Master's in Engineering in New Zealand

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In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

Improvements made to manmade things such as tools, structures and machines are largely due to the efforts of people in the field of engineering. These people combine creativity with mathematics and worldly knowledge, resulting in innovation.


New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands. Overseas students need to have a student visa and a reasonable level of cash to spend in order to undertake a course of study at a New Zealand based educational institution. New Zealand educational institutions will inform the appropriate immigration authorities if a student ceases to attend their enrolled courses, who may then suspend or cancel that student's visa. Educational institutions often also exchange this enrollment and attendance data electronically with other government agencies responsible for providing student assistance.

Top Master Programs in Engineering in New Zealand 2017

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Master of Engineering

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 12 months March 2017 New Zealand Hamilton

This research-focused degree is designed for graduates who wish to do further research and develop an innovative solution to an engineering question. Excellence in advanced engineering design, research and development skills are core features of the degree. [+]

Best Masters in Engineering in New Zealand 2017. Master of Engineering This research-focused degree is designed for graduates who wish to do further research and develop an innovative solution to an engineering question. Excellence in advanced engineering design, research and development skills are core features of the degree. As a Master of Engineering (ME) graduate you will have the opportunity to either seek employment as a professional engineer, or start a research career. The ME normally takes 12 months to complete full-time. It builds on prior study at undergraduate level, such as the four-year BE(Hons) or BSc(Tech). The degree requires 120 points, which can either be made up of 30 points in taught papers and a 90-point dissertation (research project), or one 120-point thesis. If you enrol in an ME via the Faculty of Science & Engineering you can major in Engineering, and your thesis topic may come from our wide range of study areas such as biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering, environmental engineering and electronic engineering. Software Engineering projects are completed via the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. The Faculty of Science & Engineering fosters collaborative relationships between science, engineering, industry and management. The Faculty has developed a very strong research base to support its aims of providing you with in-depth knowledge, analytical skills, innovative ideas, and techniques to translate science into technology in the real world. You will have the opportunity to undertake research with staff who are leaders in their field and will have the use of world-class laboratory facilities. Past ME students have worked on projects such as a ‘snake robot’ for disaster rescue and a brain-controlled electro-mechanical prosthetic hand. Facilities The University of Waikato School of Engineering’s specialised laboratories includes the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research. These include 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software. The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. Software engineering students will have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software. Build a successful career Depending on the thesis topic studied, graduates of this degree may find employment in the research and development department in a range of engineering industries, including energy companies, environmental agencies, government departments, biomedical/pharmaceutical industries, private research companies, universities, food and dairy industries, electronics, agriculture, forestry and more. The ME can also be a stepping stone to doctoral studies. Career opportunities Aeronautical Engineer Automotive Engineer Biotechnologist Computer-aided Engineer Engineering Geologist Food and Drink Technologist Laboratory Technician Mechanical Engineer Medical Sciences Technician Patent Attorney Pharmaceutical Engineer Quality Assurance Officer Research Assistant Theoretical Physics Research Practical Experience Many ME theses are in collaboration with industry. The Faculty of Engineering has excellent industry collaborations with companies such as Fonterra, Gallagher Group, Oji Fibre Solutions, Tetra Pak and ArborGen Australasia. These strong relationships generate numerous research projects for engineering students, so you will be able to work on real issues with real clients. Admission and enrolment Admission requires a relevant Bachelors level qualification or equivalent. Once you have applied to study with us you are welcome to speak with one of our senior academics who will help advise you on your studies based on your goals and previous experience. This will ensure you have all the support and advice you need to succeed in your studies. If you are enrolling via the Faculty of Science & Engineering, please consult our Graduate Handbook for details of relevant staff. Please refer to the relevant regulations in the University of Waikato Calendar for official details of admission and degree requirements, available subjects, honours eligibility and more. If you do not hold the appropriate qualifications required for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for a pathway via a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. Contact the Faculty for advice on the possibilities. [-]

Master of Engineering Practice

Victoria University of Wellington
Campus Full time 12 - 16 months November 2017 New Zealand Wellington

Victoria University’s Master of Engineering Practice (MEP) is a unique and innovative programme for graduates seeking a professional postgraduate engineering qualification in the IT field. [+]

Victoria University’s Master of Engineering Practice (MEP) is a unique and innovative programme for graduates seeking a professional postgraduate engineering qualification in the IT field. There is a demand from New Zealand employers for ICT graduates, particularly for graduates who have the appropriate skills for working eff ectively in the New Zealand workplace. Industry has made it clear that they need graduates with good communication and teamwork skills and an understanding of the professional environment in industry, as well as straight technical knowledge and skills. The MEP has been designed to provide graduates who can meet that demand. About the Master of Engineering Practice Programme Many Engineering and Computer Science graduates have little experience at applying theoretical knowledge to real engineering problems and little understanding of the professional environment in the New Zealand industry. The MEP is a one-year, 180-point Master’s programme which aims to help students advance their skills and improve their job prospects. Students will have completed a relevant degree such as in Computer Science or an appropriate engineering discipline. The programme will include courses focusing on communication, problem solving and enterprise skills. It will end with a three-month research and development project in an industry placement. For Electronics and/or Computer Science Engineering graduates or similar Unique in NZ. Designed to prepare students for work in the ICT industry Includes an industrial placement (Part Three of the degree) Applicants must be able to demonstrate: Strength in Maths; some Programming in their background; able to deal with Abstractions Course Structure Taught 180 points Master’s degree - 1.5 years of academic study. It is taught in three parts and it is expected that students may complete the degree in one calendar year. Part 1 (one trimester of study) – 60 points Research and Communication Skills (15 points) Engineering Practice (15 points) 2 courses from Electronics, Networking, Software or Computer Science (30 points) Part 2 (one trimester of study) – 60 points Engineering project (30 Points) 2 courses from Electronics, Networking, Software or Computer Science (30 points) Part 3 (one trimester of study) – 60 points Industry Research and Development Project (60 points) Students may be placed in industries locally (including within Victoria University of Wellington), or nationally – past industry placements include companies such as Google, Xero, Datacom, Weta Digital, Park Road Post, Solnet, Microsoft, IBM, Trade Me, Fujitsu, Magritek, Tekron, BRANZ, Callaghan Innovation, BECA, GNS, Fisher & Paykel, EDMI, Chorus, Transfield Services, 2degrees and others. Students may be paid by companies in which they are placed. *Entry to Part 3 requires at least a B- average grade in Part 1 and Part 2 or special permission from the Head of School. Start Date The MEP begins in November (Trimester 3) each year. Although the programme is 180 points (1.5 academic years of study), it is expected that students complete the full MEP within 12 months, through three consecutive trimesters of study. Admission Requirements Applicants for the MEP will have: completed a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject with good grades; and been accepted by the Head of School of Engineering and Computer Science as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study. Applicants must also meet the University’s postgraduate English language requirements: IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; or TOEFL 90 IBT with a minimum of 20 in writing; or Pearson Test of English score of 65 with a Communicative score of not less than 58; or Two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in Victoria University of Wellington’s English Profi ciency Programme. Tuition Fees NZ$51,200 for the full programme (1.5 years/180 points of academic study) [NZ$34,150 for 120 points or one academic year of study]. Other costs include annual levies of approximately NZ$720 and health and travel insurance costs of approximately NZ $590. [-]