Software development Engineering and IT

Software development Engineering and IT

Software developers and engineers create, maintain and motify computer and software programs such as operating systems, communications software, utility programs and business applications.

At Macquarie, you’ll learn how to program, test and bug-fix to create and maintain applications and frameworks to develop a software product that could help change the world.

Professional experience

Apply your university studies in a global program and gain important industry skills and experience working with industry partners on mutually beneficial projects, well before you graduate.

Through Macquarie University's unique PACE program, software development students have the opportunity to work in mixed skill set teams on real computing projects for industry partners. Recently a group of students worked with NSW Pittwater Council to produce an mobile application called 'Walking Pittwater' to promote Pittwater's amazing natural environment.

Another group worked with Productivity Bootcamp to develop an application to assist young people to gain employment in the infrastructure industry. The app helped to facilitate financial goal setting, track spending, reflect on positive and negative spending and allow a community forum for praise, encouragement and healthy competition to make real positive change through reflection, awareness and support.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an activity for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Our expertise

The Department of Computing has introduced an initiative designed to improve the experience of Computing students at Macquarie and bridge the gap between academics and students.

This scheme aims at connecting new Computing students with a Computing academic by giving them the opportunity to meet at the start of their Degree. If you decide to take up this opportunity, your academic mentor will be your single point of contact to answer questions related to careers in IT and academic advice. Your academic mentor will provide guidance for you to succeed and achieve your goals.

Academic mentors arrange a meeting at the beginning of the semester with a small group of students that has been allocated to them. You have been or will be contacted by email to find a suitable date to meet. Following this first encounter, individual sessions can be arranged later on for more personalised advice.

Please email Dr Christophe Doche or A/Prof Steve Cassidy in case you have any enquiries on this scheme or if you are experiencing difficulties with your mentor.

Scholarships and prizes

The Department of Computing recognises merit and excellence in students through the award of scholarships and prizes. Individuals and organisations have generously donated funds for these awards:

  • DEEWR prize for Outstanding Undergraduate in Introduction to Systems Design and Data Management Prize (Unit:ISYS114)
  • DEEWR prize for Outstanding Undergraduate in Applications Modelling and Development (Unit:ISYS254)
  • GT Micropro Prize for Introduction to Computer Science (Unit:COMP115) – Donated by GT Micropro
  • Jan Hext Prize for Fundamentals of Computer Science (Unit:COMP125)
  • Jan Hext Prize for Object-Oriented Programming Practices (Unit: COMP229)
  • Jan Hext Prize for Programming Languages (Unit:COMP332)

Other Scholarships

Information about other Macquarie University Scholarships and Prizes can be found in the University handbook.

Further information

Macquarie University offers various kinds of scholarship to students. View more details on eligibility and other conditions.

If you have any questions about Computing scholarships, please contact the Head of Department, Dr Christophe Doche on the below:
Email: the Department Office at sci.compquery@mq.edu.au
Location: Building E6A Room360
Phone: 02 9850 9514

Tayeef started his Masters of Information Technology at Macquarie after receiving news that he was awarded a Macquarie University International Scholarship (MUIS).

“I was so glad that I could start in February, without the MUIS I wouldn’t be here, so it’s definitely been a fantastic opportunity for me and I feel really lucky,” he says.

Tayeef has been impressed with the quality of teaching at Macquarie, noting that his lecturers and professors are particularly knowledgeable in their fields.

“This means that I have a good grasp on theory and industry knowledge because of what I have learnt and who I have learnt from. I think it gives me a competitive edge,” he explains.

Upon finishing his masters degree, Tayeef intends to undertake higher degree research work at Macquarie University.

“I want to bring back my research and knowledge from an advanced country like Australia, to help better the IT sector back in Bangladesh and to be involved in change and the development there,” he explains.

“Macquarie is how a university should be – a balance of quality teaching, enjoyable environment, modern facilities and endless learning opportunities. It’s definitely an environment that inspires students to somehow make their mark on the world. My mark will be in the information technology industry at home,” he says.

  • computer design and manufacturing engineer
  • electronics design and manufacturing engineer
  • project and technology manager
  • research and development engineer
  • software designer and developer.

Possible employers

  • banks and financial institutions such as The Macquarie Group, NAB, Commonwealth Bank
  • computer software and hardware companies such as Google, Microsoft and Cisco
  • computing and IT companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, EMC and Toshiba
  • government and university research laboratories such as CSIRO, DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation), ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
  • public sector institutions at both state and federal level
  • semiconductor companies such as Intel
  • technology and manufacturing companies such as Honeywell, OEM
  • telecommunications companies such as Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, Nokia, Netcomm
  • university research laboratories around the world
  • business systems designer
  • computer and communication network engineer
  • engineering researcher
  • financial analyst and software modeller
  • planning/policy analyst
  • project and technology manager
  • software designer and developer
  • systems developer.

Possible employers

  • accounting and consulting firms such as Deloitte Australia, Accenture
  • banks and financial institutions such as The Macquarie Group, NAB, Commonwealth Bank
  • computer software and hardware companies such as Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Netcomm
  • defence companies such as BAE Systems
  • IT companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, EMC
  • NGOs (non-governmental organisations) such as Greenpeace and World Health Organisation
  • government and university research laboratories such as CSIRO, DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation), ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
  • public sector institutions at both state and federal level
  • technology and manufacturing companies such as Honeywell
  • telecommunications companies such as Optus, Telstra, Toshiba, Vodafone, Nokia
  • university research laboratories around the world
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