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NQF Level 10, Credits 360

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

Course Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering was conceptualised against the back-drop of the above imperatives and aims at producing scientific researchers in various sub-fields of learning related to engineering. This PhD will be offered in all Departments in the Faculty of Engineering where the necessary capacity exists, or can be sourced.

Students will develop a thorough understanding of relevant methodological approaches, and develop competence in the application of qualitative, design, mixed-mode and quantitative research methods through participation in research projects under supervision of experienced staff members. The precise focus of the research will be determined through dialogue between the candidate and supervising staff, and will fall within the scope of the approved research clusters of the Faculty of Engineering.

The research output of students, in the form of a thesis, must be an original and substantive contribution to the existing body of knowledge in the relevant engineering sub-field of learning/area of specialisation.

Exit Programme Outcomes
Upon completing the PhD in Engineering, students will be able to:          

  • produce and present a comprehensive research proposal and concomitant research plan;
  • plan and conduct independent research to internationally recognised standards by implementing a chosen research method, collecting, analysing, interpreting and evaluating quantitative and/or qualitative data demonstrating a high level of research competence;
  • demonstrate highly specialised, authoritative knowledge in the sub-field of learning/area of specialisation, and the ability to apply that knowledge in solving real-world engineering problems;  
  • produce a thesis that represents an original contribution to the body of knowledge in the sub-field of learning/area of specialisation;
  • present research work in a professional and effective way, catering for a wide range of specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • provide leadership in the area of research and scientific writing.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants who hold qualifications from recognised institutions at NQF Level 9, or equivalent, in relevant sub-fields of Engineering may be considered for admission to this programme. Applicants need to provide evidence of having conducted supervised research at master degree level, and may be required to make up specific deficiencies. In addition, applicants may be required to attend a pre-selection interview. The final selection and admission of candidates will be approved by the Postgraduate Studies Committee. Applicants from other institutions must submit detailed information on all courses in their previous qualifications, as well as contact details of three referees. The latter also applies to applicants who have been working in the field subsequent to obtaining their previous qualifications. Exceptions may be approved by the Postgraduate Studies Committee, and all admissions are at the discretion of the Postgraduate Studies Committee. Registration prior to the approval of a research proposal is provisional and will be made official only when the proposal is approved by the Postgraduate Studies Committee. These procedures will be fully explained to each prospective student during his or her personal interview.

Career Opportunities

University Academics, Researcher, Consultant, Senior Manager in public or private sector.

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