Admission requirements


For details on UCT’s admission requirements for both Masters and Doctoral candidates, please see the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment Postgraduate Handbook

As the number of students on the programme is limited, applying for a Masters degree at ERC is a highly competitive process. A selection panel will evaluate all applications individually; candidates are accepted on the basis of their academic achievements.

To be considered by the Selection Committee, applicants must meet both the UCT and ERC criteria.

Entrance requirements:

– any four-year Bachelor’s or Honours degree with a minimum average of 65% in the final year. Furthermore, applicants for the MSc (Eng) must hold a BSc(Eng) degree in engineering or geomatics, or an appropriate BSc (Hons) degree. Applicants for the MPhil must hold at least an Honours degree.

– or any three-year degree with a minimum average 65% pass mark and at least five years relevant work experience.

International students must hold a degree and average pass mark comparable to the above. Students should note that the degrees offered by international institutions may not be considered equivalent to a South African four-year Bachelor’s or Honours degree. In those cases, students will not be accepted into the programme unless they complete an extra 144 credits before starting the Masters programme.

If you meet the basic entrance requirements described above, you will also have to submit the following:

Please note that while the online system asks for a 500 word motivation and 100 word research outline, the ERC has slightly different entrance requirements.

Please provide:

  • 500 word letter of motivation (see below for further detail)*
  • 1-2 page research proposal **
  • CV (Max 3 pages)
  • an example of previous written work (5 pages – an extract from a longer piece will suffice)
  • academic transcripts & degree certificates

* We request a 500 word motivation letter that covers the following

  1. Any past experience in energy-related research or studies
  2. Why you are interested in the ERC (with evidence that you actually know what the ERC does and the type of research we undertake)
  3. An indication that you have thought about a potential thesis topic and supervisor
  4. A motivation outlining what you will bring to the ERC Masters class and your interest in multidisciplinary research. Our programme is highly competitive and this motivation is key to letting the selection committee get to know you.

** The Research proposal should be around 1 page in length. It is non-binding (you will have to present a full proposal at the end of the first year), but we use it to assess your writing ability and whether we are able to supervise your research.

Any of the  above documents not submitted to Central Admissions MUST be sent directly to the ERC postgraduate administrator Ms Fazlin Harribi on with the subject line stating “Research proposal/statement and motivation letter in support of study application of Name&Surname”.