WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$11,574 for the full programme
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering (MSc AeroEng)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Campus:West Campus
Course Type:Master by Coursework & Research Report
Application Deadline: July 2021
Programme Overview

The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering at Wits has partnered with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to provide a dual Master’s of Science (MSc) degree in Aeronautical Engineering ­– a first in Africa.

Through this exciting collaboration, candidates have the opportunity to enrol for an MSc by coursework and research report offered by Wits (attending in person) and Embry-Riddle (online).

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, this soon to be internationally recognised degree will allow students to graduate from both institutions, with a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from the largest Aeronautical Engineering University on the African continent and from the best Aeronautical University in the World.


At Wits, you will share the first two years of study with the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students to provide you with a firm foundation in the engineering sciences. Thereafter emphasis is placed on aeronautical design and on the study of aircraft behaviour.

The practical aspects of your training are important and you will be required to complete project work during your vacations. Much of this project work is carried out in co-operation with the aircraft industry.

In the first semester students are required to complete three prescribed courses taught by Wits and Embry-Riddle.

In the second semester students complete two elective courses, at least one of the 12 Embry-Riddle courses and either one of the 13 Wits courses or a second Embry-Riddle course.

Upon completion of the courses, a student will have to complete a research project in semester 3. The project is required to be written according to the standards and requirements of each institution and be submitted individually for assessment at the two universities.

Once both institutions have found the project to be at the required standard, the student will be award a dual Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from each institution.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
A minimum of a Bachelors degree in Engineering and a graduating academic average of at least 65% is required to be admitted to the programme.

While completing the Embry-Riddle courses students are required to maintain a minimum of 80% grade average and cannot go below this average for more than one semester. Students whose cumulative grade average falls below this limit will be placed on academic warning. If their grade average is not at least above 80% within the next term of assessment, they run the possibility of being excluded from the programme.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Aerodynamic engineers.
– Aircraft design engineers.
– Aircraft designers.
– Aircraft engineers.
– Astronautical engineers.
– Flight systems test engineers.
– Flight test engineers.
– Rocket engineers.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $11,574
Tuition Fees for International Students: $11,574

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Tebogo Rakhudu
Postgraduate Officer
Mbuyiselo Malahle
Postgraduate Coordinator