The Graduate School of Engineering’s Masters Programmes are delivered across two semesters each year. This page provides useful information and key dates to help you plan your postgraduate journey.

120 point taught programme


180 point taught programme


Key dates

Semester One: Monday 4 March to Monday 1 July
Semester Two Orientation: Week of 15 July
Semester Two: Monday 22 July to Monday 18 November

Semester One Orientation: Week of 24 February
Semester One: Monday 2 March to Monday 29 June
Semester Two Orientation: Week of 13 July
Semester Two: Monday 20 July to Monday 16 November



Common questions

What is the difference between a 120 and 180 point Masters?

Whether you do a 120 point or 180 point programme, the qualification you receive is the same. The difference in point values reflects your background, based on considerations of your existing qualifications and professional work experience.

If you’ve completed a BE (hons.) at the University of Auckland, you will likely qualify for entry into a 120 point programme. 

What’s the time commitment for a Taught Masters programme?

A full-time programme involves approximately 40 hours per week of work effort on average. This will comprise a combination of class time and private study time. 

A part-time programme will involve same work effort but spread over a longer period. To be eligible, you must complete at least one course per semester for the duration of the programme.

Most classes are usually scheduled between 8 am and 6 pm, with occasional exceptions. The Master of Engineering Management programme has some courses which run in the late afternoon and early evening. 

Is there an opportunity for distance learning?

The Graduate School of Engineering does not offer online distance learning programmes. There are some flexible learning courses within programmes, but in general students are expected to actively engage in all face-to-face learning activities.

What initiatives are there for professional development and study support? 

The student experience team hosts professional development workshops for postgraduate students that are designed in line with industry demanded skills. These can help to ensure you develop soft skills alongside the technical knowledge you’ll gain from your chosen programme.

A postgraduate buddy programme can help you settle into life in the Faculty of Engineering. It’s a volunteer network of postgraduate students from a range of courses and cultural backgrounds. 

A Research Project Mentor holds drop-in sessions to assist with the research component of your programme.