Faculty of Engineering

Postgraduate programme structure

Engineering postgraduate programmes have been designed to respond to the needs of those aspiring to both academic and practising careers. Our postgraduate study options include both research and taught programmes.

Pathways for academic study


Certificate of Proficiency (COP)

  • Any course that is available for a programme may also be available for enrolment as a COP.
  • All prerequisite and/or corequisite conditions for the course must be met.

See further information about an Engineering Certificate of Proficiency

Postgraduate diplomas

  • A postgraduate diploma is a programme of study of 120 points.
  • Duration is usually two semesters of full-time study.
  • Requires completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree with passes in specified pre-requisite courses.
  • Consists of a specific set of courses to incorporate operations research to build on your undergraduate specialisation.

Postgraduate certificates

  • A postgraduate certificate is a programme of study of 60 points.
  • Duration is usually one semester of full-time study.
  • Applicants should hold a bachelors degree, an equivalent qualification or have extensive appropriate experience.
  • Each programme comprises of specific required courses.

See which postgraduate certificates we offer

Masters degrees

  • A masters degree is a programme of study of 120 points.
  • Duration is usually two semesters of full-time study.
  • Can consist of either research, course work or a combination of both.
  • Available in engineering specialisations with opportunities in chosen fields.

See which masters programmes we offer

Doctoral degree

  • A PhD provides a qualification for students who intend pursuing an academic or research career.
  • Duration is usually three to four years of full-time study.
  • Requires a first class honours or second class honours first division Bachelor of Engineering degree; or a masters degree with first class honours or second class honours first division standard; or comparable qualifications.
  • A PhD is a programme of advanced, independent and original research, concluding in a thesis on the conduct and results of the research.
  • Acceptance is subject to the availability of staff for supervision and appropriate facilities.

See more on the Doctor of Philosophy we offer

Higher degree

A Doctor of Engineering degree is awarded for an original contribution (or contributions) of special excellence to the candidate’s field of expertise, in published form. Candidates are usually graduates of The University of Auckland or another New Zealand university, and cannot present for consideration for the degree until at least eight years after graduation from their first degree.

The Degree of Doctor of Engineering - DEng regulations