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Master of Civil Engineering

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Civil Engineering (MCivilEng) is a taught postgraduate programme that enhances an engineer's knowledge and skills, improving their prospects for career progression.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1 year full-time
Course Code
Domestic Fees
$8,911 per year / $8,911 total
International Fees
$44,000 per year / $44,000 total

About this course

The Master of Civil Engineering (MCivilEng) is a taught postgraduate programme that enhances an engineer's knowledge and skills, improving their prospects for career progression. Acquiring advanced knowledge in Civil Engineering through the Master of Civil Engineering aims to produce graduates who:

  • have developed advanced knowledge and skills relevant to their future careers in a research or professional environment
  • have developed mastery of topics relevant to design, analysis, and management of civil infrastructure systems, so that they can provide leadership in a professional context and engage effectively with future research opportunities
  • apply independent thinking and advanced knowledge and skills to the development and remediation of civil infrastructure systems
  • engage effectively and confidently in a variety of academic and professional settings
  • provide expertise to support high-level decision making processes
  • have the interpersonal skills needed to be ready for the workplace, with the attributes listed on the UC graduate profile.

The programme requires students to successfully complete courses for a total of 120 points. This typically involves taking eight 15-point courses, four per semester. However, there are options for part-time study as well as distance learning.

A total of 10 different endorsements are offered as part of the MCivilEng programme:

  • Construction Management
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Digital Civil Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Smart Infrastructure (open to enrolments from 2022)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Fire Engineering
  • Water Engineering

For more information on the disciplines within the MCivilEng and the courses taken in this degree, visit the Civil Engineering postgraduate information webpage.

UC is ranked 9th in the world for Civil Engineering (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020), and in the top 100 universities in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).

Entry requirements

Students that have completed a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or a Bachelor of Science with Honours in a relevant subject, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering with good grades, may be admitted to the programme with approval by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic) based on the relevance of their previous studies.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Civil Engineering or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Because of the flexible structure of the Master of Civil Engineering, students can tailor their degree towards a research or professional career in industry. Graduates will have general or specialist knowledge in civil engineering, which can be applied to structural, geotechnical, transport, construction, water, and/or fire engineering divisions.

Engaging biculturalism is also a strong component of the MCivilEng, which will give graduates a cultural understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand and skills in engaging mana whenua and iwi in building projects, making them ideal for future project management work in the industry.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
  • Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.