Professional Master of Engineering Geology
The Professional Master of Engineering Geology (PMEG) is the only programme of its kind in Australasia. Engineering Geology is a multidisciplinary area applying geological sciences to engineering work, identifying and mitigating geological hazards and aspects of land-use planning.
The PMEG is strongly applied and concentrates on professional training for practitioners, delivered in a 12-month format.
Graduates of the professional master’s will:
- meet the requirements for the Engineering New Zealand accreditation of graduate Engineering Geologists
- undertake a practice-focused personal project
- be taught by local and international experts and work with industry contacts
- concentrate on principles of geo-materials, geomorphology, risk and communication as applied to real-life case studies, so they can provide knowledge and advice to engineers in the context of engineering projects.
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.
Specific entry requirements
Every candidate, shall have either:
- qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology or Earth Sciences, or
- qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, majoring in Civil, Environmental or Natural Resources Engineering, or
- been admitted ad eundem statum with graduate status with suitable preliminary qualification to the University of Canterbury, or
- recognition of prior learning/experience as assessed by the Programme Director.
In addition they will:
- have been approved as a candidate by the Academic Dean of Science, and
- have 15 points of MATH 100-level courses and 15 points from STAT 100-level courses This requirement may be waived by the Head of Department if the student can demonstrate an existing suitably high level of ability in Mathematics and/or Statistics.
Relevance of undergraduate studies to Engineering Geology and standard of achievement are the main criteria for approval. Students entering with a Bachelor of Science in Geology or Earth Sciences will normally be required to have passed GEOL 351 Advanced Field Techniques and GEOL 352 Advanced Field Mapping, and 60 other points in GEOL 300-level courses with a grade average that meets the approval of the Head of Department (the normal requirement is at least a B-grade average for these courses).
Candidates seeking admission may be required to pass a qualifying programme prior to commencing the PMEG.
A relevant tertiary qualification plus work experience may be deemed appropriate to meet the prerequisite training. Candidates may be required to complete preparatory courses prior to entry.
This is a limited entry programme – see 'How to apply' below.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Professional Master of Engineering Geology or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Entry to this programme is limited to 30 students per year and by special application prior to three weeks before the start of the semester. Contact the Department of Geological Sciences for an application form.
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Each course will incorporate a taught component (including field work) and online material. The programme comprises of eight compulsory courses taught over two semesters, plus a four-month dissertation. The dissertation will include at least one of the following:
- an individual investigation carried out under the supervision of a staff member, or
- a cooperative industry-university project where the student works alongside and with working professionals and carries out an individual investigation based on a research question of interest.
The time limit for a candidate studying full-time is normally 12 months. The time limit for a candidate studying part-time shall normally be two years, but in exceptional circumstances the time limit may be a maximum of five years, with approval from the Programme Director.
There are eight required courses along with the dissertation ENGE 691 Engineering Geology Project Portfolio:
- ENGE 410 Engineering Geology Field Methods
- ENGE 411 Engineering Construction Practice
- ENGE 412 Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
- ENGE 413 Soil Mechanics and Soil Engineering
- ENGE 414 Applied Hydrogeology
- ENGE 415 Engineering Geomorphology and Geohazards
- ENGE 416 Engineering Geology Synthesis and Project Preparation
- DRRE 402 Natural Hazard Risk Assessment
- or other 400-level courses approved by the Programme Director
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Professional Master of Engineering Geology.
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.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Professional Master of Engineering Geology.
For study planning help contact the Department of Geological Sciences or the College of Science:
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800