Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering)

Qualification code OP700502

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology with a major in Civil Engineering is for people with an aptitude for mathematics and science who want to work as a technologist with professional engineers. Civil engineering technologists are concerned with the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, building structures, water and waste-water plants and environmental protection works.

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology Civil enables you to hold a responsible position within an organisation’s management team in a local authority, in a consulting engineer’s practice or for a civil engineering contractor.

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology provides students with the knowledge and skills to be admitted as engineering technologists with the Institution of Professional Engineers in New Zealand.

The courses provide a core of basic analytical and communication skills common to all branches of engineering and then students to undertake in-depth study in Civil Engineering.

The degree can be studied on a part-time basis by studying one or two courses per trimester. If you wish to study full-time you must have seek approval from the Programme Leader of the degree.

To offer the Bachelor of Engineering Technology by distance in New Zealand the Open Polytechnic utilises course materials under a licence agreement with the University of Southern Queensland (Australia).

  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $17,800 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

To gain entry into this programme you require:

• NCEA L3 including 14 credits in Physics at level 3 and 14 credits in Mathematics at level 3, and one other subject from the NZQA list of approved subjects with a minimum of 14 credits at level 3, and
• Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
• Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above from specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627
Mathematics credits should be from:
• AS91578 AS91579 AS91575, AS91577, AS91573

• or an equivalent courses or qualification.


International students

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology is not available to international students living in New Zealand or overseas, or to New Zealand students living overseas.


English language

English is the language of study at Open Polytechnic. You will need to be able to read and write well in English so that you can understand course materials and also submit written assessments. There are criteria that must be met if English is not your first language. Find out more about English language requirements or contact us.