New Zealand Education - Think New Logo


University of Auckland
University of Auckland logo

Master of Engineering in Software Engineering

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date



Boost your abilities to perform rigorous intellectual analysis and solve complex problems in an engineering field of your choice with this research qualification.

Programme overview

Gain access to our advanced facilities and establish contact with world-class experts. Join us to innovate, improve and push forward the frontiers of knowledge. This research programme allows you to choose from a variety of specializations and contribute to your preferred field, allowing the potential to apply your in-depth expertise to further study.

The ME is structured to help you develop a sense of independence and confidence in your ability to think critically and conduct fundamental or applied research. Regardless of your specialization, you will engage with a stimulating mix of theory and analysis, setting you apart in your pursuit of higher-level opportunities.

Software Engineering:

Postgraduate study in Software Engineering is as broad as the field itself, so your focus may range from fundamental research that advances our understanding of the discipline, or applied knowledge, which can mean utilising the right principles in a number of domains. Some major topics may include:

  • Adaptive and multi-device user interfaces
  • Coping with semi-structured data
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Information transformation
  • Performance engineering
  • Signal processing
  • Software architecture
  • Software measurement
  • System evolution
  • Technology transfer

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Software Engineering

120 point option

  • Completion of SOFTENG 796 ME Thesis (120 points)

180 point option

  • Completion of SOFTENG 796 ME Thesis (120 points)
  • At least 60 points from courses listed in the Master of Engineering Studies in Software Engineering schedule

Where could this programme take you?

An engineering masters degree confirms your ability to investigate an important issue with research expertise, work with initiative, make sound judgements, draw conclusions and write a thesis to explain your arguments. These are extremely marketable qualities that can be used to widen your career options and general employability, both immediately after you finish your masters, and later on in your career.

Further study options

Doctor of Philosophy

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

Entry criteria

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

Research 180 points: You must have completed an undergraduate degree in engineering at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a field related to your intended specialisation.

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.

Studying in NZ

Plan your study experience

Share this course

Share this course