Faculty of Engineering


Master of Engineering Studies in Environmental Engineering

MEngSt (Environmental Engineering)

Environmental Engineering

The Master of Engineering Studies in Environmental Engineering provides graduates with an in-depth understanding of the field of environmental 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 environmental engineering. The programme consists of courses and small research projects in the areas of environmental impact assessment, waste minimisation and management, and protection of air, water, and soil from pollution. 

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 environmental engineering. Students with a relevant BSc undergraduate degree may also be considered. Students who do not meet the programme requirements may have the option of completing a pathway programme into MEngSt(Environmental 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

ENVENG 746

Surface Water Quality Modelling

15

ENVENG 701

Urban Stormwater Management

15

ENVENG 747

Soil-Contaminant Fate Processes and Modelling

15

     

ENVENG 787 Project X

15

ENVENG 788 Project Y

30

ENVENG 789 Project Z

30

ENVENG 795 Research Project

45

but no more than 45 points from ENVENG 787–789, 795

up to 75 points from

ENVENG 740

Water and Wastewater Engineering

15

ENVENG 707

Special Topic: Advanced Water Treatment and Reuse

15

up to 30 points from appropriate ENVSCI 600 and 700 level courses subject to approval by the Head of Department

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

ENVENG 746

Surface Water Quality Modelling

15

ENVENG 701

Urban Stormwater Management

15

ENVENG 747

Soil-Contaminant Fate Processes and Modelling

15

     

ENVENG 787 Project X

15

ENVENG 788 Project Y

30

ENVENG 789 Project Z

30

ENVENG 795 Research Project

45

but no more than 60 points from ENVENG 787–789, 795

up to 75 points from

ENVENG 740

Water and Wastewater Engineering

15

ENVENG 707

Special Topic: Advanced Water Treatment and Reuse

15

up to 30 points from appropriate ENVSCI 600 and 700 level courses subject to approval by the Head of Department

up to 30 points from appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University subject to approval by the Head of Department

Career opportunities


A degree in Environmental Engineering will provide you with the skills to  develop and communicate solutions to environmental problems by applying principles of engineering, physics, mathematics, microbiology, and chemistry. The environmental engineering profession offers diverse options for employment in consultancy and research organisations, local and national government bodies (e.g., local councils and central ministries), and international organisations (e.g., Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and United Nations). Employment options spans a broad range of disciplines catering to a wide breadth of technical and soft skills (e.g., treatment system design, impact assessment reports, policy development, public engagement and feedback) that are needed by local as well as multinational organisations. An environmental section plays a key role in all engineering consultancy firms, and a number of purely environmental engineering firms have become established, with over 30 such firms now existing in Auckland alone. Past graduates of MEngSt in Environmental Engineering have been employed in the water and wastewater industry, solid waste management sector, design consultancy organisations, environmental impact roles, local and regional councils, Ministry for the Environment, office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Greenpeace, and organisations overseas.

Environmental engineering is listed on Immigration New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list, and the Government is actively encouraging overseas skilled workers in this area to move to New Zealand.

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