Master of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence)

Master of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence) | Torrens University

What is a Master of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence)?

The Master of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence) responds to industry demand for top-tier software engineers and developers skilled in machine learning, computer vision and speech recognition. Broaden your skillset with a specialisation in artificial intelligence and take the next step in your career.

During this course, you will delve into the ever-evolving landscape of technology and gain an extensive understanding of the vital role of artificial intelligence. Anchored in machine learning, this program fortifies core software engineering skills, preparing you for impactful project work. It's not just about theory; it's about becoming a hands-on leader who can not only direct projects but also manage teams at scale. To do so, you will explore advanced software engineering techniques to tackle complex problems and propose technical solutions. Within this, you will understand the role of innovation and ethical practice as you apply a fusion of cognitive, technical and creative skills. You will also complete a series of elective subjects, allowing you to explore other learning areas and shape your expertise.


Learning outcomes and Work-Integrated Learning

  • Analyse and integrate cognitive and technical skills from the software engineering body of knowledge to tackle complex commercial software engineering problems with innovation and ethical practice.
  • Critically analyse problem sets to synthesise acute software engineering solutions and communicate recommendations, conclusions and professional decisions to both expert and novice audiences.
  • Master and synthesise cognitive, technical and creative skills from the field of artificial intelligence necessary to effectively & efficiently solve or investigate problem sets.
  • Demonstrate sound judgement, non-partisanship and accountability as part of a leadership role in a team to achieve effective planning, management, execution and communication.
  • Communicate technical solutions, recommendations and workarounds efficiently to a variety of audiences, including diverse multicultural groups.
  • Synthesise and abstract mathematical concepts, artificial intelligence fundamentals and industry best practices to solve varied commercial problems.
  • Possess a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of Artificial Intelligence principles and techniques that includes understanding of recent developments.
  • Research complex problem sets to advance the field of artificial intelligence at the intersection of health, transportation, manufacturing or finance.
  • Undertake 240 hours of experience by completing an internship or working on a live brief.
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Our courses are developed in collaboration with IBM, providing access to select software, courseware and key student resources.

Study mode
On campus, Online, Blended
Campus locations
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Online
Course duration
1.5 years full time, 3 years part time
Start date
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
17 Feb 2025
02 Jun 2025
15 Sep 2025
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 9 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Career opportunities

The Master of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence) gives you the capability to seek senior level employment in either generalist or niche roles within the software development industry. The artificial intelligence specialisation gives you a competitive advantage in your career.

Potential career paths

  • Senior Software Engineer
    Average salary: $120,500 - $185,000
  • Senior Systems Engineer
    Average salary: $110,000 - $$152,157
  • AI Researcher
    Average salary: $112,366 - $134,953
  • Technical Director
    Average salary: $120,544 - $221,250
  • Development Director
    Average salary: $133,020 - $224,063
  • Systems Architect
    Average salary: $113,914 - $173,138
  • Data Scientist
    Average salary: $104,500 - $159,900
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Subjects and units

Delivered both on campus and online, this course comprises of six core subjects, four specialisation subjects and one elective subjects including one 20-credit point subject, each subject requiring 10 hours of study per week; three hours facilitated and seven self-directed.

Capstone project: six hours facilitated study and 14 hours self-directed study per week.

Assessments may include activity-based assignments or online quizzes. There are no formal exams.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Electives


Complete seven core subjects. Additionally, you’re required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Software Engineering Principles | SEP401
  • Human Centred Design | HCD402
  • Secure by Design | SBD403
  • Software Development Management | SDM404
  • Mathematical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence | MFA501
  • Research Methodologies | REM502
  • Intelligent Systems | ISY503


Complete three core subjects. Additionally, you’re required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Machine Principles | MLN601
  • Deep Learning | DLE602
  • Technology - Work Integrated Learning | TWL604


Choose one elective.

Elective subjects

  • Cloud Computing Fundamentals | CCF501
  • DevOps Tools | DOT503
  • User Experience Design | DID602A
  • Design Identity | DSGN6026
  • Design Context | DSGN6027
  • Design Futures | DSGN6028
  • Cybersecurity Principles and Organisational Practice | CPO442
  • Software Fortress and Web Protection | SFW541
  • Business Communications | BMGTHD502
  • Management, People and Teams | MGT600
  • Dynamic Leadership | MGT601
  • Business Decision Analytics | MGT602
  • Systems Thinking | MGT603
  • Principles of Project Management | PROJ6000
  • Project Planning and Budgeting | PROJ6002
  • Organisational Behaviour and People Management | PROJ6006

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.


  • Diploma of Software Engineering

    CRICOS 102264E

    8 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    1 year full time, 2 years part time, 6 months accelerated

    Start with a Diploma to explore a new career area, or gain guaranteed entry into our Bachelor program.

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      CRICOS 099352B

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      Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

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      CRICOS 093341J

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  • Graduate Certificate of Software Engineering
    4 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    6 months full time, 12 months part time, 12 weeks accelerated

    Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

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      CRICOS 107046H

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

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      CRICOS 099353A

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

    • Master of Information Technology Advanced

      CRICOS 107045J

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

Industry partners and Work‑Integrated Learning

When you study with Torrens University Australia, you will benefit from our extensive network of industry partners. You’ll learn from industry professionals, gain invaluable insights and build key industry relationships.

Complete an industry brief or internship

Complete 240 hours of real-world, relevant experience during your course.

You can choose between an internship, a industry live brief or a capstone project.

You can source Work-Integrated Learning opportunities, including placements, through our Careers Connect database, all vetted for quality and relevance by Torrens University’s Learning Facilitators.

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Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


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Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above from an Australian University in a relevant field of study


Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level which may include approval of prior study or successful completion of a readiness assessment.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

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How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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