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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (Environmental Engineering)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Auckland


Enhance your undergraduate qualification with specialised knowledge to enable progression into an engineering masters programme.

This qualification gives students who have completed a three-year engineering degree the opportunity to build on their previous skills, and understand the principles, concepts and ideas that underpin a chosen specialisation. It is designed to provide a pathway to further study in a masters programme.

What can you study in Environmental Engineering?

A Master of Engineering Studies in Environmental Engineering consists of courses and small research projects in the areas of environmental impact assessment, waste minimisation and management and the protection of air, water, and soil from pollution. Our academic staff members’ main research areas include:

Fate and transport of contaminants in the environment

Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through novel technologies

Treatment of emerging contaminants by membrane processes

Resource recovery from wastewater and organic wastes

Assessing energy efficiency of wastewater treatment facilities

Programme structure

This is a 120-point, taught programme. You will complete six 15-point, non-project courses from one of the specialisations listed in the Master of Engineering Studies schedule*.

An additional 30 points can be taken from approved 600 or 700 level courses at the University.

*Courses are not available in the following specialisations:

Geotechnical Engineering

Light Metals Reduction Technology

Medical Devices and Technologies


Where could this programme take you?

The PGDipEng functions largely as a pathway for further study – while it can generally increase employment opportunities, this qualification ultimately supplements your three-year undergraduate degree with the additional skills needed to pursue an engineering masters degree.

Further study options

Master of Engineering Studies

Master of Engineering

Master of Energy

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an Engineering degree or an undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as Architecture, Geology, or Physics. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution), and you will need a GPE of 3.0.

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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