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Master of Civil Engineering (Online)


The Master of Civil Engineering (MCivilEng) provides graduates with knowledge, skills and competencies aligned to the roles and responsibilities of Civil Engineers who design, construct, and deliver physical infrastructure systems.

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor of Engineering,
or a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours),
or a relevant Bachelor with relevant work experience
or a relevant Bachelor with a relevant Postgraduate Diploma

Please see the regulations for more details.

*Alternative pathways are available for those who do not meet the above requirements.


2 years (part-time) 

1 Year (full-time)

Next Start Dates

  • Semester Two: 15 July 2024 (applications close 1 July)

Full Programme Fees

Programme Overview

The Master of Civil Engineering (MCivilEng) provides graduates with knowledge, skills and competencies aligned to the roles and responsibilities of Civil Engineers who design, construct, and deliver physical infrastructure systems. This programme is for recent and experienced Engineering graduates as well as practising engineers working in Civil engineering and related fields. You will learn how to apply theories, concepts and practices in the context of civil engineering to deliver successful project outcomes. If you want to become a critical, reflective practitioner, able to undertake the design and construction of civil engineering infrastructure for the benefit of society and exercise ethical leadership in engineering decision-making and/or pursue further advanced academic studies, the MCivilEng is for you.

A 120-point Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering and a 60-point Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering are also available as qualifications for students seeking shorter qualifications.

*If you do not meet the entry criteria for this programme, there are pathway options available. Enquire now.

Programme Brochure

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The MCivilEng enhances the ability of civil engineers to address societal problems via engineering solutions. Studying this programme will provide you with a transformational learning experience that will advance your knowledge, critical thinking, and new solution-seeking skills. You will also develop interpersonal competencies such as communication, independence and integrity, and learn to combine all of these to deliver socially responsible approaches to engineering.

The Master in Civil Engineering is a 120-point programme consisting of 7 or 8 courses. Each course runs over a 12-week Semester, enabling you to complete this programme in 2 years part-time, or 1 year full-time. 

In this programme, you will complete either 6 taught courses and one 30-point research project course, or 8 taught courses. If you elect to take the 30-point research course (CIVIL 788A/B), the MCivilEng will be eligible for being awarded with Honours, and it will also provide you with the option to potentially progress to PhD study in the future. 

The programme is divided into the following course groups: Core courses, designated courses, and elective courses. You will be required to take all the core and designated courses, but you will have an option to select which elective courses you wish to take. 

Please note that the Auckland Online courses are scheduled on rotation, and not all elective options will be available each semester. Where there are elective options, we will enquire with you on your preferred course selections prior to proceeding with your course enrolments.


Course Code Course Description Points 
Core courses
ENVENG 702 Engineering Decision Making in Aotearoa Advanced systems engineering based decision making; complex problem framing including ontology analysis; cultural opportunity mapping; absolute sustainability analysis; risk threshold determination; temporal cumulative effects; and effective consultation. Independent research is undertaken to solve a complex engineering decision making problem. 15
ENGGEN 730 Management Skills for Project Professionals Core theories and their implications for the art and practice of project management in organisations. 15
Designated courses
CIVIL 702 Design of Earthquake Resistant Foundations Observed behaviour of foundations during earthquakes. Site investigation and laboratory testing to estimate values for required soil parameters. Earthquake induced foundation actions. Shallow and deep foundations subject to earthquake excitation. Soil-foundation-structure-interaction. Force-based and displacement-based design. Earthquake induced earth pressures on stiff retaining structures. An independent foundation design project is required. 15
CIVIL 715 Advanced Structural Concrete Design and detailing of prestressed and precast concrete components. Advanced mechanics of reinforced concrete members subject to axial, flexure, shear, and torsion actions. Design of state-of-art low-damage concrete structural systems. Includes an independent concrete design project and an independent research project on past failures of concrete structures. 15
ENGGEN 742 Project Management  Planning, organisation and control of projects in ordered environments. Application of project management principles, concepts, disciplines, tools, techniques and processes to the typical project lifecycle. Studies in the knowledge areas/domains defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Development of a range of skills, tools and techniques to become an effective project manager.  15
ENVENG 746 Surface Water Quality Modelling Advanced specialist topics in modelling of lakes and rivers. Specific topics covered include response to different loadings applied to surface water systems, and modelling of organic matter, dissolved oxygen consumption, eutrophication, and toxic substances. The core taught skills are extended by an individual project in which independent research is undertaken to solve a challenging surface water quality engineering problem. 15
Elective courses
ENGGEN 737 Engineering Risk Management  The theory and practice of risk management, providing a comprehensive approach to identify, analyse, and treat risks inherent in engineering projects. Critical analysis and synthesis of risk management frameworks to deliver outcomes in scenarios of uncertainty and to communicate plans at a professional level. An independent project is undertaken in which students apply risk management theories to engineering projects.  15
ENGGEN 739 Cost Engineering  Key concepts, theories and principles used in cost engineering such as cost planning, cost estimating, cost control, cost analysis and engineering economics. Application of cost engineering in project management practice.  15
ENGGEN 743 Applied Creative Thinking  Application of inventive problem solving and creative thinking to formulate novel engineering solutions. Theories, tools and techniques to assist with generating innovative ideas are reviewed and evaluated. Techniques for improving the creativity of teams are critiqued. Develops skills in the facilitation and leadership of virtual and face-to-face workshops to help teams solve complex problems. Practical application of the concepts are synthesised to solve case study scenarios, live problems from industry, and students’ individual problem scenarios.  15
CIVIL 788A/B Project Y Students are required to submit a report on a topic assigned by the appropriate Head of Department. 30
As a graduate of the MCivilEng, you will be able to: 

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals and Civil Engineering to the solution of complex engineering problems.
  • Identify, formulate, research literature and analyse complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences.
  • Conduct investigations of complex problems using research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information to provide valid conclusions.
  • Design solutions for complex civil engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal and environmental considerations.
  • Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of civil engineering work in the solution of complex civil engineering problems in societal and environmental contexts.
  • Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  • Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of civil engineering practice.
  • Recognise the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.
  • Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues (including the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi) and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solutions to complex engineering problems.
  • Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of professional engineering work in the solution of complex engineering problems in societal and environmental contexts.
Disclaimer: *The programme fees are indicative and estimates only. Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this brochure. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

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