Choosing your Engineering specialisation

Towards the end of each year, Part I students are invited to nominate their preferred engineering specialisation for Part II. Placement is subject to the student meeting minimum requirements, their academic record and the number of spaces available.

Choosing your specialisation for 2020

You will indicate your preferred specialisations for 2020 on the selection form, available from on 7 October 2019 to midnight on 1 December 2019. You must have completed ENGGEN 199 English Language Competency to access the form. If you believe you have met this requirement and are still unable to access this form, please email foe-specialisation@auckland.ac.nz

What are the requirements for starting Part II?

  • Minimum of 90 points passed at Part I including ENGSCI 111. Note: 90 points in Part I may include your General Education course, however, this will not count towards your GPA.
  • Must have completed ENGGEN 199. You will be unable to access the Part II online form if this requirement is not met. If you believe you have completed this requirement but ENGGEN 199 does not show on your transcript, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.
  • Must have completed ACADINT A01. If you have not yet completed the compulsory Academic Integrity course, you may find your place in a Part II specialisation remains unconfirmed until this requirement has been met.

If you do not meet these criteria, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

Additional information

  • You are not guaranteed your nominated first choice of specialisation.
  • Part I students who started their degree in Semester Two this year (except Alternative Pathway students) and did not receive Part I credits will need to enrol in two Part I courses (30 points) at Summer School 2020 to be considered eligible for entry. These courses should be ENGSCI 111 and ENGGEN 121. If you would like to take a different course please consult foe-enquiries@auckland.ac.nz.
  • Students admitted via the BSc Alternative Pathway who were given credits for all Part I Semester One courses (total of 60 points) need not enrol in Summer School. However, students who received credits of 45 points or less towards Part I will be required to complete the missing course/s in Summer School 2020 in order to meet the 90 point requirement. You can check how many credit(s) have been awarded by visiting My Programme Requirements via Student Services Online.
  • You cannot start Part II in Semester Two. If you have failed the entry criteria, you will need to complete Part I in 2020 and start Part II in 2021.
  • Students will also be required to have passed or been given credit for a specific Part I course regarded as the prerequisite for their requested Part II specialisation:   
    • For Chemical and Materials: CHEMMAT 121
    • For Electrical and Computer Systems: ELECTENG 101
    • For Civil, Mechanical and Mechatronics: ENGGEN 121
    • For Biomedical, Engineering Science and Software: ENGGEN 131

What are the specialisations?

You can choose from nine engineering specialisations. The total number of spaces available in 2020 are listed below:

  • Biomedical Engineering | 35
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering | 85
  • Civil Engineering | 280
  • Computer Systems Engineering | 80
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering | 100
  • Engineering Science | 75
  • Mechanical Engineering | 125
  • Mechatronics Engineering | 100
  • Software Engineering | 100

How are places allocated?

There are a limited number of places available for each specialisation.

  • Where demand exceeds availability, selection will be based upon your grade point average calculated over all completed Part I Engineering courses (excluding General Education and/or any conjoint course).
  • If unsuccessful in gaining a place in your nominated first choice, you are not permitted to defer entry for a year. Instead, you are expected to complete the degree in a different specialisation.
  • Every effort will be made to ensure you are allocated a place in either your first or second choice nominations. Historically, a GPA of 6.5 is normally sufficient to ensure placement in your first choice - however, this is not guaranteed.

What if I don't meet the requirements?

Students who are given entry to Part II who fail (or have failed) no more than two of their Part I courses will be required to complete their remaining courses in Summer School 2020. These students will not be permitted to enrol in their remaining Part I courses alongside the Part II enrolments.

Students admitted via the BSc Alternative Pathway who were given credits for all Part I Semester One courses (total of 60 points) need not enrol in Summer School. However, students who received credits of 45 points or less towards Part I will be required to complete the missing course/s in Summer School. You can check how many credit(s) have been awarded by visiting My Programme Requirements via Student Services Online.

Students who have still not passed 90 points towards Part I by the end of Summer School 2020, will need to repeat and complete all failed Part I courses in 2020 before being considered for entry to Part II in 2021.

Note: Each specialisation leaves a number of places unallocated until after Summer School results are known so that no student is disadvantaged by having to complete courses in Summer School.

How can I find out about the specialisations?

When making your choice, consider what your strengths and interests are - you will do better if you are enthusiastic about your choice of study. Each year the Faculty hosts a number of events for all current Part I students, to help inform you about the choices for your preferred specialisation in the following years.

These events may include:

Industry Specialisation Evening
Learn from industry experts about the types of careers each specialisation can lead to. A great opportunity to speak directly with industry engineers and to start building your network of contacts.

Part II Information Drop-in Sessions
Academic staff and students from the Engineering departments are available to speak to you about what you can expect to explore and learn in their specialisation, as well as the careers and areas of research it can lead into.

These sessions can help you confirm your preferred option, providing an opportunity to put your questions to current Part II and III students to find out what their specialisation is like from a student’s perspective.

Other students/support groups
If you do not already know students in Part II-IV, then we would encourage you to speak with the students employed as Part I mentors for the Part I Assistance Centre in the Leech Study Area or seek out representatives from student societies such as AUES, WEN, HKESA and SPIES.

Faculty staff
You can speak to our Employment Manager, Jonathan Culley, who may be able to assist you in your choice by providing advice on future career options.

Contact Jonathan Culley

Online
The Faculty of Engineering and the Engineering department websites have information on the specialisations available to you, and the opportunities each has to offer.

When will I find out which specialisation I have been allocated?

A first round of selections will be completed by Friday, 13 December 2019. You will receive an email either confirming your allocated specialisation or advising you that you have been placed on a pending list for your first choice specialisation until all Summer School results are known.

Students who need to pass additional courses at Summer School to complete the minimum requirements at Part I will be notified of their specialisation in the final round of allocation after the release of Summer School results.

A final round of selections will be sent out on Friday 28 February 2020. We will endeavour to complete the final round of allocations as early as possible once results are released.

Students will be advised by email on their ‘@aucklanduni.ac.nz’ address.

Important dates

2019 dates  
Wednesday 2 October
TBC
Industry Specialisation Evening. 
TBC

Part II Information Drop-in sessions

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Science
TBC

Part II Information Drop-in sessions

  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Software Engineering
Monday 7 October Submission of choices commences 
Specialisation selection form is available online for students soon.
Sunday 1 December Submission of choices closes 
Specialisation selection must be submitted by midnight.
Friday 13 December Places allocated 
First round of selections allocated for highest GPAs only. After Second Semester results.
Friday 28 February 2020 Places allocated 
Final round of selections allocated. Post-release of Summer School results.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If I've already passed a Part I course but got a low grade, can I enrol in this course to pull up my GPA and get into my first choice?

No, you are not permitted to re-take a course you have already passed. As a general rule, a student may not enrol for any course the content of which is the same as, or substantially similar to, any course for which credit has been received. If you don’t get into your first choice, you are expected to take up a place in one of your alternate choices.

If I end up with one of my 2nd to 5th choices, is there a chance for me to change my specialisation in Semester Two?

If you are unhappy with your final specialisation allocation, you can contact the Engineering Student Centre after one or two semesters of study and we will be able to advise you on applying for change of specialisation. Please note that changes are subject to GPA and spaces available in the specialisations - there are very few places available for transfers and there is usually a waiting list.

Can I switch specialisations if I find another student willing to swap?

No. Any changes of specialisation requests are dealt with the same way as all student requests to change: in order of the waiting list, subject to GPA, spaces available and approval from departments and the Associate Dean - Undergraduate.

If I change to Mechanical Engineering will it give me more of a chance to get into Mechatronics?

Although most of their Part II courses are the same, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your request to change specialisations is more likely to be approved. Any and all requests to change are still subject to spaces available and GPA – whether it be into Part II semester two, or Part III semester one. Though it would make for a ‘smoother’ change, your application would still be considered against all students requesting to swap to Mechatronics at that time. It is also important to note that your change to Mechanical Engineering is also not guaranteed, if the allocation process has already begun.

When calculating Grade Point Average (GPA) for entry into Part II, do you still count the failed grade even if it’s been re-enrolled and passed in Summer School?

All grades for every attempt at a Part I (Engineering) course - pass or fail - are included in the calculation.

How do I calculate my GPA to get into Part II?

We calculate your Part I GPA based on the seven core Engineering courses i.e. everything EXCEPT General Education. This is done by adding up the numeric value of each grade and then dividing by the number of Part I courses taken:

  • A+ = 9
  • A = 8
  • A- = 7
  • B+ = 6
  • B = 5
  • B- = 4
  • C+ = 3
  • C = 2
  • C- = 1
  • Failed = 0

For conjoint students, grades from non-engineering courses will not be incorporated when calculating your GPA for Part II specialisation selection.

Can I do two specialisations?

No. Engineering students are only allowed to do one specialisation.

If I have failed three Engineering courses, re-enrolled in and passed two in Summer School 2020 and subsequently met entry criteria of 90 points at Part I, when can I take the remaining Part I course?

You will need to repeat the remaining course in Summer School 2021. If you don't take or pass your repeated course(s) at Summer School you will not be allowed to enrol into your Part III courses in 2021.

Approximately how high do my grades have to be to have a good chance of getting into the more popular choices such as Engineering Science, Mechatronics, Biomedical or Software Engineering?

As a general rule, you can expect a GPA of 6.5 or above to get you your first choice, but this is not always the case. It will also depend on the popularity of each specialisation and then how well other students perform in comparison to your own grades.

I need to enrol in courses in Summer School and my results will come out at the final round of allocation. Will there still be spaces in my preferred specialisation?

No student is disadvantaged by needing to enrol in Summer School courses. Every specialisation will hold back a number of places to ensure that those taking Summer School courses have the chance to get their first choice, but your GPA after Summer School will also need to be high enough to meet the cut-off.

I started the BE (Hons) in Semester Two via the Alternative Pathway, which semester do I indicate on my Part II selection application?

Please indicate Semester Two start.

If I wish to change the order of my preferred specialisations after the online applications close on 1 December, what do I need to do?

You need to send an email to foe-specialisation@auckland.ac.nz with your student ID in both the subject line and the body of the email. If allocations have already been made - even if you haven’t been notified yet - it may be too late to change.

What do I do if I wish to change my conjoint programme to single BE (Hons)?

To change from a conjoint programme to BE (Hons) you simply need to submit your online application via Student Services Online. If you are doing a conjoint and your GPA falls below 4.0, your programme will be automatically bumped down to BE (Hons).

If I wish to change my single BE (Hons) to a conjoint programme, what should I do?

To change from standalone BE (Hons) to a conjoint, you need to have achieved a GPA of at least 5.5 in the last year of full-time study. You must also maintain a GPA of at least a B- (4.0) over all courses to continue in the programme. You can only start a conjoint in Semester One. Please note the conjoint restrictions at the bottom of this page as some are not permitted, and others may require special approval.

What does it mean if my grade says CP (Conceded Pass)?

Conceded Pass means you have been awarded a pass in the course and cannot repeat the course. Only ONE curse can be awarded a CP towards a Part of the degree. You are only eligible for a Conceded Pass if you fulfil the following requirements:

  • by the award of a conceded pass you will complete a Part
  • one course to a maximum of 20 points per Part and a maximum of 20 points in any one academic year may be conceded
  • you must have achieved a grade of D+ in that course (in that year) and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better in that year
  • no more than two courses are to be conceded, to a maximum of 30 points, in the whole degree

Is ENGGEN 199 a prerequisite for ENGGEN 299?

No, ENGGEN 199 (English Language Competency) is the prerequisite of ENGGEN 204 (Managing Design and Communication) and is required for a specialisation to be allocated.

If offered a place in my first choice specialisation, am I automatically placed in that specialisation or can I still turn it down and choose one of my other choices?

We only look at second and lower choices once we are certain that you will not be selected for your first choice. If you are offered your first choice, you can request a different choice if you change your mind, though this is still subject to places being available and meeting the requirements for your alternative choice.

I was admitted into BE (Hons) via BSc Alternative Pathway and have been given credits for Semester One courses. I have completed PHYSICS 120/160/121. Will I still be considered into Civil, Mechanical or Mechatronics given that ENGGEN 121 is a prerequisite for this specialisation?

Completing PHYSICS 120/160/121 means you will have received credit for this course to substitute for ENGGEN 121. Receiving credits for ENGGEN 121, while not formally enrolling into this course, will not affect your chances of entry to that specialisation. Acceptance will depend entirely on how your GPA compares to other students who have selected your preffered specialisation.

I can’t access the Part II online form to submit my top 5 preferences. Is there something I need to do?

If you have not completed the ENGGEN 199 requirements you will be unable to access the Part II online form. If you believe you have met this requirement, but it does not show on your academic record, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

My friends have received their Part II allocations but I have not. Is there a reason why?

If you have not received your allocation, it is possible that:

  1. You have been included in the waiting list. Please let us know at foe-specialisation@auckland.ac.nz if you have not received an email from us stating that you are due to be allocated in the next round
  2. You have not completed requirements for the Academic Integrity Course (ACADINT A01) or ENGGEN 199
  3. You have not passed ENGSCI 111
  4. You have not completed 90 points at Part I
  5. You cannot be allocated in any of your Part II choices

Note: A very low GPA and not passing the courses required for certain specialisations will limit options and may require the passing of the required Part I papers before a specialisation can be allocated, even if 90 points are obtained.

I received an email saying I was waitlisted – what specialisation am I waitlisted for?

If you were not given an allocation in the first round, this means we are still uncertain as to which specialisation you will make the cut-off for, as the GPA boundaries change after summer school. Students are kept on a waitlist for all of their choices, in the order they submitted. This does not necessarily mean you are close to the cut for your first choice, it may be that we are waitlisting you for your second choice, as we are confident you will not achieve your first choice but are close to the boundary for your second. We keep an eye on all GPA changes throughout summer, however, and will re-allocate where possible, so effectively students are always on waitlists for all of their choices.

I received an allocation for a specialisation that wasn’t my first choice, is this a mistake?

No. This means that unfortunately you did not make the cut for your first choice of specialisation. Although each specialisation keeps some spaces remaining, the faculty calculates whether you would have a chance to make that specialisation post-summer school. If you have received an allocation for your second or subsequent choice, it means we are sure that you will not be above the GPA cut off during the final round. We attempt to let as many students know their allocation as soon as possible so that they can move ahead with enrolments.

How many spaces are saved in each specialisation for after summer school?

There is no standard amount of spaces that are kept available, as it is subject to the demand for each specialisation and the grades of the students applying. This means that each specialisation will have a different number of spaces saved each year.

I have already been allocated to a specialisation that was not my first choice, but I lodged an aegrotat request, meaning my GPA might change. Will my allocation be reassessed?

We are aware that we may not have received all aegrotat decisions, and we will reassess all allocations as grade changes comes through. Every specialisation keeps spaces remaining until the final round, and so if your change of grade moves you into the bracket for your first choice we will change your allocation.

I was admitted into Part I in Semester Two via the Alternative Pathway. Do I need to enrol in Summer School?

Students admitted via the BSc alternative pathway who were given credits for all Part I Semester One courses (total of 60 points) and passed all Semester Two courses do not need to enrol in Summer School. However, students who received credits of 45 points or less towards Part I will be required to complete the missing course(s) in Summer School.

To find out how many credits you have been awarded, please log on to Student Services Online and view My Programme Requirements.

As a student admitted into BE (Hons) via the Alternative Pathway, will my grades from my BSc count towards entry into Part II?

No, your entry into Part II will be based on your Semester Two GPA (counting only Engineering courses). Credits are considered neutral, and therefore will not affect your GPA.

Are there any restrictions regarding conjoint Major/Specialisation combination?

As per the regulations of the University of Auckland, students cannot enrol for courses that have substantially similar content, thus, certain BE (Hons) conjoint programmes must have formal prior approval from the Faculty of Engineering and may even be declined.

Please note the following restrictions when planning your BE(Hons) conjoint:

Not permitted:

BE(Hons) in Software Engineering and a:

  • BSc in Computer Science
  • BSc in Data Science
  • BCom in Information Systems
  • Bcom in Information Management
  • BAdvSci(Hons) in Computer Science

Approval from your BE(Hons) Specialisation Adviser required to check courses taken:

BE(Hons) in Biomedical Engineering and a BSc in Physiology
BE(Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering and a BSc or BAdvSci in Computer Science
BE(Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a BSc or BAdvSci in Physics

BE(Hons) in Engineering Science and a:

  • BSc in Applied Mathematics
  • BSc in Logic and Computation
  • Bsc or BAdvSci in Mathematics
  • BSc or BAdvSci in Physics
  • BSc or BAdvSci in Statistics

BE(Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering and a:

  • BSc or BAdvSci in Computer Science
  • BSc or BAdvSci in Physics

BE(Hons) in Software Engineering and a:

  • BA in Logic and Computation
  • BSc in Logic and Computation