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Bachelor of Engineering with Honours


Real-world engineering from day one

Start becoming an engineer from day one of your studies at Massey. You’ll learn the skills to make you a sought-after employee in New Zealand and internationally.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Credits

  • 480
  • Duration

  • 4 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

Note: This programme may have an on-campus or in-person requirement and therefore requires that students submit a current My Vaccine Pass on enrolment.

You are guaranteed your first choice of major

Whether you choose your major at the start or the end of your first year, there are no limits on the places available. There’s no chance of missing out - you can study what you are passionate about!

Real-world problem solving

Every year you work on projects that help our communities and industry. This gives you a real feel of what engineering involves. It will train you to translate your ideas into real solutions, using all the problem-solving skills and underpinning knowledge that you acquire in the programme.

Our distinctiveness

The project spine - engineering practice coming alive

Our ‘project spine’ allows you to develop the skills that real engineers rely on in practice. You will work in teams to solve real-world problems and develop the skills that distinguish you from the rest.

Practical experience

We want you to have a competitive edge. During your degree you spend 800 hours working as engineers with companies. That helps you to come out with a broader understanding of the industry, some great experiences for your CV. You will be ready to start work and be productive from the day you graduate.

Careers and further study


  • product design and development engineers
  • process automation and manufacturing engineers
  • robotics and industrial automation engineers
  • project planners and managers
  • research engineers
  • marketing and sales engineers
  • systems test and quality assurance engineers
  • software/hardware engineers
  • consultants.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.


To be successful in your studies we recommend that you have the following:


  • Mathematics: At least 16 NCEA Level 3 credits in mathematics, normally including two of the following standards: AS91577 (Algebra), AS91578 (Differentiation), or AS91579 (Integration)
  • Physics: At least 16 NCEA Level 3 credits
Additionally, for the Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering major:
  • At least 14 NCEA level 3 credits in Chemistry

Cambridge International Examinations

  • Mathematics: A Level: Mathematics (C Grade),
  • Physics: A Level: Physics (C Grade)
Additionally, for the Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering major:
  • Chemistry: A Level: Chemistry (C Grade)

International Baccalaureate

  • Mathematics: (5 points Higher Level).
  • Physics: (5 points Higher Level)
Additionally, for the Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering major:
  • Chemistry (5 points Higher Level)

Each application will be given individual consideration and assessed on a case-by-case basis irrespective of recommended prior learning achieved.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

There are some alternative ways to help you enter the engineering programme:

Certificate in Science and Technology

This one-semester pathway programme is if you need extra preparation in mathematics (160.105 Methods of Mathematics), physics (124.100 Introductory Physics) or chemistry (123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences). These courses can be taken separately (depending on your background) or as part of the CertScTech qualification.

Please note you must have achieved 16 Credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) before you can enrol into 124.100 Introductory Physics or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics. To find out if you have what it takes, or what you need to do the introductory courses we recommend that you attempt the relevant quiz. Once you have completed the test/s, please contact the relevant course coordinator enquire through this page to discuss your suitability for this course or an alternative pathway.

Diploma in Science and Technology

This two-semester pathway is if you need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry.This is suitable if you wish to study a wide range of courses and keep your options open to change to another programme.

You can also choose subjects from: biology, programming, statistics, food, accounting, marketing, finance and management.

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

480 credits

  • Part One compulsory courses – 120 credits
  • Part Two compulsory courses – 120 credits
  • Part Three compulsory courses – 120 credits
  • Part Four compulsory courses – 60 credits
  • Part Four project courses – 60 credits
  • 800 hours of practical work experience

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two and so forth.

Courses for this programme


Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Majors and minors

About specialisations

The first year is structured so that you have the flexibility to change majors if you want to. We recognise that while you may be confident in your choice of engineering, you may be less certain what type of specialist discipline you wish to study. You can switch between any major.

If you choose the Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering major you will also have the option of switching to a Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours degree.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second etc.

How does it work?

We understand you may need some time to settle in to study and find new friends. Our learning environment allows you free time so you can meet with your colleagues and friends, work on your studies or just have free time for you to do what you want. Our facilities have lots of space for you to sit together to work and chat.

You will be expected to spend on average 40 hours per week on study, which includes attendance at lectures, tutorials and laboratories, completing assessments and self-directed study. 

Year One

Provides underpinning knowledge, required for subsequent years, in mathematics and the engineering sciences. You will also study the engineering and technology fundamentals required to find sustainable solutions to engineering and technology problems.

Year Two

Choose your major this year, and delve deeper into the specifics of this major. A strong technical base for learning this year to enable you to make more difficult engineering or technical decisions. You will work on two group projects, one to help a real New Zealand company develop a concept for a new product and another to design and develop a prototype and its manufacturing process for a product such as a coil winder.

Year Three

In this year your programme concentrates on providing the specialist knowledge unique to each major. In addition, you’ll do a year-long project and rely on the technical knowledge you’ve built up so far.

The project’s focus is on developing either a product or a process (depending on your major) that minimises the environmental impact and tests your ability to trade off profit against functionality and social considerations.

Year Four

In your final year we prepare you for your career by imparting advanced technical knowledge and working on a capstone project. The ‘capstone project’ builds on your previous courses and ties your learning together. It gets you as close as you will get during your study to working like a real engineer. You will also undertake an individual research project in which you will delve deeper into an engineering problem.

Practical work experience while you study

During your time with us you have to spend 800 hours (approximately 5 months) working as engineers with companies. You will be required to submit two reports on your experiences. You may complete your practical work at the end of your second and third years of study (or the final practicum after your fourth year).

Practical work requirements


228.210 Practicum I
228.310 Practicum II

A requirement of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours is to complete two periods of practical work over the study breaks of the academic year in the second and third years of study, respectively. To access the Engineering and Technology Practicum Stream site you need to have enrolled into the practicum course relevant for the period.

The practical work employment should total a minimum of 800 hours over the two periods (with no less than 200 hours for a period) and you are required to submit a written report for each period completed. The work undertaken should be related to your major.

If you have already completed 228.110, you will still need to do 228.210 and 228.310 as these courses are compulsory. However, the hours recorded for 228.110 will be included in the calculation of the total hours. The minimum for each course is 150 hours and total hours should be no less than 800 hours.

You may be permitted to complete the practical work periods overseas but the host company and proposed work must be approved by your mentor prior to beginning the practical work period.  This is identical to the process for practical work carried out within New Zealand. The host company's manager (or equivalent) must be able to read and fill in the Massey University's Practical Work Hours Sign-Off Form, which certifies the number of hours you have worked and assess you against the graduate profile.

Failure to complete this practical work prevents you from graduating as it is a mandatory requirement.

If you require any further information which is not available on our website for the above courses, please contact Academic Advice or contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have questions about your study.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this programme within the stated time limit, you will normally be able to graduate with a class of honours.

Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this programme.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours fees

This is a four-year honours degree programme. Please note that fees will be charged according to the academic level of courses. This means that Years 1, 2 and 3 will be charged at the undergraduate course rate and Year 4, which is an honours year, will be charged at the postgraduate course rate.

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours fees

This is a four-year honours degree programme. Please note that fees will be charged according to the academic level of courses. This means that Years 1, 2 and 3 will be charged at the undergraduate course rate and Year 4, which is an honours year, will be charged at the postgraduate course rate.

A good fit if you:

  • enjoy building things and solving problems
  • want to know why things are the way they are
  • do well in science subjects.

Meet our students

Accreditations and rankings

Engineering New Zealand - Washington Accord

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours programme is accredited by Engineering NZ, under the Washington Accord, allowing our graduates to work internationally.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships