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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?