Doctor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
VUT Research offers postgraduate students the opportunity to complete a Doctor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering within our Faculty of Engineering and Technology. We offer this qualification at our Vanderbijlpark campus only to students in South Africa and International students. The programme consists of at least two years of full-time research which is concluded with a Doctoral Thesis. Through completing this qualification, we aim to develop our postgraduate students into researchers who will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge within a specialized area of mechanical engineering and the technology involved in this field. We aim to inspire a passion for lifelong learning in our graduates.
Build Your Future In Mechanical Engineering
- International Focus -VUT Research’s degrees and academic programmes are internationally recognised
- Focus On Mechanical Processes -applies engineering, physics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.
- Facilities -At VUT Research we have world-class research facilities and resource access.
Mechanical Engineering Course Requirements
In order for students to qualify to complete a Doctor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering they need to have achieved the following:
- Magister Technologiae: Mechanical
- Proof of successful completion of a Vaal University of Technology approved course in Research Methodology
Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit.
A Doctorate is the highest qualification students can achieve and it shows their dedication to and knowledge of a specific field. This qualification will make them specialists within their desired field.
The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.
The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.
There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.
The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.
A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.
Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.
The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.
Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.
The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.
The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.
Mechanical engineering work can be grouped into design, maintenance, electromechanical and project work. The latter includes aspects such as planning of projects, cost control, evaluation of tenders, negotiations with contractors and being able to coordinate with all parties involved in commissioning and completing a project. Students who have completed a Doctor of Engineering in Mechanical engineering are able to move into a position of a researcher as they have the advanced skills and knowledge necessary to make a large and original contribution to various fields within the mechanical engineering industry. The researchers are able to independently apply mechanical engineering design, synthesis and related principles to specific problems in society at large and assist in solving these problems.