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

The Electrical Engineering curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the environment in which the generation, transmission and use of electrical power takes place. This environment varies from large generators in a power station to the latest microprocessor used to control a process in a factory or the supply of electricity to a house.

We believe that the best way to accomplish this preparation is by a broad-based degree in which the third year includes courses such as Electromagnetic Theory, Electrical Machines, Power Systems, Electronics, Digital Systems, Power Electronics and Control Systems.

The study of electronics and the use of computers are integrated into the electrical engineers training because they are vital tools. They also attend a course on Engineering Management and Labour Practices in preparation for industry employment.


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
ENEL1ED Electrical Design 1 or
ENAG1DE Engineering Design

ENME1DR Engineering Drawing
ENME1EM Intro. to Engineering Materials
or ENAG1MT Intro. to Engineering Materials

MATH131 Mathematics 1A(Eng)
MATH141 Mathematics 1B(Eng)
MATH132 Applied Mathematics 1A(Eng)
MATH142 Applied Mathematics 1B(Eng)
PHYS151 Engineering Physics 1A or
PHYS110 Mech., Optics & Thermal Phys

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

The discipline of Electrical 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 Electrical 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 Electrical Engineer.

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Acoustic consultant
– Aerospace engineer
– Broadcast engineer
– CAD technician
– Control and instrumentation engineer
– Design engineer
– Electrical engineer
– Electronics engineer
– IT consultant
– Network engineer
– Nuclear engineer
– Sound engineer
– Special effects technician
– Systems analyst

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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