Postgraduate study and research

Mech Eng 3D lab

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.


Sid Becker

Associate Dean (International, Postgraduate)
Civil Mechanical E506
Internal Phone: 92155

Tim Giffney

Director of Postgraduate Studies (PhD)
Internal Phone: 90317

Mark Jermy

Director of Postgraduate Studies (ME)
Civil Mechanical E525
Internal Phone: 92276

Dan Zhao

Associate Professor
Director of Master of Engineering Studies
Civil Mechanical Rm E538
Internal Phone: 92642

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

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?

You can arrange accommodation on campus or in the Christchurch area. Please contact the Accommodation Manager before your arrival to check availability.

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:

Supervisors can provide further information about the research that is under way in their areas of interest.

Looking for a PhD student

The development of rugby helmets to reduce concussions in child rugby

PhD project, rugby helmets, Keith

Follow the link to learn more and contact the team.


Funded Masters in CFD analysis of spray measurement instruments


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.

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