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Postgraduate Diploma in Aerospace Engineering

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Mar 2025


University of Auckland


Equip yourself for employment in the space and aeronautical sectors, or prepare for further study with Aotearoa's first dedicated taught diploma programme in aerospace engineering.

Programme overview

Aotearoa's space industry is growing, as is its capacity for innovation in industry and research. The PGDipAerospaceEng is designed to equip students with the core technical foundations to steer you in a path towards a career in this field.

Our courses in Aerospace Engineering are supported by Te P?naha Atea – Auckland Space Institute, which aims to enhance the growth of the New Zealand space sector. The institute is led by academics with deep expertise in the aerospace sector, making the University of Auckland ideally placed to deliver an excellent teaching and learning experience for our students.

The PGDipAerospaceEng's focus on taught courses means that you'll have the right balance of skills and knowledge for your career path, though it also provides you with a solid base to pursue academic research via the Master of Aerospace Engineering.

Programme structure

The PGDipAerospaceEng is a 120-point taught programme consisting of courses to give you a broad base of knowledge in the field. You will have to complete the following.

Compulsory course:

AEROSPCE 730 Aerospace Systems Design (Semester One)

At least two courses from the following list:

AEROSPCE 720 Space Dynamics and Missions (Semester Two)

AEROSPCE 740 Aerospace Structures and Mechanisms (Semester Two)

MECHENG 711 Computational Fluid Dynamics (Semester Two)

MECHENG 712 Aerohydrodynamics (Semester One)

MECHENG 743 Composite Materials (Semester One)

Up to five courses from the following list:

Semester One

ELECTENG 721 Radio Systems

ELECTENG 722 Modern Control Systems

ELECTENG 732 Communication Systems

ENGGEN 731 Agile and Lean Project Management

ENGGEN 732 Systems Thinking and Project Business Case

ENGGEN 733 Organisational Strategic Management of Projects

GEOG 771 Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation

GEOG 772 Advanced Raster Data Analysis

MECHENG 713 Energy Technology

MECHENG 722 Engineering Vibrations

OPSMGT 766 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Coordination

SCIENT 701 Accounting and Finance for Scientists

SCIENT 702 Marketing for Scientific and Tech. Personnel

SCIENT 704 Law and Intellectual Property

Semester Two

COMPSYS 704 Advanced Embedded Systems

GEOG 774 Advanced Spatial Data Handling

MECHENG 724 Multivariable Control Systems

MECHENG 742 Advanced Materials Manufacturing Not offered in 2021

MECHENG 747 Manufacturing and Industrial Processes

OPSMGT 760 Advanced Operations Systems

PHYSICS 753 The Dynamic Universe

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

Where could this programme take you?

Aotearoa's aerospace industry is making a significant, growing contribution to our economy, employing approximately 5,000 people in 2019. Pursuing a dedicated study option opens opportunities in aeronautics, astronautics, space systems and aerospace management, in technical or management roles.

Jobs related to this programme

Aerospace Engineer

Launch Services Engineer

Payload Engineer

Project Manager

R&D Engineer

Space Mission Design & Operations

Space Systems Engineer

Further study options

Master of Aerospace Engineering

Entry criteria

You must have completed a bachelors degree. Grade Point Equivalent: 4.0

English language requirements

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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