Faculty of Engineering


Master of Energy

MEnergy

An interfaculty postgraduate degree that enables students with undergraduate backgrounds in Engineering, Science or Commerce to develop expertise in any aspect of the energy industry.
 

» Entry requirements

» Who should apply?

» Programme structure

» Research masters

» Taught masters

» Course list

» Taught masters elective options

» Programme convenor

 

Quick facts - MEnergy
Points per degree 120
Full-time study 1 year
Part-time study 2 years
Taught at City Campus
Applications close 4 July 2014
Start date Semester Two: 22 July 2014
pdf Master of Energy brochure (212 KB PDF)

Entry requirements

Students who wish to enter the energy industry and who have completed a BE(Hons), BSc(Hons) or BCom(Hons) or have reached an equivalent attainment in Engineering, Science or Commerce (eg, PGDip) as approved by the Dean of Engineering. 

Students should refer to the regulations before making an application.

 

Who should apply?

The programme is aimed at attracting good students from Engineering, Science, Business and Economics into a specialist postgraduate study of energy.

 

Programme structure
  • Complete the University of Auckland online Academic Integrity course.
  • All students complete two core courses that give an overview of business (ENERGY 721) and technology (ENERGY 722) issues.
  • Students have a choice of completing a 90 point research thesis or a smaller 45 point research project. In both cases the research will involve working on a problem relevant to industry and the project scope may include economic, environmental, regulatory and business issues, as well as technical matters.
    • Students who choose the smaller 45 point research project also take an additional three 15 point elective courses. The courses allow the student to concentrate on a particular energy form such as wind or geothermal, to take additional business courses, or to focus on sustainability/policy issues.
      • The 45 point research project can be taken as either a 15:30 point split (ENERGY 785) or a 30:15 point split (ENERGY 786) over two consecutive semesters.
    • The 90 point research thesis option is targeted at students who have previous experience in energy, through their undergraduate education or through work experience, and who have a clear research objective.
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Research masters

The 90 point research thesis option is targeted at students who have considerable previous experience in energy, through their undergraduate education or through work experience, and have a clear research objective.

Semester One   Semester Two
ENERGY 787A – Research Project 30 points   ENERGY 787B – Research Project 60 points
ENERGY 721 - Energy Resources 15 points  
ENERGY 722 - Energy Technology 15 points  
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Taught masters

Students with less energy experience should take more lecture courses and undertake a smaller 45 point research project. With suitable choices of courses and project topic, the MEnergy allows for both the concentration on a particular energy form such as wind or geothermal and to cover a range of topics.

Semester One   Semester Two
ENERGY 785A – Research Project 15 points   ENERGY 785B – Research Project 30 points
ENERGY 721 - Energy Resources 15 points Two electives 30 points
ENERGY 722 - Energy Technology 15 points  
One elective 15 points  
 or
ENERGY 786A – Research Project 30 points   ENERGY 786B – Research Project 15 points
ENERGY 721 - Energy Resources 15 points Three electives 45 points
ENERGY 722 - Energy Technology 15 points  
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Course list

Required courses

Research and taught options
ENERGY 721 - Energy Resources (15 points)
Past, present and likely future uses of various forms of energy focused on electricity generation. Energy resources. Energy economics, prices and markets. Environmental considerations in energy production and use. Climate change, carbon sequestration, carbon trading and carbon taxes.
ENERGY 722 - Energy Technology (15 points)
First and second Laws of Thermodynamics and thermodynamic cycles. Chemical and biological thermodynamics. Geotechnology for resource exploration and delineation. Engineering technology for production and use of oil and gas, coal, wind, geothermal, tidal, solar, nuclear, bio-fuels. Energy storage, batteries, fuel cells. Energy efficiency.
Research only
ENERGY 787 - Research Thesis (90 points)
Supervised research project addressing a topic relevant to the technical, economic, environmental, regulatory or business aspects of energy.
Co-requisite: To complete this course students must enrol in ENERGY 787 A and B.
Taught only
ENERGY 785 or 786 - Research Project (45 points)
Supervised research project addressing a topic relevant to the technical, economic, environmental, regulatory or business aspects of energy.
Co-requisite: To complete this course students must enrol in ENERGY 785 A and B or ENERGY 786 A and B.

Taught masters elective options

With suitable choices for the three elective courses and research topic, the MEnergy programme can be designed to allow a student to concentrate on a particular field of energy. Some elective options are listed below.

However, courses can also be “mixed and matched”. For example a student wishing to get an overview of renewable energy could take one geothermal energy course, one wind energy course and a sustainability course.

Other elective courses are possible within the regulations stipulated by the University of Auckland calendar.

Elective enrolments are made on a case by case basis considering student’s prior study and professional experience.

Note: An elective course is normally only offered in one semester each year. It is recommended that you check Student Services Online for up-to-date information on the availability of elective courses and timetable information.

 

Check course availability on Student Services Online

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is correct, however it remains your responsibility to verify the availability of the courses you are interested in.

Geothermal energy suggested electives

Semester One
 
 
Semester Two
GEOTHERM 785 - Geothermal and Reservoir Engineering
Prerequisite: CHEMMAT 313, ENGSCI 343 or MECHENG 311
Restriction: GEOTHERM 601, 602, 603, 620
GEOTHERM 601 - Geothermal Resources and Their Use (this requires enrolment in GEOTHERM 602)
  GEOTHERM 602 - Geothermal Energy Technology (this requires enrolment in GEOTHERM 601)
  GEOTHERM 603 - Geothermal Exploration
(this requires enrolment in GEOTHERM 601 and 602)
  GEOTHERM 620 - Geothermal Engineering
(this requires enrolment in GEOTHERM 601 and 602
  GEOLOGY 703 - Geothermal Geology
(this requires enrolment in GEOTHERM 601 and 602

 

Suggested, not running in 2014

  • ENGSCI 745 - Petroleum Engineering

Energy, sustainability and environment suggested electives

Semester One
 
 
Semester Two
ENVENG 702 - Engineering Decision Making in Aotearoa ENVENG 752 - Risk, LCA and Sustainability
ENVENG 750 - Advanced Sustainability Engineering ENVMGT 741 - Social Change for Sustainability
ENVMGT 743 - Environmental Policy ENVMGT 744 - Resource Management
ENVSCI 701 - Research Practice in Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences** GEOG 749 – Climate and Society
ENVSCI 711 - Assessing Environmental Effects  





 **1 hour clash with ENERGY 721 on Thursdays in 2014

Suggested, but may not run in 2014

  • ENVENG 704 - Sustainable Resource Management
  • ENVENG 751 - Sustainable Technologies and Processes

Suggested, but not running in 2014

  • ENVMGT 747 – Current Issues in Sustainability

 

Wind energy suggested electives

Semester One
 
 
Semester Two
MECHENG 713 - Energy Technology MECHENG 711 - Computational Fluid Dynamics

 

 Suggested, but has complete clash with ENERGY 721 in 2014

  • MECHENG 712 - Aerohydrodynamics

Suggested, but not running in 2014

  • MECHENG 714 - Wind Engineering


 

 

Business/Economics/Management suggested electives

Semester One
 
 
Semester Two
CIVIL 703 – Project Management COMENT 703 – Commercialisation of Science and Technology
MGMT 737 - Sustainability ECON 783 - Energy Economics
SCIENT 701 – Accounting and Finance for Scientists
(enrolment concession required)**
INTBUS 705 - Advanced Entrepreneurship
  MGMT 721 - Innovation and Business Development
 Further business courses if a student has appropriate background.

**1 hour clash with ENERGY 722 on Tuesdays in 2014

The suggested electives above are indicative only and can be varied. We particularly encourage students with a science or engineering background to consider taking a course in business or economics. Some possibilities are:

Semester One
 
 
Semester Two
MGMT 715 - Venture Creation and Growth  MGMT 726 - Technology Management
SCIENT 701 - Accounting and Finance for Scientists**  

 ** 1 hour clash with ENERGY 722 on Tuesdays in 2014

Another course students may find of interest is MECHENG 716 Internal Combustion Engines, which runs in Semester 1.

 

Programme convenor

Professor Rosalind Archer

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 84517
Email: MEnergy@auckland.ac.nz

The programme convenor can assist you with matters relating to this programme where you have been advised to contact the department's postgraduate adviser.

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