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Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


The Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering caters for professional engineers seeking advanced technical training or students looking for a one-year advanced qualification.

The certificate can be awarded unendorsed or endorsed in one of the disciplines:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Fire Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation Engineering

Subject to meeting degree requirements, graduates can also transfer to a Master of Engineering.

How do I plan my degree?

The PGCertEng is made up of a combination of 400 and 600-level courses, with specific combinations to meet the requirements of the endorsements.

Subjects and courses

The certificate may be unendorsed and made up of courses from a broad range of engineering subjects, or endorsed in one of the subject options.

Further study

  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Studies
  • Master of Engineering in Fire Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Transportation
  • Master of Architectural Engineering
  • Master of Civil Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a variety of engineering subjects.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

Candidates must normally have a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in relevant subjects, or in exceptional cases have qualified for the award of another appropriate degree/qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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