Faculty of Engineering

Master of Engineering Management


Sometimes viewed as an MBA for engineers, the Master of Engineering Management programme is designed to accelerate the development of management and business expertise among professional engineers.

This is a taught masters degree offered jointly with the University of Auckland Business School. It provides an advanced academic and professional qualification for engineering management.

Quick facts - MEMgt
Points per degree 120
Full-time study One year
Part-time study Up to four years
Applications close Semester One: 8 December
Semester Two: 4 July
2017 start dates Semester One: 6 March
Semester Two: 24 July

The Master of Engineering Management programme has been designed as a flexible, high-quality postgraduate management qualification for professionals with an engineering or equivalent technology background.

Typical students come from a broad range of technical disciplines and vary in age and work experience, but they all share a commitment to enhance their management skills in order to accelerate their career options in engineering management in New Zealand and worldwide.


Entry requirements

To be admitted to the programme, you need to meet certain requirements.

1. You must have completed one of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from this University with a GPA of 5 or higher in 120 points above Stage III.
  • an equivalent degree qualification with grades approved by the Dean of Engineering.
  • a bachelors degree relevant to the programme, with grades approved by the Dean of Engineering, plus a minimum of three years' relevant industry experience.

2. You must be able to show high competency in English communication skills. If you're an international student, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

Refer to the University of Auckland Calendar regulations before applying. 


International students

Visas: All international students must complete the programme in two semesters full-time in order to meet the student visa requirements of Immigration New Zealand (visit Immigration New Zealand for more information).

After successfully completing this programme, you can apply to Immigration New Zealand for a one year Graduate Job Search Visa.


Please note:

International applicants are asked to check the minimum entry requirements for this programme to determine their eligibility to apply – this extends to students applying from the following countries: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, South Pacific (USP), Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Viet Nam.

Only proceed with your application if your GPA matches or exceeds the requirements for your country listed in the engineering programme of your choice. Please do not apply if your GPA is below the minimum entry requirements, but consider the alternate study options that may be offered as a pathway into your preferred programme.


Programme overview

The MEMgt programme is made up of advanced elective courses from Engineering and Business. You can design a personalised curriculum and study plan to suit your own circumstances, learning objectives and career aspirations. The programme culminates in Project M, which gives you the opportunity to work directly within a New Zealand company to solve an engineering management problem – this can be undertaken in two ways:

  • PROJECT M (Option 1): Case study project (45 points) – appropriate case-study or survey research methodology to scientifically analyse a contemporary issue in the engineering management field. The project topic can be chosen from a pre-approved list, or the topic may be self-chosen.
  • PROJECT M (Option 2): Embedded research (45 points) - involves working as an embedded researcher inside a NZ company and solving an engineering management problem. For students with an existing relationship with a company or organisation.

Read more about Project M here

Programme structure

The 120 points are made up of:

  • The University of Auckland online Academic Integrity course
  • 45 points for Project M: ENGGEN 766 A+B
  • At least 30 points from CIVIL 703, 704, 765, ENGGEN 705, MECHENG 752, 758-761, other approved 600 and 700 level courses in the Faculty of Engineering
  • At least 30 points from BUSADMIN 761, 762, 764, 766

The table below shows the elective options depending on the focus you choose (engineering or management):




Engineering Management Project (Project M): See 'programme overview' above for details on the two options for Project M
ENGGEN 766A (15 points) and B (30 points)
45 points 45 points
Electives (choose 5; the following courses are worth 15 points each)
Engineering CIVIL 703, 704, 765
MECH 752, 758-761
Other electives (approval required)
45 points 30 points
Business BUSADMIN 761, 762, 764, 766 30 points 45 points

Course list

Core courses
ENGGEN 766A (15 points) & 766B (30 points) - Engineering Management Project (Project M) (Total of 45 points)
A major project which should relate to a practical situation in an organisation or company. The project must be approved by the Master of Engineering Management Programme Convenor, and may take the form of a survey and evaluation of modern advances in engineering management practices, the development and/or implementation of new management strategies, or a management oriented industrial case study.

Elective courses - Engineering

Depending on your disciplinary background, a range of postgraduate Engineering courses with management content may fit into a your personal study programme. You can choose two or three courses from the nine courses shown below. Special topics and courses will need the approval of the programme convenor before you enrol.

CIVIL 703 - Project Management (15 points)
Planning, organisation and control of engineering projects. Application and integration of project management processes to the typical project lifecycle (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing). Studies in the nine knowledge areas defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI): Project Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk and Procurement Management. Development of a range of skills, tools and techniques to become an effective project manager.
CIVIL 704 - Advanced Topics in Project Management (15 points)
Advanced topics in project management are analysed such as: advanced scheduling techniques, integrated project delivery, lean construction, building-information modelling, negotiation techniques, dispute resolution and innovative project delivery models. Independent research is undertaken in an advanced project in project management.
CIVIL 765 - Infrastructure Asset Management (15 points)
Advanced theories and techniques fundamental to the management of infrastructure assets, with a primary focus on Asset Management Plans. Covers the entire spectrum of infrastructure, including roads, water networks and buildings. A major independent project incorporates a literature review and selection, and then critical review, of an Asset Management Plan from industry.
ENGGEN 705 - Advanced Innovation and New Product Development (15 points)
An advanced course dealing with the theoretical foundations of innovation, design and new product development. Theory is linked to practice in multidisciplinary teams engaged in innovation and design simulations and case studies.
MECHENG 752 - Technology Management (15 points)
An appreciation of the strategic systems and technology management aspects of manufacturing systems. Industry based projects that explore the design and optimisation of manufacturing operations form a major part of the course.
MECHENG 758 - Special Topic in Engineering Management 1 (S1) * (15 points)
MECHENG 759 - Special Topic in Engineering Management 2 (S2) * (15 points)
Distance learning graduate course for students previously or currently employed. Students can select a specific topic from those offered in the area of engineering management in consultation with the programme convenor.
MECHENG 760 - Special Topic in Technology Management (S1)* (15 points)
MECHENG 761 - Special Topic in Technology Management (S2)* (15 points)
Distance learning graduate course for students previously or currently employed. Students can select a specific topic from those offered in the area of technology management in consultation with the programme convenor.

Elective courses - Business

The business courses offered in the MEMgt programme are offered by the University of Auckland Business School’s Graduate School of Management (GSM).

These courses are scheduled in a 12-week period and are normally one night each week from 5.30-8.30pm.

Business Administration: course content (Business School website) 

BUSADMIN 761 - Management (15 points)
Core theories and their implications for the art and practice of management in modern organisations.
BUSADMIN 762 - Marketing  (15 points)
Customer value and value-creation in markets and the implications for marketing, marketing decision-making, and marketing strategy development.
BUSADMIN 764 - Accounting  (15 points)
The 'language of business' and related knowledge essential for effective resource allocation and for assessing and communicating the accounting performance of the firm.
BUSADMIN 766 - Supply Chain Management (15 points)
Creating value through effective and efficient operating and information systems in both product and service-based firms. Emphasises process inter-relationships and infrastructural requirements.

Career opportunities

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Graduates from the Master of Engineering Management programme are confident, competent and well equipped with skills and knowledge to meet the challenges they face in their current and future careers.

Our graduates typically:

  • Have a sound grasp of management principles and concepts linked to their undergraduate technical background.
  • Have well developed critical thinking skills and in-depth knowledge of new concepts from leading research.
  • Are able to apply a range of management skills, approaches and techniques.
  • Are attractive to employers who are looking for professionals who are passionate about their discipline, and have taken the necessary steps to complement their technical training with a high-quality management qualification.

Depending on their technical background and practical work experience, the knowledge and skills you acquire in the MEMgt programme will give you a wide range of career options and management positions in New Zealand and internationally.


Programme convenor