Duration
Full-time: 5 years
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2021 Semester One – 1 March
Available locations
City
Points
690
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

Both Design and Engineering are focused on finding the best solutions for current challenges and potential futures. In the BDes/BE(Hons) conjoint, you can bring the two disciplines together to better prepare yourself to respond to our changing world.

Find your niche in one of nine specialisations within Engineering. Tackle real-world and imagined issues in Design, using digital, material and emerging technologies.

The combination of these two fields gives you a solid foundation in appropriate technologies and sustainable solutions for future realities.

Programme structure

The BDes/BE(Hons) is a five year (10 semester) degree if you are studying full time. You will be required to complete 690 points:

  • 420 points from BE(Hons) courses
  • 255 points from BDes courses:
    • 165 points from BDes core courses
    • 90 points from BDes elective courses
  • 15 points from General Education

Your exact programme structure will depend on your chosen specialisation for the BE(Hons) side of your conjoint.

In the BE(Hons), you must complete a common first year of required core courses before selecting your specialisation.

Conjoint planners are available for each Engineering specialisation to ensure that you enrol in the courses required to complete your programme over the subsequent years. As per the requirements for the BE(Hons), you will also have to complete a 40-hour workshop practice course in your second year and 800 hours of practical experience over the course of your degree.

In your BDes component, alongside design foundation courses and studio practice, you will build your own study plan of six elective courses from our four design themes:

  • Design and Local Community Practices
  • Design and Global Challenges
  • Design and Business
  • Design and Emerging Technologies

In your final year, you will undertake a capstone design research project, working from the initial discovery phase right through to testing and implementation.

You need to maintain a Grade Point Average of 4.0 each year to continue with your conjoint.

Most students need to take one or two General Education courses.

Students should also be aware of the University’s Academic English Language Requirement.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2020 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.

Guaranteed rank score, subject and other requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • Qualification
    NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement
    Score required
    275
    • 17 external Level 3 credits in Calculus
    • 16 external Level 3 credits in Physics
  • Qualification
    CIE Cambridge International Examinations
    Score required
    330
    • Mathematics and Physics at A Level
  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate
    Score required
    36
    • Mathematics and Physics at HL Level

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Minimum grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Further requirements

You must have completed one semester of successful bachelors degree study from a New Zealand tertiary institution, or one year of successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree qualification from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

My highest qualification is from this country:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). For entry based on CIE you must first meet the University Entrance (UE) standard. 

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

Guaranteed grade, subject and other requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. Your CIE score (rank score) will be calculated based on your AS and A Level results.

  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Score required
    36

    Mathematics and Physics at HL Level

    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5
  • Qualification
    GCE A Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level
    Score required
    ABB

    Mathematics and Physics

    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5
  • Qualification
    CIE
    Score required
    330

    Mathematics and Physics at A Level

    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

You need to have the following:

You must have completed one semester of successful bachelors degree study from a New Zealand tertiary institution, or one year of successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree qualification from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Minimum grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Conjoint cost per year?

2020 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,100 – $11,850.30*
International students
NZ$50,356 – $50,357*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.86 per point, estimated at $5,187.60 for full-time study (660 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2020
8 December 2019

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

Your Engineering specialisation, Design skills and personal interests can impact what you pursue. With technical skills, a creative problem-solving approach and strategic design methods, you’ll easily adapt to the technologically-driven nature of many industries. Many organisations are adding designers to the engineering teams and vice versa to ensure all projects are thoroughly tested, revised and correctly implemented, with full consideration of their socio-cultural impact.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Consultant engineer
  • Developer
  • Experience designer
  • Interaction designer
  • Prototyping manager
  • Research and design engineer
  • Simulation designer
  • Systems engineer

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

Key Information for Students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.

Do you need help?

AskAuckland

Your online help and support centre. Search our frequently asked questions.

Can’t find the answer in AskAuckland?

Our student support team is here to help. Use our online contact form.

Need to speak to someone?

You can phone us directly.

Auckland
923 5025
Outside Auckland
0800 61 62 63
International
+64 9 373 7513