Postgraduate study in Sustainable Resource Recovery

What can you study in Sustainable Resource Recovery?

You can choose to complete a Master of Engineering Studies in Sustainable Resource Recovery. Those interested in a shorter-term qualification can also undertake this as a specialisation as part of a Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering.

A specialisation in Sustainable Resource Recovery gives you exposure to our departmental expertise in areas such as advanced resource recovery technologies, bioprocessing, materials processing and characterisation, and process control and optimisation — all are skills valued in industry and research. Additional electives also cover relevant areas, including:

  • Process control
  • Microbial technology in bioprocess engineering
  • Industry 4.0 for chemical engineering
  • Food process engineering 
  • Applications in biomaterials

There is also a research component to your programme, which gives you the opportunity to undertake an open-ended project related to applications and engineering innovation in the field. This may be undertaken with research companies and industry professionals. This will help you build confidence in your transferable skills and enhances the theoretical knowledge from taught courses in the programme.

Entry requirements for Master of Engineering Studies in Sustainable Resource Recovery

Before applying for this programme, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies.

You must have completed a suitable undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science, or another relevant discipline.

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 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 necessary documentation well ahead of the 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 needs to 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 visa application times into account.

Subject structure

There are two taught options for the MEngSt in Sustainable Resource Recovery, a 120-point programme and a 180-point programme.

Compulsory courses

You'll have to complete all of the following compulsory courses if you're pursuing the 120 or 180-point MEngSt. 

Semester One
CHEMMAT 763 Waste Reduction and Recycling Technologies (15 points)
CHEMMAT 780 Research Project (30 points)

Semester Two
CHEMMAT 758 Resource Recovery Technologies (15 points) - Semester 2
CHEMMAT 780 Research Project (30 points)


Elective courses

For a 120 point programme, choose 60 points from:
For a 180 point programme, choose 120 points from:

Semester One
CHEMMAT 724 Advanced Materials Characterisation
CHEMMAT 752 Process Dynamics and Control
CHEMMAT 753 Biological Materials and Biomaterials
CHEMMAT 755 Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications
CHEMMAT 756 Food Process Engineering
CHEMMAT 760 Advanced Microbial Technology in Bioprocess Engineering
CHEMMAT 772 Advanced Food Process Engineering
ENGGEN 732 Systems Thinking and Project Business Case
ENGGEN 769 Research Methods for Engineers

Semester Two
CHEMMAT 757 Engineering Biotechnology
CHEMMAT 759 Industry 4.0 for Chemical Engineering
CHEMMAT 773 Food Process Systems Engineering
CHEMMAT 778 Dairy Process Engineering
ENGGEN 769 Research Methods for Engineers

Where can postgraduate study in Sustainable Resource Recovery take you?

A current lack in specialised training in this field means that beyond your ability to produce novel solutions, you will also possess a unique point of difference to industry upon graduation. We also aim to ensure that our graduates are able to translate their advanced knowledge to actions that benefit industry and society, with interdisciplinary capabilities applicable to many fields, including food, waste management, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and more.

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.