Civil Engineering


Civil engineers make modern life possible. They work on the planning, design, construction and maintenance of projects such as skyscrapers, motorways, bridges, tunnels and dams.

If you look at a city from an aircraft, the construction you see is designed and supervised by civil engineers. Much of the hidden support for our cities, including the water supply and processes that minimise waste and pollution, is the work of environmental engineers.

Civil and environmental engineers are needed for expanding cities and new construction to meet the needs of rising populations throughout the world.

As planners, they envision the future, especially how and where we will live and how we will travel.

Areas of study

You can do a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering with a structural or environmental sub-specialisation.

Specialising in civil engineering allows you to choose from a range of electives including structural design, geomechanics, fluid mechanics, construction management, structural dynamics, seismic design, traffic engineering and highway and transportation design.

The wide range of electives allows you to tailor your study programme for your individual interests. In Part IV you may also undertake a supervised, individual project of your own choice.

All parts of the programme use computers in creative and analytical work.

You can study Civil Engineering in the following programmes:

What you will learn

As a civil engineering student you will learn how to use maths and science to design major construction projects, design and build the infrastructure for modern cities, calculate the maximum load a bridge can withstand, solve transportation problems and understand the environmental issues to be aware of when undertaking construction.

As an environmental engineering student you will learn how to design, develop and evaluate structures, equipment and systems to provide practical solutions to problems caused by increasing consumption, increasing waste and the potential threats to biodiversity. Projects include learning how to clean up toxic material that has seeped into the ground and designing an effective wastewater treatment plant.


Career opportunities

A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering can help prepare you for a future career in an engineering discipline that is expanding and changing in response to the world in which we live.

Expanding populations and growing economies fuel the demand for major construction and design projects; these represent opportunities for civil engineers.

Tougher environmental regulations and efforts to prevent problems before they occur are just two examples of the increasing challenges environmental engineers are exposed to.

Our graduates have found employment in engineering consultancies,  environmental agencies, government departments, and as designers and advisers for engineering projects.

Graduates can also use their engineering qualification and  background as a stepping-stone into other careers. Many work in the top echelons of business within New Zealand and internationally.

More information

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering