Master of Engineering
This endorsed research degree is completed by coursework and a thesis. It aims to provide a research-focused learning environment in which students can develop their 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:
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
Candidates must normally have completed one of the following:
- Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with First or Second Class Honours
- Bachelor of Science with Honours with First or Second Class Honours, in relevant subjects
- Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering with a GPA of 5 or more.
Students wishing to enrol in postgraduate study must have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of the 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 by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic).
A special application is required for this programme – see 'How to apply' below.
How to apply
You will need to complete an application form for the ME from the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha website. The deadline for applications for the Master of Engineering is:
- 10 January (for the February intake)
- 15 June (for the July intake).
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Master of Engineering (ME) includes a thesis from your chosen endorsement of 120 points, and up to 45 points of coursework.
See the Regulations for the Master of Engineering for more information on requirements.
Study for the degree will normally be full-time, but the College of Engineering Dean (Academic) may approve part-time enrolment. ME students can complete in 1 year or a maximum of 3 years full-time. For part-time study the duration can vary between 3–4 years.
Students can study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:
- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Earthquake Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering.
For study planning help contact the College of Engineering:
College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800