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Bachelor of Information Sciences (Software Engineering)

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  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification, and it is strongly recommended that students have studied Mathematics at NCEA level 2.

Students with excellent achievements in NCEA and prior programming experience through the successful completion of courses and participation in competitions like STAR, NCSS or the ACM SPPC will be considered for direct entry into second-year Software Engineering courses and may be eligible to participate in software development projects.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


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This is a guide.  Students are advised to check the university calendar for the latest course information.

Software Engineering is a joint major that combines Computer Science and Information Technology.  Students should look at the information for both the Computer Science and Information Technology majors.

The first year of study must include:

159.101 Technical Programming 1 or 159.171 Computational Thinking and Programming 1
159.102 Technical Programming 2 or 159.172 Computational Thinking and Programming 2
158.100 Introductory Concepts for Information Technology
158.120 Fundamental Information Technologies 

At least one mathematics course – one or more of 160.105, 160.101, 160.102

At least one statistics course – one of 161.111 or 161.122

247.112 Science and Sustainability for ICT (or another Science and Sustainability course)

The second year of study:

Select at least six (6) 200-level courses as follows:

  • At least three (3) 159.2xx courses from the Computer Science major
  • At least three (3) 158.2xx courses from the Information Technology major or 158.222

The third year of study:

Select this compulsory course:

158.345 Professionalism in the Information Sciences

Select one compulsory project from either the Computer Science major or the Information Technology major.

Select at least four (4) 300-level courses as follows:

At least two (2) 159.3xx courses from the Computer Science major

At least two (2) 158.3xx courses from the Information Technology major or 158.333 

The remaining credit requirements for each year of study can be met by selecting elective courses.

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