Civil Engineering

Civil engineers work in the design, construction and maintenance of the natural and physically built environment. These projects are wide-ranging and include building projects like roads, dams, bridges, water supply systems, tunnels and so on.

Students can specialise in water and waste or structures. You'll deal with water treatment, water supply, drainage and wastewater. Students can also study the design and building of a range of structures. 


The demand for Civil Engineers is very high. This is a result of New Zealand's growing population which increases the demand for new infrastructure. The damage caused by the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes has also increased the demand for civil engineers.

Career Options

  • Construction Manager
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • CAD Technician
  • Design Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Consulting Civil Engineer
  • Public Health Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Urban Planning Engineer

Entry criteria

Under 20 years
  • NCEA Level 3 (including three subjects at Level 3 – including Physics with a minimum of 14 credits and Calculus with a minimum of 14 credits plus one other subject with a minimum of 14 credits from the list of NZQA approved subject). 
  • 10 credits NCEA Level 2 literacy – 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing. 
  • 10 credits NCEA Level 1 numeracy or above. Or equivalent qualification.

20 years and over

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. This is assessed on a case by case basis and may factor in education, work experience or a combination of both. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

International students

Minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6 with writing and speaking score no less than 6 and reading and listening no less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Documents and other details

Course Selection Sheet

Straddling Course Selection Sheet

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