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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
4 years
Start date: 01-March-2021
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. You’ll pursue one of the nine specialisations available at our country’s leading Engineering faculty.

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.

What can you study in Civil Engineering?

A specialisation in Civil Engineering offers you a combined emphasis on infrastructure and development and sustainable management. Our courses are designed to offer you a well-rounded education that prioritises tangible applications for technical knowledge in mathematics and science.

In this specialisation, you will learn key techniques, like how to calculate the maximum load a bridge can handle, and understand key transportation problems and design the infrastructure a modern city relies on. There’s also a substantial focus on sustainability concerns, such as how to balance environmental issues during a construction project and the proper planning of stormwater and waste management facilities. The main areas of study are:

  • Structures: We focus on the development of improved structural systems across a range of materials but with an overall emphasis on the performance of structures during seismic action.
  • Geomechanics: Here you will learn concepts and principles related to the mechanical behaviour of soil. Topics range from the phase relationships of soils to basic stability analysis.
  • Transportation Engineering: We have several specialised Transportation Engineering programmes that focus on developing a sound understanding of fundamental concepts, techniques and issues within the field of transportation.
  • Fluid Mechanics: You will gain a deeper understanding of a range of topics and concepts, including the hydrostatics and stability of floating bodies, fluid flow and energy and continuity relationships.
  • Construction Management: The construction industry is dynamic, complex and unpredictable. Studying Construction Management will help you learn the principles of effective project management in the this challenging industry.

Programme structure

  • The BE(Hons) is split into four ‘Parts’ that correspond to your year of study.
  • In Part I, you will be exposed to our nine available specialisations and study a broad base of engineering and professional fundamentals.
  • You will also select a General Education paper – this is a distinctive feature of our University’s degree designed to broaden your education.
  • Parts II, III and IV are customised based on your chosen specialisation. Along with your specialisation courses, you will study a common core of mathematical modelling, technical communication, and professional development. You will also pursue elective courses to explore the topics that interest you the most.
  • Practical work is an essential component of your degree. You will be required to complete a 40 hour workshop practice course in Part II, and 800 hours of practical work experience throughout your degree.

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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