Systems Engineering

The MSc in Systems Engineering (MSc(Eng)) is a 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time degree.


The MSc in Systems Engineering degree is a NQF level 9 qualification that can be completed by Research Dissertation or by Course Work and Research Report (50/50).

In the Research Dissertation option, the candidate prepares a dissertation that constitutes both an application of the methods of research and a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the subject chosen.

In the 50/50 option, candidates complete 6 elective courses, the Research Methods course and a Research Report. Download the elective curricula and timetable to see what is on offer.

In both cases, a supervisor from the School must be identified and approached prior to application. Click here to view the School’s academic staff and their research interests or here to view ongoing research projects.

Contact the Postgraduate Administrator for more information.

Entry Requirements

For the Research Dissertation and 50/50 option:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering 4th year or equivalent cognate qualification (NQF 8) average >= 65 % may be admitted to Master of Science
  • The 65 % may be reviewed if the applicant has relevant working experience those described in the Differently Qualified Applicant tables.
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Engineering or the Built Environment must be identified and approached prior to 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.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

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.