Master of Engineering Project Management

Develop your skills and credentials as a professional project manager, and be equipped to lead and direct multi-disciplinary engineering projects.

Quick facts  
Part time study availability Yes*

*Part-time study is only available to domestic students

Programme overview

We will be offering the Master of Engineering Project Management from Semester Two 2018, subject to approval.

New Zealand is recognised as a global leader in innovative project management approaches, delivering world-class projects across all engineering disciplines. Develop your skills and credentials as a professional project manager, able to lead and direct multi-disciplinary engineering projects.

This programme will provide students with the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to succeed in project management in a variety of industries. Focusing on two key project management practices, Waterfall and Agile, this programme will enable students to work towards industry-recognised professional certification.

Students will gain sound fundamentals in project management concepts and application, whilst completing a spectrum of elective courses that broaden acquisition of knowledge and skills within the engineering project management specialisation.

A project towards the end of your programme will enable you to apply your theoretical skills to real-world industry projects, and consolidates your learning.

Programme structure

This programme is offered in two forms, to suit the existing qualifications and experience of candidates.

  • 120 points for candidates with a four-year bachelors (honours) degree.
  • 180 points for candidates with a three-year bachelors degree.

You will complete three 15-point core courses and either two 15-point electives for the 120-point programme or six 15-point electives for the 180-point programme.

For both programmes you will also complete 45 points towards a project, which will consolidate your learning and allow you to apply your skills in a real-world setting.

Entry requirements

University of Auckland qualifications

Taught 120 points

You must have completed one of the following:

  • a BE or BE(Hons),
  • an honours degree in a relevant discipline
  • a postgraduate diploma in a relevant discipline.

You will need a GPA of 4.0 or higher in 120 points above Stage III.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, applied science, architecture, commerce, construction, information technology, science and technology.

You will also need at least two years' relevant professional experience.

Taught 180 points

You must have completed a bachelors degree in a relevant discipline with a GPA of 4.0 or higher in 120 points above Stage II. Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, applied science, architecture, commerce, construction, information technology, science and technology.

You will also need at least two years' relevant professional experience.

Alternative pathways for University of Auckland qualifications

In some circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have not completed a relevant bachelors degree but have a GPA of at least 4.0 and two years' relevant professional experience.

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have not completed a bachelors degree, but have attained extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience in the engineering profession deemed equivalent to the entry requirements. An interview may be required.

Qualifications from another tertiary institution

Taught 120 points

You must have completed a four-year bachelors degree in engineering at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes:

Broad coverage in your first year of the foundational science topics that underpin engineering disciplines: mathematical modelling, chemical and materials science, electrical engineering theory, mechanics, programming, and engineering design

  • One year of postgraduate-level study
  • A research project or dissertation comprising at least one-quarter of the final year
  • You will need a GPE of 4.0.

Alternatively, you must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in a relevant discipline at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0.

Relevant disciplines include applied science, architecture, commerce, construction, information technology, science and technology.

You will also need at least two years' professional engineering experience.

Taught 180 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0. Relevant disciplines include applied science, architecture, commerce, construction, engineering, information technology, science and technology.

You will also need at least two years' professional engineering experience.

Alternative pathways for all other qualifications

In some circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have not completed a relevant bachelors degree but have a GPE of at least 4.0 and two years' work experience in engineering.

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider you for entry if you have not completed a bachelors degree, but have attained extensive practical, professional, or scholarly experience in the engineering profession deemed equivalent to the entry requirements. An interview may be required.

Application dates

Applications are not yet open for this programme. If you are interested in this programme, please complete the form below, and we will contact you when you are able to apply.

Career opportunities

You will gain competencies in all aspects of portfolio, programme and project management, and will be familiar with a broad range of tools, techniques and methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall. Our graduates will have the skills needed to succeed as a project manager in the engineering sector.

This programme will help students towards obtaining a globally recognised professional body registration with the Project Management Institute.

Read more about PMI certification

Job opportunities

  • Engineering manager
  • Portfolio manager
  • Project director
  • Project manager
  • Programme manager

Further study options