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Master of Engineering Studies in Geotechnical Engineering

New Zealand

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What will I learn?

Enhance your employability in the competitive global market with a qualification that provides advanced technical foundations and industrial perspectives in your chosen field.

Programme overview

The MEngSt allows students with academic engineering backgrounds to expand their existing theoretical and practical skills. It is flexible – you can study either full-time or part-time, undertake either a primarily coursework or research-focused programme, and choose from sixteen distinct specialisations.

This programme ultimately requires an in-depth exploration of your chosen topic. You will demonstrate the high-quality critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are sought-after by employers worldwide, or consider this as foundation for further study.

Our Master of Engineering Studies in Geotechnical Engineering is designed for students with an academic engineering background who are intending to advance their understanding of soil mechanics and rock mechanics in relation to geotechnical challenges.

New Zealand is a stimulating country in which to practise geotechnical engineering, with its young and varied geology, seismic activity and diverse rainfall patterns. Many unique problems occur here as a result, and these present challenges that require innovative and novel solutions.

Some of the research areas and course topics include:

  • Computational geotechnical engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering in Professional Practice
  • Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering
  • Engineering seismology and dynamic site response
  • Advanced mathematical modelling
  • Foundational Engineering

The MEngSt is a 120-point taught programme comprised of the following courses:

Compulsory:

  • Semesters One and Two:
    • CIVIL 751 Experimental Geotechnical Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 752 Computational Geotechnical Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)
    • CIVIL 789 Project Z (30 points)

Electives:

At least 15 points from:

  • Summer School:
    • CIVIL 725 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
  • Semester Two:
    • CIVIL 702 Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations (15 points)
    • CIVIL 724 Soil Behaviour (15 points)

Up to 60 points from:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 701 Studies in Civil Engineering 1 (15 points)
    • CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 721 Foundation Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 722 Slope Engineering (15 points)
    • ENGSCI 711 Advanced Mathematical Modelling (15 points)
    • ENVENG 746 Surface Water Quality Modelling (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 726 Engineering Geology (15 points)
    • CIVIL 728 Geotechnical Engineering in Professional Practice (15 points)
    • CIVIL 741 Ground Improvements and Geosynthetics Engineering (15 points)

At least 15 points but no more than 30 points from:

  • Summer School:
    • EARTHSCI 720 Engineering Geological Mapping (15 points)
  • Semester One:
    • EARTHSCI 771 Advanced Engineering Geology (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • EARTHSCI 705 Geohazards (15 points)
    • EARTHSCI 722 Hydrogeology (15 points)

Jobs related to this programme

Design engineer
Process engineering manager
Product engineer
Project manager
Senior engineer
Software developer

Further study options

Master of Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
NZ$46,752.00 (US$ 29,081) 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

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
NZ$46,752.00 (US$ 29,081) per year

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

Start date

17 July 2023

Venue

Grafton Campus

85 Park Road,

AUCKLAND,

Grafton,

1023, 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 120 points or Research 120 points:

You must have completed a four-year bachelor’s 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.

Taught 180 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate engineering degree at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a field similar to your intended specialisation.

You will need a GPE of 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.

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

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