Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering covers a broad range of activities involving the generation and use of electrical energy, including the planning and operation of large stations, computing and information transfer and telecommunication systems.


Design, operate and manage communications, IT, electric power and automation technology.

An Information Engineering option is also offered within the programme.

In the first two years, all Electrical Engineering students focus on enhancing their capabilities in mathematics, physics and chemistry. In the third year, you will study Electrical Engineering Science subjects and take more advanced courses in mathematics, such as Electronics, Power Engineering, Electro-magnetic Engineering and Mathematical Methods.

In the third year, you will study five complementary courses, including Engineering Design, Engineering Laboratory and Systems Management. You will also choose three elective courses to specialise in either Electrical or Information Engineering. Engineering Design and Engineering Laboratory are project-based subjects in which you are required to submit a report for examination.

Career Opportunities

  • Antennas Engineering
  • Computer Engineer
  • Control and Automation Engineer
  • High Voltage Engineer
  • Machines and Drives Engineer
  • Power Engineer
  • Power Systems Manager
  • Telecommunications Engineer 


  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Engineering Profession
  • Engineering Analysis And Design IA AND
  • IB Engineering Mathematics IA AND
  • IB Engineering Physics IA AND
  • IB Applied Physics I

AND, one of the following courses:

  • Elementary IsiZulu Language and Culture IA
  • Elementary Sesotho Language and Culture IA
  • The International Relations of South Africa and Africa
  • Introduction to Political Studies
  • Southern Africa in the Era of Globalisation
  • Identity and Society
  • Introduction to Ethics I
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality
  • Global Encounters and Contemporary Realities IA 
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Electrical and Magnetic Systems
  • Software Development I
  • Signals and Systems I
  • Microprocessors
  • Electronics I
  • Electric Circuits
  • Mathematics II
  • Physics II (Electrical)
  • Vacation Work I (Electrical) 

At the beginning of the third year, students can choose to continue with Electrical Engineering or register for Information Engineering.

  • Electromagnetic Engineering
  • Electronics II
  • Power Engineering
  • Probablistic Systems Analysis
  • Software Development II
  • Signals and Systems IIA AND IIB
  • Control I
  • Electrical Engineering Design
  • Economics of Design
  • Mathematical Methods 
  • Electrical Engineering Design II
  • Electrical Engineering Laboratory
  • Measurement Systems
  • Selected Topics in Sociology
  • Systems Management and Integration

AND, any three courses from the following:

  • High Frequency Techniques
  • High Voltage Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Development III
  • Electromechanical Conversion
  • Control II
  • Power Systems
  • Data Intensive Computing in Data Science 

Entry Requirements

A common first-year programme was introduced from 2019 across all professional engineering disciplines.

The academic curriculum is regularly modernised in order to ensure that it meets the highest professional and academic standards and that it simultaneously remains locally relevant and applicable.

Many engineering students entering the engineering programmes have limited knowledge of the different branches of engineering and only gain the knowledge to make an informed choice of the programme during their first year.

A first-year curriculum that is identical for all programmes allows students to amend their choice at the end of the first year.

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5

Level 5

Physical Sciences
Level 5


Applicants with English, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Level 5 will be wait-listed, subject to place availability. Generally, applicants who achieve Level 6 in English, Mathematics and Physical Sciences stand a greater chance of being accepted.

University Application Process

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process. 
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website 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. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.