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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Unitec Institute of Technology


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

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  • 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including: 14 credits in Physics; 14 credits in Mathematics (including Algebra and Calculus); 14 credits in one other approved subject; and 18 credits from up to two other approved subjects
  • 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (5 in reading, 5 in writing);
  • Be 16 years old by the time you start this programme
  • Successful completion of Unitec’s Certificate in Foundation Studies (Whitinga) (Level 3) with a relevant pathway, where appropriate; or Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4) or Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4) or equivalent.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (no band<5.5) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

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