Postgraduate study in Engineering Science

What can you study in Engineering Science?

The Department of Engineering Science has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research activities, with strong collaborative ties to the Geothermal Institute and the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

The nature of this specialisation means that you’ll likely explore applications within major methodological areas, including Operations Research and Computational Mechanics. You’ll be equipped with problem-solving, modelling, analytical and computing skills that are relevant to many global industries.

Some research areas include:

  • Network design and simulation
  • Vehicle routing for uncertain weather
  • Integer programming and applications
  • Treatment planning
  • Fluid flow in geothermal reservoirs
  • Wind-flow modelling for the design of wind farms
  • Petroleum reservoir engineering, such as well testing and reservoir simulation and characterisation

Additional entry requirements for postgraduate study in Engineering Science

  • Please note that all entry requirements for your chosen programme still apply.
  • You may qualify for postgraduate study in Engineering Science if you have a suitable undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science or Mathematics.

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 economy 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 Engineering Science

Master of Engineering

120 point option

Completion of ENGSCI 796 ME Thesis (120 points)

180 point option

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

Master of Engineering Studies

120 point option

45 points from (choose one option):

  • Semesters One and Two: ENGSCI 785 A&B Project Z (45 points)
  • Semester One or Two: ENGSCI 789 Project Z (45 points)
  • Semesters One and Two: ENGSCI 788 A&B Project Y (30 points) and Semester One: ENGSCI 787 Project X (15 points)

Up to 75 points from:

  • Semester One
    • ENGSCI 711 Advanced Mathematical Modelling (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 740 Advanced Mechanics in Research and Technology (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 753 Computational Techniques in Mechanics and Bioengineering (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 760 Algorithms for Optimisation (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 761 Integer and Multi-objective Optimisation (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 762 Scheduling and Optimisation in Decision Making (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • ENGSCI 712 Computational Algorithms for Signal Processing (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 741 Advanced Mathematical and Computational Modelling in Mechanics (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 763 Advanced Simulation and Stochastic Optimisation (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 768 Advanced Operations Research and Analytics (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 772 Whole Organ Modelling (15 points)
    • GEOTHERM 785 Geothermal and Reservoir 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

45 points from (choose one option):

  • Semesters One and Two: ENGSCI 785 A&B Project Z (45 points)
  • Semester One or Two: ENGSCI 789 Project Z (45 points)
  • Semesters One and Two: ENGSCI 788 A&B Project Y (30 points) and Semester One: ENGSCI 787 Project X (15 points)

Up to 135 points from:

  • Semester One
    • ENGSCI 711 Advanced Mathematical Modelling (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 740 Advanced Mechanics in Research and Technology (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 753 Computational Techniques in Mechanics and Bioengineering (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 760 Algorithms for Optimisation (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 761 Integer and Multi-objective Optimisation (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 762 Scheduling and Optimisation in Decision Making (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • ENGSCI 712 Computational Algorithms for Signal Processing (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 741 Advanced Mathematical and Computational Modelling in Mechanics (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 763 Advanced Simulation and Stochastic Optimisation (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 768 Advanced Operations Research and Analytics (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 772 Whole Organ Modelling (15 points)
    • GEOTHERM 785 Geothermal and Reservoir 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 general student enquiries, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

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