Engineering Science


Engineering scientists use mathematical models and computing technologies to simulate real-world processes, and systems to provide solutions to complex problems faced by industry, organisations and society. Problems can range from tracking the flow of pollutants in Auckland’s harbours, to discovering the most efficient way a dairy company can transport milk from farms to its factories.

Areas of study

You will study advanced mathematical modelling, software design and  computational techniques, continuum mechanics, bioengineering and operations  research, and learn to apply these methodologies to real-world problems.  Lecturers for this degree specialisation are actively involved in the application of models in industry.

There are two sub-specialisations in Engineering Science:

  • Operations Research (OR)
  • Continuum Mechanics

Operations Research is a scientific approach to making good decisions. If anything needs to be made shorter, faster, cheaper, safer, more reliable or more profitable then OR is usually involved.

Continuum Mechanics is the study of what happens when forces are applied to all kinds of materials. It involves courses in solid mechanics and fluid dynamics.

You can study Engineering Science in the following programmes:

What you will learn

By specialising in this field you will learn to combine the knowledge of traditional engineering with computing and mathematical modelling skills to solve diverse problems faced within the industrial, medical, service and business sectors.

Engineering science equips you with the knowledge and means to provide answers relevant to the real world.

  • How can a forest be managed to make a profit while still remaining environmentally friendly?
  • How can a sail be designed to work in low wind conditions?
  • What prices should be charged for airline tickets to maximise the revenue from a given flight?

These are all questions an engineering scientist can answer by using the power of computers, mathematics and human intelligence. They are in high demand, as their skills can be applied to an extremely broad range of everyday problems.

Career opportunities

Engineering science graduates are employed in a wide variety of companies with roles including consulting engineering, manufacturing engineering, research and development, information technology and software  development, management, planning and policy analysis.

Top students have continued to pursue postgraduate degrees either at the  University of Auckland or top international universities such as University of Oxford, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

More information

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Engineering Science