Master of Engineering Practice

Gain specialist skills and knowledge in electronics, materials and processing and mechanical engineering with an internationally relevant Master of Engineering Practice.

Master of Engineering Practice

Designed for recent graduates and practicing engineers who want to upgrade and update their knowledge in the rapidly changing fields of electronics, materials and processing and mechanical engineering, the Master of Engineering Practice (MEngPrac) is a taught programme that may be completed in either 12 or 18 months.

The programme was developed not only in response to the demand from New Zealand employers for work-ready engineers able to tackle the challenges of the changing global, national and local environments, but to also meet the demand of international students who are looking at improving their employability with a taught masters degree.  The MEngPrac will enable you to work in diverse industries and fields in New Zealand and worldwide.

The programme includes a management component that will equip you with the professional skills demanded by employers. It also includes a capstone research and development project that will allow you to apply your advanced technical skills to an industrially relevant problem. This is a unique opportunity for young professionals to extend their skills and expertise in their chosen field.


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.

 Career opportunities

  • Electronics engineer
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Materials Engineer

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
Years 1 - 1.5
Points 180
Start Dates Semester A


These are all the subjects available for the Master of Engineering Practice

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

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 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: 2018-04-30 23:59:00

Candidates for the programme must:

  • Have completed a relevant 3 or 4 year undergraduate qualification in a related discipline with at least a B grade average across the final year papers and
  • Satisfy the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the degree.

If an applicant has professional engineering experience, they may be admitted to the programme at the discretion of the University of Waikato’s Academic Board.

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.


Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254

Degree Structure

The programme is comprised of 180 points: 30 points of problem-based engineering systems analysis, 30 points of management skills and professional practice, 60 points of Level 8 specialised technical training, and 60 points of project work (Capstone Project).

Students must achieve at least a B average in their first semester’s papers in order to continue in the programme. If this is not achieved they will be able to complete with a Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering by completing another 30 points of 500-level engineering papers or a Postgraduate Certificate in Management by completing another 30 points of management papers (or do both), or a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering by completing another 60 points of 500-level Engineering papers.