Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Bachelors Degree BE(Hons)

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is the basis for a professional career in engineering, and at Waikato you're provided with plenty of opportunities to apply what you’ve learnt in real-life work situations.

480 points, 4 years

Hamilton, Tauranga

Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

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Why study a BE(Hons)?

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)) focuses on how complex engineering problems that matter to society can be solved using engineering design principles and methods. At every stage of your degree, you'll be involved in conceptualising, designing and creating sophisticated engineering products, structures or processes.

There are many reasons why you should study engineering at Waikato, here are a couple of highlights.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your research and design work at the Waikato Engineering Design Show – an expo-style event open to industry and the public.

As a Waikato engineering student you will also complete 800 hours of work experience – usually paid – with a company or organisation that suits your interests, and you’ll make valuable industry contacts which in many cases leads to part or full-time work.

Our Work Integrated Learning Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals.

Specified programmes

At the University of Waikato all eight of our engineering programmes are internationally accredited by Engineering New Zealand (formerly IPENZ) on behalf of international accreditation body, the Washington Accord. This means that the degree is internationally recognised and will make it possible for Engineering graduates to work just about anywhere in the world.

Engineering programmes with full accreditation:
-     Chemical and Biological
-     Civil
-     Environmental
-     Materials and Process
-     Mechanical
-     Software

Engineering programmes with provisional accreditation:
-     Mechatronics
-     Electrical and Electronic
(Provisional accreditation is the first stage in the process for newly established degrees and will be eligible for full accreditation in 2025)

You can choose from eight specified programmes (see below)

Career Opportunities

  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Electrical and electronic engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Software Engineer

480 points, 4 years

Hamilton, Tauranga

Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

Subjects Plan your study Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships
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Work placements while you study

Work-Integrated Learning is an integral component of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and the Diploma in Engineering Management. During your degree, you will complete 800 hours of work experience in engineering businesses and organisations.

More about engineering at Waikato

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At WaikatoEDS, we showcase the incredible innovations, gizmos and projects of our amazing professional engineering students.

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Te Pūtahi o te Manawa is our Science and Engineering Rōpū, and we are here to support you where we can during your time here as a student and in the future!

Study in Tauranga

Year 1 and Year 4 of the BE(Hons) in Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical, and Mechatronics Engineering programmes can be completed in Tauranga. Years 2 and 3 of the degree need to be completed in Hamilton. 

Graduate study options

Students who have completed a BE(Hons) may go on to complete a Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Engineering Practice (MEngPrac). Excellent grades at undergraduate level may enable you to go straight to a PhD.

Practical skills

Build a successful career

Engineering professionals lead the way in innovation through improving infrastructure, building smarter technologies and working to discover alternative and renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly materials and practices.

Increasing the number of trained engineers is seen as essential for New Zealand's growth in technology-related enterprises.


Our students work in specialised laboratories. These include the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research, such as 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. Software Engineering majors will also have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.

Engineering and Management

Our engineering programme pairs perfectly with a Diploma in Engineering Management (DipEM) where you can develop critical skills in business, innovation and leadership to unlock doors into future senior management roles as a professional engineer. The diploma programme dovetails into the BE(Hons), and can all be completed within four years.

Contact us

International Enquiries

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5pm

School of Engineering

School of Engineering, The University of Waikato, Gate 8, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton, New Zealand