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Requirements for BEng (Hons) Degrees

Candidates registering for an BEng(Hons) degree should take note of the General Regulations and Rules as explained in the Yearbook of the University of Pretoria. A summary of these regulations as well as additional departmental regulations are given below:

  • The degree is conferred only after at least one year has expired after obtaining an applicable BEng degree.
  • Students must pass postgraduate modules totalling 128 units. The majority of postgraduate modules offered by the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering are worth 32 units
  • Students must take at least 75% of the total module units from the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. The remaining units may be taken from other departments, subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Committee.
  • A student must attain at least 50% for each module and may repeat each module only once. The final mark will consist of the average of a semester mark and an examination mark. A student must attain a sub-minimum of 40% in the examination in order to pass a module. No supplementary examinations are allowed.
  • Candidates must complete the degree within one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).
  • Students who have completed postgraduate modules at other universities, may apply for recognition of these modules for their BEng(Hons) degree. Applications will be considered on merit by the Postgraduate Committee.
  • Students must take note of the depth and scope of the postgraduate modules. Each module credit / unit is equivalent to 10 hours of effective time. Most modules of 32 units will consist of 32 hours (2 x 16) of contact time and the student must allow for an additional 218 hours (average) of self-study.
  • A student passes with distinction if he/she has attained an average of 75% for all his/her modules.
  • Honours students who intend to continue with their MEng degree are encouraged to take the “Introduction to Research” module (32 units) – during this module they will be guided in preparing a research proposal for their intended MEng degree.

Requirements for MEng Degrees

Candidates who register for a MEng degree should take note of the General Regulations and Rules as explained in the Yearbook of the University of Pretoria. A summary of these regulations and additional departmental regulations are given below:

  • The degree is conferred only after at least one year has expired after obtaining an applicable BEng(Hons) degree.
  • The degree is conferred on the basis of a 128 unit dissertation.
  • Candidates must complete the degree within two years.
  • The 128 unit dissertation carries the same weight as 4 postgraduate modules and approximately 1000 hours should be spent on research and preparation of the final manuscript.
  • A Masters student passes with distinction if he/she attains at least 75% for the dissertation.
  • A Masters student must submit at least one article for publication to a recognised journal before the degree can be conferred. The article must be based on the research of the dissertation. A copy of the article, as well as a copy of a letter from the editor acknowledging receipt of the paper, must accompany the final submission of the dissertation.

Requirements for PhD Degrees

Candidates who register for a PhD degree must take note of the General Regulations and Rules as explained in the Yearbook of the University of Pretoria. A summary of these regulations as well as additional departmental regulations are given below:

  • The degree is conferred only after at least one year has expired after obtaining an applicable MEng degree.
  • The degree is conferred on the basis of a thesis.
  • Candidates must complete the degree within three years.
  • PhD degrees are not conferred with distinction.
  • PhD students must submit a letter of acceptance for publication or a published article on the work done during the PhD period, from an accredited journal; and another draft article must be submitted for publication and the “acknowledgement of receipt” letter from an accredited journal must accompany the final submission of the thesis. The articles must be based on the research undertaken for the thesis.

Requirements for upgrade of MEng to PhD

In the case where a Masters student demonstrates exceptional progress with his or her study, an application can be made to the postgraduate committee to consider supporting an upgrade of the MEng study to a PhD study to the Faculty Council. Exceptional progress is defined as having two full research journal articles (on the research topic pursued in the MEng study) accepted for publication in an ISI accredited international journal within two years of registering for the MEng degree. No exceptions will be considered. The application must contain the following documents:

  • Cover letter by study leader to explain why the study should be considered for upgrade.
  • Journal articles with letters of acceptance from the relevant ISI accredited international journals.
  • Summary of the work that has been completed in the study with specific emphasis on the contribution of the work, authored by the student.

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