Postgraduate study in Transportation Engineering

What can you study in Transportation Engineering?

You can complete a Master of Engineering Studies in Transportation Engineering, a specialised programme built in conjunction with input from industry leaders.

The programme is particularly suitable if you have an approved bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, but is open to those with relevant qualifications in other areas of engineering or science. The skills are delivered at an advanced level and are applicable for both graduates and professionals with industry experience.

You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of concepts and techniques fundamental to transportation engineering, which can then be used to approach current and future issues in the industry. Some of the core elements of the programme include:

  • Highway and transportation design
  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Pavement materials and management systems
  • Planning and design of transportation facilities
  • Road safety and crash investigation
  • Sustainable transport
  • Traffic engineering
  • Transport and land use planning
  • Transport systems economics

The skills you obtain will lead to roles involving elements of planning, evaluating, designing, constructing or maintaining transport infrastructure. There is also a research component to this degree, which must be undertaken in a relevant area of the field. You will be supervised by an academic staff member and this will normally include some mentoring input or assistance from industry.

Entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies in Transportation 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' worth 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 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 economy 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.
  • You are strongly advised to consider visa application times. Please be aware of the student visa processing times in your home economy 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.
  • If you're applying for your second masters degree, you need to be aware that additional assessment requirements will take extra time. The Faculty of Engineering is required to assess your previous masters degree courses to ensure that they do not overlap with your selected courses in the University of Auckland programme that you have expressed interest in. You must therefore allow more time for your application to be processed, and be aware that further documentations 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 Master of Engineering Studies in Transportation Engineering

There are two different taught options for the MEngSt in Transportation Engineering: a 120-point programme and a 180-point programme.

Compulsory courses

The following is applicable to both the 120-point and 180-point MEngSt

At least 45 points from the following, but no more than 45 points from CIVIL 779, 787–789:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 770 Transport Systems Economics (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 765 Infrastructure Asset Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 771 Planning and Managing Transport (15 points)
  • Semesters One and Two
    • CIVIL 779 A&B Project in Transportation (45 points)
    • CIVIL 787 Project X (15 points)
    • CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)
    • CIVIL 789 Project Z (30 points)

Electives

120-point MEngSt

Up to 75 points from:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 758 Traffic Systems Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 761 Planning and Design of Transport Facilities (15 points)
    • CIVIL 767 Pavement Analysis and Design (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 759 Highway and Transportation Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 773 Sustainable Transport: Planning and Design (15 points)

180-point MEngSt

30 points from:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 758 Traffic Systems Design (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 759 Highway and Transportation Design (15 points)

Up to 105 points from:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 761 Planning and Design of Transport Facilities (15 points)
    • CIVIL 767 Pavement Analysis and Design (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 759 Highway and Transportation Design (15 points)
    • CIVIL 773 Sustainable Transport: Planning and Design (15 points)

In both the 120 and 180-point option, up to 45 points in Electives may be replaced by other appropriate courses offered here or at another university with prior approval of the Head of Department.

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.