This research-focused degree is designed for graduates who wish to do further research & develop an innovative solution to an engineering question.

120 points, 1 year


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a ME?

The ME is a research degree which normally takes 12 months and 120 points to complete full-time.  It builds on prior study at undergraduate level, such as the four-year BE(Hons). If you are interested in a taught Masters programme we would recommend exploring our Master of Engineering Practice instead. 


You can choose an endorsement from a 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
  • Robotics
  • Software Engineering

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.

Career Opportunities

  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Civil engineer
  • Computer-aided Engineer
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Food Processing Engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Medical Sciences Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Research Assistant

120 points, 1 year


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

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Practical experience

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.

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.


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.

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