Postgraduate study

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The College of Engineering offers a range of options for postgraduate qualifications.

Entry requirements

To study at postgraduate level in the College of Engineering you are expected to have completed a suitable undergraduate qualification. 

Qualifications required to enrol in each programme are listed for each programme on the UC Regulations website.

Further information about postgraduate study at UC can be found on the university's main website.

Applying to study

Follow the steps on the admissions and enrolment website after reading the qualifications page for your course.

The college offers a wide range of postgraduate qualifications and more detail about each department is available from departmental webpages.

If you have any questions or would like some more information feel free to get in touch with our friendly team.

Professional development

Engineering at UC offers many postgraduate subjects in block learning or flexible delivery format, enabling working engineers to increase their knowledge and qualifications while maintaining their careers. Check the block course timetable for more information or contact the postgraduate administrator. If you do not want to enrol for a full programme but want to study a specific area you may undertake an individual course and be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency on passing.

All postgraduate forms


All qualifications

Research topics

Some examples of current study themes in college postgraduate research are below. For the most up-to-date information or for more detail or to find a subject expert, please contact the college's Student Advisors.


  • Control systems and modelling to assist ICU patients
  • Modelling arterial blood flow in the brain
  • Digital image-based elasto-tomography (DIET) breast cancer screening system
  • Modelling autoregulation in the kidney
  • Atherosclerosis and calcium signalling in endothelial cells

Chemical and Process Engineering

  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Environmental process engineering
  • Powders and nanotechnology
  • Thermophysical properties
  • Dairy and food processing
  • Wood technology

Civil engineering

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Natural resources engineering    

Computer Science and Software Engineering

  • Algorithm engineering
  • Computational intelligence
  • Computer graphics and image processing
  • Computer vision
  • Firewalls and internet security
  • Human computer interaction and multimedia lab
  • Computer music
  • Intelligent and adaptive educational systems
  • Research laboratory on network
  • Management, performance, and simulation
  • Software engineering and visualisation group

Construction Management

  • Construction procurement and contract administration
  • Project management, planning and control techniques
  • Strategic management in construction

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Nanotechnology
  • Power systems
  • Power electronics
  • Networking
  • Acoustics
  • Microwave and RF
  • Computational imaging
  • Signal processing

Fire Engineering

  • Computer modelling
  • Fire dynamics
  • Structural fire performance
  • Active fire protection systems
  • Fire statistics and risk
  • Human behaviour
  • Fire codes and regulations
  • Building information modelling


  • Biometry
  • Biosecurity
  • Conservation biology
  • Forest ecology
  • Forest harvesting
  • Forest management
  • Forest soils
  • Natural forest silviculture
  • Plantation silviculture
  • Wood science and technology

HIT Lab New Zealand

  • Accessible AR
  • Immersive learning through virtual reality
  • Multi-volume visualisation
  • AR radiotherapy
  • Auditory interface for mobile devices
  • Unconstrained 3D environment mapping
  • Virtual reality rehabilitation of spatial abilities after brain damage
  • AR radiotherapy

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Algebra, combinatorics, and logic
  • Analysis and geometry
  • Approximation theory
  • Constructive methods
  • Differential equations
  • Dynamical systems
  • Inverse problems
  • Mathematical biology
  • Mathematical economics
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Numerical analysis
  • Optimisation
  • Wavelets
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Functional analysis
  • Geometry
  • Biostatistics / Biometrics
  • Environmental statistics
  • Time series
  • Econometrics     

Mechanical Engineering

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Robotics and control
  • Acoustics
  • Energy systems
  • Thermodynamics
  • Vibrations and applied mechanics
  • Materials engineering
  • Electrospinning
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Manufacturing
  • Stirling-cycle
  • Natural materials and biocomposites

Transportation Engineering

  • Traffic
  • Pavements
  • Transportation



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