BEng Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering involves all aspects of the industrial processes that, in the widest sense, converts raw materials into higher-value products by means of cobinations of physical, chemical, thermal, biochemical and mechanical changes. 

The programme provides you with the necessary foundation, so that once you graduate, you will be able to make creative contributions to the world’s ever-increasing needs to:

  • Convert natural resources into efficient and useable forms of energy
  • Develop more durable, lighter and renewable materials
  • Design more efficient, environmentally-friendly processing plants
  • Apply biotechnology to convert raw materials into products in a sustainable way
  • Design processes to ensure that limited natural resources, like water, can be re-used
  • Leave a clean and sustainable environment behind for future generations

A solid foundation in chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology is combined with the principles of the conservation of mass, energy and momentum, followed by the application of economic principles to the design of equipment leading to profitable processes that contribute to economic and industrial growth.

The programme is aimed at producing graduates who can develop new and innovative processes ensuring continued growth to satisfy the needs stated above.

For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.

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Career Opportunities

Chemical engineers are involved in industrial processes that convert raw materials into products with a higher economic value. This is achieved by means of physical, thermal, chemical, biochemical and mechanical changes and processes. Chemical engineers apply their specialised knowledge in the petroleum, food, minerals processing, power generation, and the paper and pulp industries, water and effluent treatment, as well as environmental engineering activities, including air pollution control. Like other engineering disciplines, chemical engineers are involved in research and development, techno-economic evaluation, equipment and plant design, process control and optimisation, construction, commissioning, operation and management as well as marketing and distribution of final products.

Programme Code

12130002


Closing Dates

  • SA – 30/06/2019
  • Non-SA – 30/06/2019

Admission Requirements

  • The following persons will be considered for admission: candidates who are in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; candidates who are graduates from another tertiary institution or have been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and candidates who are graduates of another faculty at the University of Pretoria. 
  • Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS. 
  • Grade 11 results are used in the conditional admission of prospective students. 
  • A valid qualification with admission to degree studies is required.
  • Minimum subject and achievement requirements, as set out below, are required. 
  • Conditional admission to the four-year programmes in the School of Engineering is only guaranteed if a prospective student complies with ALL the requirements below. ?
  • Note: Candidates who do not comply with the minimum requirements, set out above, but who have obtained a minimum APS of 30, an achievement level of 5 for English, 6 for Mathematics and 5 for Physical Science, will be considered for conditional admission to either the four-year programme or the ENGAGE programme based on the results of the NBT. 
  • Admission to ENGAGE in the School of Engineering will be determined by the results of the NBT, NSC results, an achievement level of 5 in Mathematics and 5 in Physical Science, as well as an achievement level of 5 in English, together with an APS of 30. 
  • Students may apply directly to be considered for the ENGAGE programme.
  • Tuition will be presented in English only.

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language

Mathematics

Physical Science

APS

NSC/IEB

AS Level

NSC/IEB

AS Level

NSC/IEB

AS Level

5

C

6

B

6

B

35

* Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission. International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.

ENGAGE Programme minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language

Mathematics

Physical Science

APS

NSC/IEB

AS Level

NSC/IEB

AS Level

NSC/IEB

AS Level

5

C

5

C

5

C

30

 


Duration of study

4 years, full-time.


Faculty Notes

The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria is a leading source of graduates in the engineering, built environment and information technology professions. We achieve this by a focus on research to drive innovative and enquiry-led teaching for educating and positioning our students to be leaders in their professions. The Faculty has extensive and cutting-edge teaching, learning and laboratory facilities integrated with the excellent suite of facilities and services offered by the University. We facilitate access to our qualifications through our extended ,programmes but expect our students to excel and develop as future professionals through our programme offering. We invite you to consider enrolling in one of our programmes if you share our vision of excellence and want to position yourself as a leader in the professions that we support.

The Faculty is organised in four schools: the School of Engineering, the School for the Built Environment, the School of Information Technology and the Graduate School of Technology Management. The School of Engineering is the largest of its kind in the country in terms of student numbers, graduates and research contributions and offers programmes in all the major engineering disciplines with many specialisations also offered at undergraduate and graduate level. 
 
The University of Pretoria aims to be internationally competitive while also locally relevant.  Advisory boards at both faculty and departmental level promote alignment and excellence in our teaching and research activities. Where applicable and available our programmes are accredited by statutory and professional bodies at both national and international level.

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