Faculty of Engineering


Master of Engineering Studies in Civil Engineering

MEngst (Civil Engineering)

The Master of Engineering Studies in Civil Engineering provides graduates with an in-depth understanding of the field of civil engineering, and a pathway into a career in this field.

A fully taught masters, this programme provides students with the opportunity to further their knowledge within the field of civil engineering. The programme consists of courses and small research projects in the areas of structures, hydraulics, transportation, geotechnical, disaster management, and construction management. 

Quick facts - MEngSt (Civil Engineering)
  Option A Option B
Points per degree 120 180
Full-time study One year 18 months
Part-time study Up to four years Up to six years
Applications close Semester One: 8 December
Semester Two: 4 July

Who should apply


Anybody with a relevant undergraduate degree in Engineering who wishes to further their knowledge and career prospects in the field of civil engineering. Students who do not meet the programme requirements may have the option of completing a pathway programme into MEngSt(Civil Engineering) upon consideration by the faculty. Contact faculty for further information.

Related information

Regulations for MEngSt

Entry requirements for international students

Programme structure


Option A - 120 points

Semester One Semester Two
at least 45 points from
CIVIL 707 Construction Supply Chain Management  15 CIVIL 702 Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations 15
CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning 15 CIVIL 704 Advanced Topics in Project Management 15
CIVIL 764 Highway Safety and Operations 15 CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning 15
CIVIL 770 Transport Systems Economics 15 CIVIL 709 Cost Engineering 15
      CIVIL 710 Advanced Structural Dynamics 15
        CIVIL 765 Infrastructure Asset Management 15
        CIVIL 771 Planning and Managing Transport 15
CIVIL 787 Project X 15
CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y 30
CIVIL 789 Project Z 30
CIVIL 795 A&B Research Project 45
but no more than 45 points from CIVIL 787–789, 795
up to 75 points from
CIVIL 703 Project Management 15
CIVIL 701 Studies in Civil Engineering 1 15 CIVIL 714 Multi-storey Building Design 15
CIVIL 713 Structures and Design 4 15 CIVIL 715 Advanced Structural Concrete 15
CIVIL 718 Light Gauge Steel 15 CIVIL 716 Engineering Risk Management 15
CIVIL 719 Matrix Structural Analysis 15 CIVIL 726 Engineering Geology 15
CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering 15 CIVIL 727 Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes 15
CIVIL 721 Foundation Engineering 15 CIVIL 733 Coastal Engineering 1 15
CIVIL 722   Slope Engineering 15 CIVIL 741 Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering 15
CIVIL 731   Water Resources Modelling 15 CIVIL 750 Timber Engineering 15
CIVIL 758   Traffic Systems Design 15 CIVIL 759 Highway and Transportation Design 15
CIVIL 761   Planng & Dsgn of Transpt Faclt 15 CIVIL 773 Sustainable Transport: Planning and Design 15
CIVIL 790   Civil Engineering Administration 15 CIVIL 782 Water Resources Engineering 15
CIVIL 791 Construction Management 15      
up to 30 points from appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University, 
subject to approval by the Head of Department

 

Option B - 180 points

Semester One Semester Two
at least 45 points from
CIVIL 707 Construction Supply Chain Management  15 CIVIL 702 Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations 15
CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning 15 CIVIL 704 Advanced Topics in Project Management 15
CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering 15 CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning 15
CIVIL 764 Highway Safety and Operations 15 CIVIL 709 Cost Engineering 15
CIVIL 770 Transport Systems Economics 15 CIVIL 710 Advanced Structural Dynamics 15
        CIVIL 765 Infrastructure Asset Management 15
        CIVIL 771 Planning and Managing Transport 15
CIVIL 787 Project X 15
CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y 30
CIVIL 789 Project Z 30
CIVIL 795 A&B Research Project 45
but no more than 60 points from CIVIL 787–789, 795
up to 135 points from
CIVIL 703 Project Management 15
CIVIL 701 Studies in Civil Engineering 1 15 CIVIL 714 Multi-storey Building Design 15
CIVIL 713 Structures and Design 4 15 CIVIL 715 Advanced Structural Concrete 15
CIVIL 718 Light Gauge Steel 15 CIVIL 716 Engineering Risk Management 15
CIVIL 719 Matrix Structural Analysis 15 CIVIL 726 Engineering Geology 15
CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering 15 CIVIL 727 Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes 15
CIVIL 721 Foundation Engineering 15 CIVIL 733 Coastal Engineering 1 15
CIVIL 722   Slope Engineering 15 CIVIL 741 Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering 15
CIVIL 731   Water Resources Modelling 15 CIVIL 750 Timber Engineering 15
CIVIL 758   Traffic Systems Design 15 CIVIL 759 Highway and Transportation Design 15
CIVIL 761   Planng & Dsgn of Transpt Faclt 15 CIVIL 773 Sustainable Transport: Planning and Design 15
CIVIL 790   Civil Engineering Administration 15 CIVIL 782 Water Resources Engineering 15
CIVIL 791 Construction Management 15      
up to 45 points from appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University, 
subject to approval by the Head of Department

Career opportunities


A Masters degree in Civil Engineering offers students a stimulating multidisciplinary approach to education with career opportunities available in variety of sub-specialisations. Students of this programme leave fully equipped with the skills and knowledge to work in consulting, private enterprises, and government throughout the world. Past graduates of MEngSt in Civil Engineering have been employed to rebuild Christchurch, to improve transportation in Auckland and throughout New Zealand, to build dams and reservoirs, to respond to natural disasters, and to be part of local and regional councils and organisations overseas that make difference in everyday life.

According to the New Zealand Government 2014 report Occupation Outlook, civil and environmental engineers will be in high demand in New Zealand and abroad in the coming decades. Studying Civil Engineering at the University of Auckland may just be the wisest career move you'll ever make.

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