Computer Systems Engineering


Ubiquitous computers that are hidden within electro-mechanical environments have made a huge impact on our civilisation. Examples include drive-by-wire technology in cars, game consoles, robotics, home automation and appliances,
factory automation, mechatronics systems, instrumentation and embedded systems.

These fields are driving rapid change in industry and society, and leading to the creation of new businesses with both industrial and domestic applications.

Engineers who design such complex systems need excellent skills in computing and electrical engineering.

Areas of study

Movement and change in the computer systems field is phenomenal, so it is not practical to provide a lasting professional education based just on the technology.

The Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) specialisation is designed to achieve a balanced integration of topics from electrical engineering and computer science to train engineers who are capable of tracking the complex problems in this domain. It is about solving practical engineering problems by creating computer-based systems.

Computer systems engineers can also be classified as electronics engineers since they have excellent skills in both electronics (hardware) and software design for ubiquitous computers.


You can study Computer Systems Engineering in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Computer Systems Engineering gives excellent insight into the inner workings of computers and involves a diverse set of engineering design skills that are essential in areas ranging from bioengineering to software, including mobile devices (MP3 players, mobile phones, GPS navigation devices, game consoles) as well as complex controllers for automotive, military, consumer, medical, communications and electrical systems.

You will learn a combination of fundamental knowledge in computer systems, practical skills in hardware and software design; general problem solving skills essential for designing and building systems, project work, verbal and written communication and exposure to a variety of existing and leading edge electronic, hardware and software technology.

Career opportunities

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering drives industry partnerships that enable cutting edge learning. Our graduates are contributing to and leading a wide range of industries worldwide.

As innovative design and product development continues at a rapid pace, so does the demand for qualified engineers. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest financial and industrial centre so there’s no shortage of career prospects.

As a graduate specialising in Computer Systems Engineering, you leave the University with the skills and knowledge required to embark on a successful and professional career.

Graduates work in a range of companies in New Zealand and overseas including multinational computer firms, engineering consultancies, telecommunications companies and companies engaged in research and development of new intelligent systems.

More information

For more information see Computer Systems Engineering.