UniversityUniversity of Auckland
This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
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 Chemical and Materials Engineering?
Postgraduate students in Chemical and Materials Engineering gain a deeper understanding of how things work, with the potential to develop new technologies. Areas of interest include:
Advanced and nanomaterials research, which involves in-depth studies into properties, performance, processing, microstructure, and industrial applications
Chemical and process engineering, including aluminium smelting technology, heat exchange, iron and steel making, food processing, high-pressure sterilisation, and more
Energy and the environment, including biodiesel, oil and gas processing, thermal management, air flow and heat transfer, and clean technologies
Food and bioproduct processing, with a focus on value-added food products and cost-effective technologies
Materials engineering, with studies in novel materials design, manufacturing and processing. Specialist areas are light metals, nanomaterials and biomaterials
Separation and reaction engineering, specialising in green process engineering
Surface and materials science, from the nano to large-scale
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:
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
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.