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CIMM degrees and course outline

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Postgraduate education in CIMM at Masters level in the Department of Civil Engineering at UCT commonly results in one of three outputs:

  • Master of Science in Engineering / MSc(Eng): This is a research-based degree (120 credit dissertation plus 60 credits coursework). Generally, candidates entering this programme should have an equivalent of an Honours degree or a four-year engineering degree.
  • Master of Engineering / M(Eng): This is a coursework masters (120 credits of coursework and 60 credits of a minor dissertation). Generally, candidates entering this programme should have a four-year engineering degree or its equivalent (based primarily on academic qualifications and work-place experience).
  • Professional Master / PM(Eng): This is a coursework masters (135 credits of coursework and 45 credits of research projects). The same rules regarding entry qualifications as for the M(Eng) apply.

All programmes can be completed in 1.5 – 2 years full-time. The M(Eng) and PM(Eng) degrees can further be completed over a maximum of 5 years on a part-time basis. Students registered for the different degree programmes need to register for a certain combination of courses, outlined below. 

Course outline

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All credits as per NQF = National Qualifications Framework. All courses HEQSF Level 9, HEQSF = Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework

For detailed course descriptions, visit the Course Description page.

CIMM is multidisciplinary, drawing from a number of fields including Civil and Structural Engineering, Construction and Project Management, Economics and Finance. A number of courses are offered in the Faculty of Engineering the Build Environment at UCT to cover these various fields.