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.

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:

The degree may be awarded with Distinction.

Entry requirements

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:

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 Dean.

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

Qualification structure and duration

The Master of Engineering (ME) includes a thesis of 120 points and up to 45 points of coursework. For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

Study for the degree will normally be full-time, but the Dean may approve part-time enrolment. ME students can complete in 16 months or a maximum of three years full-time. For part-time study the duration can vary between 30 months to four years.

How to apply

You will need to complete the 'Application for postgraduate study in research programmes' on this page. The deadline for applications for the Master of Engineering is:

  • 10 January (for the February intake)
  • 15 June (for the July intake).

Find out further information on how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

Students can study a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering, Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering at UC.

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 resources:

More information

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

For study planning help contact: 

College of Engineering
University of Canterbury
John Britten Building
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2608
Email engdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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