Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Why study civil and environmental engineering at the University of Auckland?

With a combined emphasis on infrastructure development and sustainable management, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers students the opportunity to get a well-rounded degree with a focus on either civil or environmental engineering in the final year of study.

Graduates of the department leave fully equipped with the skills and knowledge to work in academia, consulting, private enterprise and government throughout the world. Our department is committed to producing exceptional, well-rounded professionals who can provide innovative solutions in our rapidly changing world.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers students a stimulating multidisciplinary approach to education with a variety of sub-specialisations. We offer you engineering opportunities to broaden your horizons and forge a career in disciplines such as:

  • Disaster management
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Hydraulic engineering and fluid mechanics
  • Land management
  • Structural analysis and design
  • Project management
  • Risk and sustainability
  • Structural engineering
  • Sustainable stormwater solutions
  • Traffic and transportation engineering
  • Water and wastewater management




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Construction management

Learn a multidisciplinary approach to managing people and resources. Everything you need to know to effectively run complex projects around the world. 

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Environmental engineering

Learn how to plan and minimise the environmental, social and cultural impact of engineering projects.

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Geotechnical engineering

Learn about the interaction between the natural and built environments, building solid foundations and the risk associated with natural hazards.  

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Hydraulic engineering

Learn about river mechanics, sediment transport and coastal engineering and help with flood mapping, bridge protection, tsunami prediction and shoreline management.

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Roads and transportation engineering

Learn how to design, build and maintain transportation assets for road, rail, sea and air. Help to keep the world moving safely and efficiently for the future.  

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Structural engineering

Learn how to ensure the integrity of new and old buildings made of timber, concrete and steel and help to build earthquake-resistant structures that will enhance student safety and thus stand the test of time.  



According to the New Zealand Government 2014 report Occupation Outlook, Civil and Environmental Engineers will be in high demand in New Zealand and abroad in the coming decades.



A collection of common employers in the Civil and Environmental Engineering sector of New Zealand



Studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland may just be the wisest career move you'll ever make. Find out more by viewing our prospectuses, handbooks and guides.