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Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering
Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering

Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering

  • ID:UC640026
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$23,375.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$23,375.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements


English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

This diploma will allow you to apply your knowledge in engineering humanitarian service, broaden your skills, and widen your perceptions of engineering.

The Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering can only be completed in parallel with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree, in any engineering discipline. It is an additional qualification that can be completed in the same time it takes to complete a four-year BE(Hons) degree.

The programme combines courses in the humanities and social sciences with service-based experiential learning. Students will work on community-identified engineering issues and projects.

This additional qualification is ideal for those engineering students interested in:

  • helping to solve global issues such as food and water shortages, power supply, climate change, and ageing populations
  • adding a humanitarian focus to your degree
  • having the opportunity to work in a disadvantaged or developing community as part of your degree.

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The following introductory Engineering course (usually taken during your first year of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours):

  • ENGR 101 Foundations of Engineering

One course from the following (usually taken during the second year of your Engineering degree):

  • ENCH 295 Chemical Engineering Professional Practice

  • ENCN 213 Design Studio 1

  • ENEL 200 Electrical and Computer Engineering Design, ENME 221 Engineering Design and Manufacture

  • ENMT 201 Mechatronics Design

  • SENG 202 Software Engineering Project Workshop

One course from the following (usually taken during the second year of your Engineering degree):

  • ENCH 394 Process Engineering Design 2

  • ENEL 300 Electrical and Computer Engineering Design 2

  • ENME 311 Engineering Design and Production Management, ENMT 301 Mechatronics System Design

  • FORE 316 Forest Management

  • SENG 302 Software Engineering Group Project

One of the following humanities courses:

  • ANTH 102 Cultural Diversity and The Making of The Modern World

  • ANTH 104 Indigenous Peoples, Development and Anthropology

  • CHCH 101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation

  • EDUC 103 Education, Culture and Society

  • GEOL 113 GeoHazards

  • MAOR 107 Aotearoa: Introduction to Traditional Māori Society, MAOR 108 Aotearoa: Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society

  • MAOR 165 He Tīmatanga: Engaging with Māori

  • POLS 104 Introduction to International Relations

  • POLS 105 Comparing the Politics of Nations: A Global Introduction

  • SOCI 111 Exploring Society

  • SOCI 112 Global Society

Two of the following advanced humanities courses:

  • ANTH 213 Environment, Development and Disaster

  • ANTH 223 Ethnicity, Racism and History

  • EDUC 206 Education and Society: Ideals and Realities

  • GEOG 202 Globalisation and New Geographies

  • HIST 279 Social and Cultural History of India

  • HIST 294 Recovering Christchurch 1850-2010

  • HIST 298 Elephants and Empires: An Environmental History of Ancient to Modern India

  • HIST 398 Elephants and Empires: An Environmental History of Ancient to Modern India, HSRV 208 Gender Sensitivity and the Human Services

  • MAOR 219 Te Tiriti: The Treaty of Waitangi

  • MAOR 285 Oral Traditions and Modern Histories of Ngāi Tahu

  • PSYC 206 Research Design and Statistics

  • SOCI 220 Environment and Society

  • SOCI 244 On Death and Dying: Current Controversies in Thanatology

  • SOCI 255 Sociology of the City

  • SOCI 263 Sociology of the Everyday World

One of the following capstone courses:

  • ENGR 315 Humanitarian Engineering Practice

  • ENGR 316 Humanitarian Engineering Professional Report (available over the summer)

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
  • Master of Engineering
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Graduates of the Diploma in Global Humanitarian Engineering will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of areas additional to their specialist engineering disciplines, and will have shown a capacity for taking on additional work and an interest in applying their skills and knowledge to humanitarian service.
  • They will be able to work in a diverse range of engineering companies, both nationally and internationally, and will be recognised by prospective employers as having social and communication skills that are over and above those of other engineering graduates.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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