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Master of Energy

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Designed to meet the ongoing need for experts across the energy sector, this programme equips students with the expertise needed to build careers in an ever-evolving field.

Programme overview

New Zealand is a world leader in – and ideally placed for – innovation in renewable energy. Gain industry insights and explore technological developments with our roster of internationally-recognised experts, and prepare to lead in a sustainable global sector that continuously evolves to meet our daily needs. With significant input from top researchers from the Geothermal Institute, you’ll be provided with up-to-date skills and knowledge that directly apply to the real world.

This flexible programme lets you focus on a field of energy while pursuing courses from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Business School. Our schedules and streamed lectures allow you to study while working, and your research can align with your employment.

Programme structure

Regardless of your chosen programme of study, you will complete two core courses (ENERGY 721 and ENERGY 722) that provide overviews of the industry’s resource economics and technology issues. You will also be expected to complete a research component that requires working on a problem relevant to industry, which may cover economy, environmental, technical, or regulatory issues.

Taught option
Many students complete a 120 point programme, although an 180-point option is available and recommended for candidates with less experience in the energy field. In both cases, the MEnergy research project (ENERGY 785 A&B), undertaken over two consecutive semesters, is seen as a single research project with one end product: your final report submission.

Research option
Approved candidates with ample research and/or work experience in the field may opt to complete a 90 point research thesis in place of the 45-point research project and three electives.

Where could this programme take you?

The MEnergy prepares you for high-ranking, advisory positions worldwide, and your career path is dependent on technical skills and research concentration. Being the in the Geothermal Institute’s flagship programme means you may take advantage of our strong relationships with industry, be it in harnessing networking opportunities or gaining the wide perspectives needed to reach your career goals.

Subjects available in this programme


Jobs related to this programme

  • Environmental scientist
  • Geophysicist
  • Management control superintendent
  • Market services analyst
  • Mineral resource specialist
  • Recycling and construction manager
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Risk and electricity market analyst

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Entry criteria

Taught or Research 120 points: You must have completed a four-year bachelors degree in engineering at a recognised university (or similar institution) that includes:

  • Broad coverage in your first year of the foundational science topics that underpin engineering disciplines: mathematical modelling, chemical and materials science, electrical engineering theory, mechanics, programming, and engineering design.
  • One year of postgraduate-level study
  • A research project or dissertation comprising at least one-quarter of the final year

Alternatively, you must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in engineering, science or business at a recognised university (or similar institution).

You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Taught 180 points: You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar) in engineering, science or business. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

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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