24 months
3352 USD/year
3352 USD/year
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The Master's Degree in Engineering Management (MEM) at Stellenbosch University is a structured, module-based hybrid online masters degree in engineering management, specifically designed to prepare early to mid-career engineers of all disciplines and scientists to excel in their current roles, but also to build meaningful careers that will empower them to shape the future.


Engineers and scientists typically take on leadership and management responsibilities early in their careers. Their undergraduate engineering and science degrees focus mainly on the scientific and engineering principles and how to apply them in order to solve technical and scientific problems. The Master's Degree in Engineering Management (MEM) at Stellenbosch University enhances the undergraduate education by not only equipping young engineers and scientists with the management and leadership skills that their current workplace demands, but also to create the workplace of the future and to provide the management foundations for an exceptional career.

The curriculum is future-focused, innovative, industry-relevant and designed to suit the profile of the part-time student, wherever in the world the student may be. The MEM programme is hosted in the Department of Industrial Engineering.

What will I learn and what are the benefits for me and my employer?

The Stellenbosch MEM is designed to equip early to mid-career engineers and scientists with the management skills they require now, including general management, engineering management, technology and innovation management, project management, strategic management and the management of people and places, as well as advanced quantitative skills. It is a force multiplier that enhances engineering and scientific skills and knowledge to prepare the MEM graduate to add value to the attainment of the company’s vision and strategy, business goals and development of its products and markets within a rapidly changing external environment. The degree is industry-relevant and focused on exposing students to the application of modern engineering management practices to address real-world challenges and opportunities.

The MEM curriculum is future-oriented aiming to develop leaders who will proactively contribute towards shaping a better new future rather than merely reacting to a world dictated by others. These are the people who will create the new technologies, industries, jobs and prosperity of tomorrow. This can only be done by continuously creating new knowledge and value. An essential element of the learning experience is the cultivation of a lifelong learning mindset, which will ensure that you remain relevant and competitive.

For the employer:

Employers are important partners in the student’s MEM experience. They will benefit significantly from graduates who have developed a range of engineering management capabilities and are ready to apply them in and add value to the company. Students are encouraged to select the topic of the mini-thesis to address a problem or opportunity that is relevant to their employer. Supporting a MEM student with time to study and perhaps financial assistance is a smart investment in the acquisition, development and retention of human capital that will bring unbounded returns.

Programme Structure

The learning interactions for every module include the following modes:

  • Weekly pre-recorded (or live) lectures, accessed online at a time convenient for the student.
  • Readings related to the lecture, available online.
  • A number of online group sessions with other students, where each group will consider case studies addressing issues which were covered in the preceding lectures and readings. The group’s submission will contribute to the grade.
  • Online webinars where students will engage with lecturers and other students in live (synchronous) sessions to interactively discuss the work and resolve any issues.
The final assessment of each module will be an individual comprehensive assignment which integrates the topics covered in the module. The assignment will be due some weeks after the conclusion of the lectures.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An NQF Level 8 qualification, such as a BEng or a BSc (Hons) degree in any discipline from a South African university, or a B.Eng.Tech(Hons) degree from a South African university of technology (or the international equivalents). At least one year (but preferably more) relevant work experience… as well as the drive to achieve, the will to succeed and the ambition to shape the future. A limited number of students with other

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3352 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3352 USD per year during 24 months.

Option 1:

  • Research Assignment in second year
First year:
  • R56 421 (4 x 15 credit modules)
Second year:
  • R56 421 (4 x 15 credit modules) + R20 820 (60 credit Research Assignment) = R77 241
  • *1.08 (estimated inflation adjustment) = R83 420
Option 2:
  • Research Assignment deferred to third year
First year:
  • R56 421 (4 x 15 credit modules)
Second year:
  • R56 421 (4 x 15 credit modules)
  • * 1.08 (estimated inflation adjustment) = R60 934

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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