Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering


The Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering caters for professional engineers seeking advanced technical training or students looking for a one-year advanced qualification.

The certificate can be awarded unendorsed or endorsed in one of six disciplines: Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Earthquake Engineering, Fire Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Transportation Engineering.

Subject to meeting degree requirements, graduates can also transfer to a Master of Engineering.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must normally have a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in relevant subjects, or in exceptional cases have qualified for the award of another appropriate degree/qualification.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

The PGCertEng is made up of a combination of 400 and 600-level courses, with specific combinations to meet the requirements of the endorsements.

This certificate can be completed in one semester full-time or up to four years part-time. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

Endorsements are offered in:

An unendorsed certificate is also available in a broad range of engineering subjects.

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

You can study a Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Fire Engineering at UC.

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 Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering.

For study planning help contact:

College of Engineering
University of Canterbury
John Britten Building
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2608
Email engdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz