Industrial Engineering Data Science Programmes


Data science is the scientific investigation that employs innovative approaches and algorithms, most notably machine learning algorithms, for processing and analysing data. Data Science technologies can be applied to both small and big data, of various types such as relational, images, video, audio, and text. Big data constitutes extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions. The data science programmes focus on enabling students to develop innovative optimisation and machine learning techniques to produce novel, efficient and robust data science technologies, for use in Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management and related applications. Examples include forecasting, customer segmentation and targeted marketing, production quality control, supply chair performance prediction and process monitoring.

The Programmes

The Department of Industrial Engineering is hosting two data science related programmes, namely the MEng (Structured) and the Postgraduate Diploma.

The MEng programme encompasses five core data science modules, two elective modules, a specialization module, a module in professional communication, as well as a final 60-credit research assignment.

The postgraduate diploma, on the other hand, requires students to complete six core data science modules, two generic modules and a professional communication module.

The module duration is typically nine weeks. A lecture block week will be presented in the 3rd week, and students must attend this week full time. The block week takes place at Stellenbosch University or can be attended online for students who cannot travel to Stellenbosch. Beyond the lecture week no further contact time will be required.

Modules offered by other departments for the programme can have a different format/presentation mode.

A student may choose to enrol for the programme as a fulltime or a part-time student, where the main difference is the length of time allowed to enrol. It is expected of a fulltime student to complete the postgraduate diploma in one year or the MEng programme in two years. A part-time student, on the other hand, is expected to complete the postgraduate diploma in two years and the MEng programme in three years. Once you commence your studies, a change from full time to part time is not possible.

Application Process

Applications for the next intake year commences in April of the current year. Applications must be submitted via the University’s postgraduate website. Current students are recommended from July onwards when their first semester marks are available.

The application closing dates for the programme differ for international and South African students as follows: * International Applications 15 November 2023 * South African Applications 30 November 2023

During your application process an application number will be generated (e.g. App/1234567). Please add this number to all your communication with us. For general enquiries on the technical application process please contact. For questions specific to MEng (Industrial Engineering) structured or PGDip (Industrial Engineering) please contact Dr Frei.


Fees are adjusted annually. For a provisional quotation of fees, visit the student fees website. Formal requests for quotes can be directed to student accounts.

Fees differ for South African and International students. It is recommended that you acquainInternational Applications 15 November 2023

South African Applications 30 November 2023t your self with the fee structure, especially the yearly registration fee as well as the module fees.

More information on postgraduate fees are available on the University's postgraduate website.

Note that there are no scholarships available for these programmes. For more information on postgraduate funding and support, visit the funding support website.


For general enquiries about the programme and any enquiries regarding registration, please send enquiries to the programme manager, Dr Martina Frei.

Fee enquiries and requests for quotes can be directed to student accounts or Mr Sean Davidse.

Schedule for 2023

Schedule for 2023

The Department

For more information on the Department of Industrial Engineering, visit the department's website.