Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-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

New Zealand is a world leader in – and ideally placed for – innovation in renewable energy. Gain industry insights and explore technological developments with our roster of internationally-recognised experts, and prepare to lead in a sustainable global sector that continuously evolves to meet our daily needs. With significant input from top researchers from the Geothermal Institute, you’ll be provided with up-to-date skills and knowledge that directly apply to the real world.

This flexible programme lets you focus on a field of energy while pursuing courses from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Business School. Our schedules and streamed lectures allow you to study while working, and your research can align with your employment.

Programme structure

Regardless of your chosen programme of study, you will complete two core courses (ENERGY 721 and ENERGY 722) that provide overviews of the industry’s resource economics and technology issues. You will also be expected to complete a research component that requires working on a problem relevant to industry, which may cover economy, environmental, technical, or regulatory issues.

Taught option
Many students complete a 120 point programme, although an 180-point option is available and recommended for candidates with less experience in the energy field. In both cases, the MEnergy research project (ENERGY 785A&B), undertaken over two consecutive semesters, is seen as a single research project with one end product: your final report submission. 

Research option
Approved candidates with ample research and/or work experience in the field may opt to complete a 90 point research thesis in place of the 45-point research project and three electives.

Structuring your electives
Electives let you pursue an aspect of the industry that interests you. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of courses aligned to specialised study pathways. These include focusing on a specific form of energy – such as wind or geothermal – or engineering technology, environmental science, or business.

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.

Sample programme structure

120 point taught programme

Semester 1 60 points

  • Code:
    ENERGY 785A
    Name:
    Research Project
    Type:
    Research project
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    ENERGY 721
    Name:
    Energy Resources
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    ENERGY 722
    Name:
    Energy Technology
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Semester 2 60 points

  • Code:
    ENERGY 785B
    Name:
    Research Project
    Type:
    Research project
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

180 point taught programme

Semester 1 60 points

  • Code:
    ENERGY 721
    Name:
    Energy Resources
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    ENERGY 722
    Name:
    Energy Technology
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Semester 2 60 points

  • Code:
    ENERGY 785A
    Name:
    Research Project
    Type:
    Research project
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Semester 3 60 points

  • Code:
    ENERGY 785B
    Name:
    Research Project
    Type:
    Research project
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Type:
    Elective course
    Points:
    15 pts

Subjects available in this programme

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 (Hons) or postgraduate study in science or commerce

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

    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Commerce

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

    Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) or postgraduate study in science or commerce

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a GPA of 5.0 in 120 points of courses above stage III
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a GPA of 5.0
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) with a GPA of 5.0
  • Bachelor of Science with a GPA of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above stage II and a Postgraduate Diploma in Science with a GPA of 5.0
  • Bachelor of Commerce with a GPA of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above stage II and a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce with a GPA of 5.0. 

You must have completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Commerce with a GPA of 5.0 in 75 points above stage II.

You must have completed one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a GPA of 5.0 in 120 points of courses above stage III
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a GPA of 5.0
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) with a GPA of 5.0
  • Bachelor of Science with a GPA of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above stage II and a Postgraduate Diploma in Science with a GPA of 5.0
  • Bachelor of Commerce with a GPA of 5.0 or higher in 75 points above stage II and a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce with a GPA of 5.0. 

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you can still gain entry by passing 60 points towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Geothermal Engineering Technology with a GPA of 5.0. 

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have completed a bachelors degree and have three years of work experience in the energy industry.

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 or postgraduate study in science or commerce

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

    An undergraduate degree in engineering, science or commerce

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

    Four-year engineering degree or postgraduate study in science or commerce

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

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a four-year bachelors degree in engineering at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes:

  • 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

Alternatively, you must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in engineering, science or business at a recognised university (or similar institution). 

You will need a GPE of 5.0.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar) in engineering, science or business. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

You must have completed a four-year bachelors degree in engineering at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes:

  • 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

Alternatively, you must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in engineering, science or business at a recognised university (or similar institution). 

You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Other pathways to study

If you do not meet the GPE requirement, you can still gain entry by passing 60 points towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Geothermal Engineering Technology with a GPA of 5.0. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have completed an undergraduate degree and have three years of work experience in the energy industry.

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 Energy cost per year?

2020 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,460.80 – $10,533.60*
International students
NZ$42,814*

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 $7.86 per point, estimated at $943.20 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

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

The Master of Energy is now a limited entry programme, with only 40 students accepted into the programme each year.

For each round of selection applications are reviewed at the same time by the programme selection committee. You may receive a conditional offer prior to the final decision, which will be subject to you gaining programme leader approval. This is your application being assessed by the programme selection committee, and nothing further will be required from you at this stage.

Your application will be ranked based on your academic achievement in relevant tertiary study, and a qualitative assessment of your work experience to date. You will receive the final outcome of your application by 8 October for Semester One intake, and 8 April for Semester Two intake.

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 2020
1 October 2019
Semester Two 2020
1 April 2020

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.

Where could this programme take you?

The MEnergy prepares you for high-ranking, advisory positions worldwide, and your career path is dependent on technical skills and research concentration. Being the in the Geothermal Institute’s flagship programme means you may take advantage of our strong relationships with industry, be it in harnessing networking opportunities or gaining the wide perspectives needed to reach your career goals.

Jobs related to this programme

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  • Management control superintendent
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  • Recycling and construction manager
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  • Risk and electricity market analyst

Graduate story: Alex Diaz

Alex completed a Master of Energy. He now works as a geothermal engineer in the Research and Development Team of MB Century.

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