Why choose AUT

AUT is New Zealand’s newest university with more than 25,000 students, domestic and international. Our high quality teaching staff, research rich environment, innovative facilities, learning support and contemporary programmes enable us to produce skilled and sought-after graduates.

What can I study
How do I apply
What can I study
How do I apply

AUT offers you a new approach to postgraduate study – one that is innovative, supportive, and collaborative to help you challenge traditional thinking, as well as yourself.

We offer you a wide range of postgraduate coursework and research study options to meet your goals, whether you want to:

  • Develop specialist skills to further advance your career
  • Gain the essential knowledge to start a new career pathway; or
  • Advance an area of knowledge with our research master’s and doctoral degrees.

So why do so many postgraduate students choose AUT?

International recognition

AUT is ranked among the top 500 universities in the world with our courses internationally recognised and accredited with top associations such as AACSB and Engineering New Zealand. Our professors and researchers work with businesses, governments, organisations and communities to influence change and insight across New Zealand and the world.

Locations and flexibility

A number of our postgraduate programmes offer flexible learning options that make study and work options feasible, such as online, block courses and after hours study times. You have access to a range of facilities and services at AUT through campuses spread across Auckland: from Auckland City and Manukau to the North Shore and the AUT Millennium Institute in Albany.

Collaboration and interdisciplinary education and research

Unlike some traditional universities, our schools and faculties work together in a collaborative teaching and research environment. This sharing of ideas, resources and skills not only fosters better results, but also provides plenty of opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams and apply your skills or research across a diverse range of areas.


AUT is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary universities. Our graduates are recognised by employers as being innovative, enthusiastic and ready to contribute to the success of the organisation, this is evident with our MBA and PhD students having 100% employment after graduating*. This reputation has resulted in us having some of the largest programmes in New Zealand like our successful MBA programme.

Support and community

AUT’s student support services, which are among the best in the country, assists all students finances, scholarships, career decisions, cultural connections, health and wellbeing. As a student, you also have access to our libraries, postgraduate rooms, specialist equipment, as well as academic and research staff who are genuinely passionate to help you succeed. 

Industry influenced

Our courses are created and constantly improved with a strong collaboration with top industry groups and professionals. As a result our courses are relevant, practical and adaptive to the changing world.

Strong research degrees

AUT University has a strong research degree programme, offering you a wide range of master’s and doctoral programmes, including PhD, Doctor of Health Science and the Doctor of Education.  We also support students with scholarships like our VC doctoral scholarship programme.

* 2011 AUT Graduate Survey 

Last updated: 20-Feb-2018 2.06pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.