Bridges, buildings, skyscrapers, dams, and towers are engineering feats that improve our quality of life. New materials and technologies allow us to design exciting structures to resist both natural and man-made hazards.
Global seismic events and other natural disasters demonstrate that there is still much to learn to withstand these extreme forces. UC staff are world leaders in the design and assessment of steel, concrete, and timber buildings and bridges. We consult with mana whenua in developing design solutions that celebrate our unique history and cultural narratives in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Structural Engineering is a cross-disciplinary field, where you apply mathematics, statistics, science, and fundamental civil engineering concepts to structural engineering systems and design problems.
- UC is ranked 9th in the world for Civil Engineering (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020), and in the top 100 universities in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
- UC has a new Structural Engineering Lab (SEL). The SEL ensures you experience the most modern educational facilities in seismic testing available. The SEL has modern testing techniques that provide first-hand experience of seismic loadings on structures and soils in real-time and at a realistic scale as part of your degree.
- The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering is fully accredited by Engineering New Zealand.
- See the Engineering subject page for many other reasons why UC's Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering is a world-class destination for engineering studies.
Structural Engineering minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, complete the following courses:
- ENCI 436 Behaviour and Design of Structures 2
- ENCI 438 Introduction to Structural Earthquake Engineering
- ENCN 493 Research Project
Plus meet the requirements for Civil Engineering.
Our global population is estimated to be 9.7 billion in 2050. This means the issues we face now will be amplified, with new and unpredictable challenges arising. We need to adapt and build resilient infrastructure and develop smart and specialised solutions for future generations. Therefore, structural engineers are in high demand.
With the Structural Engineering minor, you will learn state-of-the-art approaches and gain the expertise to work in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world in challenging and exciting large-scale structural engineering projects.
Graduates may find roles in commercial and industrial construction, telecommunications structure, consulting firms, project administration, seismic assessment and design, and 2D and 3D structural modelling.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Civil Engineering.
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