Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - degree outline

With 80% of the world covered in ocean, it makes sense that you can take your career in maritime engineering anywhere in the world. AUT is the only university in New Zealand where you can study marine and offshore engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering.

We have joined forces with the University of Tasmania’s Australian Maritime College to offer Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees in these exciting fields. Learn more about maritime engineering.

From motorways and bridges to medical devices and complex manufacturing assemblies – none of these would be possible without engineers. As an engineer you address the key issues we face today, like access to clean water, sustainable energy systems, waste management, recycling and environmental pressures. The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is for students who want to become professional engineers. It’s accredited by the  Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) as meeting the Washington Accord and prepares you for IPENZ membership*.

You learn to formulate models and analyse, predict and monitor engineering systems – essential skills in professional engineering. Engineering projects and other practical papers will give you plenty of opportunities to apply what you have learnt in class. Our strong industry partnerships with companies like Fisher & Paykel, Beca, Opus, Spark and Contact Energy help you gain valuable work experience as part of your study.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3751
4 years full-time
City Campus
Start date:
18 July 2016 and 27 February 2017**

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

Guaranteed Entry

You will be guaranteed a place in this programme if you achieve an academic score of 250 along with NCEA 14 level 3 credits in each of Calculus and Physics or CIE A levels in Mathematics and Physics.

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • NCEA: 14 level 3 credits each in Calculus and Physics
  • CIE: At least an A level in either Mathematics or Physics and an AS level in the other

Preferred school subjects

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Digital Technologies
  • English
  • Physics



Year 1
The first year is common to all majors. As well as completing engineering papers, you also develop communication and teamwork skills, which are essential for the team environment engineers work in.

Year 2
Your second year covers background and tools necessary to understand and apply mathematical and engineering sciences across a range of engineering disciplines within each major. This year mechatronics and software engineering students select a minor with the approval of the programme leader. Students study two papers from the selected minor.

Year 3
As well as undertaking advanced study in your major, you complete a project where you work on a piece of engineering design and analysis under the supervision of academic supervisors. This year, maritime major students move to study in Australia. Mechatronics and software engineering major students complete the course of study of their chosen minor with a further two papers.

Year 4
You complete an individual industrial project, working on a real-world piece of engineering design and analysis.

* Mechanical, Maritime as well as Electrical and Electronic Engineering are professionally accredited and internationally benchmarked. Our more recent degrees in Construction, Architectural, Software and Mechatronics Engineering have been CUAP approved and been developed in consultation with IPENZ and are expected to be accredited following a prescribed accreditation schedule.

** Maritime engineering students can only start in Semester 1 because of the transfer to AMC in Year 3 and 4.

Last updated: 10-May-2016 3.11pm

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