Faculty of Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Are you interested in contributing to the health of our nation, the growth of our economy and the future of our cities? Whether it is building sustainable infrastructure, developing software for autonomous cars, or working on surgical robotics for the healthcare industry, our world-class degree will give you the tools you need to make the unimaginable happen.

Quick facts
Points per degree 480 points
Full-time 4 years
Taught at City Campus
Application closing date (Semester One) 8 December
Application closing date (Semester Two) 4 July

Places and specialisation options are limited for Part I  Semester 2 intake and Part II intake. for Semster 1 2017 

Please contact the Engineering Student Centre for advice and further information





Programme structure

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is a four-year programme leading to registration as a professional engineer. It consists of 480 points, usually divided into four, 120-point parts (each equivalent to one year's study).

The sample degree structure diagram below illustrates how you might structure your degree.

In Part I (your first year), the BE(Hons) programme follows a set structure. You get an introduction to each engineering discipline, before applying for a specialisation at the end of Part I. Throughout Parts II-IV, you'll study your specialisation and core engineering courses at levels of study that become more advanced with each year.


Sample BE(Hons) degree structure

Part I

Part I is a common year covered in your first year of study. You gain exposure 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 be invited to select the discipline in which you wish to specialise for the remainder of your degree.

View the Part I course schedule


Parts II, III and IV

Parts II, III and IV are customised over the following three years according to your area of specialisation. All students study a common core that covers:

  • Mathematical modelling
  • Technical communication
  • Project and business management
  • Problem solving and teamwork
  • Practical work experience in the industry

In addition, you will study specialist subjects relevant to your chosen field. You will also have opportunities to choose elective courses, allowing you to further specialise in topics that interest you most.



We offer nine different engineering specialisations, each with a limited number of places. Admission into your preferred specilisation is based on your academic results in Part I.

All specialisations are accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand – a signatory to the Washington Accord - making your degree an internationally-recognised qualification in many overseas countries.

The nine specialisations to choose from are:

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

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


Practical work

There are two compulsory practical work requirements of the BE(Hons) degree.

In Part II, you will need to complete a zero-point, 40-hour Workshop Practice course.

You are also required to gain at least 800 hours of Practical Work experience throughout your degree. This will involve exposure to general trade and sub-professional skills relevant to your engineering specialisation, ensuring you’re ready for the workforce by the time you graduate.


Awarding Honours

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) 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.



Averages are calculated using the following scale to give each grade you receive a numerical value. These are added together and the sum divided by total number of courses you have attempted.

  • 9 for A+
  • 8 for A
  • 7 for A-
  • 6 for B+
  • 5 for B
  • 4 for B-
  • 3 for C+
  • 2 for C
  • 1 for C-
  • 0 for D+ or D-
In calculating the GPA,"withdrawals", "did not sit" and "did not complete" results are counted as zero and contribute to the overall Honours Grade Point Average.

Conjoint programmes

Conjoint programmes enable you to complete a BE(Hons) and another degree faster than if you were to complete them separately. They can be an excellent choice if you know that the other degree component will be beneficial in your proposed career, or if you are a capable student with skills in various areas.

Find out more about the conjoint degree programme.


International degree recognition

The University’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programme is officially recognised by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). IPENZ accredits engineering programmes as meeting internationally benchmarked standards. IPENZ is also a signatory to the Washington Accord, which is responsible for accrediting professional engineering degree programmes in each of its signatory countries.

This means that a BE(Hons) from the University of Auckland will assist you in gaining professional recognition with the equivalent professional bodies in Canada, South Africa, Singapore, Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and the UK.

For more information please visit the IPENZ website.