The department offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. More information about these programmes and courses offered are shown on the About Us page.
Welcome to the Department of Electrical Engineering
In the Electrical Engineering Department, we aim to produce graduates who are innovative and capable of becoming the leaders in their fields. Our students are given an excellent foundation in the principles of electrical engineering. From this base, they develop the ability to conceptualise, and to analyse and solve problems.
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Why consider electrical engineering?
Electrotechnologies make a profound impact on us as individuals and as a society. These technologies revolutionise the way we live; they shift our cultures, our economies and our development.
New forms of technology, which were once unimaginable, and achieve what once seemed impossible, are emerging every day. At the UCT Department of Electrical Engineering we are at the cutting edge of research and teaching, not just in South Africa, but across Africa and globally.
Our department's research projects cover a wide range of subjects, including the investigation of novel computer systems, the simulation of electricity markets, the use of computer control and instrumentation to optimise process performance, ecologically sustainable power generation, radar sensors and telecommunications. We focus on working closely with industry so that the department remains at the forefront of electrical engineering trends worldwide.
Become a part of our creative and stimulating degree programmes where we aim to solve the very problems whose articulation and analysis is our focus. You can view some of the photos from past Open Day events in our EE gallery.
Programmes of study
The departmentís undergraduate programmes, and postgraduate research projects, cover a wide range of subjects within broader area of Electrical Engineering.
There are three undergraduate programmes that applicants can choose from:
- Electrical Engineering (EE) - a comprehensive grounding in electrical engineering with the option to specialize in heavy current, including power generation, alternate energy, transmission and machines, or light current such as electronics and analogue circuitry
- Mechatronics Engineering (ME) - theory and practices related to the development of mechatronic systems including instrumentation and control.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) - combines fundamentals of electrical engineering with specialization in computer engineering. Students learn the design and programming of special-purpose computer systems, covering subjects of embedded systems, telecommunications, high performance computing with electives for radar systems, image processing and signal processing.
The department offers Masters and PhD postgraduate degree programmes.The PhD programme is available by full thesis and is research-focused; additional courses can be taken as needed and as advised by the supervisor. The Masters degree is available in three forms: a) research-focused MSc by full-dissertation; or b) MEng taught masters with minor dissertation; or c) MPhil (the MPhil options generally require completion of a selection of Masters level courses).
The following MEng taught masters programmes are currently available. These programmes are specifically planned to support industry, catering to industry professionals wanting to pursue full-time or part-time study. The courses are generally block lectured with time between lecture sessions for students to absorb the material and work on assignments. Please see the course websites for these respective programmes to find out more about them.
- MEng Radar and Electronic Defense: students study theory, technologies and applications of radar with options to learn about topics of Electronic Defense within this degree structure. The courses have coursework and project components. See the course website at: http://radarmasters.co.za/.
- MEngTelecom : supporting students learn about the global trend in the Telecoms industry and the theories and principles for working on design and technical innovations within this field. Website: http://www.mengtelecom.ee.uct.ac.za/.
Applying to study in the EE Department
You can apply online for either undergraduate or postgraduate study using the UCT Online Applications portal. You will need to register as a new user on the site if you haven't completed an online application previously.
For more information about the courses and degree programmes please download the EBE handbook from the EBE website: [EBE Handbooks]