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RMIT University

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Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Learn about the design and application of programmable, reconfigurable devices and computer-based systems.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Course Code
BH072, 079618B
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
International Fees
$39,360 per year / $157,440 total

About this course

At RMIT, computer and network engineering are taught together to provide graduates with the opportunity to work in their preferred field. You will learn and implement the fundamental technologies behind computerised, smart and intelligent digital systems used in modern life. The degree allows you to focus your skills on a range of computer systems and network engineering topics ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, sensor networks, high-performance parallel processing, real-time embedded hardware control and data communication networks. You will learn the fundamental topics in both computer and network engineering fields and then choose to specialise in either area to ensure that you graduate work-ready.

You'll gain the knowledge and skills to find better solutions to challenges in design, construction and maintenance of software and hardware components of computing and computer-controlled devices, equipment and systems. This could include communication networks and automation of electrical and electronic systems; audio and visual information acquisition, processing and communications; human-machine interaction, industrial or medical instrumentation and monitoring; and provision of security for computer systems and networks.

In computer engineering, you'll learn how to create new opportunities for businesses by driving new technologies and solutions to make businesses more productive and competitive. From designing and developing new microcontroller-based products and systems, to enhancing functionalities of those that currently exist, there are plenty of possibilities in a world of ever-changing market needs and consumer demands.

During network engineering studies you'll learn about the design, implementation and maintenance of digital communication networks. In this degree, network engineering looks at technology, audio and visual communications over wired and wireless networks, network management and software defined networks, optimising network performance and network security.

You'll have the opportunity to design creative solutions through inspiring and sustainable design-and-build projects, as well as taking part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a humanitarian-focused course offered in all RMIT engineering degrees.

To ensure you graduate job-ready, you'll also have an opportunity to undertake a work-integrated learning (industry experience) elective.

Why study computer and network engineering at RMIT?

Studying computer and network engineering at RMIT offers the following benefits:

  1. Prepare yourself for employment
    With the opportunity to undertake industry placements either locally or internationally, you'll be work-ready when you graduate. There are also opportunities to tackle research projects in partnership with industry.
  2. Hands-on learning experiences
    Your work will be largely laboratory-based, where you'll conduct experiments and design your own solutions for various industry relevant projects
  3. A globally accredited qualification
    As a graduate, you will be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia, and your qualification will be recognised by all 18 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, the Washington Accord. These include the USA, UK, China, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

Study locations

Melbourne City

Career pathways

Computer and network engineers work in industry and business to design and build computer and communication networks. They are also responsible for the design, development, implementation, verification and testing of embedded microcontroller platforms which form the basis of our modern digital life.

You may also be sought after by universities and research organisations to improve computer technologies.

Job opportunities exist with governments to improve defence, security and emergency services.

You'll also have the skills to run your own computer or network services business.

Within their organisations, graduates take on roles such as a network engineer or computer engineer.

Graduates have gone on to work at a range of organisations including :

  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • Cisco
  • Huawei
  • Robert Bosch Pty Ltd.

Credit for prior study or work

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.