Duration
Full-time: Varies
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2020 Semester Two – 20 July
Available locations
City
Points
120 or 180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

Earthquake engineers design new buildings and infrastructure to withstand disasters, and assess the vulnerability of existing buildings and infrastructure, drawing from expertise in structural and geotechnical engineering. The University of Auckland is internationally recognised for our strengths in these fields, putting us in the right position to deliver specialist professional capabilities to both New Zealand and internationally, where there are increasing population densities in seismic regions.

Recent earthquakes in Canterbury and Kaikoura have caused extensive damage to buildings, infrastructure and the natural environment. Investigations into the post-disaster repair and reconstruction efforts have increased our understanding and specialist expertise, but also revealed major demands for earthquake engineers. In this case, the demands have exceeded the capacity of our engineering profession; this need is also reflected in many countries around the world.

Beyond training a new generation of leading professionals, the MEqEng also aims to support current practitioners in the building industries: those who require skills to navigate increasingly complex building codes, policies and requirements in line with new innovations in research and industry.

Programme structure

Research

  • This is available as either a 120 or 180-point programme. The option you pursue is generally dependent on your prior study.
  • In both cases, you will be required to complete a 90-point thesis and the MEqEng’s core course in earthquake engineering, CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering (15 points).
  • To complete a 120-point programme, you’ll need to undertake one additional course from the list on the 'Electives' tab.
  • To complete a 180-point programme, you’ll need to undertake five additional courses from the list on the 'Electives' tab.

Taught

This 120-point option requires you to complete the MEqEng’s core course in earthquake engineering (CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering), and a selection of courses detailed in the 'Electives' tab. If you complete an optional 30-point research project it may meet the research requirements necessary to gain entry into a PhD programme.

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

My highest qualification is from:

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

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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

    Bachelors degree in an approved subject

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

  • You need a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a GPA of 5.0 or a bachelors degree with a GPA of 4.0 in a relevant degree and three years of approved professional experience.
  • If you are applying for entry via BE(Hons), you must have attained a GPA of 5.0 in 120 points above Stage III.
  • Relevant disciplines for the professional experience-driven entry pathway may include architecture, construction and science.
  • You need a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a GPA of 5.0 or a bachelors degree in an approved subject with a GPA of 4.0 and three years of approved professional experience.
  • If you are applying for entry via BE(Hons), you must have attained a GPA of 5.0 in 120 points above Stage III.
  • Relevant disciplines for the professional experience-driven entry pathway may include architecture, construction and science.
  • You must have completed a bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, such as architecture, construction or science, with a GPA of 5.0 in the most advanced courses.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you may still gain entry by passing 60 points towards one of the following with a GPA of 5.0:

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have completed a qualification equivalent to the entry requirements or have professional work experience in engineering.

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

    Four-year engineering degree

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    Four-year engineering degree

  • Study option
    Research 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An approved undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You need a four-year engineering degree with a GPE of 5.0 or a bachelors degree with a GPE of 4.0 in a relevant degree and three years of approved professional experience.

Your four-year bachelors degree in engineering at a recognised university (or similar institution) must include:

  • Broad coverage in your first year of the foundational science topics that underpin engineering disciplines: mathematical modelling, chemical and materials science, electrical engineering theory, mechanics, programming, and engineering design
  • One year of postgraduate-level study
  • A research project or dissertation comprising at least one-quarter of the final year

Relevant disciplines for the professional experience-driven entry pathway may include architecture, construction and science, or a three-year undergraduate engineering degree.

You need a four-year engineering degree with a GPE of 5.0 or a bachelors degree with a GPE of 4.0 in a relevant degree and three years of approved professional experience.

Your four-year bachelors degree in engineering at a recognised university (or similar institution) must include:

  • Broad coverage in your first year of the foundational science topics that underpin engineering disciplines: mathematical modelling, chemical and materials science, electrical engineering theory, mechanics, programming, and engineering design
  • One year of postgraduate-level study
  • A research project or dissertation comprising at least one-quarter of the final year

Relevant disciplines for the professional experience-driven entry pathway may include architecture, construction and science, or a three-year undergraduate engineering degree.

  • You must have completed an undergraduate degree in a field in a relevant discipline from a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.
  • Relevant disciplines may include architecture, construction and science, or a three-year undergraduate engineering degree.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPE requirement, you may still gain entry by passing 60 points towards one of the following with a GPE of 5.0:

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have completed a qualification equivalent to the entry requirements or have professional work experience in engineering.

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 Earthquake Engineering cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,651.60 – $10,327.20*
International students
NZ$41,167*

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 $7.06 per point, estimated at $847.20 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

This programme starts in Semester One 2019: 4 March 2019.

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.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
8 December 2018
Semester Two 2019
4 July 2019
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Students pursuing the research programme can select any of the following electives to fulfill their programme requirements, except courses marked with an asterisk (*). 

Students pursuing the taught programme need to undertake your electives with the following requirements in mind:

At least 45 points from:

  • Summer School
    • CIVIL 725 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 717 Advanced Structural Timber (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 702 Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations (15 points)
    • CIVIL 745 Seismic Assessment of Existing Buildings
  • Semester One and Two (You cannot choose more than 30 points from CIVIL787-789)
    • CIVIL 787 Project X (15 points)*
    • CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)*
    • CIVIL 789 Project Z (30 points)*

At least 15 points from:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 715 Advanced Structural Concrete (15 points) 
    • CIVIL 717 Advanced Structural Timber (15 points)
    • CIVIL 718 Light Gauge Steel (15 points) 
    • CIVIL 719 Matrix Structural Analysis (15 points)
    • CIVIL 742 Advanced Seismic Bridge Design (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 710 Advanced Structural Dynamics (15 points)
    • CIVIL 714 Multi-storey Building Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 727 Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes (15 points)
    • CIVIL 745 Seismic Assessment of Existing Buildings (15 points)
    • CIVIL 750 Timber Engineering (15 points)

At least 15 points from:

  • Summer School
    • CIVIL 725 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 702 Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations (15 points)
    • CIVIL 724 Soil Behaviour (15 points)
    • CIVIL 741 Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering (15 points)

Up to 60 points from:

  • Semester One
    • DISMGT 703 Disaster Management and Resilience (15 points)*
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 716 Engineering Risk Management (15 points)*
    • CIVIL 744 Special Study in Earthquake Engineering (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?

There is a growing need for civil engineers– specifically earthquake engineers – with capabilities in new construction, and the assessment and retrofit of existing buildings and infrastructure. Recent disasters in New Zealand alone dictate that highly skilled professionals will be in demand as investments in this field grow over the upcoming decades.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Earthquake engineer
  • Project manager
  • Seismic engineering consultant
  • Senior geotechnical engineer
  • Senior structural engineer
  • Technical director

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