Trimester 2 study options

Applications for courses in Engineering and Computer Science are being taken now for Trimester 2.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a subject other than computer science and want to explore a qualification that gives you an entry into this field, or if you have some background in computer science and are looking to upgrade your skills, here are some study options that the Wellington Faculty of Engineering can offer you.

Undergraduate-related qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Science

If you don’t have a computer science background, but are keen on a relevant qualification that can open up options for future study, you can enrol for the Graduate Diploma in Science with the School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS). For this qualification, you will need to complete eight papers at the 200 and 300 level, of which at least five must be at the 300 level.

Of the courses listed below, all 200-level courses will require a background in at least two programming courses (including data structures) and some mathematics. The 300-level courses require a stronger background with relevant 200-level courses.

The prerequisites vary between the courses, but in some cases, work experience will be accepted as a substitute for particular prerequisites. These will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

200-level courses

  • CGRA 251 Computer Graphics
  • CYBR 271 Secure Programming
  • NWEN 243 Network Applications
  • SWEN 225 Software Design

300-level courses

  • CGRA 350 Real-time 3D Computer Graphics
  • COMP 309 Machine Learning Tools and Techniques
  • CYBR 373 Human and Organisational Security
  • CYBR 372 Applications of Cryptography
  • NWEN 301 Operating Systems Design
  • NWEN 302 Computer Network Design
  • NWEN 304 Advanced Network Applications
  • SWEN 324 Software Correctness
  • SWEN 325 Software Development for Mobile Platforms

Looking to start a computer science / software engineering degree

If you’re looking to start a new undergraduate qualification in computer science or software engineering, you can explore the following courses in Trimester 2 (starting in July).

Trimester 2

  • COMP 132 Programming for the Natural and Social Sciences
  • ENGR 121 Engineering Mathematics

These courses can help you decide whether computer science is indeed the field for you, and set you up for the following Trimester 3 courses (starting in November).

Trimester 3

  • COMP 102 Introduction to Computer Program Design
  • COMP 103 Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms
  • ENGR 123 Engineering Mathematics with Logic and Statistics

While these courses don’t make up the entire range of first-year courses that you need for a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or a Bachelor of Science degree, they are core courses that will allow you to advance to relevant 200 level in 2021, while you simultaneously complete other 100-level courses.

*Trimester 3 courses are not covered under the Fees Scholarship.

Postgraduate qualifications (PG)

PG Certificate or PG Diploma in Science (in Computer Science)

Aimed at those who have some background in computer science, the PG Certificate and the PG Diploma, offered by ECS, are suitable pathways for future study.

As part of the PG Certificate in Science, you will complete four papers, while you will complete eight papers if you opt for the PG Diploma in Science. All courses have prerequisites, usually specified 300-level computer science courses. However, the prerequisites may be waived for students with degrees from other institutions or with relevant work experience.

Courses that you can enrol for, as part of the PG Certificate or PG Diploma in Science for Trimester 2, starting in July are:

  • COMP 421 Machine Learning
  • COMP 422 Data Mining, Neural Networks and Genetic Programming
  • NWEN 439 Protocols and Architecture for the Internet of Things
  • SWEN 422 Human Computer Interaction
  • SWEN 423 Design: Patterns, Frameworks and Languages
  • SWEN 430 Compiler Engineering
  • SWEN 433 Web Information Systems Engineering

Here is your chance to align your skills to the latest trends in the industry, while keeping your options open for further study.

Master of Software Development

If you have a Bachelor’s degree in a stream that is not related to computer science, this is the path to your new career. The Master of Software Development (MSwDev) is a one-year 180-point course-based degree designed to help students from a range of backgrounds explore career pathways in the thriving ICT industry.

The programme helps students to pick up skills in programming and software development, which they can apply in real-world projects. With a strong, industry-focused qualification, here’s your chance to gain an edge in one of New Zealand's fastest-growing industries.

Email lauren.locke@wellingtonict.ac.nz for more details.

Master of Engineering

If you hold an undergraduate degree in applied physics, materials science or engineering and are keen on develop practical engineering skills for a career in the high-value manufacturing industries, here’s an opportunity to learn industrial engineering skills in a world-class R&D environment.

Robinson Research Institute’s one-year Master of Engineering (MEng) degree will help you develop a range of key industry-ready engineering skills, while pursuing your own individually-tailored research project. Each project is set within our world-class research programmes on superconducting magnet engineering, electromagnetic sensing and high-temperature materials processing.

For more information email rri-postgrad@vuw.ac.nz.

Master's and doctoral degree scholarships

If you have recently completed an undergraduate or Master’s qualification, but aren’t looking at employment owing to the current circumstances, here’s a chance for you to explore whether further research and academia are for you. Explore scholarships offered by Computational Media Innovation Centre (CMIC) and Robinson Research Centre for Master’s and Doctoral degrees that start in Trimester 2.

Master’s degree scholarships

If you have an undergraduate degree equivalent to Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and are interested in exploring the one-year Master’s by thesis degree at CMIC, you may be eligible to apply for the CMIC–MBIE scholarship or the CMIC–TEC scholarship.

The CMIC–MBIE Master scholarship is for students interested in augmented and mixed reality (AR/MR) research relating to cinematic real-time rendering and/or machine learning for smart media processing. An emerging exciting area, this field has practical applications across various area across various areas including interactive cinematic experiences, teleconferencing, games, architecture, interior design and more. Students will survey the state of the art, design and develop solutions for research problems, and evaluate the results.

The CMIC–TEC Master scholarship provides an opportunity for students to contribute to CMIC’s research and entrepreneurship programme to develop future media services and platforms. Students who are interested in researching the broader space of Immersive and Interactive Technologies, including XR (Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality, telepresence, remote collaboration), Computational Media Solutions (Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, video/image processing) and User Experience and Interfaces (HCI, 3D User interface) will be eligible for the scholarship. Students will also have opportunity to engage with future commercialisation and entrepreneurship to digital media industry including but not limited to games, films, animation and XR.

The CMIC–MBIE Master scholarship and the CMIC–TEC scholarship each include a stipend of $15,000, and domestic tuition fees (for a year).

For more details, email cmic@vuw.ac.nz.

Doctoral degree scholarships

CMIC

PhD scholarships are available for students to undertake doctoral study at CMIC. The scholarship ideally suits candidates with a background in Computer Graphics, VR/AR, Machine Learning, AI, User Experience and Human Computer Interaction.

The candidates should have (and will develop further in this project) strong professional and communication skills in order to work together with remote partners in a multi-national and multi-disciplinary research team. Applications will be considered as they are received and the tenure of the scholarship will be for a period of three years. The scholarship will include a stipend of $23,500 (per annum), and domestic tuition fees domestic for three years.

To check your eligibility, email cmic@vuw.ac.nz with the following information:

  • your CV with two referees
  • your academic Transcripts
  • your area of interest and short research abstract.

Robinson Research Institute

Robinson Research Institute is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship available for research into optical fibre sensing applied to quench protection in high magnetic field tokamak fusion magnets.

This PhD project is part of a research programme in collaboration with MIT and a fusion energy company in the USA. Applicants should have an engineering or science degree equivalent to the 4-year Honours degree in New Zealand, with 1st class or 2nd class (1st division) Honours, or an MSc/MEng or equivalent with high grades, and a good understanding of applied physics and engineering. The research will include undertaking modelling, design, engineering and integration of optical cryogenic thermal sensing into high magnetic field magnets.

  • scholarship level: doctoral
  • closing date: applications will be considered as they are received
  • tenure: three years
  • value: a stipend of $30,000 per annum, as well as payment of all university tuition fees.

To check your eligibility, email rri-postgrad@vuw.ac.nz with the following information:

  • your CV
  • academic record and names and contact details of two referees with the email subject line ‘PhD Scholarship Optical fibre sensing for the protection of fusion tokamak magnets’


All doctoral candidates should be proficient in written and spoken English. Further, they are expected to be proactive in collaborating with other PhD students, colleagues and supervisors from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. A genuine interest in conducting research, familiarity with design thinking, experience with writing and publishing scientific research and experience in collaborative research projects will weigh positively.

Industry and research internships

Alternatively, if you’re interested in exploring some practical industry experience in the fields of Immersive Reality or Computational Media, CMIC’s industry internships may be of particular interest.

Research excellence and entrepreneurship are the pillars of CMIC’s vision to create links between academia and industry, advancing digital products on the global market through high quality NZ research. An internship is a great opportunity to gain high quality research experience and to make industry connections along the way. CMIC is excited to provide a range of internships, either with our researchers and partners here in Wellington or with our overseas industry partners. At the moment, there are several projects under incubation stage in the broader space of Immersive Reality (XR) and Computational Media (e.g. telepresence and tele-collaboration, animation and visual effects, 3D user interfaces and interaction). The internship period can vary depending on the company and the type of research project, though most usually will last several months.

To check your eligibility and discuss available opportunities, email cmic@vuw.ac.nz with the following information:

  • your CV
  • your academic transcript
  • evidence of your research abilities.