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Master of Engineering Studies in Geotechnical Engineering

Course Description

Invest in your future

The Master of Engineering Studies in Geotechnical Engineering programme aims to further educate graduate students in the discipline of geotechnical engineering so as to enhance their contribution to engineering practice.

Graduates will be able to take leading roles in planning, evaluating, designing, constructing, maintaining, and managing the geotechnical infrastructure.

The programme alsos provide valuable background expertise for those wishing to enter into asset management or to begin to pursue a career in research and development.

The Master of Engineering Studies in Geotechnical Engineering programme aims to build on the geotechnical content of the BE (Civil) degree and develop graduates with enhanced ability to contribute to geotechnical engineering practice.

New Zealand is a stimulating country in which to practise geotechnical engineering with its young and varied geology, seismic activity and diverse rainfall patterns. Many unique problems occur here as a result and these present challenges for innovative and novel solutions.

The programme has been designed with courses relevant to the New Zealand geotechnical environment, to fill the needs of the country.

There is a large demand for geotechnical engineers in the local workplace, as well as a worldwide shortage of geotechnical professionals.

Programme Structure

Taught (120 points)
The Geotechnical Engineering specialisation is offered as a taught masters (eight courses).


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:
• Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations
• Earthquake Engineering
• Rock Mechanics and Excavation Engineering
• Soil Behaviour
• Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
• Engineering Geological Mapping
• Geological Hazards
• Advanced Engineering Geology
• Hydrogeology
• Studies in Civil Engineering
• Foundation Engineering
• Slope Engineering
• Engineering Geology
• Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering
• Geotechnical Modelling
• Advanced Mathematical Modelling
• Surface Water Quality Modelling
• Risk, LCA and Sustainability

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 Studies in Geotechnical Engineering page on the University of Auckland website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, an applicant should have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil & Environmental Engineering with knowledge of geomechanics to the level CIVIL 324 - Geomechanics 3.

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