Master of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering – Research

This Master of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering is aimed at developing specialist researchers in biomedical engineering, with particular ability to develop new knowledge at the forefront of biomedical engineering technology. They will be able to develop novel, complex biomedical engineering systems by integrating the medical and the engineering domains. The graduates will be able to apply these systems to human patients, addressing healthcare needs of South Africa and of global communities.

The programme prepares the candidate for a research, academic or consulting career. It requires a candidate to undertake independent research, with minimal supervision, at the most advanced academic levels culminating in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a dissertation, as well as two papers suitable for submission to peer-reviewed journals. The defining characteristic of this qualification is that the candidate is required to demonstrate high level independent research capability and to make a significant and original contribution at the frontiers of biomedical engineering knowledge.

Selection Criteria

  • Students must hold at least a relevant BEng, BScHons, PGDip in Engineering, other four-year bachelor’s degree at NQF-level 8, or master’s degree from a South African university of technology;

  • or hold other academic degree qualifications and appropriate experience (assessed using the regular “recognition of prior learning” procedures) that have been approved by the Faculty Board.

  • Students will normally be required to have completed their preceding qualifications in the minimum time, with a credit-weighted average of 60%, as well as 60% in the final year of study preceding the masters. Preference will be given to students with higher averages and with preceding studies better aligned with their selected area of specialisation within biomedical engineering.

  • Selection will also be applied to ensure that only students are admitted that have the academic ability to master the content with substantial self-learning.

  • Students that do not meet the normal admission requirements, but have demonstrated through prior learning that they have achieved a similar level of expertise, will be considered for admission through the normal RPL processes.

  • The advanced level of the entrance requirements are expected to limit the number of admissions based on RPL to small number far below the 10% allowed. Students must find internal supervisors willing to supervise them on a provisionally outlined research topic before they are admitted.

  • Only a limited number of students are selected annually.