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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (Engineering Science) University of Auckland

New Zealand


Course info


Enhance your undergraduate qualification with specialised knowledge to enable progression into an engineering masters programme.

This qualification gives students who have completed a three-year engineering degree the opportunity to build on their previous skills, and understand the principles, concepts and ideas that underpin a chosen specialisation. It is designed to provide a pathway to further study in a masters programme.

Engineering Science:

In Engineering Science you will use mathematical models and advanced computing to simulate real-world processes, systems, and solutions to solve the complex problems posed by industry and society.

Subject overview

Engineering Science underpins all modern engineering practice, focusing on the development and use of computer models to understand, plan and control our world. This specialisation prompts students to answer complex questions using the power of computers, mathematics, and technology. This creates versatile thinkers who are in high demand in many industries today.

With an emphasis on project work, Engineering Science prompts questions relevant to the real world, such as:

How can you emphasise environmental sustainability while ensuring profit?

How can a sail be designed to work in low-wind conditions?

How much should airline tickets be worth to maximise revenue per flight?

How much damage is inflicted on a car in the event of a crash?

How can metals be cut in an efficient way?

What’s the optimal delivery route for a local supermarket?

What happens to an athlete's muscles when they are injured?

Where could this programme take you?

The PGDipEng functions largely as a pathway for further study – while it can generally increase employment opportunities, this qualification ultimately supplements your three-year undergraduate degree with the additional skills needed to pursue an engineering masters degree.

Further study options

  • Master of Engineering Studies
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Energy
  • Master of Operations Research

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (Engineering Science).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$44,526.00 (23,74,037) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,


Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an Engineering degree or an undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as Architecture, Geology, or Physics. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution), and you will need a GPE of 3.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Auckland.

Asian Development Bank - Japan Scholarship Programme

Value of scholarship

Covers: tuition fees; airfare from the scholar's home country to Auckland, New Zealand; basic cost of living in Auckland; health and medical insurance in New Zealand; airfare from Auckland, New Zealand, to the scholar's home country at the conclusion of his or her course of study. For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation

Application details:

To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit the following documentation prior to the closing date:

  • Completed ADB-JSP Information Sheet 
  • Academic documentation – both academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • Certificate of Employment for the duration of employment issued by the company
  • Certificate of Income issued by the company 
  • Certificate of Family Income issued by the company. Must be either your parents or spouses annual/monthly income.
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Valid IELTS test

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible applicants must be / have:

  • A national of an ADB borrowing member
  • Gained admission to an approved masters at an approved academic institution
  • A bachelors degree or its equivalent with superior academic record
  • At least two years of full-time professional work experience (acquired after a university degree) at the time of application
  • Proficiency in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies
  • Under 35 years old at the time of application. In exceptional cases, for programmes which are appropriate for senior officials and managers, the age limit is 45 years
  • In good health
  • Agree to return to your home country after completing the programme.

Ineligible: Executive Directors, Alternate Directors, management and staff of ADB, consultants, and relatives of the aforementioned; staff of JSP-designated institutions are not eligible to apply to their own institution; applicants living or working in a country other than his/her home country; applicants who are already enrolled in graduate degree programmes or who have already completed graduate degree programmes; undergraduate studies, distance learning programmes, short-term training, conferences, seminars, thesis writing, and research projects.

Who can apply:

All international

Colombo Plan Scholarship in Engineering

Value of scholarship

1,59,954 total value

Application details:

Scholarship applications will usually open around six weeks before the closing date. For further information, please contact the university website.

Closing date: 1 July

Eligibility requirements:

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to assist international students who are citizens of Colombo Plan member countries, to study undergraduate or postgraduate engineering programmes at the University of Auckland.

Tenure: 1 year

Who can apply:


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