WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,953 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Bioresources Engineering
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Campus:Howard; Pietermaritzburg
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Bioresources Engineering integrates scientific principles and engineering practice to solve practical problems in the production and processing of food, feed, fibre and fuels.

Bioresources Engineering connects the living world of plants, soil, water and animals with the technology of engineering, i.e. systems, structures and machines.

Bioresources Engineers have the necessary blend of skills to meet the technological requirements for sustainable environmental management, food production and processing.

Bioresources Engineers have skills to design systems, equipment and structures, which process biological resources while at the same time protecting the environment.

Bioresources Engineers work at the cutting edge of technology and the environment and in a variety of areas such as water resources engineering and management, sustainable energy, food production and processing systems, forestry, mining rehabilitation, transport, machinery management, waste management and ecology.

Bioresources Engineering addresses the interaction between systems, structures and machinery and the earth’s living, life-sustaining resources of soil, water, plants and animals.

Bioresources Engineering is a challenging and rewarding career which combines logic and practical thinking with inventiveness and innovation.

The demand for engineers who care for and have the skills and technological knowledge to work with our biological resources is fast becoming apparent.



CHEM163 Chemistry & Society (8)

CHEM173 Chemistry & Society 2 (8)

ENCH1TC Tech. Comm. for Engineers (8)

ENAG1DE Engineering Design (8)

ENME1DR Engineering Drawing (8)

ENAG1MT Intro. to Engineering Materials (8)

MATH131 Mathematics 1A (Eng) (16)

MATH141 Mathematics 1B (Eng) (16)

MATH132 Applied Mathematics 1A (Eng) (16) MATH142 Applied Mathematics 1B (Eng) (16)

PHYS110 Mech., Optics & Thermal Phys (16)

PHYS120 Electromag, Waves & Mod. Phys (16)


ENCV2SA Structures 1 (16)

ENCV2FL Fluids 1 (8)

ENEL2EE Electrical and Electronic Eng or

ENAG4EA Elec. Applications for Bio-

Systems and

ENAG4SE Sustainable Energy for Bio-Systs

ENEL2EN Environmental Engineering or

ENVS322 Environmental Management

ENME2TH Thermodynamics 1 (8)

ENCV2SB Structures 2 (16)

ENSV2SE Surveying Engineering (16)

ENCV2SD Structural Design 1 (16)

ENCV3G1 Geotechnical Engineering Studies (16) ENME2DM Design Methods (16)

ENME3TH Thermodynamics 2 (8)


HYDR210 Introduction to Physical Hydrology (16) AGEC240 Applied Farm Financial Mgmt (8)

MATH212 Advanced Calculus & Lin. Alg.

or MATH238 Mathematics 2A (Eng)

ENAG3SA Structural Analysis & Design (8)

COMP100 Introduction to Computer Science or

ENEL2CM Applied Computer Methods and

ENME2CF Computer Fundamentals

STAT130 Introduction to Statistics (16)

ENAG3EP Bioresources Engineering Practice


(DP) MATH251 Further Calculus and Intro Analysis or

MATH248 Mathematics 2B (Eng)

ENAG3US Undergraduate Seminar


ENAG3US Undergraduate Seminar (8) ENAG4VW Vacation Work (DP)

HYDR310 Modelling for Hydrological Design (16) ZULN101 Basic isiZulu Language Studies

A or Electives (Complementary studies)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
NSC degree pass
– Mathematics and Physical Science Level 6 (70%)
– English and Life Orientation Level 4 (50%)
– 3 other subjects with at least 2 from the designated list

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $128

How to apply
Applicants for direct access to the Bioresources / Agricultural Engineering degree programme must meet the following criteria:

– Applicants with at least 33 NSC equivalent points (excluding Life Orientation), may apply for entry to the degree of BSc Eng.
– Applications to UKZN are made through the Central Applications Office:
– Applicants with other foreign qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
– Admission is subject to College and HESA approval.
– 1st year is offered on both the Howard College and

N.B: Pietermaritzburg campuses, 2nd year at Howard College and 3rd and 4th year at Pietermaritzburg.

Career Opportunities

Bioresources Engineers are employed as:
– engineering consultants;
– researchers;
– land, water and soil conservation engineers;
– farm machinery designers and developers;
– farm electrification and power systems designers;
– developers of technology for precision agriculture applications;
– environmental control engineers;
– food and bioprocess engineers;
– agricultural technology experts;
– and waste disposal and recycling experts.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,953
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R48970 per year as tuition fees.
Students from SADC countries pay local tuition fees plus a levy of R3400 (R1800 per semester)

Application fee:
All students from SADC and other African countries pay: R470
All students from outside of Africa: U$146

Students from within Africa but outside SADC and from the rest of the world are required to pay US$ 14 535.00 per annum; i.e. U$ 6 895.00 per semester (first or second) inclusive of the international levy, where registration is required for one semester only to complete a qualification.

Relevant Contact

Leigh Jarvis
Academic Leader
Venishree Pillay
Undergraduate Administrator
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