Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Study the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) to prepare for a rewarding career in engineering. This degree is accredited by Engineering New Zealand. It meets the Washington Accord and prepares you for Engineering New Zealand membership.

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. In our engineering degree you learn to formulate models and analyse, predict and monitor engineering systems – essential skills in professional engineering.

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent, including:
  • NCEA: At least 14 level 3 credits in each of Calculus and Physics
  • CIE: A level Mathematics and a minimum  of AS in Physics OR A level in Physics and a minimum of AS in Mathematics
  • IB: A grade of 4 or better in Mathematics and Physics

Applicants who qualify for entry by other means must demonstrate competency in calculus and physics at least to level 3* or equivalent. This could be:

  • A completed or partially completed New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) or National Diploma in Engineering (NDE) with a B+ GPA; or
  • A completed Bachelor of Engineering Technology with a C+ GPA; or
  • Any other recognised certificate or national certificate containing mathematics and physics to the required level.

1. New Zealand students under 20 must qualify for University Entrance by completing at least 120 points at level 3, or at least 60 points at level 4 and above if they have completed Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school, or equivalent.
2. If your previous studies include study at level 5 or above you may qualify for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

International student entry requirements

Guaranteed entry

Applicants will automatically be offered a place in this programme if they have a rank score of 250 or higher, along with 14 NCEA level 3 credits in each of Calculus and Physics or CIE A levels in Mathematics and Physics.

All other applicants who have met the admission requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Calculate NCEA credits

Use the NCEA calculator

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

Useful New Zealand school subjects

  • Chemistry, Digital Technologies, English, Maths, Physics

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with our Certificate in Science and Technology.

Certificate in Science and Technology

*The maritime engineering majors are delivered in partnership with the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Launceston, Tasmania. Students study the first two years at AUT and the last two years at AMC. Maritime engineering students can focus on one of three areas: Marine and Offshore Engineering, Naval Architecture or Ocean Engineering.

Through engineering projects and other practical courses you have 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 workplace experience as part of your study.

Most courses run for one semester and are worth 15 points. If you're a full-time student, you normally complete 120 points each year (480 points for the entire degree).

You also need to complete 800 hours of planned, supervised work experience to graduate, in addition to completing all your courses.

Year 1

Students in all majors do the same courses in the first year.

Year 2

You develop an understanding of how to apply mathematical and engineering sciences across different engineering disciplines.

Year 3

You further develop what you’ve learnt in Year 2, and work on a piece of engineering design and analysis under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Maritime engineering students move to Tasmania this year.

Year 4

In your final year you complete an individual industrial project, working on a piece of engineering design and analysis for organisations like Mighty River Power, Fletcher Building, BECA, SKM, Genesis Energy, Contact Energy, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Spark or Auckland Airport.

Saad Ali Hassan
Prayag Shethia
Shinnosuke (Shin) Ata
Kaisar Nurkhal
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Quick facts
Programme code:
4 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$8,165 - $10,277 (for 120 points)
($7,091 - $9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$43,874 (for 120 points)
($42,800 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

Scholarships at AUT

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

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