The Faculty offers a wide range of programmes and specialisations at postgraduate level, providing exciting opportunities for further study and research. Programmes at Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Masters and PhD are organised primarily within the departments, but the processing of applications for admission into the programmes are administered by the Faculty Office. Rules and guidelines for the degrees may be found in the Faculty Handbook.
Policies and guidelines for the degrees are developed by the Faculty's Postgraduate Planning and Administration Committee for approval by the Faculty Board and, where appropriate, by Senate. The Committee is chaired by a Deputy Dean.
Example of postgraduate programmes offered in the faculty
To address the growing need for skilled engineers and scientists in the challenging fields of Radar and Electronic Defence, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in conjunction with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), have established a Masters Degree in Engineering (MEng) with specialisation in Radar and Electronic Defence.
For more information contact Professor Daniel O'Hagan
MEng Telecommunications offered through the Department of Electrical Engineering. The programme aims to provide knowledge, skills and aptitudes for engineers to adapt to the rapidly changing technological landscape. It is a must for the serious graduate interested in a telecommunications career. It is perfect for the working engineer who wants to get ahead - it is based on block release (one week per course). For more information contact the programme convenor - Associate Professor Mqhele Dlodlo
The Master’s in Space Studies is offered in the Department of Electrical Engineering and provides an interdisciplinary postgraduate qualification in the key aspects of space science and technology and space applications for societal benefit. The programme provides a balance of the scientific, engineering and applications aspects of space technology, as well as the policy, financial, commercial and regulatory aspects. The degree comprises coursework and a dissertation. The programme is designed to accommodate students who cannot be resident in Cape Town for the full duration of the degree.
Email Space Lab
BSc (Honours) specialising in Nuclear Power - The programme is designed to accommodate students who cannot be resident in Cape Town for the full duration of the degree. The courses will be offered in intensive one-week or two-week blocks, with pre-contact reading and post-contact assignments and various distance learning activities. Students will be required to be in Cape Town for the intensive course periods.
For more information email Professor Gaunt
MPhil specialising in Nuclear Power The programme is designed to accommodate students who cannot be resident in Cape Town for the full duration of the degree. The courses will be offered in intensive one-week or two-week blocks, with pre-contact reading and post-contact assignments and various distance learning activities. Students will be required to be in Cape Town for the intensive course periods.
For more information email Professor Gaunt
MPhil specialising in sustainable mineral resource development - a new trans-disciplinary and inter-institutional degree, offered through the Minerals to Metals Research Initiative within the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT.
Civil Engineering Postgraduate courses for 2017
MEng and MScEng in Civil Infrastructure Management and Maintenance offered in the Department of Civil Engineering.The primary aim of the MEng and MScEng specialising in Civil Infrastructure Management & Maintenance is to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to engage effectively in structural and materials engineering with respect to maintenance, rehabilitation and management of civil infrastructure. The broad areas of interest are deterioration science, assessment technologies, and renewal engineering.
Email Professor Pilate Moyo for more information.
MSc in Engineering specialising in Geotechnical Engineering - The programme aims to provide advanced conceptual understanding, detailed factual geotechnical knowledge and specialist technical skills appropriate for those who wish to widen their professional scope and work towards a career in the field of geotechnical engineering.
For more information email Dr Kalumba
Details are set out in the Faculty Handbook. The standard minimum requirements for admission are as follows. Selection is based on an applicant's academic record.
A three-year Bachelors degree in an appropriate field.
Postgraduate diplomas and Masters degrees
An appropriate four-year Bachelors degree or Honours equivalent is required; but applicants who are holders of three-year qualifications plus a minimum of 5 years relevant senior working experience (post Bachelors qualification) may be considered for admission.
Masters Degrees in City & Regional Planning, City Planning & Urban Design, and the Landscape Architecture: for these structured two-year Masters degrees in the School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics an appropriate three-year Bachelor's qualification.
At doctoral degree level three qualifications are offered:
The PhD: this is a University-wide research degree. The standard entrance requirement is a Masters degree
The DArch and the DSc(Eng): these are rarely awarded senior doctorates, for example for published work which has established the author as a world authority. Detailed information on the doctoral degrees is obtainable from the Faculty Office.
For PhD proposal guidelines please see here.