Computer Systems Engineering Honours and Computer Science Double Degree
|Guaranteed ATAR||80 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||5 years full time. In certain cases, the need to complete special units may extend the duration.|
Computer systems explore the role of computers as elements in engineering systems. In the first two years of this course, you will study alongside electrical and communication engineering students. In third year, you will choose a specialisation in computer systems engineering and explore areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, machine vision, computer-aided design and manufacture, automation and process control. Prior to graduation, you'll complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience, making your theoretical studies meaningful and industry ready.
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice.
Computer Science is concerned with the concepts and technology that operating systems, programming languages and software are based upon. Issues such as how operating systems are designed and how they function, what is involved in designing a new programming language, artificial intelligence and how it is employed in software applications are covered. It aims to give you a high level understanding of the theory and technology that drives computers and computer networks in today's world so that you will have the knowledge and ability to adapt to new ideas and technologies. There is a strong emphasis on mathematics in this course as computer science theory and application is mathematically based.
This double degree provides graduates with a background in computer science and its application in computer systems, electrical and electronic and communication engineering. The combination of the two degrees provides graduates with versatility, which opens up a wide range of employment opportunities. On completion of the program, students are awarded both the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering) and Bachelor of Science (Computer Science).
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
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ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
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Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
English language proficiency
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.
High-achieving students without one of the prerequisite subjects may be accepted and required to undertake an additional program of preparatory studies.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
- Computer engineering is one of the fastest growing and largest areas of engineering with an estimated one million practitioners across the globe. Computers in the form of microprocessors are being embedded in almost every other form of system to control them or provide additional services, creating a strong demand for qualified computer engineers both locally and internationally.
- This course has run for more than two decades - longer than equivalent courses in most other universities in Australia. It was the first of its kind in WA.
- Graduates enjoy very good employment opportunities in computing, networking, resources, automation, automobile, banking and many other service sectors.
- The course is based on the IEEE-ACM Joint Task Force recommended curricula for computer engineering. It is a fully accredited program.
- Excellent opportunities for vacation work and graduate employment programs.
- Lecturers have real industry experience.
- Excellent links to industry.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
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