Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

The University of Waikato's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(BE(Hons)) is the degree for creative thinkers who move instinctively from having an idea to making it happen. It is designed as the basis for a professional career in engineering and provides plenty of opportunities to apply what you've learnt in lectures and labs to real work situations.

Pathway options

Start your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Tauranga by first enrolling in a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (formerly Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic).

If you complete the NZDE (in one of the specialisations stated below), with at least a B grade average, you will be granted admission to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). The remainder of your study will be completed in Hamilton.

The following NZDE specialisations can be cross credited to a BE(Hons):

  • Mechanical discipline, Mechanical specialisation
  • Mechanical discipline, Metallurgy specialisation
  • Electrical discipline, Electronics specialisation
  • Electrical discipline, Power specialisation

The guaranteed credit of 105-160 points depends on the programme you complete at Toi Ohomai. This equates to one to one-and-a-half years of study. All other credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

After completing the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) in Tauranga, you can credit your study towards the BE(Hons) in the following programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Process Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering (Materials stream only), and Electronic Engineering. The BE(Hons) is taught in Hamilton.

At Waikato all of our five engineering programmes are fully accredited by the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), which means your degree is internationally recognised.

Practical experience

Work placements are a major feature of the BE(Hons). 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 the quality of your work experience. By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of real-world engineering experience to take to your interviews. For more information visit

Career options

Our BE(Hons) graduates are working in a wide range of careers including: biochemical engineer, electronic engineer, food technology engineer, mechanical engineer, product designer, software engineer, civil engineer and many more.

Learn more about studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at the University of Waikato's Hamilton Campus.