Civil Engineering

The world needs competent and trained Civil Engineering professionals to address the increasing challenges in urban and rural facilities and infrastructure.

Civil engineers design and construct the fundamental requirements of society, in key areas such as earthquake proofing, energy recovery, water/waste management, power generation, road networks, transport management, agriculture and forestry development.

As a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Waikato you will have the practical and theoretical skills to help create, improve and protect our built and natural environments.  You will be ready to meet the strong demand for your skills both in New Zealand and around the world.

You will gain the knowledge and expertise required to work as a professional civil engineer including skills in the following areas:

  • Construction Engineering
  • Structural Analysis
  • Geotechnics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Engineering
  • Mathematics, Computing and Modelling
  • Project Management
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Design
  • Transport Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering.

An important part of the Civil Engineering programme at the University of Waikato is supported work placements into relevant industries. This gives you the opportunity for paid work experience while exploring the field of Civil Engineering you could choose for your career, ie structural, water resources, transport, geotechnical or construction engineering.

You'll work on major research design projects, creating products with commercial applications, which are then showcased at our annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show.  Importantly, there is also a focus on developing well-honed communication skills that are such a vital part of the profession.


Students can work in specialised laboratories including 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.

Build a successful career

Civil engineers work in many fields, including structures and infrastructures, dams, bridges, gas and water supply systems, sewerage systems, transportation systems and roads and construction sector. These crucial facilities provide people with a reliable, safe, sustainable and modern environment to live in.

 Career opportunities

  • Civil Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Water Engineer
  • Construction Engineer and Manager


Study Civil Engineering in any of these qualifications

Year 1

Students must take the following papers

Engineering ComputingENGEN10315.0 Points
Engineering MechanicsENGEN11015.0 Points
Materials Science and EngineeringENGEN11215.0 Points
Engineering and SocietyENGEN17015.0 Points
Foundations of EngineeringENGEN18015.0 Points
Linear Algebra and Statistics for EngineersENGEN18315.0 Points
Calculus for EngineersENGEN18415.0 Points

Plus 15 points of electives from: Chosen from any 100 level CHEMY paper, EARTH102 or ENGEN111.

Discovering Planet EarthEARTH10215.0 Points
Electricity and ElectronicsENGEN11115.0 Points

Year 2

Students must take the following papers:

Structural Engineering 1ENGCV21215.0 Points
Water Engineering 1ENGCV22315.0 Points
Geotechnical Engineering 1ENGCV23115.0 Points
Highways and TransportationENGCV24115.0 Points
Construction 1ENGCV25115.0 Points
Civil Design Challenge 1ENGCV28015.0 Points
Construction 2ENGCV35115.0 Points
Civil Design Challenge 2ENGCV38015.0 Points
Engineering Mathematics 2ENGEN20115.0 Points
Engineering Professional Practice 1ENGEN27015.0 Points
Industry Placement 1ENGEN2710.0 Points
Environmental Engineering 1ENGEV24115.0 Points
Engineering ModellingENGG38620.0 Points

Year 3

Students must take the following papers:

Structural Engineering and Design 1ENCV32020.0 Points
Structural DynamicsENCV32110.0 Points
Structural Engineering and Design 2ENCV32220.0 Points
Geomechanics 2ENCV33010.0 Points
Hydrology and Hydraulics DesignENCV34020.0 Points
Engineering Modelling and AnalysisENCV35020.0 Points
Transportation EngineeringENCV38115.0 Points
Structural Engineering 2ENGCV31215.0 Points
Water Engineering 2ENGCV32315.0 Points
Construction 2ENGCV35115.0 Points
Civil Design Challenge 2ENGCV38015.0 Points
Engineering Work Placement 2ENGG3720.0 Points
Reflection on Professional Workplace ExperienceENGG3790.0 Points
Engineering ModellingENGG38620.0 Points

Year 4

Students must take the following papers:

Foundation EngineeringENCV43010.0 Points
Management (Project and Teamwork)ENCV48010.0 Points
Research ProjectENCV49030.0 Points
Design ProjectENCV49530.0 Points

Work placements are a major feature of the Civil Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience.  They are the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 250 students placed in industry every year.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00

Engineering Admission Fees Scholarship

For students who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Engineering(Honours) degree in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Waikato and are currently completing the final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000

Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00

School of Engineering Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to study part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Engineering in either a masters degree 90 or 120 point thesis or the first year of a PhD degree.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00


Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254