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NQF Level: 9 NQF Credits: 240

Master of Industrial Engineering

Course Overview

The Master of Industrial Engineering is designed to have 240 credits at NQF Level 9. The programme is designed to produce graduates who can evaluate processes in complex systems (organisations) by competitive variables using the tools and techniques of Industrial Engineering, Business and Economics so as to design new or improved processes. They will demonstrate capacity for self-directed study, working independently to assemble knowledge in the forefront of fields in Industrial Engineering and research them, using the scientific method, in an industrial situation. The programme targets engineers working across the whole spectrum of industry. The programme will be a combination of coursework and a thesis.

Graduates of this programme will be able to find employment in industry (e.g. mining, manufacturing, service, transpor, and construction) in positions such as Operations Managers/Consultants/Researchers, Project Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Productivity Analysts, etc. and be in a position to start or expand their own businesses.

Exit Programme Outcomes (Qualification Outcomes)
Upon completing the Master of Industrial Engineering, students will be able to:
• evaluate processes in complex systems (comprising labour, material and capital) by competitive variables (including productivity, quality, reliability, speed, flexibility, cost and profit) using the tools and techniques of Industrial Engineering;
• design new or improved processes for complex systems by one or more of the competitive variables; i.e. they will creatively solve complex problems in the field of Industrial Engineering to improve organisational performance;
• evaluate information (literature) critically in new and emerging fields impacting the development, improvement and/or operation of processes in complex systems;
• design models to fit particular industries by evaluating information and appraising the degree to which the models fit the industry;
• work in goal-oriented self-directed ways;
• plan and carry out a substantial piece of original research.

Admissions Requirements

The Master of Industrial Engineering seeks to recruit suitably qualified candidates who are capable of benefitting from, contributing to, and successfully completing the programme. In order to be considered for admission to this programme, applicants must: • Hold a Bachelor of Engineering degree, or a four-year Bachelor degree in a discipline that includes professional studies of the underlying subject matter in engineering with a component of supervised research, or an equivalent qualification at NQF level 8 from a recognised institution. • Demonstrate proficiency in English communication at post graduate level, as demonstrated by the fact that the undergraduate degree was done in the medium of English. If the undergraduate degree was not obtained in the medium of English, then the applicant will be required to show proficiency in the medium of English through achieving at least band 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent test. • Be employed or self-employed for the duration of the programme. An evaluation of the applicant’s academic record and a letter of motivation providing reasons for wishing to enrol for the Master of Industrial Engineering will be used for initial short listing purposes. All candidates on the final shortlist will be invited to a selection panel interview. As places are limited, all short listed candidates will be interviewed to: • clarify expectations to students, e.g. regarding work place research (e.g. enrolling in the programme assumes that they are employed and likely to remain so for the duration of the programme); and • to measure performance in potentially weak areas. A student presenting with a BEng is likely to be asked questions testing their communication skills, whereas a person presenting with a degree in a related cognate area is likely to be asked about their mathematical, statistical and design skills. This preliminary process is necessary to provide admitted students with the best potential of success.

Career Opportunities

Operations Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, Productivity Analysts, Supply Chain Managers, Project Managers etc

Some of the Subjects You Will Study

Year 1
Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Prerequisites NQF Level NQF Credits
IEM910S Industrial Engineering Methods None 9 20
WSC910S Work Science None 9 20
AEE910S Applied Economics for Engineers None 9 20
Semester 2
QRE920S Quality and Reliability None 9 20
BAN920S Business Analysis None 9 20
RTM920S Research Techniques & Methodology Pass at least 2 courses 9 20
Year 2
(Semester 3 & 4)
IET911S Industrial Engineering Thesis Research Techniques and Methodology 9 120
IET912S Industrial Engineering Thesis Research Techniques and Methodology    
IET913X Industrial Engineering Thesis Extension Research Techniques and Methodology    

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