Master of Engineering Studies
The Master of Engineering Studies caters for professional engineers seeking advanced technical training and is a taught master's degree with no thesis requirement. The MEngSt comprises a combination of 400 and 600-level courses that enables candidates to study a broad range of topics in their general area of expertise.
The MEngSt may be awarded endorsed in:
- Civil Engineering
- Construction Management
- Earthquake Engineering
- Fire Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Renewable Energy
- Transportation Engineering*
* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a 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.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates must normally have completed one of the following:
- Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with first or second class honours
- Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering with a GPA of 5 or more
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in appropriate subjects.
Relevance and standard of previous study is the main criteria for approval.
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.
Qualification structure and duration
The MEngSt is made up of 120 points:
- at least 75 points to be selected from courses from Schedule B of the Master of Engineering
- the remaining courses to be selected from Schedule C of the Master of Engineering.
One to two years full-time or two to five years part-time. Study for the degree will normally be full-time, but the College of Engineering Dean (Academic) may approve part-time enrolment.
Students can begin their studies in February or July.
How to apply
Please fill in the application form on this page. For further information visit apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
UC offers the Doctor of Philosophy qualification in a number of Engineering disciplines including Civil Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Fire Engineering, Transportation Engineering and 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 Studies.
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