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Programme overview

Develop the skills for a career as a civil engineer. Specialise in environmental, geotechnical, water, roading and transportation or structural engineering. Learn to make informed decisions about civil engineering projects, and apply technology to solve practical engineering problems. Explore computer-modelling techniques, civil engineering project management, engineering materials and structures, and construction practices.

Highlights

  • A nationally-led engineering qualification developed by six of New Zealand's largest institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).
  • Approved under a new New Zealand-wide framework for three-year engineering degrees.
  • Accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). On completion of this programme, combined with a period of work experience, you'll be eligible to apply for membership of IPENZ as a Technical Member (TIPENZ).
  • Five different pathways: environmental, geotechnical, water, roading and transportation, or structural.
  • Strong links with the engineering industry.
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35-60 students.
  • Cross-credits from the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) available.

Focus on one of five specialist areas:

  • Structural engineering - design, construction and supervision of buildings and other structures.
  • Water engineering - including water supply, wastewater or stormwater disposal, river catchment systems, hydrology and erosion management, and urban drainage systems.
  • Geotechnical engineering - foundation design, consolidation of fine-grained soils, improvement of slope stability, earth-retaining structures, geotechnical investigation and reports, and dewatering of construction sites.
  • Roading and transportation engineering - design, construction and maintenance of roads; rail, sea and airport developments; and traffic engineering and urban transportation studies.
  • Environmental Engineering - including fundamentals of environmental engineering, the sensitive environment, and resource and environmental management.

Prepare for success

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide so you can refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll use on this programme.

    Admission requirements

    For this programme, you will need the following:

    1. 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

    • 14 credits in Physics
    • 14 credits in Mathematics (including Algebra and Calculus)
    • 14 credits in one other approved subject; and
    • 18 credits from up to two other approved subjects

    2. 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (5 in reading, 5 in writing)

    3. Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have one or more of the following:

    • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
    • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
    • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

    Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

    • ​A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; OR
    • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

    For more information download the programme regulations

    Programme Regulations

    Courses and timetables

    For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

    CoursesCreditsAim
    Engineering Computing (ENGGMG5001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of computing principles and their use in engineering practice.
    Engineering Mechanics (ENGGMG5002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles and laws of mechanics.
    Engineering Communication (ENGGMG5003) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to communicate effectively in their professional environment.
    Engineering Mathematics 1 (ENGGMG5004) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of general mathematical principles and equip them with appropriate engineering mathematical skills to solve engineering problems.
    Engineering Design and Drawing (ENGGMG5005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of engineering design, drawing practice and modelling in an applied context.
    Land Surveying (ENGGMG5006) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain introductory theoretical and practical concepts of land surveying.
    Fluid Mechanics (Civil) (ENGGMG5008) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students and apply the principles of fluid mechanics to engineering hydraulic situations.
    Engineering Site Investigation (ENGGMG5009) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an introduction to the principles and practice of geotechnical engineering in the context of Civil Engineering construction projects.
    Highway Engineering (ENGGMG5012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an introduction to the fundamentals of road materials, road construction practices and road maintenance techniques, as well as principles of road drainage design.
    Basic Structures (ENGGMG5032) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse structural elements and simple structures, and to design simple beams.
    Civil Materials (ENGGMG5107) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to learn the fundamentals of geological and geomorphological processes and the properties and application of a range of civil engineering materials
    CoursesCreditsAim
    Civil Engineering Detailing and Modelling (ENGGMG6005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to further develop the principles and practice of civil engineering drawing, detailing and modelling.
    Engineering Management Principles (ENGGMG6103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of management and organisational concepts in the implementation of engineering projects
    Civil Engineering Construction Practices (ENGGMG6106) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the practical aspects of sound civil engineering practice.
    CoursesCreditsAim
    Engineering Development Project (Sem A) (ENGG7101MG-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to investigate an engineering problem; to propose, specify, design & develop a solution & where feasible, to construct & test a prototype.
    Engineering Development Project (Sem B) (ENGG7101MG-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to investigate an engineering problem; to propose, specify, design & develop a solution & where feasible, to construct & test a prototype.
    Professional Engineering Practice (ENGGMG7021) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide students with an understanding of the basic principles, concepts and techniques in engineering management and to acquaint them with the behavioural and industrial implications of management decisions on their work. To provide students with an understanding of the financial and legal implications of management decisions in their work. To provide students with an understanding of the role of engineers in society.
    Professional Engineering Practice (ENGGMG7121) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically apply knowledge & understanding of professional practice for engineers, professional engineering roles & activities & their interactions with society & the environment.
    CoursesCreditsAim
    Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (ENGGMG5113) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the biochemical interactions within our biosphere arising from natural and anthropogenic inputs.
    CoursesCreditsAim
    Structural Steel and Timber (ENGGMG6007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop the principles and practice of structural design for steel and timber structures.
    Structural Concrete (ENGGMG6008) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop the principles and practice of structural design for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures.
    Hydrology and Erosion Management (ENGGMG6011) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to learn about catchment runoff, erosion, water balances and sustainable land use.
    Geotechnical Engineering A (ENGGMG6012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to further develop an understanding of the principles and practice of geotechnical engineering.
    Engineering Geology (ENGGMG6013) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to further develop an understanding of the principles and practice of geology in the context of civil engineering.
    Highway Design and Maintenance (ENGGMG6014) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop a knowledge of road design, roading project evaluation and maintenance management.
    Traffic Engineering (ENGGMG6015) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically appraise urban traffic engineering concepts and procedures.
    Geotechnical Engineering B (ENGGMG6045) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply the principles & practice of foundation engineering in professional contexts.
    Structural Principles (ENGGMG6046) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply principles and practices involved in the design of simple structures.
    Water and Waste Engineering (ENGGMG6109) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding and design expertise related to water, wastewater and storm water reticulation systems.
    Water and Waste Treatment (ENGGMG6110) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop understanding of drinking water and sewage quality control parameters of current and emerging methods of treatment and disposal of liquid and solid wastes.
    Sensitive Environment (ENGGMG6116) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of how anthropogenic waste streams impact upon the natural environment and of solutions to mitigate their effects.
    Mathematics 2 (ENGGMG6190) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand advanced calculus, and develop the ability to formulate and solve models of complex engineering and scientific systems.
    CoursesCreditsAim
    Design of Structures (ENGGMG7004) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to use projects and case studies for the application of structural principles and design to broadly defined structural engineering problems.
    Urban Drainage Systems (ENGGMG7005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of urban wastewater and stormwater systems.
    Urban Transport Planning (ENGGMG7007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically appraise transport planning concepts and procedures in the context of urban situations.
    Project Management (ENGGMG7025) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply project management principles, concepts and techniques
    Geotechnical Engineering C (ENGGMG7045) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand some fundamental concepts of geotechnical earthquake engineering and to carry out simple numerical modelling of soils & foundations.
    Resource and Environmental Management (ENGGMG7109) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of how civil engineering processes impact on the natural environment & to mitigate against their effects to achieve sustainability.

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    Entry requirements

    Minimum requirements: 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects including 14 in Physics and 14 in Maths and English language requirements or relevant and equivalent qualifications, special and discretionary admission also accepted.

    Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

    Duration

    3 Years

    Tuition Fees

    Annual

    Total Qualification

    Student fees:  $5,750$17,251
    Government tuition subsidy: $12,638$37,914
    Total:$18,388$55,165

    Compulsory Student Services Fee
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    National graduate outcomes

    (3 years after completion)
    Median earnings$56,967
    Earnings range$49,213 - $62,036
    In employment75%
    In further study35%
    On a benefit5%

    Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.