Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) (TK0502) Level 7


Programme Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) is designed to provide holders of  engineering qualifications an opportunity to acquire technical knowledge in highway engineering and general knowledge of applied management. It will provide a professional development opportunity for practitioners who hold a relevant tertiary qualification and who seek to broaden, or develop, their knowledge of highway engineering.  The Graduate Diploma will also prepare them for further study at other institutions and universities in New Zealand and overseas.

Applicants will typically include:

  • Bachelor of Engineering graduates, local or overseas, who have little or no highway engineering background;
  • Non-engineering graduates, e.g. persons holding science, geology or similar degrees.

The principal aim of the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways)  is to provide the highway engineering industry with a programme which will equip candidates with the technical and management skills to function at middle management level.  

2022 Timetable

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Graduate Profile

On completion of the GradDipEng(Highways) graduates will be able to:

  • Apply advanced technical knowledge in a highway design or construction environment.
  • Innovatively apply and modify practices in the field of highway engineering.
  • Creatively plan, design, control, budget and prioritise highway construction and maintenance programmes to standards required by the engineering profession.
  • Provide managerial input into highway engineering projects and activities.
  • Implement and complete projects without direct supervision.
  • Undertake a wide range of support activities, including organization, management, liaison and public relations.
  • Analyse and evaluate technical and economic options.
  • Display substantial personal and professional communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Exercise responsibility for the work of others, including cost effective allocation of resources.
  • Maintain individual quality standards.
  • Continue studies towards higher professional or managerial qualifications.

These graduates will be well placed to move into employment and/or further education in areas of: 

  • Design of roads
  • Construction of roads
  • Maintenance of roads
  • Project management
  • Local government
  • Asset management 

Entry & Selection Criteria

Entry Criteria

In order to be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) applicants must meet:


The normal admission requirements listed below;


The special admission requirements listed below;


The English language requirements listed below.

Normal minimum admission requirements

The applicant must :

(i)  Have an appropriate (e.g. engineering, science, geology, forestry or similar) degree or higher tertiary qualification;


(ii)  Satisfy the Programme Manager, with advice from academic staff, that they have sufficient knowledge of mathematics to ensure successful completion on the programme.

Special admission

Notwithstanding the above admission categories, in special circumstances applicants who are able to show evidence of an ability to succeed in the programme may be considered for admission, provided that: 

( i)  They have completed a qualification from another tertiary provider deemed by the Programme Manager to bring them to the required academic entry level;


(ii)  In the opinion of the Programme Manager, with advice from other academic staff or National Advisory Committee members, have equivalent knowledge and skills; previous and ongoing life or work experience; or other formal or informal study, comparable with the requirements of the normal admission requirements, together with strong likelihood of successful programme completion.

A student entering the Graduate Diploma programme under the above provisions may be required to follow an approved introductory course of study as a pre-requisite or co-requisite.

English Language

In addition, the following requirements apply to applicants in both admission categories:

Applicants whose first language is not English, are required to provide evidence of having met the following minimum English language requirements:

  1. IELTS: an overall proficiency score of 6.0 (academic version), with no sub-test score lower than 5.5; or
  2. TOEFL 550 together with TWE of 5.0; or
  3. Provide evidence of having passed such tests of English language competence, as the WITT Academic Board may from time to time approve.

Selection criteria

Entry to the GradDipEng (Highways) will be in order of receipt of enrolments by applicants who meet the entry criteria.

Applicants who seek entry to the GradDipEng (Highwaysunder the Special Admission Entry Criteria above, may be required to:

  1. Participate in an interview; and/or
  2. Submit a portfolio; and/or
  3. Supply references; and/or
  4. Produce other supporting documentation.

The Programme Manager will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the programme.  If there are more applicants than places available, preference will be given to applicants who have achieved a Level 7 qualification.

All enrolments in the programme are at the discretion of the Programme Manager, in consultation with other academic staff or National Advisory Committee members as required. 

Programme Structure

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Programme Specific Information

The programme is delivered in block course format.  Students can either complete the programme within a year or complete the programme part-time over a period of two to two and half years.

A typical format for a 15-credit course will be one or more study blocks of approximately 5-10 days duration, combined with self-directed study with distance learning support.

The learning cycle during each term consists of the following:

  • Study Blocks (class contact) of approximately 5-10 working days per course, arranged in a delivery permutation that best suits the requirements of the courses and the group.
  • Self-directed study period during which students complete course work and set assignments in their own time, and prepare for the final examination.  During this time course presenters are available via e-mail or telephone to attend to individual inquiries. An on-line Course Management System (CMS) provides a communication forum and a platform for on-line learning support.
  • A final written examination at the end of course.

More information is available in the following documents that are available from the Programme Co-ordinator, NZIHT Office, 20 Bell Street, Welbourn, New Plymouth and includes Programme Regulations, Course Descriptors, and the Programme Handbook.

If you wish to discuss anything further please feel free to telephone the Programme Co-ordinator at the NZIHT office for more information Ph 06 759 7065 Ext 709.

Application Process

Once you have submitted an application, you will be notified of the outcome or you may be required to attend an interview.  If successful, you will receive a letter of acceptance and an enrolment pack.  Your enrolment pack will give you all the information you need to enrol in your chosen programme.  For more information on this process, refer to the “Study at WITT” brochure.

Click here for an application form for domestic students

Click here for an application form for international students


Semester 1 - February to June

Semester 2 - July to November

Semester 3 - November to February

Programme Length / Delivery

Programme delivery is intended to be part-time over two years, by way of a study block format that will enable students to gain the required 120 credits

Held from a venue in Hamilton. 

Programme Fees and Additional Expenses

Domestic Students         2020 - $826.00 per course - GST Inclusive

Additional Expenses
Travel and accommodation to attend block courses. (Expected cost varies depending on where student travels from and chooses to stay)

International Students   NZ$22,500 - GST Inclusive (Total cost for the 8 required courses)


Recognition of the Programme Qualification by External Stakeholders

The programme is NZQA approved.

Verification of Citizenship / Permanent Residency

Domestic students
Sighting of Birth Certificate or Passport showing proof of New Zealand Citizenship or Permanent Residency is necessary for enrolment into this programme.

International students
Sighting of Passport and current visa/permit is necessary for enrolment into this programme.

Contact Details for Enquiries

The Programme Coordinator

Private Bag 2030
New Plymouth 4342

Tel: 06 759 7065     Email:

Programme Information

Click here for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) Programme Information Sheet

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