Postgraduate study in Civil Engineering

What can you study in Civil Engineering?

We strongly value advanced research; this is reflected in the range of facilities and specialised expertise we offer, all potentially tailored to suit individual interests. Some areas of in-depth study include:

  • Advanced structural dynamics
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Excavation engineering
  • Experimental and computational geotechnical engineering
  • Fire engineering
  • Highway and pavement engineering
  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Rock mechanics
  • Seismic structural design

We are also involved in many real-world projects, with some students contributing to projects around the country, including: the Christchurch rebuild, improving transportation systems in Auckland and the rest of the country, building dams and reservoirs, and responding to natural disasters. They’re also part of the decision-making process in local and regional councils.

Entry requirements

Additional entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies in Civil Engineering

Please note that you must have:

  • Completed courses in an undergraduate degree relevant to the specialisation (structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, transportation engineering or construction management)
  • Passed any prerequisite courses prior to enrolment in this programme
  • Satisfied any prerequisites specified for the specialisation in the Master of Engineering Studies schedule

To be eligible for the 120 point option, you must have accomplished one of the following:

  • Completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or higher in 120 points above Part 3 of the programme
  • Completed the requirements for an equivalent 4-year degree qualification (BE/BTech/BS/Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Civil/Environmental/Water Resources/Sanitary/Structural Engineering) at an overseas institution of high standing, and at a level deemed satisfactory by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering
  • Completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland, or an equivalent degree qualification (as mentioned above) or passed with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 60 points relevant to the civil engineering specialisation in the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering at the University of Auckland, provided that the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering has not been awarded
  • Completed the requirements for an appropriate bachelors degree (BE/BTech/BS/Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Civil/Environmental/Water Resources/Sanitary/Structural Engineering) at a level deemed satisfactory by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering

To be eligible for the 180 point option, you must have:

  • Completed the requirements for an appropriate Bachelor’s degree (BE/BTech/BS/Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Civil/Environmental/Water Resources/Sanitary/Structural Engineering), at a level deemed satisfactory by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering
  • Passed with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 60 points relevant to the specialisation in the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering from the University of Auckland, provided that the you have not been awarded the PGCertEng

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 for your country listed in the engineering programme of your choice. 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants applying for their second masters degree 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 your selected 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 documentations may be required. Submit your application well in advance of the deadline if this is your situation, as you may also need to take into account visa application times.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Civil Engineering

Master of Engineering

120 point option

Completion of CIVIL 796 ME Thesis (120 points)

180 point option

  • Completion of CIVIL 796 ME Thesis (120 points)
  • At least 60 points from courses listed in the following Master of Engineering Studies in Civil Engineering schedule

Master of Engineering Studies

120 point option

At least 45 points from:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 707 Construction Supply Chain Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 717 Advanced Structural Timber (15 points)
    • CIVIL 764 Highway Safety and Operations (15 points)
    • CIVIL 765 Infrastructure Asset Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 770 Transport Systems Economics (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 702 Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations (15 points)
    • CIVIL 704 Advanced Topics in Project Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 709 Cost Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 710 Advanced Structural Dynamics (15 points)
    • CIVIL 724 Soil Behaviour (15 points)
    • CIVIL 766 Road Asset Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 771 Planning and Managing Transport (15 points)
  • Semesters One and Two (you cannot choose more than 45 points from this list)
    • CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning (15 points)
    • CIVIL 787 Project X (15 points)
    • CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)
    • CIVIL 789 Project Z (30 points)
    • CIVIL 795 A&B Research Project (45 points)
  • Summer School
    • CIVIL 725 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (15 points)

Up to 75 points from:

  • Semesters One and Two
    • CIVIL 703 Project Management (15 points)
  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 701 Studies in Civil Engineering 1 (15 points)
    • CIVIL 713 Structures and Design 4 (15 points)
    • CIVIL 715 Advanced Structural Concrete (15 points)
    • CIVIL 718 Light Gauge Steel (15 points)
    • CIVIL 719 Matrix Structural Analysis (15 points)
    • CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 721 Foundation Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 722 Slope Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 731 Water Resources Modelling (15 points)
    • CIVIL 742 Advanced Seismic Bridge Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 758 Traffic Systems Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 761 Planning and Design of Transport Facilities (15 points)
    • CIVIL 773 Sustainable Transport: Planning and Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 790 Civil Engineering Administration (15 points)
    • CIVIL 791 Construction Management (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 714 Multi-storey Building Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 716 Engineering Risk Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 726 Engineering Geology (15 points)
    • CIVIL 727 Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes (15 points)
    • CIVIL 733 Coastal Engineering 1 (15 points)
    • CIVIL 741 Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 750 Timber Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 759 Highway and Transportation Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 762 Transportation Planning (15 points)
    • CIVIL 782 Water Resources Engineering (15 points)
  • Up to 30 points from appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University, subject to approval by the Head of Department

180 point option

At least 45 points from:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 707 Construction Supply Chain Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 717 Advanced Structural Timber (15 points)
    • CIVIL 764 Highway Safety and Operations (15 points)
    • CIVIL 765 Infrastructure Asset Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 770 Transport Systems Economics (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 702 Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations (15 points)
    • CIVIL 704 Advanced Topics in Project Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 709 Cost Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 710 Advanced Structural Dynamics (15 points)
    • CIVIL 724 Soil Behaviour (15 points)
    • CIVIL 766 Road Asset Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 771 Planning and Managing Transport (15 points)
  • Semesters One and Two (you cannot choose more than 60 points from CIVIL 787-789 and 795)
    • CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning (15 points)
    • CIVIL 787 Project X (15 points)
    • CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)
    • CIVIL 789 Project Z (30 points)
    • CIVIL 795 A&B Research Project (45 points)
  • Summer School
    • CIVIL 725 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (15 points)

Up to 135 points from:

  • Semesters One and Two
    • CIVIL 703 Project Management (15 points)
  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 701 Studies in Civil Engineering 1 (15 points)
    • CIVIL 713 Structures and Design 4 (15 points)
    • CIVIL 715 Advanced Structural Concrete (15 points)
    • CIVIL 718 Light Gauge Steel (15 points)
    • CIVIL 719 Matrix Structural Analysis (15 points)
    • CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 721 Foundation Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 722 Slope Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 731 Water Resources Modelling (15 points)
    • CIVIL 742 Advanced Seismic Bridge Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 758 Traffic Systems Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 761 Planning and Design of Transport Facilities (15 points)
    • CIVIL 790 Civil Engineering Administration (15 points)
    • CIVIL 791 Construction Management (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 714 Multi-storey Building Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 716 Engineering Risk Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 726 Engineering Geology (15 points)
    • CIVIL 727 Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes (15 points)
    • CIVIL 733 Coastal Engineering 1 (15 points)
    • CIVIL 741 Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 750 Timber Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 762 Transportation Planning (15 points)
    • CIVIL 773 Sustainable Transport: Planning and Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 782 Water Resources Engineering (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.