Postgraduate study and research
There are almost 100 masters and doctoral students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate. All masters and doctorate students undertake a research project and present an externally examined thesis. Masters students also take four taught 600-level courses.
- See details of the full list of taught courses offered in Mechanical Engineering at postgraduate level
- Find out more about the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
- Find out more about the Master of Engineering
- Find out more about the Master of Engineering Studies
- Find out more about undertaking a PhD at UC
- Find out more about postgraduate study in the College of Engineering.
- Find out more about enrolling for postgraduate study at UC.
- See the UC Calendar's regulations for the Master of Engineering degree.
- See the UC Calendar's regulations for the Master of Engineering Studies degree.
- See the UC Calendar's regulations for a PhD degree.
The Mechanical Engineering department has limited places available for visiting research assistants. Placements are routinely for six months and students do not need to be enrolled at the University.
How do I get started?
Explore our individual research interests and existing research groups, and contact research leaders. It is best to contact individual staff members directly to discuss project opportunities. If the supervisor agrees to supervise your research you will receive a formal letter of invitation.
For other administrative inquiries contact Annie Homewood.
Which visa do I apply for and how?
You need to apply for a student and trainee work visa, as you will not be formally enrolled at UC. For further information go to the Immigration New Zealand webpage.
How do I organise accommodation?
What do I need to pay for during my study at Canterbury?
You will need to pay for your living expenses in New Zealand (accommodation, food, travel expenses).
Postgraduate research project areas
Projects are available in a range of research areas, including:
- Acoustics and vibrations
- Energy and thermodynamics
- Fluid dynamics
- Instrumentation, dynamics and control
- Materials science and engineering
- Robotics, control and instrumentation
Supervisors can provide further information about the research that is under way in their areas of interest.
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New projects become available frequently, and it is often possible to create a new project to suit your interests. Please discuss research projects with the staff working in your areas of interest.
Learn from our students' experiences
Some of our postgraduates have shared their UC stories. Find out more about their experiences studying towards higher qualifications in Mechanical Engineering.
Anurag Bagalkot, Master of Engineering Studies with an endorsement in Mechanical Engineering, studying towards a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Kent Stewart, completed a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Mechatronics Engineering, PhD in Mechanical Engineering.