Engineering practice

Victoria University’s Master of Engineering Practice (MEP) is a unique and innovative programme for graduates seeking a professional postgraduate engineering qualification in the IT field.

There is a demand from New Zealand employers for ICT graduates, particularly for graduates who have the appropriate skills for working eff ectively in the New Zealand workplace.

Industry has made it clear that they need graduates with good communication and teamwork skills and an understanding of the professional environment in industry, as well as straight technical knowledge and skills.

The MEP has been designed to provide graduates who can meet that demand.

About the Master of Engineering Practice Programme

Many Engineering and Computer Science graduates have little experience at applying theoretical knowledge to real engineering problems and little understanding of the professional environment in the New Zealand industry.

The MEP is a one-year, 180-point Master’s programme which aims to help students advance their skills and improve their job prospects.

Students will have completed a relevant degree such as in Computer Science or an appropriate engineering discipline. The programme will include courses focusing on communication, problem solving and enterprise skills. It will end with a three-month research and development project in an industry placement.

  • For Electronics and/or Computer Science Engineering graduates or similar
  • Unique in NZ. Designed to prepare students for work in the ICT industry
  • Includes an industrial placement (Part Three of the degree)
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate: Strength in Maths; some Programming in their background; able to deal with Abstractions

Course structure

Taught 180 points Master’s degree - 1.5 years of academic study. It is taught in three parts and it is expected that students may complete the degree in one calendar year.

Part 1 (one trimester of study) – 60 points

  • Research and Communication Skills (15 points)
  • Engineering Practice (15 points)
  • 2 courses from Electronics, Networking, Software or Computer Science (30 points)

Part 2 (one trimester of study) – 60 points

  • Engineering project (30 Points)
  • 2 courses from Electronics, Networking, Software or Computer Science (30 points)

Part 3 (one trimester of study) – 60 points

  • Industry Research and Development Project (60 points)

Students may be placed in industries locally (including within Victoria University of Wellington), or nationally – past industry placements include companies such as Google, Xero, Datacom, Weta Digital, Park Road Post, Solnet, Microsoft, IBM, Trade Me, Fujitsu, Magritek, Tekron, BRANZ, Callaghan Innovation, BECA, GNS, Fisher & Paykel, EDMI, Chorus, Transfield Services, 2degrees and others.

Students may be paid by companies in which they are placed.

Entry to Part 3 requires at least a B- average grade in Part 1 and Part 2 or special permission from the Head of School.

Start date

The MEP begins in November (Trimester 3) each year. Although the programme is 180 points (1.5 academic years of study), it is expected that students complete the full MEP within 12 months, through three consecutive trimesters of study.

Admission requirements

Applicants for the MEP will have:

  • completed a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject with good grades
  • been accepted by the Head of School of Engineering and Computer Science as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study.

Applicants must also meet the University’s postgraduate English language requirements:

  • IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0 or
  • TOEFL 90 IBT with a minimum of 20 in writing or
  • Pearson Test of English score of 65 with a Communicative score of not less than 58 or
  • Two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in Victoria University of Wellington’s English Profi ciency Programme.

Tuition fees

NZ$51,200 for the full programme (1.5 years/180 points of academic study)

[NZ$34,150 for 120 points or one academic year of study].

Other costs include annual levies of approximately NZ$720 and health and travel insurance costs of approximately NZ $590.