Undergraduate

At UC you can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in:

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

Civil and Natural Resources Engineers are entrusted by society to achieve a sustainable world and raise the global quality of life. They tackle the challenges of the 21st century by solving climate change issues and inequality, building resilient infrastructure, and ensuring our built environment fosters healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities.

As a civil or natural resources engineer, you are responsible for the built environment—the spaces where people live and the infrastructure that we depend on—and how it interacts with the natural environment. As an engineering graduate from our department, you will lead the change you want to see in the world.

Why study Civil or Natural Resources Engineering at UC?

  • 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.

You will be taught by world-class experts and educators in:

  • Structural engineering
  • Fluid mechanics and hydrology
  • Civil systems engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Engineering management
  • Ecological engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Fire engineering
  • Transportation

 

2020 Undergraduate Regulation Handbook

Communications skills portfolio

ENCN 201 and ENCN 301 are required, non-credit courses, to demonstrate you have the communication skills to succeed in our 400-level courses and in a career as a civil or natural resources engineer.

Field Camp

Students are required to attend the First-Professional-Year Camp. Field and plotting work at the camp form part of the examination for ENCN 261 Transport and Surveying. Check your handbook or with the course administrator for details. The cost is included in your fees.

Health and Safety Training 

Students must complete ENCI 199 Health & Safety on the Work Site Training course. This is a one day interactive course which is compulsory for all BE (Hons) 1st Professional year students. This course is more comprehensive than the basic consultants passport and all students must complete the training even if they already have a consultants passport from site safe. The cost of this course is also included in your 1st Professional fees.  If you do not complete this in 1st Pro a further fee will be required.

Semester One

Semester Two

Mark Stringer

Lecturer
1st Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E436
Internal Phone: 94638

Frances Charters

Lecturer
1st Pro Co-ordinator
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering E307
Internal Phone: 94632

Second Professional Year

The second professional year of study includes mathematics, fluid mechanics, design and management with a strong focus on structures and geomechanics.

ENCN 301 Communication Skills Portfolio 2 is required for all students. Students must enrol and pass ENCN 301 prior to taking ENCN 493 and ENCI 413 in Third Professional Year.

The courses listed below are compulsory. Please check the handbook or calendar for all details including any approval requirements or pre- and co-requisite courses. If you have questions or problems please contact the 2nd Pro Co-ordinator, Markus Pahlow.

Semester One

  • ENCN 304 Deterministic Mathematical Methods
  • ENCN 305 Programming, Statistics and Optimization
  • ENCN 353 Geotechnical Engineering
  • ENCI 335 Structural Analysis

Semester Two

Markus Pahlow

Senior Lecturer
2nd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil Mechanical Engineering Rm E418
Internal Phone: 92053

Simone Larcher

Lecturer
2nd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources E446A
Internal Phone: 90328

Third Professional Year

The final year of the degree consist of 60 points of elective courses of your choice in the first semester, followed by a final semester where you will apply all your knowledge in a compulsory capstone design and research project. No overloading of courses is allowed.

Compulsory courses

ENCN 493 Project (Semester 2)
ENCI 413 Integrated Engineering Design (Semester 2)

Both compulsory courses are worth 30 points.

With approval from the Department, students may request to substitute one listed course where:

  1. student GPA > 5.0 over the professional years: substitute with one 400 level course from a different degree that is closely related to your programme, or
  2. student GPA > 6.0 over the professional years: substitute with one 600 level course from the ME(Civil) programme. The entry into this course will be subject to departmental approval and also the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Students who take a postgraduate course as part of their BE(Hons) are not permitted to take the same, or a similar, paper as part of a subsequent postgraduate degree.

Semester One

  • ENCI 436 Behaviour and Design of Structures 2
  • ENCI 437 Structural Analysis and Systems 2
  • ENCI 438 Introduction to Structural Earthquake Engineering
  • ENCN 401 Engineering in Developing Communities
  • ENCN 412 Traffic Engineering
  • ENCN 415 Pavement Engineering
  • ENCN 445 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • ENCN 452 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • ENCN 454 Introduction to Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering 
  • ENCN 481 Environmental Engineering Design
  • ENGR 403 Fire Engineering

Semester Two

  • ENCI 413 Integrated Civil Engineering Design
  • ENCN 493 Project [Semester 2 Project students (this will be the majority of students) should enrol in ENCN493-20X1.  Full year Project students should enrol in ENCN493-20X]

Chris McGann

Senior Lecturer
3rd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering Rm E445
Internal Phone: 92252

Minghao Li

Senior Lecturer
3rd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E409
Internal Phone: 92048

First Professional Year courses

ENCN 201 Communication Skills Portfolio 1 is a programme requirement.  

Semester One

Semester Two

Students are required to attend the First Professional Camp. Field and plotting work at the vamp form part of the examination for ENCN 261 Transport and Surveying.

Mark Stringer

Lecturer
1st Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E436
Internal Phone: 94638

Frances Charters

Lecturer
1st Pro Co-ordinator
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering E307
Internal Phone: 94632

Second Professional Year

The second professional year of study still retains some commonality between the two degree programmes. Common areas include mathematics, fluid mechanics, design, environmental engineering and infrastructure management.

ENCN 301 Communication Skills Portfolio 2 is required for all students. Students must enrol and pass ENCN 301 prior to taking ENCN 493 and ENCN 470 in third year.

Semester One

  • ENCN 304 Deterministic Mathematical Methods
  • ENNR 320 Integrated Catchment Analysis
  • ENCN 305 Computer Programming and Stochastic Modelling
  • ENCN 353 Geotechnical Engineering

Semester Two

  • ENNR 322 Ecological Engineering
  • ENCN 342 Fluid Mechanics
  • ENCN 371 Project and Infrastructure Management
  • ENCN 375 Sustainable Engineering for a Changing Climate

     

Markus Pahlow

Senior Lecturer
2nd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil Mechanical Engineering Rm E418
Internal Phone: 92053

Simone Larcher

Lecturer
2nd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources E446A
Internal Phone: 90328

Third Professional Year

The final year of the degree consist of 60 points of elective courses of your choice in the first semester, followed by a final semester where you will apply all your knowledge in a compulsory capstone design and research project. No overloading of courses is allowed.

Compulsory courses

ENCN 493 Project (Semester 2)
ENNR 413 Integrated NRE Engineering Design (Semester 2)

Both compulsory courses are worth 30 points.

With approval from the Department, students may request to substitute one listed course where:

  1. student GPA > 5.0 over the professional years: substitute with one 400 level course from a different degree that is closely related to your programme, or
  2. student GPA > 6.0 over the professional years: substitute with one 600 level course from the ME(Civil) programme. The entry into this course will be subject to departmental approval and also the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Students who take a postgraduate course as part of their BE(Hons) are not permitted to take the same, or a similar, paper as part of a subsequent postgraduate degree.

Semester One

  • ENNR 405 Ecological and Bioresources Engineering
  • ENNR 422 Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering
  • ENNR 423 Sustainable Energy Systems

Semester Two

Chris McGann

Senior Lecturer
3rd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering Rm E445
Internal Phone: 92252

Minghao Li

Senior Lecturer
3rd Pro Co-ordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E409
Internal Phone: 92048

If you'd like to add a humanitarian focus to your degree and learn some practical humanitarian engineering skills then you can add a Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering to your Bachelor of Engineering and get an extra qualification without adding any extra time to your degree. 

There is a strong focus on practical work experience and 800 hours of practical work is a degree requirement. See the College of Engineering website for more information about our practical work approach and links with industry. Contact our practical work coordinator for enquiries.

Craig McConnochie

Practical Work Co-ordinator
Internal Phone: 90635

For all enquiries please contact the undergraduate administrator.

Catherine O'Shaughnessy

Undergraduate Administrator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E424
Internal Phone: 95880