The F’SATI Mini Thesis + Modules


The CPUT Satellite Programme now offers a new postgraduate qualification, namely a Master of Engineering in Satellite Systems and Applications. This Master’s programme is course-based with a mini-thesis and should not be confused with the research-based Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering with full thesis.

MEng students of 2021 please note:

SMAD, Satellite Applications and Management for Space Technology will be presented during the first semester of 2021. The rest of the subjects will be presented in the second semester.

Apply here for this exciting and unique qualification!

Academic Programme

The Academic Programme comprises the following modules:

CPUT Modules SAQA Credit (Credits) Year of Module
Mini Thesis 75 1 and 2
Satellite Applications 18 1
Space Mission Analysis and Design 18 1
Engineering and Space Environment 21 1
Satellite Subsystems 18 1
Research Methodology 15 1
Management of Space Technology 18 1
Total: 180

Admission requirements

Any of the following qualifcations will be considered:

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Honours)
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • BTech in Engineering*

In a relevant cognate field including:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering

Alternatively, access to the qualification can be gained through Recognition of Prior Learning in terms of the Institutional RPL policies.

Applicants with a relevant qualification as stipulated above must have obtained an average of 60% overall in the exit level subjects.

International students:

If the applicant has a qualification from abroad, that qualification must be evaluated by the SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) unit for the Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications before submission of the application (visit  Once the qualification has been evaluated and the applicant meets the entry requirements of the programme, the applicant could apply through the normal application process.

The CPUT language policy applies.

*NOTE: Candidates who hold a BTech qualification will be required to complete a compulsory 30 credit Research Methodology course that is offered by the Faculty of Engineering.

Please contact Kwanele Soyizwaphi ( for enquiries regarding the admission and applications process.