Master of Engineering Management

Gain the specialised management knowledge you need to take your engineering career to the next level. Learn how to integrate engineering and business knowledge for success in leadership roles across the engineering sector. 

7 October 2024 TBC
3 February 2025
14 July 2025

3 - 4 years part-time
1.5 years full-time*

*Duration is approximate and subject to course availability

$14,358* for domestic learners
$52,500* for international learners

*Price is approximate and subject to change based on elective course selection. Fees outlined are based on the 2024 fee schedule and are subject to revision each year. Prices include GST where applicable. Non-tuition fees, such as the Student Services Levy (SSL), will also apply.

180 points


Open new, high-level career options with our online Master of Engineering Management. Designed to meet the need for engineering managers in Aotearoa, you'll grow close connections with industry, and complement your engineering expertise with new business management skills. 

Through flexible, online learning you'll explore the ins and outs of project management, stakeholder engagement and sustainability, applying your integrated technical and business skills in a real-world, industry project. 

Gain the specialised knowledge you need across communication, interpersonal management, planning and leadership, to succeed as an industry-leading engineering manager.


To ensure that our learners have the necessary background and experience to succeed, you must have completed one of the following: 

  • A Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, a Bachelor of Science with Honours, or other qualifications of an equivalent standard with:
    • A GPA of at least 4 in your 300-level and higher courses
    • Completion of both the academic and non-academic requirements of your previous degree. This may include practical work days, work reports, a workshop training course, and a first aid certificate. 
  • Relevant academic or professional experience equivalent to the above qualification. Examples of this include:
    • A Bachelor of Engineering Technology with at least five years of professional engineering experience
    • Professional experience as a Chartered Professional Engineer
    • Professional experience recognised by an engineering peak body equivalent to having a qualification or meeting the Washington Accord

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements, with an IELTS Academic score of 7.0, with no individual score below 6.5.

For full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Engineering Management or use the admissions requirements checker

Don't meet these requirements? You may be eligible to pathway into the Master of Engineering Management through a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Management (which includes eight of the ten MEM courses). Contact us to discuss your options.

Unsure about your suitability?
As part of our application process, your eligibility will be assessed by our engineering academic team to make sure that your academic and/or professional background meets the entry criteria. Unfortunately our Tuihono UC | UC Online team cannot confirm your eligibility before your application is submitted, beyond referring you to the requirements above. We are happy to help answer any general questions you have about the programme or online learning, however. You can get in touch with us here


The Master of Engineering Management can be studied part-time or full-time (subject to course availability) and must be completed within four years.

Time commitment   
Unless otherwise stated, Tuihono UC | UC Online learners study across terms, rather than semesters. We have four terms per year (starting January, April, July and October) which consist of nine-weeks of study (including a one-week study break), followed by a two-week period of marking and feedback.

Part-time learners complete one 15-point course every term, requiring approximately 18.5 hours of study per week. Full-time learners complete two 15-point courses every term, requiring approximately 37.5 hours of study per week.* Study time includes taking in course material, reflection time and writing assessments. Our courses are flexible, enabling you to plan your study around your other commitments. 

*These hours may change when studying EMGT610 (20 points), MBAD615 (10 points) and EMGT680 (45 points), depending on your schedule and course availability. 

Upcoming term dates  
Our current nine-week learning dates can be found below (please note: these dates exclude our two-week period of marking and feedback).

  • 15 July - 15 September 2024
    • Study break: 12 - 18 August 2024
  • 7 October - 8 December 2024
    • Study break: 4 - 10 November 2024

Please note: these dates are provisional and may be subject to change.


What you'll study

You'll study nine NZQF level 8 postgraduate courses for the Master of Engineering Management, concluding with a NZQF level 9 research project related to your chosen area of professional focus.

Leading Ourselves (MBAD615) | 10 points

This course enables you to identify and reflect on your leadership capabilities through self-assessment and reflection. You will develop the professional requirements to become an ethical leader. This paper supports you in recognising your personal leadership gaps and design your professional leadership development. During this course, you will examine yourself through self-assessment and analyse using key theories and cases related to the effective practice of ethical leadership. You will examine your current and previous workplace experiences and relationships to understand leadership behaviour in the context of the ‘real world’.

Project Management for Engineering (EMGT610) | 20 points

Project management is a core engineering task, and is a systematic approach to planning, organising, monitoring and controlling resources to achieve goals and objectives. This course focuses on the skills needed to plan, initiate, manage delivery and review a complex technical project. This includes identifying project requirements through stakeholder engagement, scope development, resource scheduling and costing, accounting for project quality, developing project risk management plans, coordinating work, and utilising monitoring and evaluation techniques. During this course, students will work as individuals within a consulting environment to find and develop an industry project suitable for EMGT 680.

Please note: the name of this course is subject to change.

Engineering Knowledge Management (EMGT602) | 15 points

Engineers act as knowledge brokers, bringing together people and knowledge to enable technological advancement. In order to become expert knowledge brokers, engineers need to be able to appreciate different approaches to addressing a problem, as well as critically evaluating and synthesising information. In addition, engineers are expected to be able to create, manage and interpret knowledge. This course addresses these needs by further developing independent research skills. This course will commence by introducing different research paradigms and methods, including different knowledge and cultural frames. The course will then further develop on approaches to critically evaluate information, in order to make an informed and limited judgement. The course will then focus on qualitative and quantitative research methods, including survey design and the analysis of large data samples. The course will conclude on approaches to communicate data to different audiences.


Management in Technical Organisations (EMGT604) | 15 points

This course focuses on the development of enabling skills needed for managers in a technical organisation. Topics include corporate structures and processes, human resource management, strategic planning and implementation processes, monitoring and evaluation techniques, ethics, quality management, discounted cash flow techniques, financing, occupational health and safety and risk management.

Sustainability Systems in Engineering (EMGT605) | 15 points

Engineers have a critical role in contributing to positive economic, environmental and social outcomes. The ability to achieve positive sustainable outcomes are grounded in the ability to integrate systems and anticipatory thinking with other engineering management skills of recognising different values and perspectives and beliefs, evidence-based strategy, and collaboration. This course focuses on developing systems and anticipatory thinking, with a focus on understanding the interactions between human, cultural, environmental, economic and technical systems. The development of these skills will then be leveraged to understand the applicability and limitations of different sustainability tools and frameworks for engineering activities. The course will focus on local, regional and global sustainability challenges, and will incorporate the importance of integrating tikanga Māori in engineering activities.

Accounting for Managers (MBAZ601) | 15 points

The generation, analysis and interpretation of financial statements as well as the use of financial information for internal and external decision-making.

Technology Development, Application and Transfer (EMGT606) | 15 points

This course is designed to provide graduates with the skills to manage the development of, or utilise new or emerging technology in a business context. Students will work in teams and individually to critically evaluate the benefits and opportunities, as well as the limitations and risks associated with different technologies. This will lead to the identification of pathways to implement and/or further develop different technologies, accounting for organisational strategy, production, marketing, market position, research and development, human resources, and intellectual property considerations.

Business Law (MBAZ605) | 15 points

Covering business law structures and regulations this course provides students with the insight, understanding and practical skills to develop strategic direction and solve business problems while effectively adhering to legal requirements.

Elective course | 15 points

In addition to the above, you'll choose one elective course from our range of business or engineering courses. The full list of options will be confirmed.

Engineering Management Project (EMGT680) | 45 points

In this course, students complete a project to demonstrate mastery in engineering management. Projects may relate to optimisation, data analytics, knowledge management, project management, technology evaluation and implementation, business operations in an engineering context, or sustainability evaluations. Students will have the opportunity to complete an industry focussed engineering management project through two options. The first option is to deliver an external industry project or to develop a project based on their own interests. Approval of this first option will be subject to criteria. The second option is to complete an internal project with other students, in collaboration with an industry partner. In the second option, you may be partnered with students from other master's degrees, to offer a cross-disciplinary approach for the industry partner. This second option is for students who wish to complete the project with other students or for students who do not meet the criteria for an individual industry project. 

Our people

The Master of Engineering Management is coordinated by Dr Hannelie Nel, with contributions from other Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury academics. 


Hannelie Nel

Programme Coordinator | University of Canterbury

Hannelie Nel is a Lecturer in Engineering Management at the University of Canterbury and a Visiting Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a Doctorate in Engineering Management and has over 25 years’ experience in both industry and academia. She is a Professional Engineer and has served as Past President of the Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering and as Industry Advisory Board Member of the American Society for Engineering Management. She is an invited member of the International Women’s Forum and has received several international awards for her contribution to industry and academia. Her commitment to the attraction and advancement of women in engineering remains a lifelong passion.


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What career opportunities does the Master of Engineering Management provide?

MEM graduates have integrated technical and business skills, real-world project experience, and are connected with industry professionals to help learners transition to management and leadership roles.

You could find work in engineering firms, consultancies, product manufacturers, government ministries, or start your own business.

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Whether you need advice finding the right course for you or support with the enrolment process, we’re here to help! Contact our enrolment support team for course information, technical help and enrolment support.


What kind of support is available to learners enrolled in the Master of Engineering Management?

Learners have access to the same support services as on-campus students, including academic advising, technical support, and library resources. There are also great resources for both Canterbury based and remote learners at the UC RecCentre. Learn more here.

Learners also have the support of our Tuihono UC Learner Experience team


How much does a Master of Engineering Management cost?

Total programme investment for the 180 point programme based on the 2024 fee schedule:

  • for domestic learners is $14,358* incl GST
  • for international learners is $52,500* plus GST if applicable.

*Please note that the fees are charged on a per year basis and the amount charged reflects the number of courses/points enrolled in the current year. These are based on the 2024 fee structure and subject to revision – you can learn more about the University of Canterbury’s Tuition fee structure here.

Student Services Levy costs
Each year university students around Aotearoa New Zealand are charged a Student Services Levy (SSL) in addition to their tuition fees. All the SSL money collected can only be used for the benefit of students - never for academic or administrative costs.

The SSL is automatically calculated on how many points you enrol in per academic year, capped at a maximum of 150 points. UC Online learners are charged a reduced SSL rate, which is 20% of the usual on-campus student levy. This is calculated as $1.83 per academic point in 2024. You can learn more about the Student Services Levy here, and more about UC Support Services here.

How can I finance my online Master of Engineering Management?

There are a range of options you can use to finance your study,  which you can learn more about here.

How do I apply?

Applications are made online through our Tuihono UC | UC Online website – please sign up for updates to stay in the loop about when applications open.