Postgraduate study in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

What can you study in Electrical and Electronic Engineering?

A strong research focus is vital to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and postgraduate study in Electrical and Electronic Engineering is no exception. You’ll gain opportunities to tackle projects alongside world-class researchers involved in designing real-world applications, such as the Forensics, Audio and Biometrics Group, our internationally-recognised researchers in power electronics, and more.

Major topics may include:

  • Design and application of sophisticated medical electronics
  • Computer modelling
  • Electromagnetics
  • Forensic speech analysis
  • Green energy
  • Information technology
  • Local and international telecommunications networks
  • Power systems
  • Radio system design
  • Signal processing
  • Wireless power charging

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 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.
  • 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 must 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 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 Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Master of Engineering

120-point option

Completion of ELECTENG 796 ME Thesis (120 points)

180-point option

Completion of ELECTENG 796 ME Thesis (120 points)
At least 60 points from courses listed in the Master of Engineering Studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering schedule

Master of Engineering Studies (120 or 180 points, taught)

At least 45 points from the following, but no more than 45 points from ELECTENG 787–789 and 795.

Please note that course labelled with an asterisk (*) is not available for the 120-point programme:

• Semester One
o ELECTENG 734 Power Electronics (15 points)
o ELECTENG 737 Advanced Radio Engineering (15 points)
o COMPSYS 726 Robotics and Intelligent Systems (15 points)
• Semester Two
o ELECTENG 704 Advanced Control Systems (15 points)
o ELECTENG 738 Selected Topics in Advanced Power Systems (15 points)
o ELECTENG 741 Advanced Digital Communications (15 points)
o COMPSYS 704 Advanced Embedded Systems*
• Semesters One or Two (research projects)
o ELECTENG 787 Project X (15 points)
o ELECTENG 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)
o ELECTENG 789 Project Z (30 points)
o ELECTENG 795 or 795 A&B Research Project (45 points)

For a 120-point programme, up to 75 points from the following:
For a 180-point programme, up to 135 points from the following:

• Semester One
o ELECTENG 721 Radio Engineering (15 points)
o ELECTENG 722 Modern Control Systems (15 points)
o ELECTENG 731 Power Systems (15 points)
o ELECTENG 733 Digital Signal Processing (15 points)
• Semester Two
o ELECTENG 703 Advanced Power Systems (15 points)
o ELECTENG 726 Digital Communications (15 points)
o ELECTENG 736 Analog, Digital Filter Synthesis (15 points)


Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Student Hubs.

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