Qualifications from the Faculty of Engineering

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The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or BE(Hons) is the original qualification of the Faculty of Engineering. It is a four-year professional degree. Study consists of one Engineering First Year (previously known as Intermediate Year) with five compulsory courses and four elective courses depending on which field you want to specialise in. The final three professional years consist of compulsory courses which provide you with a wide knowledge of your chosen discipline.

The Bachelor of Forestry Science is offered via the School of Forestry and is unique within New Zealand.

From 2018 the Faculty will offer a Bachelor of Product Design with three majors.

The Faculty offers a wide range of postgraduate qualifications.   

UC's Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering is taken in parallel with the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree. It is an additional qualification that can be completed in the same time it takes to complete a four-year BE(Hons) degree.

The BE(Hons) is a 4-year professional degree which starts with the Engineering First Year followed by three Professional Years in a choice of nine disciplines. Once the Engineering Intermediate Year has been completed there are nine disciplines (specialist subjects) to choose from in the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. See the regulations for a BE(Hons) for detailed requirements.  

The Bachelor of Product Design has three majors: Industrial Product Design, Applied Immersive Game Design and Chemical, Natural & Healthcare Product Formulation.

The Bachelor of Forestry Science is a four-year degree that includes a large amount of field work and prepares graduates for managing forest resources by combining the study of core science courses with management, commerce, and technologies.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering caters for professional engineers seeking advanced technical training or students looking for a one-year advanced qualification.

The College of Engineering offers block courses as part of the Certificate of Proficiency. See also Professional Development.

Graduates with a first professional qualification may study for a Masters degree endorsed in a specialist field. Study consists of coursework and a written thesis.

UC also offers applied or specialist Masters courses in the following subjects:

Doctor of Philosophy or PhD involves extensive, sustained and original research and study in a subject of your choice, with the results being presented in a thesis which will contribute to intellectual knowledge of the field. It is normally the highest academic qualification available and is a mark of intellectual ability, self-discipline and commitment.

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