Please note: New admissions/enrolments to the Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree were suspended in 2014. For more information please go to our Degree, Diploma & Certificate Regulations page.

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Bachelor of Technology (BTech)

Quick facts
Points per degree 480 points
Fulltime study 4 years
Part-time study 8+ years
Degree structure Taught
Taught at City Campus
Application closing date 4 July
Start date Semester 1 and 2

Programme highlights

  • An interfaculty degree, drawing on courses from the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Business and Economics.
  • Four year programme, which may be awarded with Honours.
  • Final year of study incorporates a project supported by local industry or an active research area within the University.
  • Students may complete their MSc within one year of completing the BTech, and from here move into a PhD.


Programme overview

The Bachelor of Technology (BTech) is a four year interfaculty degree that will enable you to study a specialist technological subject and internationally important area of technology in greater depth than covered in the more general Bachelor of Science. It will also provide you with an understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship, making you highly sought after both in New Zealand and around the world where there is strong demand for researchers, technical developers, inventors, innovators and science managers in the growing technological job markets. Each BTech specialisation involves a specified set of courses drawn from different faculties and teaching specialists in these areas. This provides a comprehensive programme of study for each technology.

The BTech specialisations have been designed in consultation with industry representatives and are supported by active research at the University.  In your fourth and final year you will undertake a project working within one of these research areas, either through the University or a local industry or company. All of this ensures that as a graduate you are well prepared for employment and research in your selected specialisation.  Often students have work lined up for them when they finish their degree, enabled by the networking opportunities and work experience that the project provides.  You will have good employment prospects or the opportunity to complete your MSc within one year of the BTech, and from there move into a PhD.

The BTech degree will give you an in-depth understanding of the specialisation you undertake, including:

  • Broad theoretical and conceptual aspects of the relevant technology
  • Application-based techniques in the relevant technology
  • How to apply the relevant technology in industrial or professional contexts
  • Technological and ethical issues

It will also provide you with competence in communication, presentation, research and evaluation, which are indispensable lifelong skills.

For futher programme details, please refer to The University of Auckland Calendar.

Degree structure


The BTech degree involves 30 courses totalling 480 points. All courses are worth 15 points except for the final year project, which covers two semesters and is worth 45 points. 30 points are from General Education courses, while in most specialisations up to 15 points may also be taken in an elective of your choice. This is advantageous for students who transfer into the programme after Part 1, as they may not have taken all the required courses but will be able to count one 'out of Faculty' course towards their specialisation. However where the elective is not specified, it is recommended to take a science course or one that is complementary to your specialisation.

Part 1

Students are selected as per the entry requirements outlined below. The first year provides a strong foundation in core science subjects and those subjects relevant your specialisation.

Part 2

Students will progress to Part 2 if they pass all Part 1 courses and/or achieve a GPA of 5. Entry to Part 2 is also guaranteed for those students who hold an Entrance Scholarship or have shown evidence of exceptional school performance and maintain a GPA of 4 in Part 1. The specialisations Biotechnology, MPIT and Optoelectronics build on first year skills with core courses that are more advanced, while Information Technology provides a range of elective papers to choose from, allowing you to guide the direction of your specialisation.

Part 3

Progression is by permission of the BTech Board of Studies but should be automatic if you pass all Part 2 courses. Part 3 includes a mix of advanced core courses in your specialised technology as well as a choice of elective papers.

Part 4

Progression is by permission of the BTech Board of Studies but should be automatic if you pass all Part 3 courses. You will undertake a research project over the course of the year, which will involve preliminary research and planning in semester one, followed by the completion of your project in semester two. As well as this you will have several key papers to complete your specialisation.

Students may be awarded Honours if their GPA is 4 or above and they meet all other requirements for the degree.  Classes of Honours are awarded with a split of 40:60 between third and fourth year grades.  Students are notified of their class when they are made eligible to graduate.

  • First Class Honours – GPA 7 – 9
  • Second Class 1st Division – GPA 5.5 - 6.99
  • Second Class 2nd Division – GPA 4 - 5.49

Note: You must pass all of one part before progressing to the next, however in some cases where a course is failed or missed, exceptions can be made. Please speak to the coordinator if you are concerned about your progression in the degree.

General Education

BTech students must take 2 courses (30 pts) from the General Education schedules that are approved for their specialisation.

See schedules and course descriptions

Specialisation When taken Schedules available
Biotechnology* Parts 2 and 3 Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, Science, Open Schedule
IT* Parts 3 and 4 Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, Science, Open Schedule
MPIT Parts 1 and 3 Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, Science, Open Schedule
Optoelectronics* Parts 1 and 2 Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, Science, Open Schedule

*Students cannot take SCIGEN 101G

Entry requirements

If you are qualified for entrance into the University, and achieve an NCEA rank score of at least 220 or a CIE rank score of at least 260, you may apply to enrol in the first year of the BTech. Applicants will be considered according to their best 80 credits at Level 3 or higher over a maximum of five approved subjects.

Some courses are also subject to limited selection (eg BIOSCI 107, MEDSCI 142). If you are not selected into all required courses, or you do not meet the NCEA entry requirement, your enrolment will be changed to BSc. You may be reconsidered for Part 1 or 2 at the end of Year 1 if you achieve a GPA of 4.7 or above and there are spaces available.

If you are considering a Bachelor of Technology you will need to have taken a combination of the following subjects in Year 12 and 13: Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry (as well as Biology for the Biotechnology option) and English or another subject which develops literacy and communication skills.

Find more information about entry requirements in the BTech handbook (PDF)

Find information on how to apply

Career opportunities

BTech graduates are sought after by employers around the world, as they leave university with a unique combination of scientific and technical skills, as well as on the job experience.

Graduates are likely to qualify for technical and research assistant positions within fundamental and applied research positions in Crown Research Institutes and Universities, Biotechnology companies, the brewing, dairy and other traditional fermentation industries, pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as diagnostic facilities in medicine and agriculture. Graduates who are hoping to undertake or head independent research programme are likely to proceed to a PhD.

Information Technology
Initially, many graduates will work as software developers or in supporting programming. Graduates work in a variety of firms ranging from small new companies through to large multinationals. The initial salaries of our graduates are relatively high and increase rapidly as they gain experience and move to positions of responsibility

Medical Physics and Imaging Technology
This specialisation prepares graduates for a variety of career opportunities such as hospital physicist, research positions in a wide range of national and international Industrial Research and Development Centres (Medical Imaging and Biomedical equipment) as well as providing the academic research background for those wanting to enter a PhD programme in the fields of biophysics and biophotonics. Career opportunities offered to our graduates range from the medical to the corporate environment, as well as an academic career with a great variety depending on how much patient contact they want and how much of a research component they are interested in. Graduates will work closely with hospital or industrial teams during their fourth year project to prepare them for their career choice. BTech students will be able to apply for training in Medical Physics at The Australian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine under their Training, Education and Accreditation Program (TEAP). For more information:

In New Zealand there is growing demand for staff with an understanding of optics as well as electronics. Increasingly, manufacturers, service providers, telecommunications workers and computer science staff are finding that the equipment with which they have to service or develop contains optical or optoelectronic components as well as traditional electronics. There is a growing demand in all developed nations for staff with an understanding of this technology. Another rapidly growing area of optoelectronics is in the area of biomedical sensing. There is now a large effort being made world-wide by start-up companies seeking to commercialise new applications such as this, and Biophotonics is now an established discipline at international conferences and meetings.

For more information on careers relevant to your technology please see the appropriate specialisation page.

Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Bachelor of Technology handbook or the Faculty of Science Undergraduate Prospectus


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