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Master of Aerospace Engineering

New Zealand

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What will I learn?

Equip yourself for employment in the space and aeronautical sectors with Aotearoa’s first dedicated masters programme in aerospace engineering.

Programme overview

Aotearoa’s space industry is growing, as is its capacity for innovation in industry and research. Get a head start in your career in this exciting field with the MAerospaceEng, designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and expertise to be effective employees in a field with increasing national and global economic significance.

Our courses in Aerospace Engineering are supported by Te Punaha Atea/Auckland Space Institute, which aims to enhance the growth of the New Zealand space sector. The institute is led by academics with deep expertise in the aerospace sector, making the University of Auckland ideally placed to deliver an excellent teaching and learning experience for our students. The MAerospaceEng programme has also received additional endorsements from the New Zealand Space Agency, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

We also offer opportunities for practical projects with industry partners. This ensures that you’re prepared to fulfill your future workforce’s demands for complex problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Programme structure

There are four ways to complete a MAerospaceEng: Research (120 and 180 points) and Taught (120 and 180 points). Your selection will depend on your technical and educational background, and career goals.

Compulsory courses

In all cases, you will be required to complete the following:

AEROSPCE 730 Aerospace Systems Design (Semester One)

AEROSPCE 740 Aerospace Structures and Mechanisms (Semester Two)

Thesis or research project

A research component is necessary to the MAerospaceEng, regardless of your focus. This enables you to apply your technical knowledge to practical scenarios, and build your confidence in the field.

If you choose a research programme, you’ll need to complete the 90-point AEROSPACE 792 or 793 Thesis.

If you choose a taught programme, you’ll need to complete the 45-point AEROSPACE 791 Research Project.

Aerospace core courses

For the 180-point research and both taught options, you must complete at least two of the following courses:

AEROSPCE 720 Space Dynamics and Missions (Semester Two)

ENGGEN 769 Research Methods for Engineers (Semesters One and Two)

MECHENG 711 Computational Fluid Dynamics (Semester Two)

MECHENG 712 Aero-hydrodynamics (Semester One)

MECHENG 743 Composite Materials (Semester One)

You will also need to complete additional electives depending on your study track. Refer to the Electives tab for more information.

If you’re not ready to commit to a masters programme, we also offer the following.

Other options

These qualifications also serve as pathways towards the MAerospaceEng.

PGCert in Aerospace Engineering

PGDip in Aerospace Engineering

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
NZ$46,752.00 (US$ 29,955) per year

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

Start date

17 July 2023

Venue

University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,

AUCKLAND CITY,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a 120 point Masters degree: Normally this requires a completed bachelor honours degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Admission to a 180 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree or postgraduate certificate from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. Admission to a 240 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. GPE - Grade Point Equivalent: 4.0; IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; 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

For international students

Taught/Research 120 points

You must have completed a relevant four-year Bachelor's degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes:

One year of postgraduate-level study

A research project or dissertation comprising at least one-quarter of the final year

Or

You must have completed one year of relevant postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree.

GPE: 5.0

Taught/Research 180 points

Must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area from a recognised university (or similar institution).

GPE: 5.0

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0.; 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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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