For the people who will engineer our future

Now, more than ever, the world needs more creative engineers and at Waikato, that’s what we do best. We lead the way when it comes to high-tech, innovative solutions to real world problems and we work with industry every step of the way.

Eight programmes to choose from

At Waikato, we offer eight engineering degree programmes including civil engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronics.  These qualifications are internationally accredited which means they are recognised around the world.

You don’t have to decide on your preferred programme until completing your first trimester of studies, giving you time to get a little taste of each discipline so you can make an informed decision.

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) programmes
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Jump Start your entry into first year this Summer

If you’re passionate about pursuing engineering but don’t have the necessary NCEA Level 3 credits in Calculus or Physics, we offer two papers during Summer, (starting 25 January) designed especially for prospective engineering students through our Jump Start Programme.

Find out about our Jump Start Programme
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Fast Track Graduate Programme

If you have a relevant degree, you may be able to complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) over two years through our new Fast Track graduate programme. This new accelerated programme has been specially designed for skilled workers whose jobs may have been affected by COVID-19.

Find out about our Fast Track Graduate Programme
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Ready for the next level?

Masters of Engineering is a research-focused degree designed for graduates who wish to do further research and develop an innovative solution to an engineering question. Excellence in advanced engineering design, research and development skills are core features of the degree.

Masters of Engineering
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Read about Ashleigh’s engineering journey

Engineering student Ashleigh Dick is passionate about the environment and is in her final year of her studies, which she juggles with two part-time jobs in the industry. She has her sights set on a career abroad, working with impoverished communities to help some of the thorny challenges they face. “I love the thought of being able to give back to communities in a way that can benefit them in the long term” says Ashleigh.

Gain a unique business edge

Waikato engineering students can gain a unique business edge by concurrently studying towards a Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice with the Waikato Management School.

This qualification equips graduates with enhanced business management expertise in preparation of rapid progression into management and leadership positions.

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Study where the jobs are

The fast-growing Waikato and the Bay of Plenty regions make the Waikato School of Engineering the ideal place to launch your engineering career.

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) students complete 800 hours of work placement – usually paid - within their degrees, supported by our dedicated Work Integrated Learning team. Often this results in a permanent job when they finish their studies.

Learn about engineering work placements

Start your studies in either Hamilton or Tauranga

You can start your engineering degree in either Hamilton or Tauranga. Our Tauranga students benefit from smaller class sizes and new, state-of-the-art facilities in our award-winning building located in the heart of the Tauranga CBD.

Our Tauranga Campus
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Experience our Engineering Design Show

Held over two days in October and open to the public, our world-class Engineering Design Show is the flagship event of the Waikato School of Engineering and the high-point of our degree programmes. Pop along and see first-hand how our final-year students are excelling in designing, building and testing new products, structures and solutions for the real world. Watch this space for more details about the 2024 event.