Faculty of Engineering

Master of Engineering Studies in Light Metals Reduction Technology

MEngSt LMRTech

An advanced programme targeted at the international light metals industry, primarily the aluminum industry. It aims to extend skills in advanced design and research and is linked to the existing Postgraduate Certificate in Light Metals Reduction Technology.

The Master of Engineering Studies in Light Metals Reduction Technology is planned to commence in semester one of 2016.


Apply now button
Quick facts (MEngSt LMRTech)
Points per degree 120
Full-time study One year
Part-time study Four years
Applications close 8 December 


Who should apply?

The Master of Engineering Studies is for students with an academic engineering background who wish to continue their studies at an advanced level, develop an advanced technical foundation and gain industrial perspective in a specialised area.

Candidates should hold a Bachelor of Engineering with a minimum Second Class Honours Second Division and have at least three years industry experience.


Transfer from Postgraduate Certificate in Light Metals Reduction Technology

A student who has passed courses for the PGCertLMRTech that are also available for the Light Metals Reduction Technology specialist area for MEngSt can reassign those courses as long as the PGCertLMRTech hasn't been awarded.


FOE-PG02 Masters Research Project Enrolment Form
You will need to complete this form as part of your enrolment. (59.9 kB, MSWORD)


Programme outline

Light Metals Reduction Technology aims to provide engineering and science graduates who are currently working in the aluminium or other light metals industry with an advanced technical understanding of the global light metals industry, project management, process dynamics, economics, process operations and control in light metals reduction, especially aluminium.

The programme teaches advanced concepts in chemical and materials engineering and show their application to light metals reduction technology. Course content draws on recent advances in technology and leading edge research in this area and use experts from academia and industry as lecturers and tutors. While of an applied nature, the emphasis will be on the use of new techniques, materials and designs.

What you will learn

You will develop skills that will enable you to handle the complex problems encountered in the industry and to equip you with the skills to deal with future problems. Such skills include mathematical techniques, competency in appropriate software programmes such as advanced design and thermodynamics, interpersonal skills through group work and communication skills. You will be encouraged to apply the techniques taught to your own plant, through individual and group tutorial assignments using your own plant data and through tailored research and design projects. The research and design projects allow you to extend your expertise into specialist technical areas and understand the research and design processes.

Graduates of the Light Metals Reduction Technology specialisation are well equipped with the technical foundations and practical skills to become true innovators, managers and leaders in the global light metal manufacturing industry. They often take on high ranking positions as senior chemical engineers, process and quality control supervisors, senior  plant managers and technical consultants for the light metals sector.



“In my opinion you have to seek out useful training to increase your options and stay competitive in your chosen field. This degree provided me with all of the theory and best work practices that are required. It has an incredibly broad view on Aluminium Reduction from raw material to electrolysis, I recommend this qualification to all colleagues working in Aluminium Reduction, Carbon and Alumina. The level of commitment required to pass the course at a university level makes it more useful than many other training programs.’’

- Halldór Guðmundsson, Technical Manager of Reduction. Nordural, Iceland.


Programme structure

120 points

  • Complete the University of Auckland online Academic Integrity course.
  • CHEMMAT 717, 718, 726, 727 and 731.
  • CHEMMAT 788 or 789.

With prior approval up to 45 points may be replaced by other appropriate courses.



Course list

Core courses
CHEMMAT 717 - Electrochemical Engineering (15 points)
The thermodynamics of aluminium electrolysis; heat and mass balance; components of the cell voltage; anode effect and its mitigation, resistance and voltage tracking; cell magnetics and magnetic modelling.
Corequisite: CHEMMAT 718, 726, 727
CHEMMAT 718 - Aluminium Reduction Process Operations (15 points)
Monitoring overall aluminium cell performance - what are the appropriate parameters to measure, how are they measured and how are they used for process control? Optimising cell performance, scheduling of operations, dealing with process excursions, metal treatment and quality. Novel cell designs.
Corequisite: CHEMMAT 717, 726, 727
CHEMMAT 726 - The Light Metals Industry (15 points)
An overview of the light metals, Ti, Al and Mg, their chemistry, metallurgy and processing. It also deals with trends in the global light metals production and uses and recent advances in extending applications for these materials; economics of feedstock and materials selection and availability; power supply and management; efficient use of equipment and resources; and environmental issues.
Corequisite: CHEMMAT 717, 718, 727
CHEMMAT 727 - Materials Performance and Selection for Light Metals Processing (15 points)
Performance requirements of anodes, cathodes, cell refractories and other aluminium cell construction materials are assessed. Techniques for monitoring materials performance in operation and post operation (autopsies) are discussed. This course also covers materials specifications, how well they predict performance in the aluminium cell as well as the relationship between the fabrication of the cell components and their performance. New materials.
Corequisite: CHEMMAT 717, 718, 726
CHEMMAT 731 - Advanced Design for Reduction Technology (30 points)
Specification, planning and execution of a specific process design project in reduction technology. Detailed considerations in the project will include material selection, process energy demand and efficiency, costing and economics, environmental impact and process start-up and operation.

You need to choose either one of the following:

CHEMMAT 788 A (15 points)
CHEMMAT 788 B (15 points)
Project Y
A student is required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.
Note: To complete this course students must enrol in CHEMMAT 788 A and B.
CHEMMAT 789 - Project Z (30 points)
A student is required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department.

Programme convenor