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The University of Auckland. An introduction By Ulrich Speidel, Department of Computer Science. Quick facts about the University. Largest and highest-ranking NZ university Around 33,000 equivalent full-time students Around 25% postgraduate students

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The university of auckland

The University of Auckland

An introduction

By Ulrich Speidel, Department of Computer Science

Quick facts about the university
Quick facts about the University

  • Largest and highest-ranking NZ university

  • Around 33,000 equivalent full-time students

  • Around 25% postgraduate students

  • 4000 international students from 93 countries

  • Around 4800 full-time equivalent staff positions, with over 2000 academic staff

  • Four operational campuses in Auckland (City, Tamaki, Grafton, Epsom)

  • Some departments are split across campuses (e.g., Computer Science)

Quick facts about the university1
Quick facts about the University

  • 8 faculties plus two large-scale research institutes

  • Faculty of Science (incl. Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, School of Biological Sciences and School of Environment …)

  • Faculty of Engineering (incl. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering…)

  • Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI)

Study options
Study options


  • BSc

  • BE

  • BCom

  • BTech

  • Graduate Diploma

  • Conjoint degrees are also possible


  • Postgraduate Diploma

  • BSc (Hons)

  • MSc/ME/MCom

  • PhD

Living in auckland
Living in Auckland

  • Consistently scores in top 10 cities worldwide to live in

  • Moderate to subtropical climate: Summer temperatures seldom over 30C, winter daytime seldom under 5C. No snow in winter.

  • Lots of sunshine (but hard to predict when!)

  • Plenty of nature / leisure options with dozens of bays, beaches and islands and two harbours on two oceans, native forests

  • No earthquakes but a large number of volcanic cones (none active)

  • Cosmopolitan city with many Asian and Polynesian people, as well as Europeans and of course our indigenous Maori people

  • Public transport system is improving, many students have cars

  • International students can work during holidays (and in most cases part-time during semester), and can stay in NZ after graduating if they can find a job

  • Excellent pastoral care support for students

Phd s at auckland
PhD's at Auckland

  • Typical duration 3-4 years

  • Entirely research based – usually no coursework

  • Fundamental review of candidates after first year (seminar with question time), then annually on the basis of progress

  • Good news: International students have domestic fees status for PhD study. Approx. US$5,500 per year.

  • Scholarships exist but are rare

  • Living cost in Auckland for a single student: ~US$25,000 per year.

Computer science at auckland
Computer Science at Auckland

  • Ranked 38th best CS department worldwide

  • Based at City and Tamaki campuses

  • Theory (including Information Theory)

  • Systems (including Data Communication, Software Applications)

  • Computer Graphics (incl. Games) and Computer Vision

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Software Engineering (incl. HCI and Databases)

Electrical and computer engineering at auckland
Electrical and Computer Engineering at Auckland

  • Based at City campus

  • Power systems (incl. inductive power transfer)

  • Wireless communication

  • Automation (incl. vision and robotics)

  • Operations Research

Want to know more
Want to know more?