The Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering collaborates with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Auckland University to offer postgraduate qualifications in Transportation Engineering.

The programme was established in consultation with the land transport industry and the engineering profession to meet the demand for graduates with advanced skills in Transportation Engineering. Financial assistance has been provided by New Zealand Transport Agency and Community Road Safety Fund.


Choosing a qualification

Engineering graduate (BE): Graduates with a suitable four-year engineering degree from New Zealand may enrol full-time or part-time in a transportation Master's (ME/MCivilEng) or PGCertCivilEng (at least second-class Honours is normally required for a Masters). If you have a good honours degree or subsequent postgraduate qualification you are also welcome to apply to enrol in a PhD (doctorate). A range of scholarships are available to help financially support good students.

Non-degree engineer: If you have a non-degree qualifications (such as NZCE, DipCivEng) and suitable industry experience you are welcome to apply to our programme. As well as taking one-off Certificate of Proficiency (COP) papers, you can apply to enrol in our PGCertEng programme. By achieving good grades in this programme (typically a B grade average or better), you can apply to upgrade to a Masters degree if you wish.

Non-engineer: If you have another relevant degree qualification (such as Planning, Geography, Psychology, Economics, Science) you are welcome to apply to our programme. You will generally be enrolled in our PGCertEng programme first, with suitable bridging courses in basic transportation topics and the option to upgrade to the MET degree later, subject to good grades (typically a B grade average or better). Some courses in other relevant University programmes may also be included in your qualification.

Working practitioner: Full-time working practitioners are able to study part-time for any of the postgraduate Transportation qualifications on offer (subject to their previous qualifications and experience); many employers financially support employees doing this. One paper per (half-year) semester is common - this typically entails attending two three-day teaching blocks during the semester, with background reading and assignment work done outside of these blocks in your own time. Practitioners are also able to enrol in one-off papers for a Certificate of Proficiency (COP), to obtain Continuing Professional Development training or to initially gauge their ability and interest to complete a longer qualification.

Distance (non-Christchurch) student: Our block-mode course teaching allows people from all over New Zealand (and even Australia) to take part in the programme. Students typically attend two three-day teaching blocks on campus. Away from these, background reading, assignment work and the final exam can all be undertaken at their home base. Support is also provided for off-campus students via our library distance services and our online teaching content system. Some relevant courses from other Universities may also be included in your qualification (subject to our approval).

Overseas student/graduate: If you have obtained suitable engineering or other relevant degrees from outside New Zealand you may apply to our programme (you need to apply first to the University for ad eundem statum admission). Depending on your background, you may be enrolled in our PGCertEng programme first, with suitable bridging courses in New Zealand Transportation topics and the option to upgrade to an MET/MEngSt degree later, subject to good grades (typically a B grade average or better). Note that full international course fees may apply. Some funding support may also be available, particularly for research (MET, PhD) students.

Students studying at other institutions: Students studying for qualifications at other institutions (such as Auckland's postgraduate transportation programme) may be permitted to credit some papers from our transportation programme. Such students should enrol in a Certificate of Proficiency (COP) for each Canterbury paper and then apply later to their institution to credit them.


See all courses for Transportation Engineering.


Many of our qualifications involve research.  Please see our Research pages for detail about projects, collaborations, research topics and facilities. 

For more information about any of our postgraduate Transportation programmes please contact the programme director.

Mofreh Saleh

Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E405
Internal Phone: 95118