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Frequently Asked Questions - Electrical Engineering

  • What emphasis is put on physical design in the Mechatronics course?

    In the Mechatronics programme there is a larger focus on electronic design and integration of these electronic devices to control physical mechanisms.

  • What are the entrance requirements to study electrical engineering at UCT?

    To be confident to be accepted you need FPS 500 plus 80% for mathematics and 70% for physical science. You can find the admission requirements on our web page

  • How would you say AP math contributes towards studying first-year electrical engineering?

    AP Math introduces you to more advanced topics early on that are covered in your first year of engineering. Having this knowledge beforehand would be beneficial in kickstarting your studies at university level.

  • Why is having an A in Maths a requirement?

    Mathematics forms a foundation of all engineering and is crucial that students are competent in it.

  • To specialise in robotics do we need mechatronics or mechanical engineering?

    The Electrical Engineering Mechatronics programme is closer to the field of robotics than mechanical engineering. You will learn more concepts about important aspects of modern robotics such as advanced embedded systems, signal processing, computer vision etc.

  • What majors would you advise us to choose?

    This depends on your interests. If you are interested in developing power systems and renewable energy then the Electrical Engineering (EE) stream is for you, if you have a stronger interest in programming, IoT, telecommunications, radar systems then Electrical and Computer (EC) is better suited, Mechatronics (ME) is for those with an interest in robotics and cyber-physical systems

  • Is it possible to get into biomedical engineering if you do electrical engineering as an undergraduate degree?

    Yes - the requirements for a master's in biomedical engineering is any four-year engineering degree.

  • Is computer engineering also offered in the university or is part of electrical engineering?

    Yes, there is an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree. Apart from receiving a thorough grounding in both electrical engineering and computing, the Electrical and Computer Engineering student at UCT gains a foundation of understanding in physical science, advanced engineering mathematics, microcomputer technology and systematic engineering design.

  • I am interested in AI and robotics, is the mechatronics degree suitable for that?

    Yes, it is absolutely suitable. Electrical and computer engineering is also important for greater focus on programming

  • By when will the application acceptance for mechatronic engineering be confirmed?

     Due to the volume of applications, there is no specific time, however, we do review as speedily as we are able to.  It also depends on the type of applicant, for example, a student writing final schooling this year...we are only able to provide a final offer once those results are received.

  • Are there bursaries available for people who don't qualify for NSFAS?

    Many companies offer bursaries. Visit our funding page

  • What job opportunities are there in terms of mechatronics?

    Mechatronics students come out of our degree with a diverse set of skills that are valuable in industries such as renewable energy system design, agricultural technology (e.g. drones that can survey farmland), research, software development.

  • How long can I study for an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree?

    A BSc (Eng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering is a four-year degree. 

  • Is Electrical and Computer Engineering internationally accredited?

    Yes - all three degrees offered in the Department of Electrical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). This means they are recognised as meeting the educational requirements for registration as a Professional Engineer in South Africa. International recognition of these programmes is provided through the Washington Accord, which was signed in 1999. 

  • Can we apply for a job as a software engineer with a computer engineering degree? 

    Yes, we have numerous graduates who work in software development.

 

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