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Postgraduate studies

If you have already attended short certificate courses, you may decide to register for a postgraduate qualification (MSc(Eng), MEng or GDE).

Mining

The CMMS co-ordinates two specialised Master of Science in Engineering (MSc(Eng)) programmes focusing on critical systems in mechanised mining. Other fields of specialisation in mining are offered directly by the School of Mining Engineering. These three current fields of specialisation through the CMMS are:

  • Mechanised Mining Systems
  • Bulk Solids Handling

Each of these programmes leads to a Masters degree by a combination of coursework (50%) and research report (50%). Depending on the programme and the chosen topic of research, students may register in either the School of Mining Engineering, or the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering. Note that while the CMMS facilitates these programmes, it is not an academic School itself and students must register in the normal way in one of the Schools. Students may enrol on a full-time or part-time basis.

Coursework

For the coursework component, the student must complete six accredited postgraduate courses, selected primarily from those on offer from the abovementioned two Schools, some of which are co-ordinated by the CMMS. Two to four of these courses will be prescribed courses as per the student’s chosen area of specialisation, while the remainder may be selected to broaden or deepen the student’s existing skillset. Available courses include in-depth technical topics as well as engineering management and general management topics. The student will tailor his/her curriculum with the help of the CMMS’s academic staff before registering at the start of (or midway through) the academic year. Several of the courses are organized by the CMMS on behalf of the Schools, as shown in the CMMS brochure for the current year. Note that if you attend accredited courses presented as short courses through the CMMS during the period before you register, they may be credited retrospectively towards the degree if successfully completed, but only for a maximum of two courses.

Research Report

The research component requires the student to undertake a piece of original research in his/her chosen area of specialisation. This research may take many different forms, but industry-based projects, typically in the student’s own company, are encouraged. The topic will be chosen by the student in consultation with an academic supervisor. This is an important step that always requires detailed discussion. The project would be undertaken in parallel with the coursework in the case of an MSc(Eng) registration from the outset, or after the completion of the coursework (after 12-18 months) in the case of an initial registration for a GDE (Graduate Diploma in Engineering), which can thereafter be converted to an MSc(Eng) by carrying out the project.

An alternative is to convert a completed GDE to an MEng registration, which is a Masters degree carried out predominantly by coursework. The MSc(Eng) and MEng degrees differ in their intention but not in their status – the former includes a research component, which is necessary background if the candidate has a later interest in registering for a PhD degree, while the latter provides the opportunity to cover a broader field of subject matter through coursework, which can include management-related courses.

Should you wish to discuss curriculum and research options that will work for you before you apply, contact the CMMS or one of the Schools to set up an appointment with a member of the academic staff.

Admission Requirements

The programmes are targeted at engineers with experience in mining or mining-related industries. The academic requirements for admission are the same as those that apply to any other MSc (Eng) programme, and candidates will therefore typically require a four-year professional undergraduate engineering degree, such as a BSc (Eng)/BEng. However, experienced candidates with different engineering qualifications or non-engineering undergraduate degrees will also be considered. These Differently Qualified Applicants (DQA’s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis with an interview, and their enrolment may be conditional on their undertaking additional coursework. The normal admission criteria are indicated in the following table. Note that unless there are exceptional circumstances, DQA’s are required to successfully complete the two-week ‘Introduction to Mining Engineering Topics’ course that is offered by the School of Mining Engineering, before they can be considered for admission into MSc(Eng) programmes in that School.

Should you wish to discuss curriculum and research options that will work for you before you apply, contact the Centre to set up an appointment with a member of our academic team.

Qualification

NQF Level

Minimum Criteria

M-Tech

8

at least 3 years appropriate professional experience in the relevant field

4 year non-engineering degree

7

at least 3 years appropriate professional experience in the relevant field

B-Tech (includes a T5 qualification from previous Technikons)

7

at least 3 years appropriate professional experience in the relevant field

3 year non-engineering Degree

6

at least 6 years appropriate professional experience in the relevant field

National Higher Diploma (NHDip) (includes a T4 or S4 qualification from previous Technikons)

6

at least 6 years appropriate professional experience in the relevant field

National Diploma (ND) (includes a T3 or S3 qualification from previous Technikons)

6

at least 10 years appropriate professional experience in the relevant field

no first degree or formal tertiary education (eg. N6)

4

at least 10 years appropriate professional experience in the relevant field

 

CMMS-coordinated Fields of Specialisation

Mechanised Mining Systems

For the MSc(Eng) in the Field of Specialisation of Mechanised Mining Systems, there will be four compulsory courses plus two elective courses, as follows:

MSc (Eng) in Mining Engineering specialising in Mechanised Mining Systems

Core courses:

  • MINN7009 Trackless Mechanised Mining 
  • MINN7080 Earth Moving Equipment, Technology and Management 
  • MINN7083 Rock Cutting Technology 
  • MECN7060 Operations Management for Mining Systems 
  • Plus other courses (120 points altogether) 
  • Plus 120 point Research Report

The two elective courses would be chosen from the postgraduate courses offered by the Schools of Mining Engineering (in which you would normally register) (MINN courses) and/or Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering (MECN courses) (a maximum of one additional MECN course from that School because it is not your ‘home’ School.) You can view the courses that are available on the following respective School web pages:

Bulk Materials Handling

For the MSc(Eng) in the Field of Specialisation of Bulk Materials Handling there will be three compulsory courses plus three elective courses, as follows.

MSc (Eng) in Mechanical Engineering specialising in Bulk Materials Handling

Core courses:

  • MECN7034 Bulk Solids Storage and Handling 
  • MECN7035 Belt Conveying of Bulk Solids 
  • Pipeline Conveying of Bulk Materials
  • Plus other courses (120 points altogether) 
  • Plus 120 point Research Report
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