12 months
44350 USD/year
6423 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Earthquake Engineering from University of Canterbury encompasses a broad range of activities that seek to minimise the damage and disruption communities suffer when hit by an earthquake. 


At Earthquake Engineering from University of Canterbury subjects include:

  • assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms that generate earthquakes to estimate when they will occur and how large they will be
  • understanding how the earthquake energy transmits through the ground
  • quantifying the likely ground surface responses at a specific site throughout the life of a structure
  • assessing the liquefaction potential of soils at specific sites
  • designing structures and lifeline services (electricity, gas, transport, water, and wastewater) to minimise the damage and disruption during and after an earthquake
  • planning for emergency response and post-earthquake recovery
  • preparing communities for earthquakes.


Engineers specialising in earthquake assessment, strengthening, and repairs are in high demand throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, and overseas regions that are often prone to earthquake disasters.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis
  • Advanced Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis of Structures
  • Nonlinear Structural Analysis and Dynamics
  • Special Topic: Seismic Soil Structure

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You should apply as early as possible to give yourself maximum preparation time for visa application, fee payment, travel and accommodation arrangements. 


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students must have previously completed relevant studies in Engineering or Science, including a bachelor's degree with honours, and/or relevant postgraduate qualifications.
  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    44350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 44350 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6423 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6423 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National students - 8,911 NZD
  • International Students - 61,600 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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