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Master of Engineering Studies in Computer Systems Engineering

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


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.

Programme overview

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. The MEngSt is also a foundation for further study.

Programme structure


This is available as either a 120 or 180-point programme. The option you pursue generally depends on your prior study.

The programme structure varies depending on your chosen specialisation – some offer flexibility and the chance to select courses tailored to your interests, while others have specific requirements. Some specialisations are only available as a 120-point option.


This is a 120-point option available for the Food Process Engineering, or Medical Devices and Technologies specialisations only.

In both cases, you are required to complete a 90-point research portfolio and two 15-point, taught electives.

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

Where could this programme take you?

Your specialisation may determine your career path, though our graduates fit broad roles in planning, evaluating, designing, maintaining and operating engineering products and infrastructure. The MEngSt gives you opportunities to advance in ranking, become a lead engineer, or enjoy a career in research and development.

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

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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