Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
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 (BE(Hons)) 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.
- First year is open entry.
- Access to state-of-the-art laboratory, computer and testing facilities and a specialised library.
- Participate in events such as the annual bridge building competition and projects such as designing and building a racing car or simulating lightning strikes.
- UC has Aotearoa New Zealand's top departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Process Engineering for research (the latest Tertiary Education Commission 2012 PBRF Assessment).
- UC is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering, in the top 200 for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and in the top 250 for Chemical Engineering (QS World Rankings by Subject, 2018).
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. 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
For students entering the Intermediate Year (first year)
NCEA entrance requirements
You should aim to have at least:
- 14 credits in Level 3 maths or calculus including both differentiation and integration*
- 14 credits in Level 3 physics.
For students wishing to study Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil Engineering, Forest Engineering, Natural Resources Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering, you should aim to have at least:
- 14 credits in Level 3 chemistry**.
18 credits are strongly recommended in all subjects.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
You will need to have:
- minimum of 4 HL (or 6 SL) in each of maths and physics (HL is recommended)
- minimum of 4 HL (or 6 SL) in chemistry**.
Cambridge International Examination (CIE)
You will need to have:
- maths and physics – D grade or better at A level or A in AS level
- chemistry – D grade or better at A level or A in AS level**.
Alternatively the Intermediate can be completed in more than one year (maximum of two years) with a minimum requirement of:
- CIE Score of 140 Points
- D Grade at A-Level or C Grade at AS-Level in Mathematics
- D Grade at A-Level or C Grade at AS-Level in Physics
- preferably C Grade at AS-Level in Chemistry (discipline specific).
Direct entry to the First Professional year is offered to students who have achieved excellent results in all relevant subjects. Alternatively, a Modified Intermediate Year is offered to students who have taken the MATH 199 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 Intermediate Year and offered advanced/interest courses in their place. For more information, please refer to the Intermediate Year page.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours.
If you did not achieve enough credits you can take introductory courses in specific subjects to start with (eg, MATH 101, PHYS 111 and CHEM 114). You could then take the Intermediate Year courses in Semester 2 and over summer, or do an extra year of study.
Visit the Intermediate Year page for more information.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
Required Intermediate courses in Engineering, Engineering Mathematics and Physics
Other Intermediate courses from Engineering or other subjects (depending on discipline)
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points (or more).
For full course requirements, please go to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours.
The first year of the degree is called the Engineering Intermediate Year and comprises nine courses (120 points) which is made up of:
- five compulsory courses and
- four further Intermediate Year courses which vary depending on which Engineering discipline you want to specialise in. See the 'Subjects and courses' section below for the list of disciplines.
The Intermediate Year is followed by three Professional Years of study in one of the Engineering disciplines. Entry to the Professional Years is limited and based on your performance in the first year(s).
All students must also complete one compulsory course in their First Professional Year, and 800 hours (approximately 100 days) of practical work placement.
Some disciplines offer the opportunity to include a minor subject. See the 'Subjects and courses' section below for the minors available.
You may also be able to study the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering at the same time as completing your BE(Hons). If you are considering this you should get advice from the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha Student Advisors or the Liaison Office.
Find out more information about Double degrees.
UC offers nine disciplines within the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours:
- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Forest Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronics Engineering
- Natural Resources Engineering
- Software Engineering
Some of these subjects also have a minor option available:
- Bioprocess Engineering within Chemical and Process Engineering
- Energy Processing Technologies within Chemical and Process Engineering
- Communications and Network Engineering within Computer Engineering
- Power Engineering within Electrical and Electronic Engineering
See the Regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours for up-to-date course schedules.
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.
The College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha has a wide range of options for postgraduate study:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering
- Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
- Master of Architectural Engineering
- Master of Engineering
- Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering
- Master of Engineering in Management
- Master of Engineering in Transportation
- Master of Engineering Studies
- Master of Human Interface Technology
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
All UC engineering degrees are accredited by Engineering New Zealand and all students qualify for student membership.
Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities, from private companies and consultancies through to government agencies. Many engineers progress into management.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha Student Advisor (advancing students).
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. For more information on facilities, resources and staff see the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha.