Renewable Energy - Civil Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Renewable Energy

What is Renewable Energy

Climate change has been described as the biggest challenge of our time and energy is a major source of the greenhouse gas emissions causing it. Renewable energy will play a vital role in transitioning the world from its present reliance on fossil fuels toward a sustainable energy system. You can be part of this exciting change by building your skills and knowledge in renewable energy resources and technologies, energy systems analysis including demand-side management, and in energy topics of personal interest.

Renewable Energy at UC

New Zealand has a primary energy mix of approximately 40 percent renewables and 60 percent fossil fuels, making it an interesting country in which to study options for a transition to a more sustainable energy system. Over 80 percent of our electricity is presently produced from renewables which provides us with a good start. Researchers at UC are actively engaged in sustainable energy projects in Pacific Island nations and in South East Asia.

What will I learn?

Learn about the breadth of renewable energy resources and conversion technologies, system modelling techniques, challenges surrounding energy sustainability, and practical solutions to energy issues, preparing you to transition your career into a profession and/or industry within the renewable and sustainable energy sectors.

Postgraduate programme

The Master of Engineering Studies (MEngSt) and Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering (PGCertEng) are Professional Development Programmes.

The MEngSt is a one year masters aimed at graduates from a wide range of engineering backgrounds, with entry in February and July.
With four core courses and a range of electives to choose from, the MEngSt degree is designed to be flexible to the needs of prospective students.

It is open to applications from graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree or equivalent or from graduates with a Bachelor of Science with Honours or equivalent with an appropriate Physics and Chemistry background.
Renewable Energy in New Zealand.

Certificate of Proficiency

If you do not want to enrol for a full programme but want to study a specific area you may undertake an individual course and be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency on passing.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally have completed one of the following:

  • BE(Hons) with first or second class honours
  • BSc(Hons) in appropriate subjects.

Relevance and standard of previous study is the main criteria for approval.


Compulsory Course list

ENGR621 Energy, Technology & Society
ENCN623 Energy Systems Modelling & Analysis
ENEL667 Renewable Electricity System Design
ENCI601 Risk Management

Elective Course list - Restrictions apply

Choose up to three of:

ENCN625 Wind Resource Modelling
ENGR683 Project
ENCM620 Construction Procurement and Contract Administration (not offered 2017)

Choose 1 of:

ENNR423 Sustainable Energy Systems
ENGR404 Renewable Energy Technology & Management
ENME405 Energy Systems Engineering

Choose up to two:

DRRE408 GIS for Disaster Risk & Resilience
ENCH486 Advanced Energy Processing Technologies and Systems

Apply to enrol

Contact the Postgraduate Administrator.
Phone: +64-3-3642 987 Ext: 45540
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Teaching Staff

The programme uses teaching staff from the University of Canterbury and, from time to time, specialised staff from overseas universities.

Marwan Katurji

BE (Beirut); MSc (Beirut); PhD (Canterbury)
See his research publications

Andrew Lapthorn

BE(Hons) (Canterbury); PhD (Canterbury)
See his research publications

Ian Mason

BTech(Biotech) (Massey); MSc (Newcastle-upon-Tyne); PhD (Canterbury)
See his research publications

Eric Scheepbouwer

BE(Hons) Canterbury); PhD (Canterbury)
See his research publications

Programme Co-Directors

Dr. Ian Mason (Civil & Natural Resources Engineering)
Dr. Andrew Lapthorn (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Programme Administration

The MEngSt (Renewable Energy) is a degree offered by the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. 

The programme is operated, and administered, by the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering (CNRE).