The structured Masters Degree in Engineering Management [M.Eng (Engineering Management)(structured), referred to by us in short hand format as the “MEM”] is a module-based, structured hybrid online masters degree offered by the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University, to engineers and scientists of all disciplines (including mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, biotechnology, metallurgy, agriculture, the built environment or health-related fields) – be they located in Stellenbosch, Sandton, Sebokeng, Sahara, Sydney, Singapore, Surrey or Seattle. The language of tuition is English.
The degree is offered in a hybrid online mode, and is designed to be aligned with the requirements of working postgraduate students who study part-time. No physical presence is required in any of the academic activities, mindful that many of the online actvities are conducted in a live synchronous manner. A typical part-time student will complete the programme in three years. The first two years are devoted to the academic modules (2 modules/semester with 2 semesters/year). The Research Assignment (“mini thesis”) is done in Year 3.
The degree structure includes 8 modules (15 credits each), of which 7 are required and one is an elective. The total weight of the academic modules is 120 credits. In addition to the 8 academic modules, a Research Assignment (“mini-thesis”)(60 credits) is also required. Students are encouraged to select the topic of the Research Assignment so as to also add further value to their employer. Topic selection and the designation of a supervisor is typically done in the semester preceding the commencement of the work on the Research Assignment.
Some of the electives (such as Data Science and Project Economics and Finance) are offered in a block format in the first semester, i.e. full-time during a one week period (Mo-Fr) plus pre-module work and post-module assignments. In some cases, it may be possible to take these electives in the first semester of Year 3 and spread the equivalent of one semester’s work on the Research Assignment over the second semester of Year 2 and the first semester of Year 3. These options may vary from year to year and should be discussed with the Programme Coordinator.
In highly exceptional cicrcumstances where students can show that their employers will permit and commit to making enough available time during work hours for the student to work on the Research Assignment, the Research Assignment can be done together with the modules in Year 2. Our experience though is that the workload of the modules is such that this is not recommended. Should a student wish to consider this route, it must be discussed and agreed with the Academic Coordinator a priori.