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Master of Engineering (ME)

Course Description

Invest in your future

Join us at the Faculty of Engineering and embark on a rewarding course of study that can contribute to your academic reputation and further your professional life.

The Master of Engineering (ME) is a research-based qualification that provides specialised knowledge in your field of choice, advances your abilities to perform rigorous intellectual analysis, and confidently build independent problem-solving skills.

Our postgraduate students have access to world-class facilities and experts who apply their research discoveries, expertise and experiences to their teaching and supervision. You will undertake a stimulating mix of theoretical and experimental research to solve real-world problems, become a valued member of your supervisor’s research team, and influence future research directions. No one works in isolation here, and we aim to equip you with the tools you will need to cultivate your critical thinking abilities.

The ME gives you the chance to engage in advanced, independent and original research, which can make it an enriching introduction to further study in our doctoral programme. Be assured that the ME will set you apart if you intend to progress into higher-level positions in industry and the employment market, or mark the beginnings of a future in research and academia.

Programme structure

Research (120 or 180 points)
Full-time or part-time

The ME is a research degree – you must successfully complete a 120-point thesis to gain this qualification. The 120-point option only applies if you have completed a four-year honours degree in Engineering. If you have a three-year bachelors degree in Engineering or a related field (such as Science), you’ll be expected to complete a 180-point programme. This requires you to choose four taught courses relevant to your research area of choice, as well as submit the 120-point thesis.

Subject options

The Faculty of Engineering is home to five departments dedicated to pioneering innovative, world-class research. You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of subject areas to consider as your focus. The project areas that you may specialise in for your ME degree are:

Chemical and Materials Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Systems Engineering
Engineering Science
Environmental Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering
Software Engineering

Next generation research at the Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering is dedicated to providing you with all the facilities, flexibility and support needed for you to develop the skills needed for the workforce. We boast research themes and programmes that provoke interdisciplinary projects, bringing together expertise from our five departments, other faculties, and industry partners and research organisations. Collaborative study is strongly encouraged – postgraduates in particular have the benefit of experiencing cohorts with diverse academic and industry backgrounds.

You will gain access to world-renowned experts who actively demonstrate the positive impacts research have on society. High-performance equipment and labs beyond industry standards are at your fingertips. Our facilities extend beyond study hours – we take pride in our involvement in student events and associations across the University, and are dedicated to providing you with academic, personal and career advice. We encourage you to take advantage of our resources, and use them to expand the possibilities of your research and career path.

Visit the Master of Engineering (ME) page on the University of Auckland website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Eryn Kwon

5287.jpg “My decision to continue studying is based on my enjoyment of my undergraduate engineering degree.

"My programme made me understand Albert Einstein and Raymond Serway's reflection on the excitement of scientific discovery as 'a marvellous time to be alive'.

"I see the thrill in overcoming challenges and coming up with solutions. The notion that my research might contribute to making
society a safer place doesn't hurt either! I’m currently developing physical and computational models to study ballistic cranial

"By modelling a ballistic impact on a human head, I can develop a viable exemplar to be used in forensic research and studies. I love everything about my postgraduate programme – the labs, facilities and available resources contribute to me doing something I’m passionate about. The University’s essential services also provided support when I needed it the most.

“Ultimately, it’s the people that make this experience amazing. As a tutor, I can see that our staff are all passionate about teaching and will often work overtime to make sure our students have a positive learning experience. I also adore our multicultural atmosphere – you can meet five people in one afternoon and they all speak a different language!"

Eryn graduated with a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, and is a current PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering.


Entry Requirements

4 year Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree with a minimum of Second Class Honours (second division). Candidates must submit a thesis proposal endorsed by the supervisor and the departmental postgraduate adviser, describing the timeline and methodology for achieving the identified goals within the maximum allowable time of one year fulltime and two years part-time.

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