Master of Engineering in Transportation


The Master of Engineering in Transportation was established in cooperation with the University of Auckland and with support from the transport industry in New Zealand.

It covers three main areas, with options for specialising in one or all:

  • transportation planning
  • traffic engineering
  • pavement engineering.

Many courses are taught in block mode and by distance, allowing practising engineers to complete their degree while remaining in full-time employment.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard. 

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Students must normally have completed one of the following:

Students applying to enrol in the programme will be approved by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic).

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.

All students without an appropriate transport background must take ENTR401 Fundamentals of Transport Engineering before taking other ENTR courses.

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

Qualification structure and duration

The Master of Engineering in Transportation (MET) requires a combination of coursework and research. It may be completed by either:

  • 120-180 points of coursework, including 60 points of a research project report, selected from the approved courses list, or
  • 120 points of ENTR 690 MET Thesis, and coursework (excluding ENTR 680 Project) to a maximum of 60 points from the approved courses list.

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering in Transportation.

For both the research project and the thesis, it is recommended that students contact a supervisor before enrolling. See the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering for more information about research in transportation

Flexible study format

The delivery of this programme allows practising engineers to complete their degree while working full-time. For example, many courses are taught in block mode (two three-day blocks at the start and middle of the course), with other requirements being completed via the web and an examination.

The MET takes one to three years of full-time study to complete, or two to four years of part-time study. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

A Doctor of Philosophy in Transportation Engineering is also available.

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.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering in Transportation.

For study planning help contact the College of Engineering: 

College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 4222
Email collegeofengineering@canterbury.ac.nz

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson

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Zoran Bakovic

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