Engineering Intermediate Year
First-year study in Engineering is open to all students who meet the entry requirements.
What to take at school
To ensure you meet the entry requirements check the Pathways in Engineering document for what to take at school.
Interactive course planners
The courses you are required to take for a standard Engineering Intermediate Year depend on the engineering disciplines you wish to study in the Professional (second, third and fourth) Years. The interactive course planner below will find which courses you need to take depending on your school results. You can select elective courses that keep your options open for more than one engineering discipline.
Support for Intermediate Year students
- Meet up with a current engineering student (in their second/third year) who has “been there and done that!”
- Runs for the first 10 weeks of Semester 1
- Learn tips and tricks, ask questions, seek advice and meet new people
SEE: Schedule of Engineering Events
- 8 fun, free events running over your first year of study
- TEDx style talks about engineering disciplines
- Quiz night, clubs day, meet our young alumni
- Showcase days about final year projects and research
Current students can find more information and dates on Learn.
Download our enrolment guide
Alternative Intermediate Year Options
You may be exempt from taking some of the required courses during the Engineering Intermediate year if you have taken the AIMS Math course, another STAR Science course and/or you have achieved excellent NCEA, IB or CIE results in relevant subjects.
NCEA: You must have achieved at least 20 credits, with at least 15 with 'excellence' endorsement in each of Level 3 Maths or Calculus*, Physics and Chemistry, plus other Level 3 credits to give a total of at least 80 Level 3 credits.
Note that Chemistry is NOT required for pursuing Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering or Software Engineering, and another subject can be used.
*Achievement standards 91578 - Apply differentiation methods in solving problems and 91579 - Apply integration methods in solving problems, MUST be included.
International Baccalaureate: An IB Score of 38, including scores of 7 HL in Maths, Physics and Chemistry (for disciplines that require Chemistry) will be considered for Direct Entry.
Cambridge International Examination: An A grade in A Level in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (for disciplines that require Chemistry) will be considered for Direct Entry.
Students who are eligible for Direct Entry will be required to take an EMTH210 support course in their 1st Pro year (EMTH110).
If you have achieved highly in one or two of these subject areas, or have achieved highly in all three but would like to complete the Intermediate Year before deciding on an engineering discipline, you may be instead offered the opportunity to study a Modified Intermediate Year. This involves taking some alternative (more advanced or interest) courses in place of some of the standard Intermediate courses. If you think you may be eligible for studying a Modified Intermediate Year or Direct Entry you should submit an Expression of Interest Form (PDF) to the Student Advisor.
Direct Entry to the First Professional Year and studying a modified Intermediate Year are both by invitation only from the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.
You may be required to complete your Engineering Intermediate Year over two years of study if you do not have the recommended background knowledge or you fail some courses in your first attempt.
If you do not have the entrance requirements for BE(Hons) in Maths, Physics, and/or Chemistry, you may be required to take one or more introductory courses to build up your knowledge before attempting the corresponding Intermediate Year courses.
Introductory courses are all offered in the first semester of the year so you may be able to complete your Intermediate Year in one year of study. However, you may have to complete your Intermediate Year over summer school or over two years because:
The introductory course MATH 101 must be taken IN ADDITION to the eight required Intermediate Year courses for your chosen discipline(s). It cannot be counted towards required courses in the Intermediate Year
The introductory course in Chemistry may be counted towards the eight courses.
Summer options vary from year to year. Find out more about what is offered during the Summer Programme.
If you need to take all three introductory courses, you are advised to spread out your learning over two years of study. You will need to take some additional courses to make yourself full-time. Contact the Student Advisors for more details.
Science Headstart courses can be taken during the summer before Semester One starts.
It is possible to take an equivalent intermediate year at other New Zealand universities for some engineering disciplines. Your application for entry to the First Professional Year is considered in the same way as students who have completed their intermediate year at UC. Contact a Student Advisor if you have questions.
If you have completed Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from a New Zealand tertiary institution you can apply for entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil, Natural Resources, Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering as appropriate. You will be considered for 1st Professional Year if you:
- have a B+ average, or better, in your BEngTech
- pass EMTH 119 and ENGR 102 (Civil, Natural Resources or Mechanical) or PHYS 102 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) with a B average, or better, during the summer prior to beginning the 1st Professional Year
- For Civil, Natural Resources and Mechanical Engineering programmes, you will then be required to take EMTH 171 in the summer between your 1st and 2nd Professional Years.
If you are granted entry to the 1st Professional Year you may be considered for exemption from individual courses depending on your background and experience (this will be at the discretion of the relevant department, considered on a case-by-case basis only after admission to the programme).
If you have completed a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering in Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from a New Zealand tertiary institution with a B+ average across all your courses and an A- or better in a level 5 Mathematics paper, you will be considered for a Modified Intermediate Year for Civil, Natural Resources, Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic Engineering as appropriate, as follows:
- EMTH 118
- EMTH 171
- PHYS 101
- CHEM 111 (Civil, Natural Resources or Mechanical) or COSC 121 (Mechanical or Electrical and Electronic only)
- EMTH 119
- ENGR 102 (Civil, Natural Resources or Mechanical) or PHYS 102 (Electrical and Electronic only)
On completion of the above courses, you will be considered for entry to the 1st Professional Year in the same manner as all other 1st Professional Year applicants, ie ranked by Grade Point Average (GPA).
If you are granted entry to the 1st Professional year you may be considered for exemption from individual courses depending on your background and experience (this will be at the discretion of the relevant department, considered on a case-by-case basis only after admission to the programme).
Electrical and Electronic Engineering - direct entry to Second Professional Year
Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering, a student applying with a Bachelor of Science is expected to have an appropriate major for the specialisation they wish to study, a B grade average, and at least 200-level Mathematics to be considered for entry to the Second Professional Year. An appropriate specialisation for Electrical and Electronic Engineering would be Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science.
Additional papers at the 200 or 300 level in Management or Accounting and Information Systems would enhance your application.
With this option, a student has the opportunity to gain a double degree (BSc and BE) in five years. Contact the department for more information.
Other alternative entry forms
- Application for exemption from prerequisite (PDF, 42KB, 1 pages)
- Entry with prior learning (PDF, 66KB, 2 pages)
Direct entry/modified intermediate year form
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