Electrical and computer systems engineering

Electrical and computer systems engineering

Strong jobs growth^ for computer systems engineers is projected over the next 5 years
of graduates secure full-time employment within 4 months of graduating
TOP 75
in the world for Electrical and Electronic engineering +
Professional recognition - accredited by Engineers Australia

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What do electrical and computer systems engineers do?

Electrical and computer systems engineering is an extremely diverse field, encompassing biomedical, computer systems, electronics, electrical power, AI, robotics and telecommunications. Electrical and computer systems engineers investigate, plan, design, develop, construct, test, market and maintain a wide range of products and systems.

Monash will give you the hands-on training and theoretical insight you need for an exciting future as an electrical and computer systems engineer.

You’ll experience industry-standard reprogrammable chips in the laboratories from first year onwards. By third year you’ll be building miniaturised machines with very powerful processing on board. In fourth year you may apply this knowledge to a ‘product’ of your own.

Your future career options

As an electrical and computer systems engineer, you can design and develop digital products such as smartphones, virtual reality systems or computer games, or maybe robotic medical devices to assist in surgery and rehabilitation. You could work locally or internationally in a wide range of industries, including:

  • power generation
  • industrial and power electronics
  • wireless communications
  • artificial intelligence
  • optical communications
  • the ‘Internet of Things’
  • embedded systems
  • computer programming
  • robotics
  • healthcare

When you graduate you could work for large public and private telecommunications, manufacturing and electrical-power companies, or in defence and intelligence organisations. You could also work in banking and finance, or with any organisation that creates, stores, encodes and transmits big data or manages complex systems.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in top companies including Tesla, Google, Deloitte, NASA, Apple, Department of Defence, Dyson, Telstra, Facebook, Citi, Woodside Energy, PwC and Intel.

Graduate work-ready

Leverage our world-wide industry connections, find your entrepreneurial spirit, discover your leadership and professional style and kick-start your career with an internship. There’s a range of extracurricular programs to prepare you for success and your dream career.

The new Co-operative Education Program provides relevant work experience opportunities through internships with our partner organisations. Undertake a three, six or 12 month paid internship and explore different industry sectors, understand what it is to be a working engineer and connect the experience to your studies in a practical way. You’ll enhance your technical and professional skills, build industry connections and gain skills to give you the edge in a competitive employment market.

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Our Career Connect program gives you access to experienced coaches and industry based professionals. Take part in employability workshops, small group career conversations and, in your final year, one-on-one coaching.

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The Monash Engineering Leadership Program is a development program that prepares you to be an engineering leader. It’s an opportunity to engage with industry professionals from the private sector, with seminars, interactive workshops and industry site visits. Through the program you’ll establish valuable networks and develop ‘soft skills’ such as communication, leadership and teamwork, that are highly regarded by employers and gives you a competitive edge. Students in the program may also be eligible to apply for a generous scholarship thanks to the support of industry partners and donors.

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The MITI program provides an invaluable experience that’ll equip you for life’s challenges by offering insights into the business world, practical learning, leadership and teamwork opportunities. Students are competitively selected from a range of fields to form multidisciplinary teams. Working as part of a team, you’ll be placed alongside industry experts and given a challenging, well-defined real-world project to deliver, pushing you to use all of your problem-solving, innovation and design skills. This may even be in a company based overseas.

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Creativity and entrepreneurialism are at the centre of engineering design education at Monash. You can access dedicated, collaborative design and build spaces to take an idea to reality. The university’s entrepreneurial initiative, The Generator, provides experiential education, mentors and seed funding to support you and your startup or social enterprise on your entrepreneurial journey.

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Emily Qiao

As a future electrical engineer, I want to develop solutions related to computer systems and robotics industries. I hope to run my own engineering startup that focuses on developing creative solutions to tackle real-world problems.

I participated in Monash Engineering’s Leadership Program which has led me to further career development opportunities. This included the Telstra Engineering Leadership Scholarship at Monash University and a 12 week summer internship opportunity in the Telstra Summer Vacation Program. Doing engineering has been such a rewarding and enjoyable experience.”

Emily Qiao
Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Science Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce
Chief Operating Officer, Robogals Global
Former National Finance Officer, UN Youth Australia

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What you’ll study in your undergraduate degree

Expand your skills with an engineering minor

As an electrical and computer systems engineer the career opportunities are diverse and you may find yourself working in one of many adjacent fields of engineering. Selecting your electives from one of our minor programs will ensure that you have the background knowledge required to make strong contributions in your role from day one.

A minor offers you a depth and breadth of study in the adjacent field which widens your knowledge and enhances your career opportunities – all within your four-year Engineering degree. The engineering minors available in electrical and computer systems engineering specialisation of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) are:

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Course details

Bachelor of Electrical and computer systems engineering (Honours)

4 years full-time / 8 years part-time

Starts: February and July

At Monash you can become a fully qualified and accredited engineer in just four years. Your degree kicks off with a ‘common first year’ that allows you to explore the ten engineering disciplines before specialising from second year.

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Complement your engineering specialisation with a minor and tailor your studies to explore your interests and expand your career opportunities. Choose from:

  • Artificial intelligence in engineering
  • Computational engineering
  • Micro and nano technologies
  • Mining engineering
  • Renewable energy engineering
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Sustainable engineering

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Earn two degrees with only one* extra year of study and broaden your career opportunities. Combining engineering with another degree gives you a distinct set of skills and helps you stand out in today’s competitive job market.

Combine electrical and computer systems engineering with:

  • Arts
  • Biomedical Science
  • Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Laws (Honours)
  • Science

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Your pathway to success

From your first day to your final lecture, you’ll have everything you need to be prepared for a successful career.

There's a range of extracurricular activities and programs to support you to pursue your passions and get the most from your uni experience. Develop hands-on skills, build friendships and networks, undertake opportunities to think and work globally, plus get a head start on your career through work-based learning.

Graduate study options

Whether you want to gain a professional edge, or are looking to explore your specialisation at an advanced level or pursue research interests, graduate study will take your qualification to the next level.

Master of Advanced Engineering

The expert masters program explores your chosen specialisation at an advanced technical level and is designed to foster innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and leadership. This qualification will advance your skills and give you a competitive advantage to lead innovation and drive industry change in your engineering field.

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Master of Professional Engineering

This course is for students who have completed undergraduate studies in engineering or in another field such as science, mathematics or pharmacy and are seeking an internationally recognised engineering qualification to practice as a professional engineer. In this masters program, you'll specialise in engineering technical, research and professional units and undertake a design and a research project, blending theory and practice.

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This is pathway program for high-achieving students to be on track to earn, in just five years, both a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and an expert master’s degree in advanced engineering. The Masters Accelerated Pathway program allows you to gain practical and theoretical skills for a career in engineering. There’s a rich selection of specialist electives to choose from, and the course offers strong links to industry and a focus on leadership skills to strengthen your critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills.

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Make an impact and solve real world issues with a PhD or masters by research degree. Be involved in pioneering research that can impact the world, collaborate and be mentored by leading researchers and expand your career options. A graduate research degree opens doors not just in industry and academia but also in roles outside your research area.

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