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Undergraduate subject

Computer Engineering

Pūhanga Rorohiko

28 October 2023
Computer engineering involves the development, both electronics and software, of 'embedded' computers.


Computer Engineering


Computer Engineering combines circuit theory and digital electronics with programming, systems, networking, and machine learning, with an emphasis on solving problems using digital hardware and embedded software.

Studying this subject will give you the technical knowledge to create smart embedded electronic devices, such as portable electronics, biomedical devices, and high-performance super computers.

Computer Engineering

What will my study involve?

  • Learn how to design, build, and test embedded computer systems.
  • A final year research project, often sponsored by industry.
  • Add a minor in Communications and Network Engineering if you are interested in telecommunications systems.

Computer Engineering


You may also choose to complete a minor alongside Civil Engineering in Communications and Network 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 Computer Engineering:

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

More information:

2nd–4th years

Once you have completed the Engineering Intermediate Year and successfully applied for entry into Computer Engineering, you will study that discipline within the three professional years.

Most courses consist mainly of lectures, with laboratory work included to complement the theory and show practical application. Some formal laboratory periods are replaced by independent and group projects.

Second year

Plus one of:

Third year

Plus two courses chosen from the electives list, or any approved 300-level Engineering courses.

Fourth year

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

Computer Engineering

Career opportunities

Ōtautahi Christchurch has a rapidly growing ICT industry that is always looking for UC Computer Engineering graduates. Through your studies, you will gain skills like problem-solving, creative thinking, research and analysis, testing quality and functionality, programming, and communication.

Career pathways could include:

  • computer engineer
  • systems engineer
  • network analyst
  • software engineer.

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

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