Master of Civil Engineering

Master of Civil Engineering

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: October 31
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February, July
International tuition: NZ$44,000
Domestic tuition: NZ$8,814

Program overview

The Master of Civil Engineering (MCivilEng) offers professional practice and knowledge in infrastructure design and analysis, and advanced skills in project and stakeholder management. The flexible programme gives you the opportunity to specialise in a specific area, or develop a broad background in civil engineering. Students will also gain understanding of complex issues that face our society, including sustainable engineering, risk mitigation for natural disasters, and bicultural perspectives of engineering in Aotearoa New Zealand. The MCivilEng can be awarded unendorsed, or endorsed in: Construction Management Earthquake Engineering Renewable Energy Transportation Engineering Courses towards an endorsement subject are listed below. Students will need to complete 30 points (two courses) from Part I of their endorsement, and a further 30 points towards the degree, before gaining approval to continue. Once approved for their endorsement, students must complete at least 45 points (three courses) from Part II. The remaining points can be made up from the below list of general civil engineering topics. Courses for the unendorsed option are chosen from the list below of broad civil engineering topics. The Master of Civil Engineering involves 120 points of coursework, towards an unendorsed degree or an endorsed degree.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
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. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking TOEFL iBT: total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. TOEFL PBT: with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5 Pearson Test of English (Academic): with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50

Career opportunities

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.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand