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Master of Engineering Studies in Transportation Engineering

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 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.

You can complete a Master of Engineering Studies in Transportation Engineering, a specialised programme built in conjunction with input from industry leaders.

The programme is particularly suitable if you have an approved bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, but is open to those with relevant qualifications in other areas of engineering or science. The skills are delivered at an advanced level and are applicable for both graduates and professionals with industry experience.

You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of concepts and techniques fundamental to transportation engineering, which can then be used to approach current and future issues in the industry. Some of the core elements of the programme include:

  • Highway and transportation design
  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Pavement materials and management systems
  • Planning and design of transportation facilities
  • Road safety and crash investigation
  • Sustainable transport
  • Traffic engineering
  • Transport and land use planning
  • Transport systems economics

The skills you will obtain will lead to roles involving elements of planning, evaluating, designing, constructing or maintaining transport infrastructure. There is also a research component to this degree, which must be undertaken in a relevant area of the field. You will be supervised by an academic staff member and this will normally include some mentoring input or assistance from industry.

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

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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