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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 28-February-2022
Unitec Institute of Technology
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Develop the skills for a career as a Civil Engineer in this three year (full-time) Bachelor’s programme. 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.

There are 5 pathways within the Civil major:

Structural engineering: design, construction, and supervision of buildings and other structures

Water engineering: design and construction of water supply, wastewater or stormwater systems, analyse river catchment systems, hydrology and erosion management, and urban drainage systems

Geotechnical engineering: analysis, design and construction of foundations, slopes, earthworks structures and retaining walls

Roading and transportation engineering: design, construction and maintenance of roads, and traffic engineering and urban transportation studies

Environmental engineering: including fundamentals of environmental engineering, the sensitive environment, and resource and environmental management


  • Get qualified in 3 years (full-time) and into employment sooner
  • A nationally-recognised engineering qualification.
  • Approved under a New Zealand-wide framework for three-year engineering degrees
  • Accredited by Engineering New Zealand. On completion of this programme, combined with a period of work experience, you'll be eligible to apply for membership of Engineering New Zealand.
  • 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

Qualification pathway

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

Cross-credits from the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) are available.


  • Civil engineer (design)
  • Civil engineering project and/or construction manager
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Roading-transportation engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Water/environmental engineer


February or July


Mt Albert

Entry criteria

Applicants must have:

  • NCEA, Foundation Studies, a certificate, a diploma or equivalent.
  • Maths and physics equivalent to NCEA Level 3.

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (6.0 writing & speaking, 5.5 listening & reading) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.


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