WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,196 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and IT
Campus:Hatfield Campus
Application Deadline: 31 August 2021
Programme Overview

Chemical engineering involves all aspects of the industrial processes that, in the broadest sense, convert raw materials into higher-value products by means of combinations of physical, chemical, thermal, biochemical and mechanical changes. The programme provides you with the necessary foundation to ensure that once you graduate, you will be able to make creative contributions to the world’s ever-increasing needs.

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 the economic tenets when designing equipment so as to ensure lucrative processes that will 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 abovementioned needs.


Year 1
Fundamental modules
– Academic orientation 112

Core modules
– General chemistry 171
– General chemistry 181
– Chemical engineering 113
– Chemical engineering 123
– Electricity and Electronics 122
– Physics 116
– Humanities and social sciences 110
– Humanities and social sciences 120
– Graphical communication 110
– Mechanics 122
– Calculus 158
– Mathematics 164
– Workshop practice 121

Year 2
Core modules
– Engineering statistics 220
– Chemistry 215
– Chemistry 226
– Chemical engineering materials 210
– Chemical engineering 211
– Thermodynamics 223
– Electrical engineering 221
– Community-based project 203
– Programming and information technology 213
– Strength of materials 210
– Mathematics 238
– Differential equations 256
– Calculus 258
– Numerical methods 263

Year 3
Core modules
– Engineering management 310
– Biochemical engineering 310- Chemical engineering design 320
– Chemical engineering 310
– Professional and technical communication 310
– Kinetics 321
– Laboratory 321
– Mass transfer 310
– Transfer processes 311
– Process dynamics 321
– Practical training 311
– Engineering activity and group work 320Year 4
Core modules
– Particle technology 410
– Process control 410
– Design project 421
– Chemical engineering practice 420
– Process synthesis 410
– Process analysis 420
– Practical training 411
– Reactor design 410
– Research project 411
– Research project 421
– Specialisation 420

Admission Requirements


English Home Language
AS Level – C

AS Level – B

Physical Sciences
AS Level – B

Cambridge A Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission. Students in the Cambridge system must offer both Physics AND Chemistry with performance at the level specified for NSC Physical Sciences.

International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
Students in the IB system must offer both Physics AND Chemistry with performance at the level specified for NSC Physical Sciences.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email

The registration guidelines show you step by step how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email us at

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

**Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th September
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st August

Career Opportunities

Chemical engineers are increasingly making their unique abilities available in areas as diverse as the automotive industry and the biomedical fi in addition to the traditional areas where their unique approach and understanding of the relevant principles lead to development in the petroleum, minerals, paper, food and textile industries. Thesesinfdsustries are collectively referred to as the process industries, which is why chemical engineers are often called process engineers. Water purification and water treatment, the design and operation of such processes and the protection of the environment from pollution are further areas in which chemical engineers make invaluable contributions.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,196
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,392

This international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:
– to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
– to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

Miss Jenny van Rooyen
Undergraduate applications and admissions
Miss Samantha Adams
Undergraduate applications and admissions