Electrical Engineering

The Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering offers entry into the Masters programmes of the School of Electrical and Information Engineering and is primarily intended for those who do not already have a four year BSc in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent).


Our applicants are typically those with a Bachelor of Technology (B-TECH) or a Bachelor of Science in an Engineering related discipline.

It may also include those who might not meet the formal entry requirements but have many years of industrial experience (Differently Qualified). Depending on the applicant’s previous qualifications, applicants may be required to undertake an assessment as part of the application process to determine their foundational knowledge.


The Postgraduate Diploma is offered at the same level as the fourth year of the BSc in Electrical Engineering, and many of the courses are run together with these fourth year courses.

  • NQF Level of the qualification: 8
  • Total number of credits for qualification: 120 Credits
  • Number of courses required: six 20 Credit courses at NQF level 8

It is possible to select two of the courses from other Schools (eg School of Mechanical Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering) if that School agrees and it works in the timetable.

The Diploma can be completed in one year full-time or two years part-time. For part-time study normally three courses are selected, but no more than five.

For this Diploma, no more than three courses may be repeated (no more than 60 credits can be obtained from repeating courses - this means you may not fail more than three 20 credit courses). 

Please also note that 50% of the curriculum must be taken from the School you are registered with.

Curriculum planner

Course code






Power Systems
Transmission System Engineering
Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Distribution System Engineering
Renewable Energy
Students can choose 3 elective to complete their curriculum

Entry Requirements

The rules and procedures for the admission to the PGDIP are defined by the University.

Applicants will be required to meet specific requirements including an interview process and passing a technical skills test (Differently Qualified candidates and PGDIP SOFTWARE candidates).

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 www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

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.