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.
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
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
Graduates of the PhD programme will be able to work as university academics and researchers, consultants, senior managers in both the public and private sectors, or take up applied and interdisciplinary research positions in governmental and / or non-governmental organisations where there is increasing demand for professionals with advanced academic and technical skills.