Master of Engineering Project Management (Online)


The MEPM is a career-focused qualification that brings together coursework and a project designed to prepare students for careers in international project management and leadership of major projects.

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Entry Requirements

120-point MEPM: 

A Bachelor of Engineering,
or a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours),
or a relevant Bachelor (Honours),
or a relevant Postgraduate Diploma with a GPA of 4.0. 


2-years of relevant work experience. 

180-point MEPM: 

A relevant bachelors degree with a GPA of 4.0 


2-years relevant work experience 

*Pathway options available for those who do not meet the above requirements.


120-point MEPM: 2-years (part-time) 

180-point MEPM: 3-years (part-time)

Next Start Dates

  • Semester One: 26 February 2024 (applications close 12 February)
  • Semester Two: 15 July 2024 (applications close 1 July)

Full Programme Fees

120-point: $11,321

180-point: $16,981

International fees

Programme Overview

The Master of Engineering Project Management (MEPM) is a career-focused qualification that brings together coursework and a project designed to prepare students for careers in engineering project management. New Zealand is recognised as a global leader in innovative project management approaches, delivering world-class projects across all engineering disciplines. This programme provides you with the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to succeed in project management in a variety of industries. Focusing on two key project management practices, Agile and Waterfall, the MEPM also enables you to work towards an industry-recognised professional certification with the Project Management Institute. If you want to develop your skills and credentials as a professional project manager and be able to lead and direct multi-disciplinary engineering projects, this programme is for you.

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

Who, What, Why

This programme is part of the Graduate School of Engineering, which is led by Dr Garry Miller. Garry is an experienced professional in the delivery of complex projects, programmes and portfolios. His credentials combine senior executive positions in industry together with roles in academia in teaching, research and directing taught masters programmes.

He has advised and acted for public and private sector clients in the education, health, energy, transportation, water and telecommunications sectors. Garry has a strong track record in the delivery of successful outcomes for clients in New Zealand, UK and Australia.

Watch our video to see why this programme could be ideal for you.


The MEPM is for those who want to gain competencies in all aspects of portfolio, programme and project management. During this degree, you will gain sound fundamentals in project management concepts and application, whilst completing a set of courses created to broaden your acquisition of knowledge and skills within the project management specialisation. You will learn about broad range of tools, techniques and methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall, and a final project will consolidate your learning by giving you the opportunity to apply your theoretical skills to real-world industry projects.


The Master of Engineering Project Management (MEPM) is globally accredited by the Global Accreditation Centre for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

The 120-point MEPM programme consists of 5 courses, and the 180-point MEPM programme comprises 9 courses. Each course runs for 12 weeks, allowing you to complete the 120-point MEPM in only 2-years and the 180-point MEPM in only 3-years. 

The 2022-2023 Semesters are scheduled as follows:

Semester 1 – 28 February
Semester 2 – 18 July

Semester 1 – 27 February 2023
Semester 2 – 17 July 2023 

To complete the 120-point MEPM programme, you will take ENGGEN 740, 741, 730, 736 and 794A/B. 

To complete the 180-point MEPM programme, you will take ENGGEN 740, 741, 730, 736, 732, 737, 739, 769 and 794 A/B.*

(*Subject to regulatory approval)


Course Code




(180 only)

Cost Engineering Advanced topics in cost engineering such as construction engineering cost planning, cost estimating, cost control, cost analysis and engineering economics. The core taught skills are extended by individual projects in which independent research is undertaken to solve cost engineering problems or to give critical comments on the current literature on cost engineering. 15
(180 only)
Engineering Risk Management A broad based understanding of the critical elements of risk and risk management within the construction and engineering industry. Key elements include risk identification with regard to the forms and types of risk inherent in construction. Risk analysis tools and techniques for the construction engineer, and risk response. Risk monitoring techniques, risk control and transference of risk methods. Risk within procurement, insurance issues and risk attenuation. 15
ENGGEN 732 (180 only) Systems Thinking and Project Business Case The business case as the tool of choice for many businesses for turning strategy into projects and the subsequent investment appraisals. Topics include systems thinking, the theory of constraints, value, cost/benefit analysis, quadruple bottom line, sensitivity analysis, risk analysis, investment appraisal, performance measurement and benefit realisation. 15
ENGGEN 740 Project Management Bodies of Knowledge Comprehensive and critical review of existing and emerging project management bodies of knowledge including Waterfall, Agile, Lean and Extreme Project Management approaches. Comparison of a range of project management frameworks and methodologies for management of risk, including the applied application of a range of tools, techniques and knowledge to open-ended project scenarios. 30
ENGGEN 741 Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Project, Programme and Portfolio Management frameworks and their practical application to organisations in managing strategy implementation. Examination of examples from industry to show how theoretical concepts relate to the success or failure of projects, programmes and portfolios under conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. Students will study a range of case studies from across the world that highlight critical success factors. 30
ENGGEN 730 Management Skills for Project Professional Core theories and their implications for the art and practice of project management in organisations. 15
ENGGEN 736 Research Implementation and Dissemination Critical reflections on undertaking a research project focussing on elements of project implementation and dissemination of research findings and outcomes. Leverage the benefits of the research project by focussing on the communicating the findings of the project to appropriate audiences and maximising the impact of the project for key stakeholders. Critically evaluate own performance in undertaking a project and adoption of a philosophy of continuous improvement during implementation stage of a project. Identification of lessons learned in order to inform future research. 15
(180 only)
Research Methods for Engineers Development of research methods knowledge and skills including research philosophy and design, research ethics, data collection and analysis techniques, identification of limitations, and writing up and reporting. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are addressed. 15
ENGGEN 794 (A/B) Research Project A research project which requires a student to undertake a practical application in a temporary endeavour to deliver a product, service or specified outcome. May take the form of action research, project implementation and evaluation of modern advances in project management practices, or a project management oriented case study. Project will be conducted by students working individually within an existing project orientated team. 30

As a graduate of the MEPM, you will be able to: 

  • Apply scholarly approaches, including higher level skills of critical analysis, critique, synthesis, and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the Project Management discipline, and the ability to acquire new knowledge.
  • Locate, evaluate and use information in a range of contexts. 
  • Work professionally and ethically, and demonstrate self-management skills including organisation, time management skills and the ability to exercise intendent judgement.
  • Recognise and value perspectives of others, with an awareness of the distinctive social and cultural qualities of Aotearoa New Zealand and our commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal issues affecting their environment.
  • Show awareness of current affairs and developments relevant to their field.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills necessary for a career as a project manager both within New Zealand and in international engineering industries.
  • Display competence in a range of appropriate specialist portfolio, programme and project management methodologies, tools and techniques.
  • Express critical and analytical powers in relation to the analysis of differing views on emerging project management concepts and the ability to evaluate these against a background of a constantly changing environment.
  • Adapt and respond positively to change, complexity and ambiguity.
  • Indicate well-developed critical, analytical and problem-solving skills to meet employers’ requirements for roles as a project manager.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, including written English, verbal and listening skills, coupled with well-developed interpersonal skills.

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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