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Postgraduate Certificate in Earthquake Engineering

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


0.5 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Take the first step towards developing advanced knowledge in earthquake engineering design and assessment.

Programme overview

Earthquake engineers design new buildings and infrastructure to withstand disasters, and assess the vulnerability of existing buildings and infrastructure, drawing from expertise in structural and geotechnical engineering.

The University of Auckland is internationally recognised for our strengths in these fields, putting us in the right position to deliver specialist professional capabilities to both New Zealand and internationally, where there are increasing population densities in seismic regions.

The PGCertEqEng provides an introduction to postgraduate study in this field — students will take a total of four taught courses that they can pursue further in masters-level study if they wish; it is a particularly good option for those with a civil engineering background who want a taste of postgraduate-level study without committing to it long-term.

This qualification also boasts options for part-time study, with classes offered outside of work hours and as block courses, so it is also suited to practising industry professionals who are intending to further their knowledge and career.

Programme structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Earthquake Engineering is a taught programme. You will have to complete the following:

CIVIL 720 Earthquake Engineering (15 points)

45 points (three courses) from elective options listed in the Master of Earthquake Engineering Schedule, excluding CIVIL 793 and 794.

Where could this programme take you?

The PGCertEqEng is designed specifically as an possible pathway towards a Master of Earthquake Engineering degree, though advanced knowledge in earthquake engineering will boost your employability in a field with increasing need for expertise.

Further study options

Master of Earthquake Engineering

Master of Engineering

Master of Engineering Studies

Entry criteria

An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, with a GPE of 5.0.


An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, with a GPE of 3.0 AND at least three years of relevant work experience.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands below 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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