Master of Engineering Studies


The Master of Engineering Studies caters for professional engineers seeking advanced technical training and is a taught master's degree with no thesis requirement. The MEngSt comprises a combination of 400 and 600-level courses that enables candidates to study a broad range of topics in their general area of expertise.

The MEngSt may be awarded endorsed in:

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.

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

Candidates must normally have completed one of the following:

Relevance and standard of previous study is the main criteria for approval.

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.

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

Qualification structure and duration

The MEngSt is made up of 120 points:


One to two years full-time or two to five years part-time. Study for the degree will normally be full-time, but the College of Engineering Dean (Academic) may approve part-time enrolment.

Students can begin their studies in February or July.

How to apply

Please fill in the application form on this page. For further information visit apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

UC offers the Doctor of Philosophy qualification in a number of Engineering disciplines including Civil Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Fire Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

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.

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering Studies

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

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