General academic admission
a) Candidates are required to have:
i) University Entrance (UE), or equivalent, comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
(1) A minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level
3 in Physics; and
(2) A minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in Calculus; and
(3) A minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in one other subject from the list of
UE approved subjects; and
(4) Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing; and
(5) Numeracy – 10 credits
at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).
ii) The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Level 6 (NZDE) with a 60% or better overall grade
iii) completed at least two years relevant work experience post-graduation; or
iv) completed equivalent academic qualifications which may include University Bursary with 45% or more in both Physics and Calculus
or Algebra, equivalent Cambridge score, equivalent International Baccalaureate.
Applicants who achieved University Entrance through NCEA in 2020 will be assessed under separate NZQA entry requirements that take into account the impacts of COVID-19. Candidates are required to have:
- obtained a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, including:
- Three subjects at level 3 including a minimum of 12 credits in Physics; and
- A minimum of 12 credits in Calculus; and
- One other subject with a minimum of 12 credits from the list of approved subjects *; 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 (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).
* NZQA approved subjects: see nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance.
Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible
for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as
a condition of entry into higher level programmes.
Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life
experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory
by the relevant Centre Director or designated nominee.
a) Candidates may be required to attend an interview and may be required to produce a work-based portfolio (where appropriate).
b) Where applications exceed the number of places available, the following selection criteria may be
i) academic achievement in related subject areas such as statistics, technology, and graphics;
ii) previous academic achievements;
iii) communication skills;
iv) motivation to complete the programme;
v) life or work experience
in, or appropriate to, the programme;
vi) ability to participate in fieldwork aspects of the programme, where relevant.
English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an overall International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or better in the academic band, with a minimum of 6.0 in the written and speaking bands,
and a minimum of 5.5 in the reading and listening bands; or equivalent.