Master of Engineering (Professional)

The Master of Engineering (Professional) is offered in the branch of Civil Engineering. The coursework and/or research will fall under one of the following sub-disciplines: Environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, water, and project & construction management.


Programme name: MEng (Professional)

Credit distribution: Seven 20-credits courses and a 45-credits Research/Industrial project.

The bulk of the credits for the MEng (Professional) programme come from the seven 20-credit courses. Provided that you meet the pre-requisites, you can take any of the PG courses that the School offers. The only limitation is that at least two of the seven courses should be in the same sub-discipline (e.g. geotechnical engineering).

The coursework and/or research will fall under one of the following sub-disciplines: Environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, water, and project & construction management.

Courses offered by the  School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Engineering typically run every second year. View the PG Timetable 2024. Please note that if a course is listed in the Rules and Syllabuses Book of the FEBE, but has not been offered by our School during the last two years, then it is likely that such course is currently inactive.

In some cases, the School can also grant credit for engineering-related NQF level 9 postgraduate courses taken outside of the School. Specifically, up to three of the seven 20-credit courses can be engineering-related. These engineering-related courses may be taken within Wits or at other South African universities. The engineering-related courses cannot be part of any other degree that the student is seeking or has been awarded.

The 45-credits research/industrial project runs every year. Students can choose from three or four different projects proposed by the School and which focus on different sub-disciplines of civil engineering: Water, Transportation, Structures, Project Management, Materials, Geotechnical, or Environmental Engineering. However, to promote an even distribution of students across all sub-disciplines, not all students may be allocated to their preferred project. The project coordinator or supervisor will be appointed by the School. Accordingly, applicants to the MEng (Professional) programme are not required to secure a supervisor prior to applying.

Entry Requirements

  • 4-year bachelor's degree in any branch of engineering or an engineering-related field (e.g. geology, project management, architecture, etc.).

Applicants with a BTech qualification or a 4-year degree in a non-engineering field can be considered for admission provided that they have more than three years of engineering-related working experience obtained after the date of qualification.  Such applicants are required to fill a differently qualified form Form for Differently Qualified Applicants (DQA) to indicate their qualification and document their experience. Be sure that you fill in and submit a "differently qualified form" when completing your registration.

Note: Applicants holding foreign qualifications must subject their highest qualification to an evaluation by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The outcome of the evaluation must be submitted as part of the application.


University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

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University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.