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Information for Prospective PhD and ME students

Postgraduate study is an opportunity to obtain advanced knowledge and carry out original research. The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering offers a wide variety of research projects, and postgraduate courses.

In our department we encourage postgraduate students to either undertake a PhD or Master’s of Engineering by thesis. A postgraduate certificate on engineering is also available.

General postgraduate information can be found at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/postgrad/

PhD

The PhD provides an opportunity to undertake a substantial research project. Typically the time taken to complete a PhD project is 3 to 4 years. A wide selection of research projects are available.

PhD Entry requirements:

Candidates wishing to enrol in the PhD degree must have one of the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (in Engineering, Technology or Science) with first or second class honours
  • A Master’s degree (in Engineering, Technology or Science)

In addition, we require students with non-New Zealand qualifications to have met the English language proficiency standards
Note that international students will need to complete an Ad Eundem Statum which ensures your qualifications are equivalent to the required New Zealand qualifications.

Monitoring Progress during you PhD:

The department (and University) monitors the progress of PhD candidate’s progress during the project by requiring:

  • A research proposal 6 months after enrolment
  • A substantial written report and short oral exam 18 months after enrolment.
  • Two formal seminars to the Department
  • Yearly progress reports

Fees, Scholarships and Funded PhD projects:

For information regarding fees please click here
A small number of highly competitive PhD scholarships are available for the University. For more information see: University of Canterbury Scholarships

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The next step:

Contact a potential supervisor for your research project. Then have a look at the enrolment procedure at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol/postgrad/phd.shtml

Master of Engineering ME

This research degree is completed by coursework and a thesis. It aims to provide a research focused learning environment in which students can develop their independent problem solving skills through supervised research. Typically a ME will take between 16 months to two years full-time study
ME Entry requirements:
Engineering Postgraduate enrolment
Candidates wishing to enrol in the ME degree must have one of the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (in Engineering, Technology or Science) with first or second class honours
  • A Postgraduate certificate in Engineering with a GPA of 5 or more

In addition, we require students with non-New Zealand qualifications to have met the English language proficiency standards
Note that international students will need to complete an Ad Eundem Statum which ensures your qualifications are equivalent to the required New Zealand qualifications.

Fees, Scholarships and Funded ME projects:
The fees for domestic ME students are approximately $6500-7000 per year.
International student fees for the ME programme are approximately $31,000
Courses

  • Master of Engineering students should contact their preferred Research Supervisor to discuss suitable choices of formal papers and also contact the Director of Post Graduate Studies (Dr Aaron Marshall)
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