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Master of Engineering Studies

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • This is a one calendar year degree (full-time) with an intake in February and July of each year
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.
  • All courses are delivered in block mode.

Take the next step

The Master of Engineering Studies will help you move up the hierarchy in your engineering career, or delve into in-depth research.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey’s Master of Engineering Studies is a high-quality programme, combining taught and research courses at a postgraduate level, able to be completed in one year full-time.

If you are already working, or your research experience is limited, this qualification will give you the learning you need to take your career to the next level or pursue more in-depth postgraduate research.

Solve real-world problems

While you will gain a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles of engineering, the Master of Engineering Studies emphasises on the application of your engineering learnings to complex real-world industrial problems. Massey staff have strong relationships with industry and you can utilise these to find projects of relevance to you.

Unique specialities

The degree will help you gain expertise in an area outside of the focus of your undergraduate qualification, or current employment, or help you progress your career in your area of interest.

You can choose from a number of endorsements. 

Advanced problem-solving skills

An integral part of your learning will be the experience working in a team environment to solve problems at a variety of conceptual levels. You’ll gain the ability to learn independently, analyse industry needs and propose and validate tangible technical solutions, identify when your knowledge of a problem is lacking, and be able access and use the information required.

Access to broad expertise and equipment

As an engineering student at Massey University, you gain access to engineering and advanced technology-related expertise as well as a huge range of equipment and knowledge such as 3D printers and world class mechanical and electronic workshops, state-of-the art microscopic and genomic facilities, horticulture and agriculture expertise, extensive farm networks and a broad range of science, health, business and humanities-related staff. This unique capacity will enable you to build machines and devices for testing hypotheses and develop products in a modern multidisciplinary engineering context.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge, expertise, and the critical analytic skills needed to define a problem and develop, test, and validate engineering solutions.

In fact, the world engineering originates from Latin ingenium, meaning "cleverness".

A good fit if you:

  • Would like a postgraduate qualification that combines taught courses and a research component, or
  • Have an undergraduate honours engineering degree or equivalent and wish to gain experience in engineering practice
  • Have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline and wish to gain a qualification in engineering, or
  • Are a qualified engineer looking for professional development or more specialised skills
Hitesh Rana
Masters of Engineering Studies (Electronics and Computer Science)
Graduated in 2015

“The academic staff and the engineering facilities at Massey are amazing…”

I wanted to study digital image processing further, and my supervisor is one of the leading experts in this field – hence it made sense to come to Massey.

I have had a really enjoyable time in New Zealand, studying, travelling and making friends. The academic staff and the facilities are amazing. I have always felt at home here and the academic and social life on campus is nice. The academic year is also well structured giving students enough time to enjoy studies and life. It was fun to be a student at Massey.

I also got the opportunity to assist my supervisor with some undergraduate level labs which I really enjoyed. This helped me in my own research project – the teaching and assisting helped me improve my knowledge and understanding of concepts I was working on as well.

Massey’s industry connections are great too – my own research project industry-based thanks to my supervisor. This made it really relevant and will definitely will help me down the line when I am making a step into a career.


This degree will give you the knowledge and ability to become a project leader or system designer in companies of any size.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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