Victoria University’s Master of Engineering Practice (MEP) is a unique and innovative programme for graduates seeking a professional postgraduate engineering qualification in the IT field.
There is a demand from New Zealand employers for ICT graduates, particularly for graduates who have the appropriate skills for working eff ectively in the New Zealand workplace.
Industry has made it clear that they need graduates with good communication and teamwork skills and an understanding of the professional environment in industry, as well as straight technical knowledge and skills.
The MEP has been designed to provide graduates who can meet that demand.
Many Engineering and Computer Science graduates have little experience at applying theoretical knowledge to real engineering problems and little understanding of the professional environment in the New Zealand industry.
The MEP is a one-year, 180-point Master’s programme which aims to help students advance their skills and improve their job prospects.
Students will have completed a relevant degree such as in Computer Science or an appropriate engineering discipline. The programme will include courses focusing on communication, problem solving and enterprise skills. It will end with a three-month research and development project in an industry placement.
Taught 180 points Master’s degree - 1.5 years of academic study. It is taught in three parts and it is expected that students may complete the degree in one calendar year.
Part 1 (one trimester of study) – 60 points
Part 2 (one trimester of study) – 60 points
Part 3 (one trimester of study) – 60 points
Students may be placed in industries locally (including within Victoria University of Wellington), or nationally – past industry placements include companies such as Google, Xero, Datacom, Weta Digital, Park Road Post, Solnet, Microsoft, IBM, Trade Me, Fujitsu, Magritek, Tekron, BRANZ, Callaghan Innovation, BECA, GNS, Fisher & Paykel, EDMI, Chorus, Transfield Services, 2degrees and others.
Students may be paid by companies in which they are placed.