Duration
Full-time: Varies
Next start date
2021 Semester One – 1 March
2021 Semester Two – 19 July
Available locations
City
Points
120 or 180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

Aotearoa’s space industry is growing, as is its capacity for innovation in industry and research. Get a head start in your career in this exciting field with the MAerospaceEng, designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and expertise to be effective employees in a field with increasing national and global economic significance.

Our courses in Aerospace Engineering are supported by Te Pūnaha Ātea/Auckland Space Institute, which aims to enhance the growth of the New Zealand space sector. The institute is led by academics with deep expertise in the aerospace sector, making the University of Auckland ideally placed to deliver an excellent teaching and learning experience for our students. The MAerospaceEng programme has also received additional endorsements from the New Zealand Space Agency, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

We also offer opportunities for practical projects with industry partners. This ensures that you’re prepared to fulfill your future workforce’s demands for complex problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Programme structure

There are four ways to complete a MAerospaceEng: Research (120 and 180 points) and Taught (120 and 180 points). Your selection will depend on your technical and educational background, and career goals.

Compulsory courses
In all cases, you will be required to complete the following:

  • AEROSPCE 730 Aerospace Systems Design (Semester One)
  • AEROSPCE 740 Aerospace Structures and Mechanisms (Semester Two)

Thesis or research project
A research component is necessary to the MAerospaceEng, regardless of your focus. This enables you to apply your technical knowledge to practical scenarios, and build your confidence in the field.

  • If you choose a research programme, you’ll need to complete the 90-point AEROSPACE 792 or 793 Thesis.
  • If you choose a taught programme, you’ll need to complete the 45-point AEROSPACE 791 Research Project.

Aerospace core courses
For the 180-point research and both taught options, you must complete at least two of the following courses:

  • AEROSPCE 720 Space Dynamics and Missions (Semester Two)
  • ENGGEN 769 Research Methods for Engineers (Semesters One and Two)
  • MECHENG 711 Computational Fluid Dynamics (Semester Two)
  • MECHENG 712 Aerohydrodynamics (Semester One)
  • MECHENG 743 Composite Materials (Semester One)

You will also need to complete additional electives depending on your study track. Refer to the Electives tab for more information.

If you’re not ready to commit to a masters programme, we also offer the following. 

Other options
These qualifications also serve as pathways towards the MAerospaceEng.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2020 entry requirements

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Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0
  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0
  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0
  • Study option
    Research 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You will need to have completed the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 120 points above Stage III.

Or

Completed a relevant Bachelors degree from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II AND at least three years of relevant professional experience approved by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering.

Or 

Completed a relevant Bachelors degree AND a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (or equivalent) from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher. 

Completed a relevant Bachelor's degree from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II.

You will need to have completed the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 120 points above Stage III.

Or

Completed a relevant Bachelors degree from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II AND at least three years of relevant professional experience approved by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering.

Or

Completed a relevant Bachelors degree AND a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (or equivalent) from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher.

Completed a relevant Bachelor's degree from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the entry requirements, you can still gain entry by passing 60 points in the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering in a relevant subject or passing 60 points in the Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in a relevant subject with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher, provided that the postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma has not been awarded.

Or:

By passing 60 points in the Postgraduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering or 60 points in the Postgraduate Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher, provided that the postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma has not been awarded.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0
  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0
  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0
  • Study option
    Research 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0
  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a relevant four-year Bachelor's degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes:

  • One year of postgraduate-level study
  • A research project or dissertation comprising at least one-quarter of the final year

Or

You must have completed one year of relevant postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree.

Must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area from a recognised university (or similar institution).

You must have completed a relevant four-year Bachelor's degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes:

  • One year of postgraduate-level study
  • A research project or dissertation comprising at least one-quarter of the final year

Or

You must have completed one year of relevant postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree.

Must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area from a recognised university (or similar institution).

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you can still gain entry by passing 60 points in the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering in a relevant subject or Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in a relevant subject or Postgraduate Certificate in Aerospace Engineering or Postgraduate Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher, provided that the postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma has not been awarded .

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have completed a bachelor's degree and have three years of relevant professional work experience.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Aerospace Engineering cost per year?

2021 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,565.20 – $10,650*
International students
NZ$44,526*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.02 per point, estimated at $962.40 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

For the 180 point research option, choose up to two courses from either list.

For the 120 point taught option, choose up to one course from either list.

For the 180 point taught option, choose up to five courses from List A, and up to two courses from list B.

Technical electives

  • Semester One
    • ELECTENG 721 Radio Systems (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 722 Modern Control Systems (15 points)
    • ELECTENG 732 Communication Systems (15 points)
    • GEOG 771 Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation (15 points)
    • GEOG 772 Advanced Raster Data Analysis (15 points)
    • MECHENG 713 Energy Technology (15 points)
    • MECHENG 722 Engineering Vibrations (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • COMPSYS 704 Advanced Embedded Systems (15 points)
    • GEOG 774 Advanced Spatial Data Handling (15 points)
    • MECHENG 724 Multivariable Control Systems (15 points)
    • MECHENG 742 Advanced Materials Manufacturing (15 points) Not offered in 2021
    • MECHENG 747 Manufacturing and Industrial Processes (15 points)
    • PHYSICS 753 The Dynamic Universe (15 points)

Non-technical electives

  • Semester One
    • ENGGEN 731 Agile and Lean Project Management (15 points)
    • ENGGEN 732 Systems Thinking and Project Business Case (15 points)
    • ENGGEN 733 Organisational Strategic Management of Projects (15 points)
    • SCIENT 701 Accounting and Finance for Scientists (15 points)
    • SCIENT 702 Marketing for Scientific and Tech. Personnel (15 points)
    • SCIENT 704 Law and Intellectual Property (15 points)
    • OPSMGT 766 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Coordination (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • OPSMGT 760 Advanced Operations Systems (15 points)
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

Aotearoa's aerospace industry is making a significant, growing contribution to our economy, employing approximately 5,000 people in 2019. Pursuing a dedicated study option opens opportunities in aeronautics, astronautics, space systems and aerospace management, in technical or management roles, as well as pathways to employment in academia.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Launch Services Engineer
  • Payload Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • R&D Engineer
  • Space Mission Design & Operations
  • Space System Engineer
  • Technical Director, CTO

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