Maritime Majors - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Maritime engineering is critical. Across the globe a web of offshore infrastructure supports the delivery of oil and gas supplies that power the world’s transportation. Maritime engineers keep these vital vessels and systems working.

Through a joint venture with Australian Maritime College (AMC), New Zealand students can now study maritime engineering 1. You start with two years of study at AUT and then transfer to the AMC in Tasmania for your final two years. You then select your chosen field within maritime engineering – marine and offshore engineering, naval architecture or ocean engineering. There is no other programme of this kind in New Zealand.

Watch this video to learn more about the maritime engineering majors offered by AUT in collaboration with AMC in Tasmania.

Quick facts

  • Duration 4 years full-time
  • Years 1 and 2 studied at AUT University
  • Years 3 and 4 studied at AMC- Launceston campus (enrolment only available in February)
  • Open to NZ citizens only. Your enrolment at AMC is subject to Australian visa and fee requirements depending on their citizenship and residency status. New Zealand citizens are entitled to study in Australia on the same basis as Australian citizens. Most New Zealand citizens are eligible for student loans through StudyLink for this programme but you should check your eligibility with StudyLink.

Career opportunities

AnalyticsExplore Maritime Engineering career opportunities in our career guide.

Find out more here.
 Marine and Offshore Engineering

  • Industrial process and power generation sectors
  • Survey for government, class societies and insurance

Naval Architecture

  • Shipbuilding – cargo vessels, ferries, naval vessels, ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles), sailing, power and mega-yachts

Ocean Engineering

  • Design, installation and management of offshore oil and gas installations
  • Renewable energy installations
  • Coastal engineering

Entry Requirements

  • NZ University Entrance
  • NCEA:
    14 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics with Calculus and 14 credits at Level 3 in Physics 
  • CIE: A Levels in Mathematics and a minimum of AS in Physics OR A Level in Physics and a minimum of AS in Mathematics.



Year 1
The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is common to all majors. It provides you with the necessary grounding in mathematics and computational techniques, as well as developing communication and teamwork skills.

Level 5:
ENEL515 Electrical Principles A (15 points)
ENEL516 Electrical Principles B (15 points)
ENGE500 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
ENGE501 Engineering Mathematics I (15 points)
ENME502 Engineering Materials I (15 points)
ENME510 Mechanical Principles A (15 points)
ENME511 Mechanical Principles B (15 points)
ENSE504 Introduction to Computing (15 points)

Year 2
Year 2 provides the tools to understand and apply mathematical and engineering sciences across engineering disciplines. Your studies also cover hydrostatics and fluid mechanics, ship production and design, thermodynamics, and offshore science and marine engineering.

Level 6:
ENGE600 Engineering Management I (15 points)
ENGE601 Engineering Mathematics II (15 points)
ENMA600 Hydrostatics (15 points)
ENMA601 Ship Design and Production (15 points)
ENMA602 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (15 points)
ENMA603 Offshore and Maritime Engineering (15 points)
ENME609 Solid Mechanics I (15 points)

Level 7:
ENGE702 Engineering Mathematics III (15 points)

Years 3 and 4

You transfer to the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania for Year 3 and 4 where you study one of three majors:

Marine and Offshore Engineering

Year 3
Covers a wide range of marine subjects such as mechanics, thermal energy, electrical powering systems.

Year 4

Apart from the year-long design and research project, you learn integrated process, applied control and maritime engineering design.

Naval Architecture

Year 3
Your study focuses on structural analysis, ship resistance, ship design and underwater vehicle technology.

Year 4
Apart from papers on advanced ship structures and computational fluid dynamics, your focus will be on a year-long design and research project.

Ocean Engineering

Year 3
You study aquaculture, concrete structures, deep water and finite element analysis.

Year 4
Covers coastal and subsea engineering as well as design of offshore structures. You also undertake a design and research project across the whole year.

Industry work placement

Gain exposure to the maritime industry in companies such as Worley Parsons, Marine Industrial Design and Babcock Engineering.

A minimum of 12 weeks of planned supervised work placement is required prior to graduation on top of successful completion of all your papers.

Last updated: 03-Oct-2017 9.31am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.