Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering


The DipGlobalHumanEng will allow you to apply your knowledge in engineering humanitarian service, broaden your skills and widen your perceptions of engineering. The diploma can be completed in parallel with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree in any discipline. It is an additional qualification that can be completed in the same time it takes to complete a four-year BE(Hons) degree. 

This diploma combines courses in the humanities and social sciences with service-based experiential learning. Students will work on community-identified engineering issues and projects.

This additional qualification is ideal for those engineering students interested in: 

  • helping to solve global issues such as food and water shortages, power supply, climate change, and ageing populations
  • adding a humanitarian focus to your degree
  • having the opportunity to work in a disadvantaged or developing community as part of your degree. 

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Specific entry requirements

Enrolment in the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering is open to Engineering students in their Professional Years, from any discipline. To enter, you must have successfully completed the Engineering Intermediate Year and your application will need to be approved by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic).

Please see the Regulations for the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering for full details.

Qualification structure and duration

You must complete courses with a minimum total of 120 points, including:

  • up to 45 points of which can be cross-credited from a BE(Hons) degree
  • 45 points made up of courses from humanities and social sciences courses (in subjects ranging from Anthropology to Political Science and International Relations)
  • and a 30 point capstone course in humanitarian engineering, which includes either a professional report or practical component.

Subjects and courses

Courses within the DipGlobalHumanEng include:

For the up-to-date lists of courses see the Regulations for the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering.

Further study

Subject to meeting requirements, graduates may be eligible for the Master of Engineering or Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of areas additional to their specialist engineering disciplines and will have shown a capacity for taking on additional work and an interest in applying their skills and knowledge to humanitarian service. They will be able to work in a diverse range of engineering companies, both nationally and internationally, and will be recognised by prospective employers as having social and communication skills that are over and above those of other engineering graduates.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

For the full diploma requirements see the Regulations for the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering. For information on facilities, resources and staff, visit the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha.

For more information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Engineering Student Advisor (advancing students).

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