Postgraduate Certificate in Earthquake Engineering (PGCertEqEng)

Take the first step towards developing advanced knowledge in earthquake engineering design and assessment.

Programme overview

Earthquake engineers design new buildings and infrastructure to withstand disasters, and assess the vulnerability of existing buildings and infrastructure, drawing from expertise in structural and geotechnical engineering.

The University of Auckland is internationally recognised for our strengths in these fields, putting us in the right position to deliver specialist professional capabilities to both New Zealand and internationally, where there are increasing population densities in seismic regions.

The PGCertEqEng provides an introduction to postgraduate study in this field — students will take a total of four taught courses that they can pursue further in masters-level study if they wish; it is a particularly good option for those with a civil engineering background who want a taste of postgraduate-level study without committing to it long-term.

This qualification also boasts options for part-time study, with classes offered outside of work hours and as block courses, so it is also suited to practising industry professionals who are intending to further their knowledge and career.

Quick facts

Programme type Postgraduate
Points 60 points
Duration 6 months full-time
Location City Campus
Start date Semester One 2021

Programme structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Earthquake Engineering is a taught programme. You will have to complete the following:

  • CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering (15 points) 
  • 45 points (three courses) from elective options listed in the Master of Earthquake Engineering Schedule, excluding CIVIL 793 and 794.

Entry requirements

You should have completed a bachelors or honours degree in a relevant discipline, such as the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). Your study must have been at a recognised university, and you will need a minimum GPA of 5.0. 

This programme can be studied full-time or part-time, and is open to both international and domestic students. International applicants must also have evidence of English language proficiency, such as an IELTS score of 6.5, and no bands below 6.0, or equivalent.

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