Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Next start date
2021 Semester One – 1 March
2021 Semester Two – 19 July
Available locations
City
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

Aotearoa’s space industry is growing, as is its capacity for innovation in industry and research. The PGDipAerospaceEng is designed to equip students with the core technical foundations to steer you in a path towards a career in this field.

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 PGDipAerospaceEng’s focus on taught courses means that you’ll have the right balance of skills and knowledge for your career path, though it also provides you with a solid base to pursue academic research via the Master of Aerospace Engineering.

Programme structure

The PGDipAerospaceEng is a 120-point taught programme consisting of courses to give you a broad base of knowledge in the field. You will have to complete the following.

Compulsory course:

  • AEROSPCE 730 Aerospace Systems Design

At least two courses from the following list:

  • AEROSPCE 720 Space Dynamics and Missions 
  • AEROSPCE 740 Aerospace Structures and Mechanisms 
  • MECHENG 711 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MECHENG 712 Aerohydrodynamics 
  • MECHENG 743 Composite Materials

Up to five courses from the following list:

  • COMPSYS 704 Advanced Embedded Systems
  • ELECTENG 721 Radio Systems
  • ELECTENG 722 Modern Control Systems 
  • ELECTENG 732 Communication Systems 
  • ENGGEN 731 Agile and Lean Project Management 
  • ENGGEN 732 Systems Thinking and Project Business Case 
  • ENGGEN 733 Organisational Strategic Management of Projects 
  • GEOG 771 Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation 
  • GEOG 772 Advanced Raster Data Analysis 
  • GEOG 774 Advanced Spatial Data Handling 
  • MECHENG 713 Energy Technology
  • MECHENG 722 Engineering Vibrations 
  • MECHENG 724 Multivariable Control Systems 
  • MECHENG 742 Advanced Materials Manufacturing 
  • MECHENG 747 Manufacturing and Industrial Processes 
  • OPSMGT 760 Advanced Operations Systems 
  • OPSMGT 766 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Coordination 
  • PHYSICS 753 The Dynamic Universe
  • SCIENT 701 Accounting and Finance for Scientists 
  • SCIENT 702 Marketing for Scientific and Tech. Personnel
  • SCIENT 704 Law and Intellectual Property

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 4.0

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

Completed the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from this University with a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or higher in 120 points above Stage III.

Other pathways to study

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

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 4.0

    An undergraduate degree

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

Further programme requirements

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 Diploma in Aerospace Engineering cost per year?

2020 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,461 – $10,534*

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

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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Other important 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.

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.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Launch Services Engineer
  • Payload Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • R&D Engineer
  • Space Mission Design & Operations
  • Space Systems Engineer

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