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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
4 years
Start date: 02-March-2020
University of Auckland
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This four-year programme, comprising a blend of theoretical and practical work, ensures that you’re career-ready upon graduation.

We are known also for our passionate, active community. With dedicated support services and student networks to help you with personal or academic issues, we’ll provide you with all the resources necessary for success.

A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering introduces you to the field’s fundamentals: engineering sciences, design teaching and aspects of professional engineering. We also feature a strong emphasis on design and project work, so you can apply your theoretical knowledge to developing new products within team environments. Core topics include:

  • Dynamics and control: from precision positioning of surgical robots to moving autonomous vehicles, this field involves the use of mathematics to model, analyse, predict, control and optimise the behavior of dynamic systems. This is crucial to the next generation of faster, quieter and safer technology.
  • Engineering design: addressing real-world problems with modern tools and knowledge, for example, applying computer-aided design and finite element analysis to open-ended projects.
  • Manufacturing systems: applied science, technology, systems thinking and supply chain excellence blend together to address questions around product innovation, 3D printing, robotics, systems design, smart factories, and the industrial internet.
  • Mechanics of materials: failure mechanisms, cost effective structures, new materials and the next generation of engineering applications.
  • Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics: playing the strong and often hidden roles behind modern technology, these fundamentals govern phenomena such as cooling high performance machinery and the efficiency of aircraft.

Where could this programme take you?

Your specialisation, personal interests and chosen electives can impact what you pursue. With quantitative, problem-solving, communication and technical skills, you’ll easily adapt to the technologically-driven nature of many industries. All our specialisations are accredited by Engineering New Zealand, a signatory to the Washington Accord, making our BE(Hons) a recognised engineering qualification in many countries.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Analyst
  • Consultant engineer
  • Hardware and software developer
  • Project manager
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Research and design engineer
  • Systems engineer

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.


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