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 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 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 721

Foundation Engineering

15

CIVIL 727

Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes

15

CIVIL 722

Slope Engineering

15

CIVIL 733

Coastal Engineering 1

15

CIVIL 731

Water Resources Modelling

15

CIVIL 741

Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering

15

CIVIL 758

Traffic Systems Design

15

CIVIL 750

Timber Engineering

15

CIVIL 761

Planng & Dsgn of Transpt Faclt

15

CIVIL 759

Highway and Transportation Design

15

CIVIL 790

Civil Engineering Administration

15

CIVIL 773

Sustainable Transport: Planning and Design

15

CIVIL 791

Construction Management

15

CIVIL 782

Water Resources Engineering

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 721

Foundation Engineering

15

CIVIL 727

Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes

15

CIVIL 722

Slope Engineering

15

CIVIL 733

Coastal Engineering 1

15

CIVIL 731

Water Resources Modelling

15

CIVIL 741

Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering

15

CIVIL 758

Traffic Systems Design

15

CIVIL 750

Timber Engineering

15

CIVIL 761

Planng & Dsgn of Transpt Faclt

15

CIVIL 759

Highway and Transportation Design

15

CIVIL 790

Civil Engineering Administration

15

CIVIL 773

Sustainable Transport: Planning and Design

15

CIVIL 791

Construction Management

15

CIVIL 782

Water Resources Engineering

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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