Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate study

If you are interested in designing solutions to the many problems we face and are creative, resourceful, curious, ambitious and enjoy working with teams of people then the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE(Hons)) could be the right degree for you.

The BE(Hons) degree is a four-year programme leading to registration as a professional engineer. It consists of 480 points, usually spread across four years (120 points per year).

Part I (first year)

Part I (common year) is your first year of study. During Part I you will be exposed to each of the nine different engineering specialisations and study a broad base of engineering and professional fundamentals. At the end of Part I you will select your specialisation.

Part I courses

Parts II, III and IV

Parts II, III and IV are customised over the following three years according to your area of specialisation. They include:

  • Core and engineering elective courses.
  • Building your communication skills and technical knowledge.
  • Being creative and managing projects.
  • Developing your ability to problem solve.
  • Gaining practical experience through working in industry.


Each specialisation has a maximum number of places, with selection based on your Part I academic record. All specialisations are accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand – a signatory to the Washington Accord - making the degree an internationally recognised qualification in many overseas countries.

The nine specialisations to choose from are:

  • Biomedical
  • Chemical and Materials
  • Civil (including Environmental)
  • Computer Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Software

For information on each of these specialisations visit the Specialisations section.

Practical work

You will be required to complete a non-credit 40 hour workshop practice course in your second year.

You are also required to complete at least 800 hours of practical work experience of the general trade and sub-professional skills relevant to your engineering specialisation. After each period of work you will submit a detailed report which describes the company or organisation that employed you and the nature of the work on which you were engaged.

More information about the practical work requirements.

Conjoint programmes

Conjoint programmes enable you to complete a BE(Hons) and another degree faster than if you completed them separately. This is an excellent option if you know that the other degree component will be beneficial in your proposed career. It is a very appropriate choice for capable students who have skills in a variety of areas such as languages or commerce and wish to continue study in these areas.

Find out more about the conjoint degree programme.




Awarding the BE (Hons) degree

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [BE (Hons)] degree is awarded to those students who achieve a sufficiently high grade point average (GPA) in Parts II, III and IV. Students who successfully complete the programme and do not achieve a sufficiently high GPA will be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree.