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Fulfill the increasing need for a new generation of industry leaders in earthquake engineering design and assessment with this Master of Earthquake Engineering from University of Auckland. 

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Earthquake engineers design new buildings and infrastructure to withstand disasters, and assess the vulnerability of existing buildings and infrastructure, drawing from expertise in structural and geotechnical engineering. 

The University of Auckland is internationally recognised for our strengths in these fields, putting us in the right position to deliver specialist professional capabilities to both New Zealand and internationally, where there are increasing population densities in seismic regions. 

Recent earthquakes in Canterbury and Kaikoura have caused extensive damage to buildings, infrastructure and the natural environment. Investigations into the post-disaster repair and reconstruction efforts have increased our understanding and specialist expertise, but also revealed major demands for earthquake engineers. 

In this case, the demands have exceeded the capacity of our engineering profession; this need is also reflected in many countries around the world.

Beyond training a new generation of leading professionals, the Master of Earthquake Engineering from University of Auckland also aims to support current practitioners in the building industries: those who require skills to navigate increasingly complex building codes, policies and requirements in line with new innovations in research and industry.


There is a growing need for civil engineers– specifically earthquake engineers – with capabilities in new construction, and the assessment and retrofit of existing buildings and infrastructure. Recent disasters in New Zealand alone dictate that highly skilled professionals will be in demand as investments in this field grow over the upcoming decades.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Earthquake engineer
  • Project manager
  • Seismic engineering consultant
  • Senior geotechnical engineer
  • Senior structural engineer
  • Technical director

Programme Structure

  • Taught
The taught track is available as a 120-point programme. Structures, Geotech, and Level 9 electives can be found in the Electives tab. A research project (indicated as Project X, Project Y, and Project Z in the Electives tab) may be used to fulfil up to 30-points of the Level 9 elective requirements. If you complete an optional 30-point research project, it may meet the research requirements necessary to gain entry into a PhD programme.
  • Research 
The research track is available as either a 120 or 180-point programme. The 120-point programme requires one additional elective course, while the 180-point programme requires five additional elective courses. See the Entry Requirements tab to determine whether the 120 or 180-point programme is right for you.

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 alternative credits

120 or 180


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

Taught/Research 120 points  

  • You need a four-year engineering degree with a GPE of 5.0 or a bachelors degree with a GPE of 4.0 in a relevant degree and three years of approved professional experience.
Research 180 points 
  • You must have completed an undergraduate degree in a field in a relevant discipline from a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.
  • Relevant disciplines may include architecture, construction and science, or a three-year undergraduate engineering degree.

Tuition Fee

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    27166 USD/year
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  • National

    6466 USD/year
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  • Domestic: NZ$11,128.80 – $18,912
  • International: NZ$46,752 – $47,071

Living costs for Auckland

1400 - 2200 NZD /month
Living costs

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