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Master of Engineering Studies (Mechatronics)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Join a leading programme

Massey University leads New Zealand in the areas of mechatronics and robotics. The Master of Engineering Studies (Mechatronics) is part of the most well-established offering of mechatronics within New Zealand and our staff have many years working experience in these areas.

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What is it like?

Strong connections

The Master of Engineering Studies (Mechatronics) is unique as an upskilling and staircasing qualification for international candidates looking to enhance their current qualifications. Within a New Zealand context the endorsement is unique due to the connection of Massey University to local and global companies and research opportunities.

Let our expertise become yours

Massey University leads New Zealand in the areas of mechatronics and robotics. We have the most well-established offering of mechatronics within New Zealand and our staff have many years working experience in these areas.

Gain advanced knowledge

You will gain advanced knowledge in research methods, mechatronics, robotics, additive manufacturing and system design and integrations through the taught element of the qualification. You will then have the opportunity to develop these further in a postgraduate project.

World-leading facilities

As a mechatronics student you will have total access to the Centre for Additive Manufacturing. Within the centre you have access to the latest 3D printing and rapid manufacturing technologies, including testing equipment.

Flexibility of focus

Massey offers a much broader range of courses in this qualification than almost any other similar international offering. You may choose to focus on specific areas such as product development, quality systems or industrial management. Or you can develop your skills across the full spectrum of these areas.

Real world learning

This qualification is focused on real world application, helping you to better understand the commercial environment and how you can utilise research outcomes to make real change or develop new systems, services or products.

In your research project you will work with real companies on the problems they face. This is a real world opportunity to apply your knowledge and further your learning in a commercial environment.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge, expertise, and the critical analytic skills needed to define a problem and develop, test, and validate engineering solutions.

One year full time

The Master of Engineering Studies is a high-quality programme, combining taught and research courses at a postgraduate level. It is a 120 credit qualification able to be completed in one year full time.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a background in control theory, manufacturing or robotics
  • Would like to staircase into further engineering research, or
  • Would like to progress your career in mechatronics or robotics


Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s engineering staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with recognised specialists, for example:

Associate Professor Johan Potgieter

Dr Potgieter has a well-established international reputation for his work in educational robotics. He has been inducted into the World Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation Hall of Fame.

He is Director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing at Massey University. He has expertise in automation and control engineering, cad/cam systems, flexible manufacturing systems, machining and mechanical engineering. His current research interests are mainly in areas of additive manufacturing and advanced mechatronics/robotics with applications in medicine and automotive related areas and he is currently conducting consulting research with HIEFF Engine and Chrysler in Detroit.

He is widely published, including in international journals such as the International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, Journal of Advanced Transportation and the International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications.

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