Undergraduate study

Internationally recognised teaching

Civil and Natural Resources Engineering is the highest-ranked Engineering department at the University of Canterbury. It is ranked in the top 100 in the world according to QS World University Rankings.   

Students typically have job offers before they graduate and a BE(Hons) in Civil or Natural Resources opens doors to career opportunities around the globe.

Degree pathway

All Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees start with the Intermediate Year followed by three years of study called the Professional Years.

Our degrees covers a broad range of disciplines that cover the vital aspects of modern life from the provision of safe drinking water, the development of efficient transportation systems to creating infrastructure with the ability to withstand powerful forces from earthquakes, wind and waves. The diverse range of subjects offered by our degrees provides the freedom to shape and define careers.

Our two programmes, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Civil and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Natural Resources share a common core which provides training across six diverse disciplines:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Water Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering
  • Engineering Management

In the final years of the degree the two degrees diverge to provide distinct strengths. Our students have the flexibility to construct their study plans to draw on the common strengths or alternatively the unique characteristics of the two degrees, with 75-90 per cent overlap possible between the two programmes.

See the overview for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree and then the programme structure for each discipline below. We also produce an annual 2017 Civil and Natural Resources handbook with course advice.

The College of Engineering offers a Diploma in Humanitarian Engineering that runs in parallel with the three professional years with the BE(Hons).

First Professional Year courses

ENCN 201 Communication Skills Portfolio 1 is a programme requirement.

Students are required to attend the First Professional Camp. Field and plotting work at the camp form part of the examination for ENCN 261 Transport and Surveying. In 2017 there are two occurrences, April 9-14 or April 23-28. Students must attend one. Check your handbook or with the administrator for details. The cost is included in your fees.

In addition to the First Professional Camp students must complete ENCI 199 Health & Safety on the Work Site Training course. This is a one day interactive course which is compulsory for all BE (Hons) 1st Professional year students. Failure to enrol and complete the training will prevent you from graduating. This course is more comprehensive than the basic consultants passport and all students must complete the training even if they already have a consultants passport from site safe. The cost of this course is also included in your 1st Professional fees.  If you do not complete this in 1st Pro a further fee will be required.

Semester One

Semester Two

Minghao Li

Lecturer
1st Pro Coordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E409
Internal Phone: 92048

Second Professional Year

The second professional year of study includes mathematics, fluid mechanics, design and management with a strong focus on structures and geomechanics.

ENCN 301 Communication Skills Portfolio 2 is required for all students. Students must enrol and pass ENCN 301 prior to taking ENCN 493 and ENCN 470 in Third Professional Year.

The courses listed below are compulsory. Please check the handbook or calendar for all details including any approval requirements or pre- and co-requisite courses. If you have questions or problems please contact the 2nd Pro Co-ordinator, Jennifer Haskell.

Semester One

  • ENCN 304 Deterministic Mathematical Methods
  • ENCN 305 Computer Programming and Stochastic Modelling
  • ENCN 371 Engineering Management
  • ENCI 335 Structural Analysis

Semester Two

 

Jenny Haskell

Senior Lecturer
2nd Pro coordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E443
Internal Phone: 92258

Third Professional Year

This year offers much more flexibility and includes both compulsory and elective courses. There are two compulsory courses, ENCN 493 Project (whole year) and ENCN 470 Professional Engineering Development (Semester 2).

In addition to ENCN 493 and ENCN 470, students take a total of five courses listed below. With approval of the department, students can substitute one listed course with another course at 400-level in a different department or with a 600-level course.

Semester One

Semester Two

Allan Scott

Senior Lecturer - Cement and Concrete Association Fellow
3rd Pro Coordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446C
Internal Phone: 92089

First Professional Year courses

ENCN 201 Communication Skills Portfolio 1 is a programme requirement.  

Semester One

Semester Two

Students are required to attend the First Professional Camp. Field and plotting work at the vamp form part of the examination for ENCN 261 Transport and Surveying.

Minghao Li

Lecturer
1st Pro Coordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E409
Internal Phone: 92048

Second Professional Year

The second professional year of study still retains some commonality between the two degree programmes. Common areas include mathematics, fluid mechanics, design, environmental engineering and infrastructure management.

ENCN 301 Communication Skills Portfolio 2 is required for all students. Students must enrol and pass ENCN 301 prior to taking ENCN 493 and ENCN 470 in third year.

Semester One

  • ENCN 304 Deterministic Mathematical Methods
  • ENNR 320 Integrated Catchment Analysis
  • ENCN 305 Computer Programming and Stochastic Modelling
  • ENCN 371 Engineering Management

Semester Two

Jenny Haskell

Senior Lecturer
2nd Pro coordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E443
Internal Phone: 92258

Third Professional Year

This year offers much more flexibility and includes both compulsory and elective courses. There are two compulsory courses, ENCN 493 Project (whole year) and ENCN 470 Professional Engineering Development (Semester 2).

In addition to ENCN 493 and ENCN 470, students take a total of five courses from the list below. With approval of the department, students can substitute one listed course with another course at 400-level in a different department or with a 600-level course.

Semester One

Semester Two

  • ENNR 422 Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering
  • ENCN 415 Pavement Engineering
  • ENCN 454 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • ENCN 499 Special topic: Groundwater
  • WATR 403 Water Management, Policy and Planning

Allan Scott

Senior Lecturer - Cement and Concrete Association Fellow
3rd Pro Coordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446C
Internal Phone: 92089

If you'd like to add a humanitarian focus to your degree and learn some practical humanitarian engineering skills then you can add a Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering to your Bachelor of Engineering and get an extra qualification without adding any extra time to your degree. 

There is a strong focus on practical work experience and 800 hours of practical work is a degree requirement. See the College of Engineering website for more information about our practical work approach and links with industry. Contact our practical work coordinator for enquiries.

Gabriele Chiaro

Lecturer
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E446A
Internal Phone: 92248

For all enquiries please contact the undergraduate administrator.

Catherine O'Shaughnessy

Undergraduate Administrator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E424
Internal Phone: 95880