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Master of Engineering Studies in Sustainable Resource Recovery

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


Enhance your employability in the competitive global market with a qualification that provides advanced technical foundations and industrial perspectives in your chosen field.

The MEngSt allows students with academic engineering backgrounds to expand their existing theoretical and practical skills. It is flexible – you can study either full-time or part-time, undertake either a primarily coursework or research-focused programme, and choose from sixteen distinct specialisations.

This programme ultimately requires an in-depth exploration of your chosen topic. You will demonstrate the high-quality critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are sought-after by employers worldwide, or consider this as foundation for further study.

Sustainable Resource Recovery:

Sustainable Resource Recovery involves the development of innovative waste minimisation and recycling technologies, and resource recovery processes that are beneficial to our environment and economy.

Subject overview

In response to the necessary transition to a circular economy and sustainable society, modern processes need to be energy and material efficient, flexible and be able to recover valuable resources from materials that are conventionally considered as waste.

As ‘sustainability’ becomes increasingly seen as a buzzword, new generations of engineers and scientists are working to redefine the term so that it truly addresses not just economic survival, but the needs of humanity and our planet. We aim to ensure that our engineering graduates can empower positive change, and are a reflection of this perspective.

Our Master of Engineering Studies in Sustainable Resource Recovery aims at educating a new range of professionals with a holistic overview on waste minimisation and up-to-date resource recovery technologies who are familiar with sustainability concepts and can bring novel mindsets to industry. This programme will provide an essential framework for graduates entering into both engineering and scientific employment, in New Zealand and overseas.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Design engineer
  • Process engineering manager
  • Product engineer
  • Project manager
  • Senior engineer
  • Software developer

Further study options

Master of Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy

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

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points or Research 120 points:

You must have completed a four-year bachelor’s 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.

Taught 180 points:

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

You will need a GPE of 4.0.

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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