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Master's degree

Master of Engineering

03 October 2023

UC's Master of Engineering (ME) provides key technical knowledge to enhance and support your research activities. Learn more about studying an ME through our Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering.


Master of Engineering

Degree Structure - Duration
1–3 years full-time


Master of Engineering

Degree Structure - Start In
Start dates vary




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $9,186
  • International — $48,000


Master of Engineering


This endorsed research degree is completed by a thesis and coursework. It aims to provide a research-focused learning environment in which you can develop your independent problem solving skills through supervised research. The degree may be awarded with Distinction.

Study in a number of advanced Engineering courses will provide each student with key technical knowledge to enhance and support their research activities.

The Master of Engineering degree is awarded as an endorsed degree in an area of specialisation:

Master of Engineering

Entry requirements

You must normally have completed one of the following:

You must have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of your prerequisite degree. This includes practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course, and a first aid certificate. The programme of study must be approved.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

A special application is required for this programme – see 'How to apply' below.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You will need to complete an application form for the ME from Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering website.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Engineering

Further study

You can go on to study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Master of Engineering

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:


2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — Research only — $9,186
  • Domestic — Taught only — $9,572
  • International — $48,000

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — Research only — $8,936
  • Domestic — Taught only — $9,311
  • International — $46,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Master of Engineering

How do I plan my degree?

The Master of Engineering (ME) includes a thesis from your chosen endorsement of 120 points. You may also include up to 45 points of coursework to support your research. Some subjects require additional coursework.

The following endorsements can be thesis-only:

The remaining subjects require a thesis and coursework:

See Schedule C for course requirements for each endorsement.

Study for the degree will normally be full-time, but you can be approved for part-time enrolment. The ME is completed within 1 year or a maximum of 3 years full-time. For part-time study, the duration can vary between 3–4 years.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering.


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