Master of Engineering

Discover the latest developments in the field of engineering and research a topic of your interest with the Master of Engineering. Complete either a thesis or a research project in engineering.

The Master of Engineering is designed to help you develop your research skills and enhance your knowledge in the field of engineering. There are two pathways: Research (includes a thesis), or Coursework (includes a research project).

We’re proud to be home to a number of internationally renowned research institutes and centres, and many of our students complete their research project in collaboration with these well-known research entities. AUT's expertise in engineering ranges from telecommunications to materials and manufacturing technologies, and from industrial optimisation to engines and vehicles.

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Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed one of the following with a B grade average or higher, or equivalent:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)¹
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering¹
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology including the Course ENGE601²

1. You can study the 120-point (one-year full-time) Master of Engineering.
2. Applicants with a three-year engineering degree will be enrolled in the 180-point Master of Engineering.

Applicants must normally have completed an advanced level of calculus at least equivalent to NZQF Level 6.

Applicants to the research pathway are also required to submit a Postgraduate Research Proposal (PGR1 form) before enrolling in the thesis.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

There are two pathways:

  • Research pathway (includes a thesis)
  • Coursework pathway (includes a research project)

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience you will be enrolled in either the 120-point (one-year full-time) Master of Engineering or the 180-point (1.5 years full-time) Master of Engineering.

120-point Master of Engineering

Applicants who have previously completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering can apply for the 120-point Master of Engineering.

180-point Master of Engineering

Applicants with a three-year engineering degree will be enrolled in the 180-point Master of Engineering.

Engineering courses

General engineering courses

*These three courses are offered online.

Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering courses

Computer and Communication Engineering

Manufacturing/ Materials Technologies/ Mechanical courses

Power/Energy System Engineering courses

More details about courses in this programme

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Enrolment in courses is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of courses. Some courses may only be offered once per year. To find out more, contact the postgraduate coordinator at the email address above. The timetable may be subject to change and courses could be cancelled if there aren’t enough students enrolled.

  • Research and development engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Telecommunication engineer
  • Opportunities to become a researcher in higher education establishments
Quick facts
Programme code:
180 (or 120 points for applicants with an honours degree)
1 to 1.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
15 Jul 2024
3 Mar 2025
21 Jul 2025

Key semester dates
$10,607 (for 120 points)
($9,461 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$45,746 (for 120 points)
($44,600 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.


The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.