Duration
Full-time: half year
Next start date
2021 Semester One – 1 March
2021 Semester Two – 19 July
Available locations
City
Points
60
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

Robotics and automation have seen widespread applications in many industries, including healthcare, agriculture and manufacturing. The Postgraduate Certificate in Robotics and Automation provides the right foundations for students to begin exploring their potential in these fields.

Many of our teaching staff are well-recognised experts who are a part of the University’s Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science, who boast collaborations with industry and researchers at a global scale. This ensures that our courses are kept up-to-date with recent real-world applications, as well as containing direct insights into the emerging technologies available here in New Zealand.

The PGCertRobotEng also boasts flexibility for those who want a taste of postgraduate study but are not ready to commit to a longer programme, and can be treated as a pathway towards further, masters-level study via the Master of Robotics and Automation Engineering for students who choose to pursue it.

Programme structure

The PGCertRobotEng is a 60-point taught programme with courses designed to give you the broad foundations in the field. You’ll have to complete the following courses.

At least one of the following:

  • COMPSYS 726 Robotics and Intelligent Systems (Semester One)
  • COMPSYS 730 Robotics and Society (Semester Two)

At least one of the following:

  • ENGGEN 731 Agile and Lean Project Management (Semester One)
  • ENGGEN 732 Systems Thinking and Project Business Case (Semester One)
  • MECHENG 709 Industrial Automation (Semester One)

Up to two of the courses listed in the Electives tab.

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 60 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

Further programme requirements

Taught 60 points

You must have completed a Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in a relevant subject with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 in 120 points above Stage III.

Or

A relevant bachelors degree from this University with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II.

Note: Whether a degree is considered relevant will depend on the courses passed. Degrees or subjects in applied science, bioengineering, computer science, data science, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information technology, mechatronics, science, or technology, may be considered relevant.

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 60 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0
  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Taught 60 points

Completed the requirements for a relevant Bachelor's degree with a Grade Point Equivalent of 4.0.

Note: Whether a degree is considered relevant will depend on the courses passed. Degrees or subjects in applied science, bioengineering, computer science, data science, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information technology, mechatronics, science, or technology, may be considered relevant.

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 Postgraduate Certificate in Robotics and Automation Engineering cost per year?

2021 fees

Domestic students
NZ$4,782.60 – $5,325*
International students
NZ$22,263*

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 $481.20 for full-time study (60 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

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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.

Semester One

  • ENGGEN 730 Management Skills for Project Professionals 
  • COMPSCI 765 Interactive Cognitive Systems
  • COMPSCI 767 Intelligent Agents
  • COMPSCI 773 Intelligent Vision Systems
  • ENGGEN 769 Research Methods for Engineers
  • ENGSCI 760 Algorithms for Optimisation

Semester Two

  • COMPSCI 760 Data mining and Machine Learning
  • COMPSCI 761 Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence
  • COMPSYS 731 Human-Robot Interaction
  • COMPSYS 732 Mobile Autonomous Robotics
  • ELECTENG 704 Advanced Control Systems
  • MECHENG 724 Multivariable Control Systems
  • MECHENG 736 Biomechatronic Systems
  • SOFTENG 762 Robotics Process Automation
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 PGCertRobotEng supplements your undergraduate degree with a broad introduction to fields that are in increasingly high demand. It is largely also treated as a pathway for future, higher-level study in Robotics and Automation Engineering.

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