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Master of Engineering in Earthquake Engineering

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

University of Canterbury

Summary

This endorsed research degree is completed by coursework and a thesis. It aims to provide a research focused learning environment in which students can develop their independent problem solving skills through supervised research. The degree may be awarded with Distinction.

Study in a number of advanced Engineering courses will provide each student with key technical knowledge to enhance and support their research activities.

Earthquake Engineering encompasses a broad range of activities that seek to minimise the damage and disruption communities suffer when hit by an earthquake. The subject includes:

  • Assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms that generate earthquakes to estimate when they will occur and how large they will be
  • Understanding how the earthquake energy transmits through the ground.
  • Quantifying the likely ground surface responses at a specific site throughout the life of a structure.
  • Assessing the liquefaction potential of soils at specific sites.
  • Designing structures and lifeline services (electricity, gas, transport, water and wastewater) to minimise the damage and disruption during and after an earthquake.
  • Planning for emergency response and post-earthquake recovery
  • Preparing communities for earthquakes

The Master of Engineering (ME) includes a thesis from your chosen endorsement of 120 points, and up to 45 points of coursework.

Further study

Students can study a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering, Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering at UC.

Career opportunities

Engineers specialising in earthquake assessment, strengthening, and repairs are in high demand throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, and overseas regions that are often prone to earthquake disasters.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Entry criteria

You must normally have completed one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with first or second class honours
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours with first or second class honours, in relevant subjects
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering with a GPA of 5 or more.

You must have completed both the academic and non-academic requirements of your prerequisite degree. This includes practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course, and a first aid certificate. The programme of study must be approved.

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.

The deadline for applications for the ME is: 10 January (for the February intake); 15 June (for the July intake).

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