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Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • A prescribed programme of 4 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for a 2021 start

Entry requirement for the BE(Hons) is being changed for 2021 admissions. The new requirement (subject to CUAP approval) is:

All students must have a university entrance (UE) qualification.

Recommended high school preparation

The following recommended subjects will give you the appropriate background knowledge to take this degree, but they are not mandatory.

  • At least 16 NCEA Level 3 credits in Mathematics, normally including two of the following standards: AS91577 (Algebra), AS91578 (Differentiation), or AS91579 (Integration)
  • At least 16 NCEA Level 3 credits in Physics

Additionally, for the Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering major:

  • At least 14 NCEA level 3 credits in Chemistry
Cambridge International Examinations: A Level

Mathematics (C Grade) and Physics (C Grade) plus (for Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering) Chemistry (C Grade)

International Baccalaureate: 29 points

Mathematics (5 points Higher Level) and Physics (5 points Higher Level) plus (for Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering) Chemistry (5 points Higher Level)

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

Current entry requirements for 2020

Entry into the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours will be guaranteed to applicants who gain University Entrance and appropriate level specified in the relevant qualifications listed below.

Please note: If you do not achieve the required entry standard that will guarantee selection into the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, your application will be given individual consideration and assessed on a case by case basis.

Majors (available at Auckland and Manawatū)

NCEA level 3

  • Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
    NOTE: Only Years 1 and 2 can be done at Auckland.
    The full 4-year major is available at Manawatū.

Mathematics normally including standards in algebra, differentiation and integration (16 credits)
Physics (16 credits)
Chemistry (14 credits)

  • Electronics and Computer Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering and Innovation Management 

Mathematics normally including standards in algebra, differentiation and integration (16 credits)
Physics (16 credits)

Guaranteed entry requires the following externally-assessed Level 3 Achievement Standards:

91577 Apply the algebra of complex numbers in solving problems
91578 Apply differentiation methods in solving problems
91579 Apply integration methods in solving problems

91523 Demonstrate understanding of wave systems
91524 Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems
91526 Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems

Chemistry (if doing the Chemical and Bioprocessing Engineering major)
91390 Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances
91391 Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds
91392 Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems

Cambridge International Examinations: A Level

Mathematics (C Grade) and physics (C Grade) plus (for Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering) chemistry (C Grade)

International Baccalaureate: 29 points

Mathematics (5 points Higher Level) and Physics (5 points Higher Level) plus (for Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering) Chemistry (5 points Higher Level)

For more information, please refer to alternative pathways below or contact us at

Unsure if you’ll meet these entry requirements?

Don’t worry; we have many alternative pathways to help you get into engineering:

I have University Entrance (UE) but need more preparation in one or more of the subjects to enter BE(Hons)

Certificate in Science and Technology

This one-semester pathway is for students who 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 enrol into 124.100 Introductory Physics, 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 (or to discuss your suitability for this course or an alternative pathway.

Diploma in Science and Technology

This is suitable for students who wish to study a wide range of courses and also keep their options open just in case they change their mind and wish to enter another programme. This two-semester pathway is for students that need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry.

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

Summer Compact Courses (at Auckland Campus only)

For students that need extra preparation in mathematics, physics or chemistry. These courses are an intensive learning experience. Students are advised to only take two introductory subjects. Tuition in each course takes six weeks and attendance is required during January and early February. These courses can be taken as a Certificate of Proficiency and can be put towards another qualification in the BSc, BInfSc and BBus.

If you prefer to study at a slower pace, equivalent preparatory courses are available via Distance Learning mode: 123.103 Chemistry for Modern Sciences, 124.100 Introductory Physics or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics.

If you are currently completing Year 13 you should apply for discretionary entrance if you intend to begin study over summer before your NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent) become available in January. See Massey University entry requirements for more information.

I have met the entry requirements but need more English language skills

Direct Entry English Pathway

This 16-week pathway is suitable for students wishing to increase their English language skills.

I need more English language skills and study to meet UE. I also need more preparation in the subjects to enter the BE(Hons)

Certificate of Foundation Studies

Suitable if you are wishing to increase your English language skills and attain University Entrance. This may be a one or two-semester programme depending on your background in maths, physics and chemistry. This is then followed by taking the one-semester Certificate in Science and Technology to get you up to speed in maths and physics and/or chemistry.

I’m not sure whether my qualification allows me admittance

To check your eligibility contact us using the Contacts tab.
For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

If you have completed the NZ Certificate in Science, The National Diploma in Engineering, an equivalent qualification or relevant other tertiary qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for credit. Credit should be applied for as early as possible and you will be informed of the outcome of your application.  The credit granted will take into account the areas of study and the standard of pass attained in your previous study Students with alternative backgrounds will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more information.

Planning your programme

How do I know what major to choose?

  • Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Electronics & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering & Innovation Management
  • Mechatronics

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. Also 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.

When can I start?

You can start your engineering degree at Massey University in February.

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.

In engineering we work to ensure your on-campus commitments are between 9am and 5pm. A typical 40-hour week will include about 22 hours of lectures and workshops and 18 hours of recommended personal study time.

What does it cost?

The BE(Hons) 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.


Please note that only Year 1 and 2 of the Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering major can be done at Auckland.

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours structure

A unique feature of our degree is constant engineering practice through projects. You become technically proficient - you learn by doing! You also learn to work in teams, leadership, communication and project management - skills employers actively seek!

Year One

Provides underpinning knowledge required for subsequent years in mathematics and the engineering sciences, i.e. the fundamental technical techniques which can be used to solve engineering problems. To help you apply these fundamentals you will take part in two projects.

  • Project 1: Provides tangible benefits for a third-world community. Student projects have helped communities in Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Nepal. Massey has won the EWB National Challenge 2 years running and represents NZ at the Australian challenge finals in Melbourne:
  • Project 2: This project designs for the year 2070. Develop products, processes or technologies that may be applicable in the future for a theme such as transportation or food preparation.

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.

  • Project 3: Help a real New Zealand company develop a concept for a new product.
  • Project 4: Design and develop a prototype and its manufacturing process for a new coffee creamer, or perhaps a new 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 products or process (depending on your major) that minimize 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 - as well as grappling with advanced technical knowledge, all students will work on a capstone project which gets you as close as you will get during your study to working like a real engineer.

Practical work experience while you study

During your time with us you have to spend 800 hours (a minimum of 6 months) working as engineers with companies. Our dedicated staff will help you find intern or summer work.

You will be required to submit three reports on your experiences. You may complete your practical work at the end of your first, second and third years of study (or the final practical after your fourth year). Students must enrol into the relevant 0 (zero) credit course for each practical work experience, before uploading a report to Stream.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual courses requirements, please use our Course search.

Majors or endorsements

The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) majors are:

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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