Engineers design the future. They provide innovative solutions to meet the needs of our modern world.
From buildings and bridges, to apps and smart devices, to pharmaceuticals and renewable energy, engineering feats are everywhere.
The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is a four-year professional degree. The degree is accredited by Engineering New Zealand, allowing our graduates to work as professionally qualified engineers all over the world.
You can also choose to complete the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering at the same time as your BE(Hons) degree, adding a humanities and service-based focus to your engineering discipline.
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The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours includes introductory courses in engineering mathematics, computer science, and physics, and advanced courses and work placements in an engineering specialisation.
See ‘How do I plan my degree?’ above for an example degree structure diagram.
The first year of the degree includes the following compulsory courses:
At the second year of the degree you will also take the following compulsory course:
UC offers nine disciplines within the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours:
If you are undecided on which discipline you wish to pursue it is possible to keep your options open for more than one discipline (and is encouraged given the popularity of some professional programmes). Find guidance online to structuring your first year.
Some of the Engineering disciplines have a minor subject available that you can also choose to complete:
See also the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering which can be studied alongside the BE(Hons) and be completed in the same time it takes to complete the four-year degree.
You should aim to have at least:
Note: Achievement standards 91578 — 'Apply differentiation methods in solving problems' and 91579 — 'Apply integration methods in solving problems', must be included.
Credits in chemistry are not required for students taking Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, or Software Engineering.
18 credits are strongly recommended in all subjects.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
You will need to have:
Chemistry is not required for students taking Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, or Software Engineering.
Cambridge International Examination (CIE)
You will need to have:
Alternatively the first year can be completed in more than one year (maximum of two years) with a minimum requirement of:
Students who have achieved excellent results in all relevant subjects may be able to get direct entry into the second year.
Alternatively, a Modified First Year is offered to students who have taken the MATH199 or relevant STAR Science courses, and/or have achieved excellent results in some subjects. You may be exempt from taking some of the required courses in the first year and offered advanced/interest courses in their place.
For more information, please refer to the Engineering First Year page.
If you did not achieve enough credits, you can take introductory courses in specific subjects to start with (eg, MATH101, PHYS111, and CHEM114). You could then take the first year courses in Semester 2 and over summer, or do an extra year of study.
First Year (Intermediate Year) indicative fee - $ 40,750
You will spend around 100 days (800 hours) on practical work placements as part of your degree.
Gain skills in communication and report writing, ethics, sustainability, safety, and interacting with clients and customers.
Graduates work in private companies and consultancies through to government agencies, with many progressing into management.
All UC engineering degrees are accredited by Engineering New Zealand and will qualify you for student membership.