Summer Start for Engineering students

School leavers can be better prepared for a BE(Hons) by studying over six weeks before Semester One begins.

If you’re a Year 13 student intending to start a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with us in Semester One, 2024, you can take one course from the University of Auckland’s Summer Start programme. This allows you to experience university life and get started on your degree early. You can get more general information and requirements for Summer Start on their webpage.

Registrations for 2024 are now open. 

The following are the Faculty of Engineering's course recommendations for Summer Start based on your potential study needs.

MATHS 102 and PHYSICS 102

In 2024, we will offer MATHS 102 and PHYSICS 102 over Summer Start to help students meet the necessary entry requirements to apply for a BE(Hons).

You may consider taking MATHS 102 or PHYSICS 102 if:

  • You need this course to meet entry requirements for the BE(Hons): If you don’t meet our entry requirements, or are not sure if you’ll pass the required standards, we will accept passing MATHS 102 with an A- or higher as equivalent to meeting the Mathematics requirement, and passing PHYSICS 102 with an A- or higher as equivalent to meeting the Physics requirement.
  • You need this course to get into the BE(Hons): You can take MATHS 102 or PHYSICS 102 in Summer Start and take your other courses during Semester One as part of the Alternative Pathway via Science

Please note that:

  • School leavers can only enrol in one Summer Start course
  • If you do not receive an offer to study Engineering, MATHS 102 or PHYSICS 102 also count towards a Bachelor of Science degree

MATHS 102 Functioning in Mathematics
An introduction to calculus that builds mathematical skills and develops conceptual thinking. MATHS 102 works as a refresher course for those who haven’t studied Mathematics for some time, a confidence builder for those lacking Mathematical confidence and a preparation course for further study in Mathematics.

General Education (GenEd) courses

You’ll need to complete one GenEd course to graduate with a BE(Hons). Completing a GenEd course over summer may not help you finish your degree earlier, but you’ll have one less course to complete during your first year. This also allows you to experience University study over the summer, and prepare you for full-time study in Semester One. Find out more about GenEd.

Some available Summer Start GenEd courses meet BE(Hons) and most conjoint degree requirements*. They include:

  • DANCE 101G – Introduction to Dance and Creative Processes
  • EXERSCI 100G – Exercise and Fitness: Myths and Reality
  • MAORI 130G – Te Ao Māori: The Māori World
  • MUS 144G – Turning-Points in Western Music
  • PHIL 105G – Critical Thinking

* Please note that BE(Hons)/LLB and BE(Hons)/LLB(Hons) students will however have to pursue LAW 121 or LAW 121G instead.

ENGSCI 111 Mathematical Modelling 1

Develop an understanding of mathematical modelling, including differentiation and integration (polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions) and more.

This is only available for Engineering students with a Fast Track offer who are either starting a conjoint degree, or who have completed MATHS 199 (Max) at the University of Auckland with a B+ or higher.

For conjoint students only

Most school leavers are not eligible to enrol in Engineering Part I courses over summer. Conjoint students however, can enrol in ENGSCI 111 over summer and then take ENGSCI 211 during Semester One. This may help you complete your conjoint degree more quickly.


Learn about problem solving in engineering through the use of the software package MATLAB, and the programming language C.

This is only available for Engineering students with a Fast Track offer who have achieved a B+ average or higher in one of the following:
University of Canterbury STAR: MATH 199 (Advancing in Mathematical Sciences),
University of Waikato Unistart: ENGEN 101+ENGEN 102, or MATHS101+MATHS 102
Massey University Accelerate+: 160.101+160.102

Students satisfying these conditions should contact the Student Hubs for more information.

Other suggested Summer Start courses

Summer Start includes a range of courses that can help you become better prepared to study Engineering. The following are some recommendations. Note that none of these replace any Engineering courses or act as substitutes for our degree requirements — you’ll still need to complete all the Engineering courses associated with your BE(Hons) in the usual way.

For conjoint students however, they may contribute to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Advance Science portion of your conjoint. If you're doing a conjoint with an Arts or Commerce degree, you may also want to refer to the full Summer Start course list. 

COMPSCI 101 - Principles of Programming

An introduction to computers and computer programming in a high-level language. The role of computers and computer professionals in society is also introduced. The course is intended for students who may wish to advance in Computer Science or in Information Systems and Operations Management.

Restriction: Cannot be taken with or after COMPSCI 105, 107, 130, 210-220, 230-289, 313-399

All Engineering students take a programming course in their first year that teaches the C and MATLAB programming languages. Although COMPSCI 101 covers the Python programming language, the general ideas are still relevant to the Engineering course. Python is also used in courses in the Engineering Science and Biomedical Engineering specialisations.