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ME

Master of Engineering

This research-focused degree is designed for graduates who wish to do further research and develop an innovative solution to an engineering question. Excellence in advanced engineering design, research and development skills are core features of the degree.

Pinwei Jin

Mechanical Engineering
Master of Engineering (ME) student Pinwei Jin has designed and built a remote control robotic snake, which he hopes will be used in the future for rescue operations.


Mahonri Owen

Mechanical Engineering
For engineering masters student Mahonri Owen, the drive to help others led him to undertake one of the most complex research projects – to design and create a brain-controlled electro-mechanical prosthetic hand.


As a Master of Engineering (ME) graduate you will have the opportunity to either seek employment as a professional engineer, or start a research career.

The ME normally takes 12 months to complete full-time.  It builds on prior study at undergraduate level, such as the four-year BE(Hons) or BSc(Tech).  The degree requires 120 points, which can either be made up of 30 points in taught papers and a 90-point dissertation (research project), or one 120-point thesis.

If you enrol in an ME via the Faculty of Science & Engineering you can major in Engineering, and your thesis topic may come from our wide range of study areas such as biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering, environmental engineering and electronic engineering.

Software Engineering projects are completed via the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.

The Faculty of Science & Engineering fosters collaborative relationships between science, engineering, industry and management.  The Faculty has developed a very strong research base to support its aims of providing you with in-depth knowledge, analytical skills, innovative ideas, and techniques to translate science into technology in the real world.

You will have the opportunity to undertake research with staff who are leaders in their field and will have the use of world-class laboratory facilities. Past ME students have worked on projects such as a ‘snake robot’ for disaster rescue and a brain-controlled electro-mechanical prosthetic hand.

Facilities

The University of Waikato School of Engineering’s specialised laboratories includes the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research.  These include 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. Software engineering students will have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.

Build a successful career

Depending on the thesis topic studied, graduates of this degree may find employment in the research and development department in a range of engineering industries, including energy companies, environmental agencies, government departments, biomedical/pharmaceutical industries, private research companies, universities, food and dairy industries, electronics, agriculture, forestry and more. The ME can also be a stepping stone to doctoral studies.

 Career opportunities

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Computer-aided Engineer
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Food and Drink Technologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Medical Sciences Technician
  • Patent Attorney
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Research Assistant
  • Theoretical Physics Research

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Year 1
Points 120
Start Dates Flexible
Domestic Fees $7,181-$7,926 per year
International Fees $35,465 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarship

For full-time students who are in their final year completing a Doctorate, a Masters degree with thesis or Postgraduate Diploma at any New Zealand University. The scholarship will have a value of $10,000.

Closing Date: 2017-10-01 23:59:00

School of Engineering Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to study part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Engineering in either a masters degree 90 or 120 point thesis or the first year of a PhD degree.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00

University of Waikato Research Masters Scholarship

For students intending to enrol full-time in a thesis of 90 points or more as part of their first master's degree at the University of Waikato. International students must have completed at least 120 points of study at a New Zealand university in order to be eligible for this Scholarship.

Closing Date: 2017-10-31 23:59:00

University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship

For students who are enrolled at a NZ or Australian University and have completed at least three years of undergraduate study. The Summer Research Scholarship provides students with opportunities to experience the challenges and rewards of research. The scholarship will have a value of $5,000.

Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00

University of Waikato Taught Postgraduate Scholarship

For students who are enrolling in 500-level taught papers. Some 400-level taught papers are also eligible (see appendix A of the regulations for a full list). Applicants are expected to have a minimum GPA of A-. International students may apply however they must have completed at least 120 points of study at a New Zealand University. The scholarship will have a value of up to $3,000.

Closing Date: 2017-10-31 23:59:00

Many ME theses are in collaboration with industry. The Faculty of Engineering has excellent industry collaborations with companies such as Fonterra, Gallagher Group, Oji Fibre Solutions, Tetra Pak and ArborGen Australasia. These strong relationships generate numerous research projects for engineering students, so you will be able to work on real issues with real clients.

Admission requires a relevant Bachelors level qualification or equivalent. Once you have applied to study with us you are welcome to speak with one of our senior academics who will help advise you on your studies based on your goals and previous experience.  This will ensure you have all the support and advice you need to succeed in your studies.  If you are enrolling via the Faculty of Science & Engineering, please consult our Graduate Handbook for details of relevant staff.

Please refer to the relevant regulations in the University of Waikato Calendar for official details of admission and degree requirements, available subjects, honours eligibility and more.

If you do not hold the appropriate qualifications required for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for a pathway via a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. Contact the Faculty for advice on the possibilities.

Contacts

Faculty of Science & Engineering
Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: science@waikato.ac.nz
Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoScienceEngineering

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Phone: +64 7 838 4322 / 0800 924 528
Email: cms@waikato.ac.nz
Website: cms.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoFCMS

Degree Structure

1 Year - 120 Points

OPTION 1 – THESIS AND TAUGHT (Year 1)
500 Level
500 Level
Thesis – ENGG593
120 Points
OPTION 2 – THESIS ONLY (Year 1)
Thesis – ENGG594
120 Points

There are two options for completing this qualification. Option 1 includes two taught papers and Option 2 is Thesis only.