Degree Programmes

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Electrical Engineering focuses on the generation, distribution, conversion and the efficient utilisation of electrical energy. These elements not only apply to an electrical grid but also on an industrial, commercial, residential and micro scale. Applications of Electrical engineering also extend to coal-fired, hydro and nuclear power stations; power line communications and building and railway wiring. There is now also an intense focus on demand side management and energy efficiency to ensure effective and efficient use of our valuable energy resources both renewable and non-renewable.

The following topics are the most prevalent ones covered in the Electrical Engineering degree:

  • Linear signals and systems
  • Digital systems and microprocessors
  • Power system components and analysis
  • Energy systems and optimisation
  • High voltage protection
  • Electrical machines
  • Power electronics and electrical drives
  • Control systems and automation

ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

Electronic Engineering is a very broad field and deals with all applications of electronics. In the Electronic Engineering degree, you will have the opportunity to learn about microelectronics, signal processing, power electronics, bioengineering, control systems, optics and electromagnetism. Electronic engineering can be applied to telecommunications (television, radio, cellular communications, optical communication and more), industry (control systems and power electronics), military, transport and bioengineering.

The following topics are the most prevalent ones covered in the Electronic Engineering degree:

  • Circuit theory
  • Linear signals and systems
  • Microprocessors
  • Communication systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • DSP programming
  • Advanced electronics
  • Control systems

COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Computer Engineering has its focus in both hardware and software. On the hardware side, you will be exposed to robotics, digital signal processors (DSPs), optical networks and communication systems. On the software side (which is often combined with hardware), you will be exposed to such aspects as artificial intelligence, e-commerce systems, operating system design, embedded systems and network security. Computer engineers tend to specialise in combining hardware and software to produce optimal solutions to problems. People often wonder what the difference is between the Computer Science and Computer Engineering degree. Computer Engineering focuses on the combination of hardware with software to provide optimal solutions to real-world problems.

The following topics are the most prevalent ones covered in the Computer Engineering degree:

  • Circuit theory
  • Linear signals and systems
  • Microprocessors
  • Computer networks
  • Computer architecture and systems
  • Software engineering
  • Intelligent systems
  • Network security
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