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ME - Software Engineering as a main subject

This research-focused degree is designed for graduates who wish to do further research and develop an innovative solution to an engineering question. Excellence in advanced engineering design, research and development skills are core features of the degree.

Software is everywhere: from spacecraft to smart watches. Software Engineers design, develop, maintain and oversee complex software-intensive projects while assuring their quality. These highly interconnected systems must meet multiple requirements, including correctness, usability, performance, safety and security. They leverage technologies, such as cloud, web, database, networks, mobile, IoT and embedded systems.

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Key information

Years: 1
Points: 120
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,835 - $8,797 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $41,080 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Chartered Software Engineer
  • Usability Engineer
  • Requirements Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Embedded Systems Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Researcher

Degree Planner

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography15.022B (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX513Topics in Computer Networks15.0No occurrences
One or more special topics in computer networks, at an advanced level.
COMPX515Security for Advanced Networks15.022B (Hamilton)
Networks have evolved considerable in the last decade, leading to new technologies. Changes in the attack surface make network security a permanent concern. Novel approaches to protect them are required.
COMPX518Cyber Security15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover various aspects of defensive, offensive and preventative security. Selective topics from a wide range, such as security vulnerabilities, secure software, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptography, applied cryptography, authentication...
COMPX519Malware Analysis and Penetration Testing15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper goes through two important aspects of Cyber Security. It first covers the defensive security techniques of malware analysis and then examines the offensive security techniques of penetration testing.
COMPX521Machine Learning Algorithms15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper exposes students to selected machine learning algorithms and includes assignments that require the implementation of these algorithms.
COMPX523Data Stream Mining15.022A (Hamilton)
Data streams are everywhere, from F1 racing over electricity networks to news feeds. Data stream mining relies on and develops new incremental algorithms that process streams under strict resource limitations.
COMPX525Deep Learning15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction into Deep Learning, focussing on both algorithms and applications. It covers both the basics of Neural networks and current mainstream and advanced Deep Learning technology.
COMPX526Engineering Interactive Systems15.022A (Online)
This paper introduces the topic of engineering methods for interactive systems. It provides both the background theory and practical methods for modelling and testing interactive systems.
COMPX527Secure Cloud Application Engineering15.022B (Hamilton)
Software Engineering on the Cloud is extremely prevalent nowadays. In this paper, you will learn how to design, develop and test cloud-native applications with a special focus on satisfying requirements.
COMPX529Engineering Self-Adaptive Systems15.022A (Online)
Software-intensive systems need to manage themselves to fulfill dynamic requirements in a changing environment. Self-adaptation is employed in clouds/datacenters, digital twins, networks, IoT, autonomous robots, etc. Adaptation challenges include self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing and self-protection.
COMPX532Information Visualisation15.022A (Online)
This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
COMPX539Usability Engineering15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the design and evaluation of interactive computer systems with a focus on user studies. Topics covered include: scenarios, ethnography, designing and performing user studies, and ethical issues involved in studying human-computer interaction.
COMPX542Web Search: Technical and Social Issues15.0No occurrences
This paper covers the operation of web search engines, the development of web spam and techniques for combating it, and social issues raised by centralised search engines.
COMPX544Applied Computational Methods15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper explores numerical methods with applications to real world problems. A variety of classes of problems will be introduced, and appropriate numerical methods for each will be explored. Each problem will be solved by writing code from scratch. Aspects of parallel methods will also be introduced.
COMPX553Extremely Parallel Programming15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced parallel programming for large-scale parallelism. A variety of programming techniques will be covered, with application to cluster computers, GPU computing, many-core computing and cloud computing.
COMPX554Specification Languages and Models15.0No occurrences
This paper deals with various aspects of modelling systems using advanced best practice methods from the software engineering field. It will introduce at least one of the main software modelling languages, Z, including its semantics, logic and associated tools.
COMPX555Bioinformatics15.022B (Hamilton)
An introduction to bioinformatics, open to students majoring in computer science or biology. It includes an overview of molecular biology, genomics, script language programming, algorithms for biological data, an introduction to machine learning and data mining, and relevant statistical methods.
COMPX556Metaheuristic Algorithms15.022B (Hamilton)
Metaheuristic are stochastic search algorithms for solving massive scale combinatorial problems where exact algorithms do not exist. This paper explores the state-of-the-art metaheuristics such as GRASP, particle swarm optimisation, and parallel metaheuristics, along with their applications in operations research, science and engin...
COMPX560Turing Topics in Computer Science15.022X (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer science, at an advanced level.
ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession15.022D (Hamilton)
The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.
ENGEN582Honours Research and Development Project45.022X (Hamilton)
This paper provides the "capstone" project required to complete an accredited engineering degree. The paper builds on the knowledge and skills students have gained in the first three years of their professional engineering degree and reinforces the multidisciplinary aspect of engineering. Students will learn how to carry out a Res...

Entry requirements

Entry into the BE(Hons) in the specified programme of Software Engineering will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance, including a minimum of 16 credits in NCEA at Level 3 in Calculus.

All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and pathways are available

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Not currently accepting applications

For students who have completed at least one year in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (subject areas may include Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics or Design) in the year of tenure and have applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme. By clicking on 'Apply Now' below, students will be taken to a list of possible exchange universities.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship  Not currently accepting applications

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCompSc, BCMS(Hons) majoring in Computer Science, BSc majoring in Computer Science, BE(Hons) majoring in Software Engineering, BE(Hons) majoring in Electrical and Electronic Engineering; or a BDes majoring in Interface Design.

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