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 2019

You will indicate your preferred specialisations for 2019 on the selection form, which will be open from midnight on 8 October 2018 to midnight on 3 December 2018. 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

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 paper, 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 enrolment 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, you may still be considered for placement.

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 2019 to be considered eligible for entry.
  • 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 paper/s in Summer School. 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 2019 and start Part II in 2020.
  • Students will also be required to have passed or given credit for a specific Part I course regarded as a prerequisite for Part II specialisation:   
    • For Chemical and Materials: CHEMMAT 121
    • For Electrical and Computer Systems: ELECTENG 101
    • For Civil and Environmental, Mechanical and Mechatronics: ENGGEN 121
    • For Biomedical and Software: ENGGEN 131

What are the specialisations?

You can choose from nine engineering specialisations. The total number of spaces available in 2019 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 | 70
  • 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)
  • 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 have not yet completed all Part I courses will be required to complete any remaining courses in Summer School 2019. These students will not be permitted to enrol in their remaining Part I courses alongside the Part II enrolments.

Students who fail (or have failed) no more than two of their Part I courses will need to re-take these in Summer School 2019.

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 paper/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 2019, will need to repeat and complete all failed Part I courses in 2019 before being considered for entry to Part II in 2020.

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

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, 14 December 2018. 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 1 March 2019. 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 ‘’ address.

Important dates

2018 dates  
Tuesday 25 September
Science Centre Foyer
Industry Specialisation Evening. 

Part II Information Drop-in sessions

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

Part II Information Drop-in sessions

  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Software Engineering
Monday 8 October Selection process commences 
Specialisation selection form available online for students soon.
Monday 3 December Applications close 
Specialisation selection must be submitted by midnight.
Friday 14 December Places allocated 
First round of selections allocated for highest GPAs only. After Second Semester results.
Friday 1 March 2019 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 paper 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.

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 (or six if a conjoint student), 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 papers 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 papers 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, passed two in Summer School 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 2019. 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 2019.

Approximately how high do my grades have to be to have a good chance of getting into 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 BE (Hons) in second semester via the Alternative Pathway, which semester do I indicate on my Part II selection application?

Please indicate Second Semester start.

What is the process of changing my specialisation if I have already completed one semester of Part II?

Please contact the Engineering Student Centre and we will be able to advise you on applying for change of specialisation. Please note that changes are subject to GPAs and spaces available in the specialisation - there are very few places available for transfers and there is usually a waiting list for it.

If I wish to change the order of my preferred specialisations after the online applications close on 3 December, what do I need to do?

You need to send an email to 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.

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

Conceded Pass means you no longer need to repeat the course. CP is only awarded up to a maximum of 20 points towards a Part of the degree. You are only eligible for a Conceded Pass if you have failed only one course with a D+ grade, and a 2.5 GPA or above across all courses taken in the year.

A conceded pass is for completion of the full Part requirements and would not apply to the 90 point minimum required for eligibility to start Part II. When calculating GPA, a Conceded Pass has a numerical value of 1.

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, subject to places being available.

I was admitted into BE (Hons) via BSc Alternative Pathway and have been given credits for Semester One papers. I have completed PHYSICS 120/160/121. Will I still be considered into Civil 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 the Civil specialisation.

I can’t access the Part II online form. Is there something I need to do?

If you have not completed the ENGGEN 199 requirements and/or Academic Integrity Course (ACADINT A01) 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 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 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 papers 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 paper(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 papers). 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)/BSc conjoint programmes (such as BSc major in Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics) 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 papers 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