Prospective postgraduates

The Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering offers postgraduate training to local and international students in the following disciplines:

Control Systems, Satellite Systems, Biomedical Electronics, Electrical Energy, Smart Grid Technology, Computational Electromagnetics, Microwaves and Antennas, Computer Systems, Telecommunications, Signal Processing and Machine Learning.

The postgraduate activity in the Department is the biggest engineering research activity in South Africa and offers students access to very advanced laboratories and facilities. Research is performed in close cooperation with local industry as well as international partners.

What degree programmes are offered by the Department?

What is the language policy of the Department?

Our department offers one Master’s programme, namely the MEng (in Electrical OR Electronic Engineering) and a new Structured MEng in Smart Grid Technology, in Electrical Engineering.

General information

Admission requirements


Residential requirements

Postgraduate modules (courses)

Upgrading from Master’s to PhD programme

Maximum period of enrolment

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering runs a large Doctoral programme. Two programmes are offered, namely the PhD and the DEng.

General information

Aims of Doctoral programmes

Prerequisite qualifications


Residential requirements

Maximum period of enrolment

The research activities of the department can be divided into the following broad research divisions:

Computers & Control

Electrical Energy Systems

Electronics & Electromagnetics

Signal Processing & Machine Learning

South African students:
Please have a look at our requirements to see if your prior qualification qualifies for admission to the postgraduate programme that interests you. If you qualify, proceed to the next step, as explained below.

For students who hold a BTech degree, completion of our BEng degree is required. Depending on the subject content of the BTech, students will be allowed to enter at either the 2nd- or 3rd-year level. For more information on admission requirements, click the Masters and Doctoral tabs on this page.

Before officially applying for admission, prospective students should familiarise themselves with the programmes and research activities in our department (see Research Activities).

Students who are currently doing their BEng degree in our department should contact possible supervisors to discuss the proposed research topic and/or any required subject modules, as well as the availability of support funds. Alternatively, please contact our department’s Postgraduate Administrator.

The official application is made by the supervisor on the application form. For the Structured MEng in Smart Grid technologies, please use this form. For standard MEng applications, please use this form. Once completed, it can be sent to Mr Larry Morkel, at .

Students not currently enrolled at Stellenbosch University should contact Mr Larry Morkel, at for more information. Please attach the following information:

    • A short Curriculum Vitae, including contact details of references
    • Certified copies of your full academic transcript
    • Certified copies of your degree certificate(s)
    • Your selection of the research area in which you would like to do your Master’s (see the “Research Activities” section in the middle of the postgraduate homepage ( Please also specify the sub-field (i.e. if your main research interest is “Computers & Control”, specify the sub-field, e.g. “Aeronautical systems”)
    • A research topic

All our postgraduate programmes function on an individual and not a group basis. Amongst other requirements, this means that you need a supervisor who is willing and able to guide you through your studies. The limiting factors for such a supervisor include whether he/she has the time available (one can only guide so many postgraduate students), and whether your proposed research synchronizes well with his/her field of expertise.

If the prospective student complies with all the admission requirements, the postgraduate co-ordinator of the department will put the prospective student in contact with a possible supervisor. Proposed research topics and the availability of support funds will be discussed and negotiated.

When accepted by our department, students not currently enrolled at Stellenbosch University will be required to complete the university’s application form. Applicants will be duly informed of the success or otherwise of their applications by way of an official e-mail.

International Students

Registration procedures (all students)
Apart from officially applying to our department and the university, students will have to register at the start of each year. The university offers two opportunities for registration; one in the first semester (up to 31 March) and one in the second semester (up to 31 July).

New students will have to register in person at the office of the Faculty Secretary after receiving notification by letter and/or e-mail. You will need to present your original degree certificate(s). Doctoral applications are only finalised after Senate approval.

Current students should register at the start of each year, either online or in person at the office of the Faculty Secretary. Students who failed to show progress in the previous year will not be allowed to re-register (see yearly evaluations).

For more information, please contact Larry Morkel.You can also obtain more information on the University website for postgraduate studies.