Faculty of Engineering


Master of Engineering Studies in Computer Systems Engineering

MEngSt (Computer Systems Engineering)

The Master of Engineering Studies in Computer Systems Engineering provides graduates with an in-depth understanding of this versatile, future-forward specialisation.

Computer Systems Engineers are experts in both hardware and software, so specialists have the capacity to work on a range of products, including robotics, advanced medical devices, and 'smart' technologies – from handheld objects to transportation.

The rising prominence of objects essentially being 'wired' and connected to each other – the Internet of Things – also suggest a stronger need for competent computer systems engineers with in-depth knowledge.

Many aspects in our advanced technological society depend on computing hardware and embedded systems technology, so those who pursue this specialisation will be armed with the multi-skilled knowledge they need to take on a broad range of careers.

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Quick facts - MEngSt (Computer Systems 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 suitable undergraduate degree in Engineering (other degrees such as Science may be considered) who wishes to learn advanced and applicable skills in Computer Systems Engineering.

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Programme structure


Option A - 120 points

Semester One

Semester Two

at least 45 points from

 

COMPSYS 701

Advanced Digital Systems Design

15

COMPSYS 704

Advanced Embedded Systems

15

COMPSYS 726

Robotics and Intelligent Systems

15

COMPSYS 705

Formal Methods for Engineers

15

ELECTENG 734

Power Electronics

15

ELECTENG 704

Advanced Control Systems

15

SOFTENG 701

Advanced Software Engineering Development Methods

15

 

 

 

SOFTENG 751

High Performance Computing

15

 

 

 

COMPSYS 787 Project X

15

COMPSYS 788 A&B Project Y

30

COMPSYS 789 Project Z

30

COMPSYS 795 or 795 A&B Research Project

45

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

up to 75 points from

 

COMPSYS 723

Embedded Systems Design

15

COMPSYS 725

Computer Networks and Distributed Applications

15

ELECTENG 722

Control Systems

15

ELECTENG 726

Digital Communications

15

ELECTENG 732

Communication Systems

15

SOFTENG 761

Agile and Lean Software Development

15

ELECTENG 733

Signal Processing

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

Option B - 180 points

  • Complete the University of Auckland online Academic Integrity course.
  • at least 45 points from COMPSYS 701, 704, 705, 726–729, 787–789, 795, ELECTENG 704, 706, 734, SOFTENG 701, 751, but no more than 60 points from COMPSYS 787–789, 795
  • up to 135 points from COMPSYS 703, 706, 707, 710–715, 721–725, ELECTENG 722, 726, 728, 732, 733, SOFTENG 761
  • up to 45 points from appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University, subject to approval by the Head of Department
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Semester One

Semester Two

at least 45 points from

 

COMPSYS 701

Advanced Digital Systems Design

15

COMPSYS 704

Advanced Embedded Systems

15

COMPSYS 726

Robotics and Intelligent Systems

15

COMPSYS 705

Formal Methods for Engineers

15

ELECTENG 734

Power Electronics

15

ELECTENG 704

Advanced Control Systems

15

SOFTENG 701

Advanced Software Engineering Development Methods

15

 

 

 

SOFTENG 751

High Performance Computing

15

 

 

 

COMPSYS 787 Project X

15

COMPSYS 788 A&B Project Y

30

COMPSYS 789 Project Z

30

COMPSYS 795 or 795 A&B Research Project

45

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

up to 135 points from

 

COMPSYS 723

Embedded Systems Design

15

COMPSYS 725

Computer Networks and Distributed Applications

15

ELECTENG 722

Control Systems

15

ELECTENG 726

Digital Communications

15

ELECTENG 732

Communication Systems

15

SOFTENG 761

Agile and Lean Software Development

15

ELECTENG 733

Signal Processing

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


Graduates from the programme are confidently equipped with skills and knowledge to meet the challenges they will face in their future careers. Our graduates typically:

  • Have well developed critical thinking skills.
  • Hold 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 disclipline, and have taken to necessary steps to complement their undergraduate and technical training with a qualification that develops focused and specific knowledge.
The continuous prominence of ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things means that there will be a steady need for the right experts in the near future, and computer systems engineers – especially those with advanced research capcities – fit right in this criteria. Because computer systems engineers are trained in both hardware systems and software designs, they become versatile professionals, and those with a postgraduate qualification can further specialise in either aspect in even closer detail as required by particular industries.
 

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