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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (Transportation Engineering)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Enhance your undergraduate qualification with specialised knowledge to enable progression into an engineering masters programme.

This qualification gives students who have completed a three-year engineering degree the opportunity to build on their previous skills, and understand the principles, concepts and ideas that underpin a chosen specialisation. It is designed to provide a pathway to further study in a masters programme.

What can you study in Transportation Engineering?

You can complete a Master of Engineering Studies in Transportation Engineering, a specialised programme built in conjunction with input from industry leaders.

The programme is particularly suitable if you have an approved bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, but is open to those with relevant qualifications in other areas of engineering or science. The skills are delivered at an advanced level and are applicable for both graduates and professionals with industry experience.

You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of concepts and techniques fundamental to transportation engineering, which can then be used to approach current and future issues in the industry. Some of the core elements of the programme include:

Highway and transportation design

Infrastructure asset management

Pavement materials and management systems

Planning and design of transportation facilities

Road safety and crash investigation

Sustainable transport

Traffic engineering

Transport and land use planning

Transport systems economics

Programme structure

This is a 120-point, taught programme. You will complete six 15-point, non-project courses from one of the specialisations listed in the Master of Engineering Studies schedule*.

An additional 30 points can be taken from approved 600 or 700 level courses at the University.

*Courses are not available in the following specialisations:

Geotechnical Engineering

Light Metals Reduction Technology

Medical Devices and Technologies


Where could this programme take you?

The PGDipEng functions largely as a pathway for further study – while it can generally increase employment opportunities, this qualification ultimately supplements your three-year undergraduate degree with the additional skills needed to pursue an engineering masters degree.

Further study options

Master of Engineering Studies

Master of Engineering

Master of Energy

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an Engineering degree or an undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as Architecture, Geology, or Physics. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution), and you will need a GPE of 3.0.

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.

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