Earthquake Engineering


Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (as an endorsement)
Master of Engineering (as an endorsement)
Master of Engineering Studies (as an endorsement)
Doctor of Philosophy

Earthquake Engineering


Earthquake Engineering encompasses a broad range of activities that seek to minimise the damage and disruption communities suffer when hit by an earthquake. The subject includes:

  • Assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms that generate earthquakes to estimate when they will occur and how large they will be
  • Understanding how the earthquake energy transmits through the ground
  • Quantifying the likely ground surface responses at a specific site throughout the life of a structure
  • Assessing the liquefaction potential of soils at specific sites
  • Designing structures and lifeline services (electricity, gas, transport, water and wastewater) to minimise the damage and disruption during and after an earthquake
  • Planning for emergency response and post-earthquake recovery
  • Preparing communities for earthquakes.

Students must have completed relevant studies in Engineering or Science, including a bachelor's degree and/or postgraduate qualifications.

Students will be admitted into the programme in February of each year by approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry, unless they have a strong Earthquake Engineering background.


See all Earthquake Engineering courses

Career opportunities

Engineers specialising in earthquake assessment, strengthening and repairs are in high demand throughout New Zealand and overseas regions that are often prone to earthquake disasters.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

Phone +64 3 369 4271 or +64 3 369 4272

Physical location
Please see the Department's website for up-to-date location details.

Postal address
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Jainesh Prasad

Jainesh Prasad

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