We are society's engineers.

Civil and Natural Resources Engineers are responsible for creating and maintaining a sustainable world. We define and solve the problems of our communities, and provide the foundations for a healthy, vibrant, and resilient society.

As one of our students, you will become:

  • a master planner, designer, constructor, and operator of society’s economic and social engine - the built environment
  • kaitiaki: a steward of our natural environment and its resources
  • a manager of risk and uncertainty
  • a leader in discussions and decisions shaping environmental and infrastructure policy
  • a collaborator, engaging with interdisciplinary and culturally diverse teams
  • a creator and innovator of ideas and technology across the public, private and academic sectors

Our team: Why they do Civil and Natural Resources Engineering


Water, land, and biosystems


Renewable energy


Civil systems

Architectural and structural

Fluid mechanics


Construction management

Infrastructure lifelines

In our department you can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in:

  • Civil Engineering
    • Minor in water and environmental systems
    • Minor in structural engineering
  • Natural Resources Engineering

Why study with us?

  • Our department is ranked 8th in the world
  • We are the only university in the world to offer Natural Resources Engineering
  • We have new, high-tech laboratories all right on campus
  • You will engage and compete in fun and innovative challenges, such as the bridge competition
  • We are a close community of students and professors
  • You will have numerous opportunities for mentorship and professional development
  • Canterbury is one of the top adventure destinations in the world.

For more information, including the courses in the different programmes, please visit the undergraduate page.

Our department has a strong and proud history of leading the world in civil and natural resources engineering. Our newsletters are a publication for our staff, students, alumni, friends and industry.

Our department is guided by our industry advisory board. Our board is composed of leaders in the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering profession and includes representatives from consulting, contracting and government.

Clive Anderson

Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Golder Associates (NZ) Ltd.

Karen Boyt

Transportation Engineer
Independent consultant

Peter Christensen

CTN Consulting Ltd.

Colin Crampton

Chief Executive
Wellington Water

Cathy Forrest

South Island Civil Infrastructure Leader

Graeme Johnson

Chief Executive
Fulton Hogan

Amber Murphy

Environmental Engineer

Craig Price

Chief Technical Officer

Helen Trappitt

Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers