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Master of Industrial Engineering
Modes of Study  Full-time/ Part-time
Duration 2 Years
Level Postgraduate
Course Code 09MIEN


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,  transport, 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.


Admission Requirements 

The  Master  of  Industrial  Engineering  seeks  to  recruit  suitably  qualified  candidates  who  are  capable  of  benefiting  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  B.Eng.  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

The Master of Industrial Engineering program prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities in the manufacturing, service, and healthcare industries. Graduates may work as industrial engineers, responsible for the design, development, and implementation of production and operational systems, or as project managers, overseeing large-scale projects from conception to completion. Career opportunities also exist in consulting, supply chain management, operations research, and quality assurance. Industrial engineering is a rapidly-growing field, and master's degree holders are in high demand as organizations seek to improve efficiency, productivity and quality.

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