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.
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 School of Engineering you can choose an endorsement from our wide range of study areas such as Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and finally Robotics.
Software Engineering projects are completed via the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.
The School of Engineering fosters collaborative relationships between science, engineering, industry and management. The School 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.
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.
|Start Dates:||Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)|
|Estimated Fees* (Domestic):||
$8,050 - $9,039 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
|Estimated Fees* (International):||$44,425 per year|
|Entry Requirements:||Postgraduate International|
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|*Tuition fees shown 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.|
Choose a main subject
- Aeronautical Engineer
- Automotive Engineer
- 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
Admission requires a relevant Bachelors level qualification or equivalent.
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.
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 School of Study for advice on the possibilities.
Scholarships and prizes
Selected scholarships for ME students.
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
University of Waikato Research Masters Scholarship Accepting applications
For students enrolled, or intending to enrol, in a 500-level thesis of 90-or 120-points as part of their first master's degree. 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: 31 October 2023
University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarship Not currently accepting applications
For students who are enrolled at a NZ University in an undergraduate degree, final year honours degree or a first-year master's degree (taught papers only). The scholarship provides students with opportunities to experience the challenges and rewards of research. The scholarship will have a value of $8,000 and will include enrolment in a paper, normally at no cost to the student.
University of Waikato Taught Postgraduate Scholarship Accepting applications
For students enrolling in at least one taught paper at 500-level or above (some 400-level taught papers are also eligible; see regulations for further information). Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of the papers for which funding is being sought. A minimum GPA of A- is required. International students must have completed at least 120-points of study at a NZ university.
Closing Date: 31 October 2023
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Many ME theses are in collaboration with industry.
Many ME theses are in collaboration with industry. The School 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.
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