Postgraduate Research Projects are conducted by students who have completed their Engineering degree and are now specialising in a specific field. The duration of these projects is generally two years for a masters project and three years for a full-time PhD project. The topics of these projects are jointly conceptualised by the PRASA Chair and PRASA employees. These topics can also originate from previous research work performed at under- and postgraduate level. Each student is supervised by a senior lecturer from the faculty of engineering and also can be assigned a mentor from PRASA.
Similar to Undergraduate Projects, the first phase of each research project involves an investigation into the existing research relevant to the selected topic. This is followed by the development of some form of model or roadmap that aims to advance and push the boundaries of existing research in that field. Finally this model or roadmap is validated by applying it to PRASA and possibly other organisations. This real world validation then provides feedback through which the model or roadmap can be refined.
Postgraduate Research Projects can form the basis of further research work either in other postgraduate studies or research performed by the PRASA Chair's research engineers. In some cases results from Postgraduate Research Projects can result in Technical or Educational Projects.