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Master of Engineering

This endorsed research degree is completed by coursework and a thesis. It aims to provide a research-focused learning environment in which students can develop their independent problem solving skills through supervised research. The degree may be awarded with Distinction.

Study in a number of advanced Engineering courses will provide each student with key technical knowledge to enhance and support their research activities.

The Master of Engineering degree is awarded as an endorsed degree in an area of specialisation:

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering

UC is ranked 240th in the world for Engineering and Technology, and in the top 250 universities in the world for Chemical Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).

UC is also ranked 8th in the world for Civil Engineering (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2019), and in the top 100 universities in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).

Entry requirements

Students must normally have completed one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with First or Second Class Honours
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours with First or Second Class Honours, in relevant subjects
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering with a GPA of 5 or more.

Students wishing to enrol in postgraduate study must have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of the prerequisite degree. This includes practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course, and a first aid certificate. The programme of study must be approved by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic).

If English is your additional language, are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

A special application is required for this programme – see 'How to apply' below.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You will need to complete an application form for the ME from the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha website. The deadline for applications for the ME is:

10 January (for the February intake)
15 June (for the July intake).

Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.


Course Level

Course Level English Programme
Study Type Full Time
Region Christchurch
Duration 1 to 3 years
Intakes February | July
Tuition Fee $44,000
Registration Fee
Other Study Costs
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