WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,987 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Campus:Durban; Pietermaritzburg
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

The Computer Engineering curriculum is designed to prepare students for a career in the fast-growing field of computer engineering, where computer systems are applied to the management, control and dissemination of information and the control and management of systems of all forms.

The programme is based heavily on the Electronic Engineering programme with different specialisation subjects being offered in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of study. This approach provides a broad base of engineering concepts that is essential to the application of computing systems in problem-solving.

The specialisation starts in 2nd year with a course on Data Structures and Algorithms, which complements the two standard Computer Methods programming courses. In the third year of study, further specialist courses in Software Engineering, Advanced Programming and Discrete Mathematics are taken along with two Computer Engineering Design courses.

Students also attend a course on Engineering Management and Labour Practices in preparation for industry employment and an Environmental Engineering course to ensure sensitivity to this important aspect of any engineering activity.

The 4th year of study is where most specialisation takes place with prescribed courses on Embedded Systems,

Operating Systems, Advanced Computer Engineering and Real-Time Computing being taken plus three optional courses taken from subjects such as E-Commerce Systems, Security and Encryption, Internet Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing.


Year 1

CHEM181 Chemistry for Engineers 1A or CHEM163 Chemistry & Society 1

CHEM191 Chemistry for Engineers 1B or CHEM173 Chemistry & Society 2

ENCH1TC Tech. Communication for Engineers (8) ENEL1ED Electrical Design 1 or

ENAG1DE Engineering Design

ENME1DR Engineering Drawing (8) ENME1EM Intro to

Engineering Materials or ENAG1MT Intro. to Engineering Materials

MATH131 Mathematics 1A(Eng) (16) MATH141 Mathematics 1B(Eng)

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

MATH142 Applied Mathematics 1B(Eng) (16)

PHYS151 Engineering Physics 1A or PHYS110 Mech., Optics & Thermal Physics

PHYS120 Electromag, Waves & Mod. Phys or PHYS152 Engineering Physics 1B

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
The discipline of Computer Engineering accepts only a limited number of students into first year on the Durban campus. A smaller additional number are accepted to do first year in Pietermaritzburg but have to transfer to Durban from second year onwards.

Prospective students are invited to visit Computer Engineering to discuss their future careers with members of staff, attend a University Open Day, or phone the contacts listed below.

The actual application is done through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Apply to UKZN online at: Contact the CAO on: 031 268 4444

Career Opportunities

With the increasing demand for electricity and the tremendous growth of the information, manufacturing and telecommunications industries there are many challenging and exciting jobs awaiting each graduating Computer Engineer.

Career opportunities of this programme include:
– Call Centers
– Computer-Aided Design
– Computer Science Engineer
– Hardware Engineer
– Network Engineer
– Software Engineer
– Web Designer
– Web Developer.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,987
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R49538 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