The Department offers a comprehensive and exciting postgraduate programme comprising course work leading to honours degrees, master's degrees based on research and research-based PhD degrees.

The following options are available for students with different educational backgrounds:

  • Engineering students may register for the BEng(Hons), MEng and PhD degrees.
  • Candidates with a BSc or BTech background may register for the BSc(Hons)(Applied Science Mechanics), and the subsequent MSc (Applied Science Mechanics) and the PhD (Mechanics) degrees.
  • Students may also register for selected modules for non-degree purposes.

For a brief overview of our postgraduate research, please see this brochure.

For more detailed information, download the following postgraduate handbook:


[2021[ 2020 ] [ 2019 ] [ 2018 ] [ 2017 ]

Multi-disciplinary Post Graduate Programme in Physical Asset Management

This post graduate programme consists of a course-based Honours Degree followed by a research dissertation for Masters Degree purposes. The Honours Degree can be completed full-time over a one year period, or on a part-time basis, typically over two-to-three years. Completion of the Masters Degree dissertation normally requires one year full time, or two-to-three years part- time research. The programme is structured to achieve specific objectives. 

BScHons Applied Science Mechanics: Physical Asset Management

Registration process

Registration, module changes & administrative enquiries: e-mail: [email protected]

The postgraduate lifecycle and registration process is described here.

Specific postgraduate forms:
Postgraduate lecture and examination timetable

The postgraduate lecture and exam timetable can be found on the noticeboard page.

Faculty Postgraduate Website

Further information is available from the Faculty Postgraduate Website, such as the postgraduate registration process.

Topics for Masters and PhDs

A selection of currently available research topics within our four major research groups can be found below

  • Centre for Asset Integrity Management  
    • Topics centred on design for reliability, data acquisitioning, condition monitoring, dianaostics and prognostics, life cycle management etc.
  • Vehicle Dynamics Group 
    • Topics centred on vehicle ride stability, ride characterisation, tyre characterisation, vehicle suspension, overall vehicle dynamics etc.
  • Clean Energy Research Group 
    • Topics centred on clean energy systems (e.g. solar collection, solar storage, nuclear), general heat transfer, refrigeration systems etc.
  • Aerospace Group 
    • Topics centres on airframe propulsion, aerodynamics of natural systems etc.

Topics can also be proposed to potential supervisors. In this case, prospective students should consult the staff profiles and staff directory to find a supervisor with a suitable skillset to match the proposed topic and contact the potential supervisor directly. The supervisor will then assist the student to determine if the project is of sufficient complexity for postgraduate study, is practically feasible and is within the supervisor’s research focus.

Postgraduate Funding

Postgraduate funding oppurtunities can be found here.

Supervisors may also have seperate funding available - contact them directly for further information.


Published by Bradley Bock

Copyright © University of Pretoria 2022. All rights reserved.

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

To contact the University during the COVID-19 lockdown, please send an email to [email protected]

Click here for frequently asked questions for first year UP students

FAQ's Email Us Virtual Campus Share Cookie Preferences