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We proudly contribute to the development and maintenance of civil infrastructure in South Africa and across the globe

Launch of TUKS Railway Safety Chair

Launch of TUKS Railway Safety Chair

Van Zylspruit bridge monitored by TUKS Civil wins Fulton Award

Van Zylspruit bridge monitored by TUKS Civil wins Fulton Award

Conduit hydropower plant constructed in Bloemfontein by Tukkies

Conduit hydropower plant constructed in Bloemfontein by Tukkies

During the first half of the 20th century the life span doubled in the Western world. The doubling had little to do with the efforts of the medical profession. The striking increase was mostly due to engineers whose technology produced a vast improvement in environmental and social hygiene.

—Prof Harry Seftel

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering has established a reputation for both the training of engineers and the advancement of the state of knowledge via research, thus contributing to the development and maintenance of civil infrastructure within and outside South Africa. Graduates of the Department are sought after globally and many are working well beyond our borders.

The UP Civil Engineering Department has produced about 40% of all civil engineers in South Africa over the past 50 years. Many of these engineers have made major contributions to the development and wealth creation in South Africa over these years. We are proud of this history and are building on these achievements of the past with a new vision and strategic direction for the future.

In 2018, the University of Pretoria is 110 years old and the Department of Civil Engineering 62 years. The Department has 43 full-time staff positions (25 academic and 17 support staff), 3 part-time positions and 1131 students (934 undergraduate and 197 postgraduate).  Of the Department's staff, 4 members hold NRF ratings and 21 staff members are registered as professional engineers with ECSA.
 
The BEng degree course is structured to fully meet and even exceed the requirements of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) which is the stepping stone for registration as a professional engineer. Consequently, a BEng (Civil) degree from the University of Pretoria is a recognised qualification for working as an engineer well beyond the borders of South Africa.

The departmental staff are research active in all disciplines of civil engineering and hence, the Department offers postgraduate courses in the fields of Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Railway Engineering and Civil Engineering Materials.  Currently the Department has 200 students enrolled in BEng(Hons), MEng and PhD courses, many of whom are nationals from neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries and further afield. 

Tuition in the undergraduate cirriculum takes place in the English language (first introduced in 2001).  However, core subjects in the first and second years of study are presented in separate Afrikaans and English lectures.  Teaching at the postgraduate level (BEng(Hons), MEng, PhD) takes place in the English language.

 

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