Postgraduate Study in Chemical and Materials Engineering

What can you study in Chemical and Materials Engineering?

Postgraduate students in Chemical and Materials Engineering gain a deeper understanding of how things work, with the potential to develop new technologies. Areas of interest include:

  • Advanced and nanomaterials research, which involves in-depth studies into properties, performance, processing, microstructure, and industrial applications
  • Chemical and process engineering, including aluminium smelting technology, heat exchange, iron and steel making, food processing, high-pressure sterilisation, and more
  • Energy and the environment, including biodiesel, oil and gas processing, thermal management, air flow and heat transfer, and clean technologies
  • Food and bioproduct processing, with a focus on value-added food products and cost-effective technologies
  • Materials engineering, with studies into metals and manufacturing, and non-metallic materials such as polymers for high-performance applications
  • Separation and reaction engineering, specialising in green process engineering
  • Surface and materials science, from the nano to large-scale

Our department also regularly collaborates with researchers throughout the University, boasting facilities such as the Light Metals Research Centre and the Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science.

Entry requirements

Important requirements for international students

  • All international applicants should ensure that they meet all the programme’s entry requirements. You should only proceed with your application if your GPA matches or exceeds the requirements listed for your country. Please do not apply if your GPA is below the minimum entry requirements, but consider the alternative study options that may be offered as a pathway into your preferred programme, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering.
  • You are strongly advised to consider visa application times. Please be aware of the student visa processing times in your home country and submit the documentation needed well ahead of the Faculty of Engineering's programme application deadlines. For processing times, contact the New Zealand High Commission/Embassy or your education agent.
  • If you are applying for your second masters degree, you need to be aware that additional assessment requirements will take extra time. The Faculty of Engineering is required to assess your previous masters degree courses to ensure that they do not overlap with the courses in the University of Auckland programme that you have expressed interest in. You must therefore allow more time for your application to be processed, and be aware that further documentation may be required. Submit your application well in advance of the deadline if this is your situation, as you may also need to take visa application times into account.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Master of Engineering

120 point option
Completion of CHEMMAT 796 ME Thesis (120 points)

180 point option

  • Completion of CHEMMAT 796 ME Thesis (120 points)
  • At least 60 points from courses listed in the following Master of Engineering Studies in Chemical and Materials Engineering schedule

Master of Engineering Studies

120 point programme

At least 45 points from:

  • Semesters One and Two
    • CHEMMAT 713 Studies in Chemical Engineering (15 points)
    • CHEMMAT 721 Advanced Materials (15 points)
  • Semester One
    • CHEMMAT 724 Advanced Materials Characterisation (15 points)
    • CHEMMAT 752 Process Dynamics and Control (15 points)
    • CHEMMAT 772 Advanced Food Process Engineering (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CHEMMAT 773 Food Process Systems Engineering (15 points)
    • MECHENG 742 Advanced Materials Manufacturing (15 points)

Up to 75 points from:

  • Semesters One and Two
    • CHEMMAT 712 Chemical Engineering Seminar (15 points)
    • CHEMMAT 722 Materials Seminar (15 points)
  • Semester One
    • CHEMMAT 753 Biomaterials and Applications (15 points)
    • CHEMMAT 7556 Food Processing Engineering (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CHEMMAT 754 Materials and Performance Enhancement (15 points)
    • CHEMMAT 755 Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications (15 points)
    • CHEMMAT 757 Engineering Biotechnology (15 points)
  • Up to 45 points from appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University, subject to approval by the Head of Department

Help and advice

For course descriptions, please refer to the University of Auckland Calendar.

For general student enquiries, please contact the Engineering Student Centre. If you would like further academic information, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.