Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Management
The Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Management (PGDipEM) combines your engineering knowledge with business and leadership skills by giving you real-world experiences and connections with industry.
- UC's programme is designed as a pathway to the Master of Engineering in Management (MEM), and you will study alongside MEM students.
- There is a strong focus on project management, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability.
- The PGDipEM offers small group classes, flexibility, and close connections with industry.
You must have either a Bachelor of Engineering Technology, a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, a Bachelor of Science with Honours, or other qualifications of an equivalent standard, and have a GPA of at least 3 in your 300-level and higher courses. You can also apply for admission to the MEM based on previous studies and work experience, with approval by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic).
You will need to have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of your previous degree. This may include practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course, and a first aid certificate.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to produce evidence of your English language ability with an IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0, with no individual score below 6.5; or other evidence acceptable to the College of Engineering Dean (Postgraduate).
For the full entry requirements, use the admission requirements checker.
Pathway to the Master of Engineering Management
You may choose to transfer your completed courses in the Diploma to the Master of Engineering Management programme. The MEM includes some additional compulsory and optional courses. You can apply to the MEM after you have passed your compulsory courses in the Diploma.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC.
When applying, attach a Statement of Purpose to your Curriculum Vitae (CV). The Statement of Purpose helps us understand your reasons for applying, and to determine if you are a good match for an Engineering Management programme. In less than 500 words, describe to us why you are applying for the programme, and how you will contribute to the UC Engineering Management programme's collective aim and values. You may also be interviewed as part of the selection process.
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The PGDipEM is made up of 120 points of coursework, which includes seven compulsory courses (105 points) and one elective course (15 points).
Study can begin in February or September, and will take between 10-12 months full-time, or up to 3 years part-time.
The compulsory courses in the Diploma include the following:
- EMGT 601 Engineering Management Professional Skills
- EMGT 602 Engineering Knowledge Management
- EMGT 603 Engineering Project Design and Management
- EMGT 604 Management in Technical Organisations
- EMGT 605 Sustainability Systems in Engineering
- MBAZ 601 Accounting for Managers
- MBAZ 605 Business Law
Plus choose one course selected from the optional course list that best suits your studies.
You may choose a 600-level course not in the schedule with approval from the College of Engineering Dean (Academic).
PGDipEM graduates have integrated technical and business skills and are connected with industry professionals.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For study planning help, contact the College of Engineering:
Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800