Postgraduate study in Computer Systems Engineering

What can you study in Computer Systems Engineering?

A strong research focus is vital to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and postgraduate study in Computer Systems Engineering is no exception. You’ll gain opportunities to tackle projects alongside world-class researchers, sometimes within well-known research groups in purpose-built laboratories, with real-world applications. Major topics may include:

  • Control systems, applied to bioprocess modelling, control of water treatment plants and nonlinear filtering design, active fault-tolerant control of nonlinear stochastic dynamical systems, and more
  • Embedded systems, working with well-recognised researchers to investigate hardware/software co-design, real-time systems, low-power design, application-specific processors, system-level languages, wearable computing, smart sensors, intelligent transportation, medical devices, and the Internet of Things
  • Industrial informatics and automation, focusing on distributed intelligent control architectures in industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, food processing
  • Robotics, generally undertaken in the Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science with an aim to create innovative technologies to improve social well-being; focusing on human-robot interaction, software systems and tools, and applications in the healthcare and primary sectors

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.
  • 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’re 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 Computer Systems Engineering

Master of Engineering

120 point option

Completion of COMPSYS 796 ME Thesis (120 points)

180 point option

  • Completion of COMPSYS 796 ME Thesis (120 points)
  • At least 60 points from courses listed in the Master of Engineering Studies in Computer Systems Engineering schedule

Master of Engineering Studies

120 point option

At least 45 points from:

  • Semester One
    • COMPSYS 701 Advanced Digital Systems Design (15 points)
    • COMPSYS 726 Robotics and Intelligent Systems (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 734 Power Electronics (15 points)
    • SOFTENG 701 Advanced Software Engineering Development Methods (15 points)
    • SOFTENG 751 High Performance Computing (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • COMPSYS 704 Advanced Embedded Systems (15 points)
    • COMPSYS 705 Formal Methods for Engineers (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 704 Advanced Control Systems (15 points)
  • Semesters One and Two (you cannot choose more than 45 points from this list)
    • COMPSYS 787 Project X (15 points)
    • COMPSYS 788 Project Y (30 points)
    • COMPSYS 789 Project Z (30 points)
    • COMPSYS 795 A&B Research Project (45 points)

Up to 75 points from:

  • Semester One
    • COMPSYS 723 Embedded Systems Design (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 722 Control Systems (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 732 Communication Systems (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 733 Signal Processing (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • COMPSYS 725 Computer Networks and Distributed Applications (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 726 Digital Communications (15 points)
    • SOFTENG 761 Agile and Lean Software Development
  • 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
    • COMPSYS 701 Advanced Digital Systems Design (15 points)
    • COMPSYS 726 Robotics and Intelligent Systems (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 734 Power Electronics (15 points)
    • SOFTENG 701 Advanced Software Engineering Development Methods (15 points)
    • SOFTENG 751 High Performance Computing (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • COMPSYS 704 Advanced Embedded Systems (15 points)
    • COMPSYS 705 Formal Methods for Engineers (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 704 Advanced Control Systems (15 points)
  • Semesters One and Two (you cannot choose more than 45 points from this list)
    • COMPSYS 787 Project X (15 points)
    • COMPSYS 788 Project Y (30 points)
    • COMPSYS 789 Project Z (30 points)
    • COMPSYS 795 A&B Research Project (45 points)

Up to 135 points from:

  • Semester One
    • COMPSYS 723 Embedded Systems Design (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 722 Control Systems (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 732 Communication Systems (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 733 Signal Processing (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • COMPSYS 725 Computer Networks and Distributed Applications (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 726 Digital Communications (15 points)
    • SOFTENG 761 Agile and Lean Software Development
  • 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 general student enquiries, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

If you would like further academic information, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.