electrical and Electronic Engineering – particularly computer hardware and software, as well as major theoretical areas of this specialisation:

  • Computer architecture and microcontrollers which involves systems architecture, memory systems, the optimisation of application-specific hardware and software, and more
  • Embedded systems design which involves your knowledge of signals and actuators to affect the cyber-physical systems for real-time, safety-critical resources like automobiles, robotics, medical devices, and industrial automation systems
  • Hardware design of digital systems which involves advanced electronic design automation tools to regulate, simulate, debug and implement models for smart devices
  • Software design which involves real-world projects, focusing on object-oriented programming, data structures, algorithms, scripting language and online P2P communication, as well as an introduction to essential programming languages such as C++, Java and Python

Where could this programme take you?

Your specialisation, personal interests and chosen electives can impact what you pursue. With quantitative, problem-solving, communication and technical skills, you’ll easily adapt to the technologically-driven nature of many industries. All our specialisations are accredited by Engineering New Zealand, a signatory to the Washington Accord, making our BE(Hons) a recognised engineering qualification in many countries.

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.


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