Electrical Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering may be completed over a minimum period of 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.


At the close of the period for research and after consultation with the appointed supervisor, a candidate will be expected to submit, with the supervisor’s approval, a thesis for examination. The thesis must constitute a substantial contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the subject chosen and must be satisfactory as regards literary style and presentation.


  • NQF Level of the qualification: 10
  • Total number of credits for qualification: 360 Credits

Entry Requirements

  • Master of Science in Engineering or equivalent cognate qualification (NQF 9)

Applicants are required to secure a supervisor to supervise the Dissertation before an application is made.

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

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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.