Postgraduate study in Environmental Engineering

What can you study in Environmental Engineering?

A Master of Engineering Studies in Environmental Engineering consists of courses and small research projects in the areas of environmental impact assessment, waste minimisation and management and the protection of air, water, and soil from pollution. Our academic staff members’ main research areas include:

  • Fate and transport of contaminants in the environment
  • Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through novel technologies
  • Treatment of emerging contaminants by membrane processes
  • Resource recovery from wastewater and organic wastes
  • Assessing energy efficiency of wastewater treatment facilities

Entry requirements

Before applying for this programme, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies.

An alternative pathway into this programme is open to applicants with appropriate backgrounds and professional experience, including those with a Bachelor of Technology or a Bachelor of Science.

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 for a second masters degree 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 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 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 visa application times into account.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Environmental Engineering

There are two different taught options for the MEngSt in Environmental Engineering, a 120 point programme and a 180 point programme.

Master of Engineering

120-point option

Completion of ENVENG 796 ME Thesis (120 points)

180-point option

  • Completion of ENVENG 796 ME Thesis (120 points)
  • At least 60 points from courses listed in the Master of Engineering Studies in Environmental 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 ENVENG 787–789, 795:

  • Semesters One and Two 
    • ENVENG 787 Project X (15 points)
    • ENVENG 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)
    • ENVENG 789 Project Z (30 points)
    • ENVENG 795 A&B Research Project (ENVENG) (45 points)
  • Semester One
    • ENVENG 746 Surface Water Quality Modelling (15 points)
    • ENVENG 747 Soil-Contaminant Fate Processes and Modelling (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • ENVENG 701 Urban Stormwater Management (15 points)
    • ENVENG 707 Advanced Water Treatment and Reuse (15 points)

Up to 75 points from:

  • Semester One
    • ENVENG 740 Water and Wastewater Engineering (15 points)
    • ENVENG 752 Risk, LCA and Sustainability (15 points)

For a 120-point programme:

  • Up to 30 points from appropriate ENVSCI 600 and 700 level courses, subject to approval by the Head of Department
  • Up to 30 points from appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University, subject to approval by the Head of Department

For a 180-point programme:

  • Up to 45 points from appropriate ENVSCI 600 and 700 level courses, subject to approval by the Head of Department
  • Up to 45 points from appropriate 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University, subject to approval by the Head of Department
     

Where can postgraduate study in Environmental Engineering take you?

An environmental section plays a key role in all engineering consultancy firms. Also a number of purely environmental engineering firms have become established, with over 30 now existing in Auckland alone. Our graduates have found employment in consulting engineering, environmental agencies, government departments. They also work as designers and advisers for many engineering projects. Some of the opportunities postgraduate study will prepare you for include:

  • Design, construction and maintenance of earth structures for highways, dams and urban developments
  • Construction of earthquake resistant structures in steel, concrete and timber
  • Use of water resources and protecting the environment
  • The supervision and management of large projects

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.