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Undergraduate subject

Civil Engineering

Pūhanga Metarahi

27 October 2023

Civil engineers design, construct, project manage, and commission a wide range of facilities and infrastructure.



Civil Engineering


Civil Engineering is all about the infrastructure you see around you — buildings, roads, water supply, and transport, to name a few.

You will learn how to strengthen the design of structures to withstand 21st century challenges such as sustainability and climate change, as well as natural disasters like earthquakes and floods.


Civil Engineering

What will my study involve?

Civil Engineering


You may also choose to complete a minor alongside Civil Engineering in either Structural Engineering or Water and Environmental Systems Engineering .

First year

The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is made up of six compulsory courses taken by all Engineering students, plus courses specific to Civil Engineering:

You also need to complete one other 100-level elective course. Check with a Student Advisor for suggested options.

More information:

2nd–4th years

Once you have completed the first year and successfully applied for entry into Civil Engineering, you will study that discipline within the next three years.

Laboratory, tutorial, design, office, and field classes complement the theory presented in lectures. As well as individual assignments, you will also regularly work in teams on projects. Written and oral presentations are also key components of many courses.

Second year

An external field camp also forms part of the second year's programme.

Third year

Plus one of:

Fourth year

Plus four courses chosen from the electives list, or any approved 400-level Engineering courses.

Those with a GPA of 6 or more may take a 600-level course as one of their options, with approval.

Civil Engineering

Career opportunities

You will learn skills in practical design, analysis, and presenting your solutions. Throughout your studies, you will work in teams, and learn to solve problems and manage projects.

There are a variety of roles in the civil engineering field that you can work in such as wood, fire, water, and geotechnical engineering.

Career pathways could include:

  • consulting or contracting
  • local, regional, and central government
  • project management
  • iwi development.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Civil Engineering.

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