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The Master of Business Administration (Otago MBA) degree is an intensive two phase programme. Phase One comprises nine months of on-campus study of core papers. Read more
The Master of Business Administration (Otago MBA) degree is an intensive two phase programme. Phase One comprises nine months of on-campus study of core papers. This is followed by a highly flexible Phase Two of electives, international exchange or online distance learning, plus a business project. Phase Two can range between six to twelve months.

The programme takes on a strong global perspective. Together with the diversity of our classes and opportunities for international exchange to renowned universities worldwide, we prepare students for success in the highly competitive global economy. Our comprehensive MBA programme also goes well beyond the academic syllabus to include career development guidance, practical experience and networking activities.

Lecturers on the Otago MBA programme are drawn from three areas - the University, other reputable global business schools, and consultants or business practitioners. They are carefully selected for both academic excellence and strong practical experience in running successful businesses. The small class size ensures a large degree of personal mentoring and guidance from staff.

The style of learning is highly interactive, and participants learn as much from one another as from the course leader or facilitator. Students are assigned to teams, which reflect the diversity of professional and educational backgrounds, demographics and work style preferences. These teams work together on projects, presentations, and assignments to apply business knowledge learned in academic class in real live settings, as well as hone skills such as time management, conflict resolution and problem solving.

Information for New Applicants

The course commences each year in early April. Student applications are processed as they are received on a rolling basis, and we will endeavour to complete the application process within a month. As class size is small and seats are limited, applicants are advised to submit their application early to secure their place.

Start your application by completing the ‘Register your Interest’ form on the Otago MBA website or contact the MBA Admissions Manager, Susan Steer on 479 4514 or email

International students are reminded to allow sufficient time to make travel arrangements and visa application if required. Also, the full time Otago MBA requires a minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score as part of the entry requirement and students need to plan for this if they have not already done so.

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study consists of compulsory papers from Phase 1 (the core) together with a choice of a business project, or a selection from a list of elective papers, or papers from an approved international exchange partner. The core papers, the business project, and the elective papers are set out in the MBA Schedule. Papers to be taken through international exchange must be approved by the Director of Executive Programmes in Business. One BMBA 500-level paper not listed in the schedule may be substituted for another BMBA 500-level paper, with the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business.
A candidate must normally pass all papers from Phase 1 before proceeding to Phase 2.

Note: A Candidate who enters the programme from the Diploma in Business Administration programme may be permitted to take one or more papers from Phase 2 before completing all papers in Phase 1.

A candidate with insufficient grounding in Accounting, Mathematics and the use of computers may be required either:
-To attend short programmes of instruction.
-To carry out prescribed reading and study..
-A formal examination may be required.

Before commencing the investigation undertaken for the purposes of the project report, a candidate shall seek the approval of the Director of Executive Programmes in Business for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.

A candidate may not present a project report which has previously been accepted for another degree. Phase 1 of the MBA programme may be undertaken on-campus or by distance learning.

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The Master of Applied Management is aimed at management practitioners and recent graduates (domestic and international) wishing to undertake an advanced programme of study in order to prepare for further study or to assist with obtaining a more senior position. Read more

Course Outline

The Master of Applied Management is aimed at management practitioners and recent graduates (domestic and international) wishing to undertake an advanced programme of study in order to prepare for further study or to assist with obtaining a more senior position. Public and private sector organisations employing graduates of the Master of Applied Management will benefit from the advanced knowledge and capabilities (including analytical, managerial and research) that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.

Course Content

Master of Applied Management students will undertake a coherent programme of 180 credits approved by the Programme Manager and will follow one of two pathways.

The first pathway is designed for students who want to undertake more course work and consists of four compulsory components:

Compulsory Papers

- MGT801 Management Practice (15 credits)
- MGT802 Researching Management Issues and Trends (15 credits)
- MGT803 Research Proposal (15 credits)
- MGT901 Research Project (45 credits)

and an approved selection of papers worth at least 90 credits from the following list (each paper worth 15 credits, except for 810):

Electives

- MGT810 Applied Project (30 credits)
- MGT811 Business Analysis
- MGT812 Globalisation and International Management
- MGT813 Project Management and Governance
- MGT814 Strategic Management
- MGT815 Strategic Marketing
- MGT816 Special Topic
- MGT821 Business Communications
- MGT822 Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- MGT823 Business Finance
- MGT824 Business Human Resources
- MGT825 Business Marketing
- MGT826 Business Planning

The second pathway is designed for students who want to undertake a more substantial research project and consists of four compulsory components:

Compulsory Papers

- MGT801 Management Practice (15 credits)
- MGT802 Researching Management Issues and Trends (15 credits)
- MGT803 Research Proposal (15 credits)
- MGT902 Thesis (90 credits)

and an approved selection of papers worth at least 45 credits from the following list (each paper worth 15 credits, except for 810):

Electives

- MGT810 Applied Project (30 credits)
- MGT811 Business Analysis
- MGT812 Globalisation and International Management
- MGT813 Project Management and Governance
- MGT814 Strategic Management
- MGT815 Strategic Marketing
- MGT816 Special Topic
- MGT821 Business Communications
- MGT822 Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- MGT823 Business Finance
- MGT824 Business Human Resources
- MGT825 Business Marketing
- MGT826 Business Planning

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The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) is a 180-point, coursework postgraduate degree. A candidate would normally be a graduate but the degree is also open to those with other relevant qualifications. Read more
The Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) is a 180-point, coursework postgraduate degree. A candidate would normally be a graduate but the degree is also open to those with other relevant qualifications.

The MAppSc is designed for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary programme of study underpinned by science that delivers versatile skills relevant to multiple end-users. Optional paths are available that enphasize commercialisation, workplace-based projects or independent study.

The MAppSc can be completed in 12 months or in stages, providing flexibility for recent graduates and those currently employed.

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study:
-Shall consist of approved papers at 400-level or higher worth at least 180 points, selected from the papers specified in Science Schedule D for the Master of Applied Science subject concerned, and including at least one of APPS 596-598.
-Shall normally include papers from more than one subject.
-May, with the approval of the Head of Department or Course Director concerned, include papers worth up to 60 points from 400- and 500-level papers other than those specified in Schedule D.

A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the degree which have previously been passed for the certificate or diploma.

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The Master of Arts (MA) degree normally requires at least one year of full-time, or its equivalent in part-time, study and entails completion of a thesis. Read more
The Master of Arts (MA) degree normally requires at least one year of full-time, or its equivalent in part-time, study and entails completion of a thesis. The normal admission requirement is a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) degree in one of at least 24 subjects, but admission on the basis of alternative qualifications and experience is possible. Some degree candidates may be required to pass approved postgraduate papers before embarking on the thesis research, but will be advised of that before enrolment.

The thesis is a major piece of supervised research on a topic of current interest.

The primary aim of the programme is to develop in a candidate skills needed to identify a significant topic, design and implement an extended piece of research, and present the findings in a form acceptable to an expert readership. It prepares candidates for employment in education, regional and national government agencies, the private sector, and industry. The degree is also an entry qualification for the Doctor of Philsophy (PhD).

Subject Areas

The degree may be awarded in any of the following subjects:
-Anthropology
-Art History and Visual Culture
-Childhood and Youth Studies
-Chinese
-Classics
-Communication Studies
-Computer Science
-Economics
-Education
-English
-Film and Media Studies
-French
-Gender Studies
-Geography
-German
-History
-Indigenous Development / He Kura Matanui
-Information Science
-Japanese
-Linguistics
-Māori Studies
-Mathematics
-Music
-Peace and Conflict Studies
-Philosophy
-Politics
-Psychology
-Religious Studies
-Sociology
-Spanish
-Statistics
-Theatre Studies

Structure of the Programme

-The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed above. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed above.
-The programme of study shall consist of the preparation and submission of a thesis embodying the results of supervised research. A candidate who has obtained a three-year bachelor’s degree will be required to take and pass the fourth-stage papers listed in the Honours requirements for the subject concerned, in addition to completing a thesis. A candidate whose qualification for entry to the programme is the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects in the subject of the degree, will be required to complete a thesis, although in some cases the candidate may also be required to take and pass approved papers, normally at 400-level, in addition to completing a thesis.
-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s), and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.
-For a thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.

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The Master of Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL) degree is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme which consists in writing a research dissertation under supervision and completing papers worth an additional 105 points from a schedule of papers. Read more
The Master of Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL) degree is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme which consists in writing a research dissertation under supervision and completing papers worth an additional 105 points from a schedule of papers. The degree may be awarded with distinction or credit. The degree draws on the resources of both ethical and legal theory, and attends to bioethical problems arising from the increasing use of technology in medicine and changes in the resourcing and delivery of health care.

Schedule of Papers

BITC 401 Theories of Biomedical Ethics
BITC 403 Issues in Law, Ethics and Medicine
LAWS 547 Law and Medicine

At least one of:
LAWS 511 Family Law
LAWS 528 Law and Emerging Technologies
LAWS 548 Law and Psychiatry

And any of LAWS 511, LAWS 528, LAWS 548 and the following papers to make a total of least 120 points:
BITC 404 Ethics and Health Care
BITC 405 Bioethics in Clinical Practice
BITC 406 Health Research Ethics
BITC 407 Advanced Health Research Ethics
BITC 410, BITC 411, BITC 412 Special Topics
Other approved LAWS papers

BITC 890 MBHL Dissertation

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of:
-Papers from the schedule to a value of 120 points.
-A dissertation.

A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the degree which have been previously passed for the diploma, in which case the programme will normally consist of the dissertation only. The Bioethics Board of Studies may in special circumstances approve the inclusion in the programme of papers worth up to 30 points which are not listed in the schedule.

A candidate who has previously completed two or more papers listed in the schedule for another completed postgraduate diploma or honours degree or equivalent qualification may be exempted from a paper or papers up to a value of 30 points. Law graduates who have passed LAWS 311, LAWS 428, LAWS 448, or LAWS 477 shall be required to take at least 30 points of LAWS papers from the schedule, or to take 30 points of other approved comparable papers.

A candidate transferring credits for Law papers from another university shall be required to complete at least one of LAWS 547, or LAWS 548. The programme of study, the topic of the dissertation and the proposed supervisors shall be submitted to the Bioethics Board of Studies for its approval in accordance with established procedures for Division of Health Sciences postgraduate programmes.

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The Master of Business (MBus) degree is a professionally-oriented specialist qualification designed to meet the needs of both employers and students. Read more
The Master of Business (MBus) degree is a professionally-oriented specialist qualification designed to meet the needs of both employers and students. It consists of two semesters of papers and a nine-month thesis. To be eligible to undertake this programme you must be a graduate in commerce, business studies or an equivalent area, or possess appropriate experience. The MBus degree provides advanced study including an applied research topic. The thesis reports on an applied research project based on contemporary theory from the academic literature.

Subject Areas

-Accounting
-Economics
-Finance
-Information Science
-International Business
-Management
-Marketing Management

Structure of the Programme

-The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed above.
-The programme of study shall be as described for the subject concerned in the subjects listed above.
-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Head of Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a thesis which has been accepted for another degree.

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With more and more data being captured, there is growing need for people with the skills to manage large data collections, and make use of them through a range of data analysis techniques. Read more
With more and more data being captured, there is growing need for people with the skills to manage large data collections, and make use of them through a range of data analysis techniques. It has been said that “data is the raw material of the 21st century”.

The Master of Business Data Science (MBusDataSc) is an interdisciplinary programme that encompasses understanding how data can be used in a business context, how large data sets can be managed, and how data can be analysed. The programme will also develop students’ skills in data analysis techniques and computing.

Graduates of the MBusDataSc will have advanced knowledge in areas including: understanding of opportunities for applying data analysis in business, awareness of ethical and privacy issues and mitigation approaches, understanding of technologies for managing large data sets and the ability to select and apply appropriate technologies, and an understanding of different techniques for analysing data and the ability to select and apply appropriate techniques.

The programme can be completed in a 12 month period.

Programme Requirements

-BSNS 401 The Environment of Business and Economics (20 points)
-COSC 430 Advanced Database Topics (20 points)
-INFO 408 Management of Large Scale Data (20 points)
-INFO 411 Machine Learning and Data Mining (20 points)
-INFO 420 Statistical Techniques for Data Science (20 points)
-INFO 424 Adaptive Business Intelligence (20 points)
-MART 448 Advanced Business Analytics (20 points)

Plus one of the following project papers:
-BSNS 501 Applied Project or BSNS 580 Research Project (40 points)

Structure of the Programme

-A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers on the basis of previous study. Alternative papers will be required at an equivalent level of study.
-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the applied or research project, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a project report which has previously been accepted for another degree.
-A candidate must pass both the papers and the project components.

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The Master of Commerce (MCom) degree allows for the development of individual research. Starting with a sound background of coursework, students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields or to begin to develop new areas of research. Read more
The Master of Commerce (MCom) degree allows for the development of individual research. Starting with a sound background of coursework, students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields or to begin to develop new areas of research.

The MCom can be pursued by a combination of papers and thesis, or by thesis only. Students who have a good Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) will complete the MCom by papers and thesis (at least two years' full-time study). The first year consists of a selection of papers worth 144 points, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom). Students who have a good Honours degree or a PGDipCom (or equivalent qualification) can complete an MCom by thesis only (minimum one year).

Further information about completing a Master's degree is available at: otago.ac.nz/study/masters/index.html

Subject areas

-Accounting
-Economics
-Finance
-Information Science
-International Business
-Management
-Marketing Management
-Tourism

Structure of the Programme

-The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed above. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed above.
-The programme of study shall consist of the preparation and submission of a thesis embodying the results of supervised research. In some cases, a candidate may also be required to take and pass approved papers, normally at 400-level, in addition to completing a thesis.
-The candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.
-For the thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.

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Learn about conservation biology surrounded by an international hotspot for biodiversity, in the science capital of New Zealand, from world leaders in conservation practice. Read more
Learn about conservation biology surrounded by an international hotspot for biodiversity, in the science capital of New Zealand, from world leaders in conservation practice.

This Master of Conservation Biology (MConBio) programme is a professional one year Masters drawing on scientific expertise and its application to conservation throughout New Zealand.

We explore the processes of conservation biology and look at practical problems and solutions in examples from New Zealand and internationally. Skills in experimental design, collection and analysis of data and presentation of research results will be gained by students in conservation, ecology and biodiversity. We use examples of internationally renowned best conservation practice being applied. Our studies include theoretical and field based approaches including an extensive range of terrestrial and marine environments that enable a comprehensive study of the important issues in conservation.

A supervisor is not usually required for completion of this programme, as there is no thesis component. The masters programme can be completed in one year. Normal prerequisites for entry into the programme may not apply if students can provide evidence of excellence in their field of study and/or sufficient work or volunteer experience.

The Master of Conservation Biology (MConBio) is designed both for international and New Zealand students who wish to gain a broad understanding of conservation biology. It is an ideal qualification for those seeking employment in a wide range of government, conservation and resource management agencies worldwide. The programme can be undertaken part time and would also suit those in employment looking to increase their capacity. It also prepares students for doctoral studies. A background in ecology is optimal but not necessary for entry into the programme.

Contact:
Dr Nicky Nelson, Programme director


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The Master of Dentistry (MDent) is a one year full-time, or two year part-time taught Master's programme which enhances dental practitioners' clinical skills and research base, but does not lead to specialist registration. Read more
The Master of Dentistry (MDent) is a one year full-time, or two year part-time taught Master's programme which enhances dental practitioners' clinical skills and research base, but does not lead to specialist registration. It is offered in two fields: as an endorsement in Aesthetic Dentistry or an endorsement in Rural Oral Health Care.

Programme Requirements

Aesthetic Dentistry
AEST 801 Principles of Aesthetic Dentistry (60 Points)
AEST 802 Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry (60 Points)
AEST 880 Research Dissertation (60 Points)

Rural Oral Health Care
ROHC 801 Principles of Medicine and Surgery for Rural Oral Health Care (60 Points)
ROHC 802 Advanced Principles in General Dental Practice (60 Points)
ROHC 880 Research Dissertation (60 Points)

Structure of the Programme

The programme shall consist of papers and a research dissertation to a total value of 180 points as specified for one of the following endorsements:
-Aesthetic Dentistry: AEST 801, AEST 802, AEST 880.
-Rural Oral Health Care: ROHC 801, ROHC 802, ROHC 880

All requirements for an endorsement must be passed for the degree to be awarded. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, papers which have been completed at the University of Otago, another university, or an approved examining body may be credited to the programme and/or used as the basis for exemption from the requirements of the clinical papers mentioned in (b) above, provided that this previous study is directly relevant to the candidate's proposed and approved programme of study, to a maximum of 60 points. There will be no exemption from the research paper.

Other admission requirements

Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of B+ over the 400- and 500-level papers of the qualifying degree and will normally be expected to have had relevant clinical experience of at least three years’ duration and/or have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry before admission to the programme. Admission to each endorsement is limited to a maximum of six candidates annually.

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The Master of Dietetics (MDiet) degree is an academic and professional dietetic training course which prepares graduates to work as dietitians in New Zealand. Read more
The Master of Dietetics (MDiet) degree is an academic and professional dietetic training course which prepares graduates to work as dietitians in New Zealand. This full time, two-year course encompasses specialist papers in clinical nutrition, public health, food service, professional skills, research thesis preparation, a block placement and a research project.

The first year of the programme is taught in Dunedin. Early Learning in Dietetics (practical experience placements) will be completed under the supervision of dietetic tutors in hospital, community, public health and foodservice environments. The second year consists of one semester of placements and one semester of research in one of a number of centres.

Programme Requirements

Year One
HUND 471 Clinical Nutrition (30 Points)
HUND 472 Public Health Dietetics (20 Points)
HUND 473 Food Service Management (20 Points)
HUND 475 Applied Dietetics (20 Points)
HUND 5A Thesis Part A (30 Points)

Year Two
HUND 477 Professional Placement (60 Points)
HUND 5B Thesis Part B (60 Points)

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of papers and a thesis to a total value of 240 points as set down in the MDiet Schedule. A candidate must pass all the papers in Year One and also demonstrate the required level of professional behaviour before proceeding to Year Two.

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New Zealand is a recognised leader in disaster management, which makes it the perfect place to study the topic. Read more

Invest in your future

New Zealand is a recognised leader in disaster management, which makes it the perfect place to study the topic. Our significant, multi-hazard activity keeps disaster management at the forefront of government policy – and recent disasters both here and around the globe have highlighted a need for expert knowledge in managing them.

The Master of Disaster Management offers students a variety of knowledge and skills to implement a holistic approach to managing unexpected events such as disasters and emergencies. It focuses on key issues of disaster resilience and disaster risk reduction, ensuring you are equipped to apply this knowledge to planning frameworks, policy-making and devising solutions in different and complex environments.

This programme draws on expertise from across the University of Auckland – such as Science, Architecture and Planning, Development Studies and Environmental Law – and includes the world-recognised research we’ve undertaken to date.

The MDisMgt is intended to prepare you for a leadership role in a disaster management career and/or humanitarian aid field. Many professions, including engineers, urban designers, project managers, economists, health workers, aid workers, scientists and government officials, can benefit significantly from expert knowledge and skills gained in this highly relevant programme.

Programme structure

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

The Master of Disaster Management is a flexible programme – you can study full or part-time, and depending on your existing qualifications, will undertake either a 120-point (12 months full-time/four years part-time) or 180-point (18 months full-time/six-years part time) degree. As well as the three core courses, you’ll select from a variety of electives to suit your schedule and interests.

The programme also includes a research element (45 points), where you will address a topic relevant to disaster management. The MDisMgt research project develops your knowledge of how to support community resilience and the built environment after a disaster. It will help you demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills, and give you the ability to independently solve a real-world issue in disaster settings.

Courses and electives

You’ll take three core courses (of 15 points each): Disaster Risk Management, Disaster Management and Resilience, and Project Management.

Depending on your degree (120 or 180 points), you’ll select two or six elective courses. Electives may include:

• Infrastructure Asset Management
• Construction Logistics Engineering
• Natural Resources Law
• Human Rights Litigation
• Global Public Health
• Gender and Development
• Geohazards
• Specialist Counselling Skills and Approaches
• Working with Grief and Loss

Next generation research at the University of Auckland

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.

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The Master of Economics (MEcon) will equip students to be either professional practitioners or academic researchers in the field of Economics. Read more
The Master of Economics (MEcon) will equip students to be either professional practitioners or academic researchers in the field of Economics. It can also provide a pathway to doctoral-level study in Economics. The degree consists of both coursework and a research dissertation.

The normal admission requirement is a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Economics and an average grade of at least B+ for the relevant 300-level papers. Candidates should have also completed 300-level papers in mathematical economics and econometrics. Admission on the basis of alternative qualifications and experience is possible.

The Master of Economics can be completed in one year of full-time, or its equivalent in part-time, study. You may begin the MEcon degree in semester one or semester two.

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of six papers, including ECON 410 and ECON 411 plus at least one of ECON 412 and ECON 413, selected from:
ECON 402 Growth, Institutions and Development (20 Points)
ECON 403 Monetary Economics (20 Points)
ECON 404 International Economics (20 Points)
ECON 405 The Economics of Natural Resources and Public Choice (20 Points)
ECON 406 Labour and Population Economics (20 Points)
ECON 407 Special Topic in Advanced Economics (20 Points)
ECON 410 Advanced Microeconomic Theory (20 Points)
ECON 411 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (20 Points)
ECON 412 Macroeconometrics (20 Points)
ECON 413 Microeconometrics (20 Points)
together with:
ECON 580 Research Dissertation (60 Points)

-A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers on the basis of previous study, subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). Alternative papers will be required at an equivalent level of study.
-A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the dissertation, secure the approval of the Head of the Department of Economics for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a project which has previously been accepted for another degree.
-A candidate must pass both the papers and the dissertation components.

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Renewable energy makes a sustainable difference to the world. As our energy sources diversify to include wind power, solar, and other renewable technologies, we see increasing demands for specialist skills and understanding. Read more

Invest in your future

Renewable energy makes a sustainable difference to the world. As our energy sources diversify to include wind power, solar, and other renewable technologies, we see increasing demands for specialist skills and understanding.

The Master of Energy (MEnergy) degree is designed to meet the increasing need for experts across all areas of the energy sector – students with engineering, science, economics and business backgrounds who wish to attain a specialised qualification in this field are encouraged to pursue this versatile, multidisciplinary degree. You will be given a broad introduction to the industry while also exploring the ongoing developments in research and technology, eventually being prepared to embark on a career in a sector with a sustainable, satisfying and global career path.

This interfaculty programme allows students to concentrate on a specific field of energy while pursuing electives from the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, and Business School. Graduates will be equipped with the technical prowess, regulatory and policy-related expertise, and business knowledge required for innovation in the energy industry as it continues to evolve to meet our everyday needs.

Programme Structure

Taught or research (120 or 180 points)
Full-time or part-time

The MEnergy’s flexible structure gives you the opportunity to consider your personal strengths, undergraduate qualifications, previous work experiences and learning objectives. This makes our programme an excellent choice for students who need to study part-time, or are currently working in industry. Options are available for either a taught or research-based programme – while the research masters is recommended only for those with considerable previous experience in energy, both include a compulsory research component, allowing you to experience working on an issue that is relevant to the energy industry.

Electives

Elective enrolments may depend on your prior study and professional experience, but ultimately, choosing the appropriate courses and topics can allow you to concentrate on and develop strengths in your energy field of choice.

Our broad list of electives include courses in:
• Geothermal and petroleum engineering: Specialised information on geothermal energy resources, exploration and technologies.
• Wind energy: In-depth knowledge of technical aspects relevant to this field – fluid dynamics, aerohydrodynamics and selections from Electrical Engineering.
• Energy, sustainability and the environment: A range of courses from Environmental Engineering and the Faculty of Science’s School of the Environment that cover local and international issues such as environmental assessment, policy and resource management.
• Business, economics and management: Key factors that can influence decision-making and the financial side of the industry. These courses are taught by academics throughout the Faculty of Engineering and School of Business, so you’ll gain relevant business skills, such as project management.

Next generation research at the University of Auckland

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.

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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. Read more

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:

Bioengineering
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.

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