Postgraduate study in Polymer Engineering

What can you study in Polymer Engineering?

Postgraduate courses that specialise in Polymer Engineering are designed for current industry professionals who wish to continue their studies at an advanced level, develop an advanced technical foundation and gain industrial perspective in a specialised area. The courses have strong links to the New Zealand plastics industry, which are reflected in both lectures and the practical components.

The topics covered include:

  • The structure, properties and processing inter-relationships of materials used in the plastics industry
  • The effect of additives on processing and degradation
  • Specialised topics and applications including fluoropolymers, silicones, film blowing, thermoforming, membranes and bioplastics

Entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies in Polymer Engineering

  • You will first need to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (Polymer Engineering).
  • Before applying for this programme, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies.
  • Candidates should hold a Bachelor of Engineering with a minimum Second Class Honours Second Division and must have at least three years of industry experience.
  • 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 rather 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 their 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 your selected courses in the University of Auckland programme. 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 into account visa application times.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Polymer Engineering

A Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (Polymer Engineering) is offered in block courses over one year.

The following courses are compulsory as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (Polymer Engineering):

  • POLYMER 700 Polymer Materials Engineering (15 points)
  • POLYMER 704 Advanced Polymer Processing (15 points)
  • POLYMER 705 Polymer Process and Product Design (15 points)
  • POLYMER 706 Polymer Testing and Characterisation (15 points)

Courses required for Master of Engineering Studies (Polymer Engineering) are:

  • MECHENG 795 (30 points): An individual research project building on the specialised knowledge required for the design and manufacture of products based on multiple plastic materials. Detailed considerations will include material and process selection, mould design, costing and economics, and environmental impact
  • 15 points from CHEMMAT 721, 753, ENGGEN 769, MECHENG 742, 743, 751, 752, PSYCH 715, an approved 600 or 700 level course offered at this University

Where can postgraduate study in Polymer Engineering take you?

If you’re a current industry professional with a few years of experience, a postgraduate programme in Polymer Engineering is intended to give you the specialised knowledge necessary for the next step on your career pathway. Some of the intermediate and experienced roles this can lead to include:

  • Research Engineer
  • Injection Moulding Specialist
  • Plastics R&D Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Factory Manager
  • Senior Product Analyst

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.