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Faculty of Engineering Stellenbosch University

The Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University is one of South Africa's major producers of top quality engineers. Established in 1944, it currently has five Engineering Departments, namely:

The Faculty is housed in a large complex of buildings with modern facilities. It has excellent teaching and research laboratories and an extensive support infrastructure.

The Faculty has approximately 1 800 students, of whom about one third are postgraduate students.

Engineering degrees awarded at Stellenbosch University


The Faculty's Calendar contains detailed information on degree programmes and their requirements.


Undergraduate studies:


BEng: Bachelor of Engineering

This four-year degree programme is a basic qualification in engineering which equips the engineer with broad training. Please note: the Bachelor of Engineering degree is the ONLY qualification that qualifies a student to apply for registration as a professional engineer.

Postgraduate studies

PDE: Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering

This is a one-year postgraduate diploma for BSc or BTech graduates. This diploma qualifies students to continue with a Master's degree in engineering.

MScEng: Master of Science in Engineering

The MScEng programme is an in-depth study that succeeds the BEng, BScHons, BEngSci or PDE. It is a research Master's degree with a thesis as requirement for graduation.

MEng: Master of Engineering

The MEng programme succeeds the BEng, PDE, BScHons or BEngSci. In this programme a number of prescribed modules and an assignment must be completed. 

PhD: Doctor of Philosophy

Before being awarded a PhD degree, the candidate should show proof of original research, which contributes to knowledge in the engineering profession. This research is presented in the form of a dissertation.

DEng: Doctor of Engineering


The DEng may be awarded to persons whose total body of research may be regarded as making an extra-ordinary contribution towards engineering as a whole.

Recognition of degrees

The four year BEng degree is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). According to the conditions of the Washington Accord, through the Engineering Council of South Africa, the BEng is also recognized in those countries signatory to the Accord, i.e. Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

In addition, Stellenbosch University's engineering degrees generally provide direct admission to the next level of postgraduate study programmes in engineering at international universities.

Academic year


BEng students register at the beginning of the academic year, which runs from early February to mid-December. The first semester is from February to June, and the second semester from mid-July to mid-December. Postgraduate registrations are accepted in either the first (February-June) or second semester (July-December). 

Closing dates for applications of international students


Honours and Masters

30 September for February semester (preferred start)

31 March for July semester (where possible)

Doctoral programmes

normally close on 15 January of the same year. Please note that the selection process involves approval by the Department, Faculty and Senate of the University and will thus take some time to finalise the outcome. Doctoral candidates would normally enter into discussions with their prospective supervisor/s as part of the process.

Medium of tuition


At undergraduate level, there are two parallel language streams in the first year. Students may choose to follow their courses in either English or Afrikaans. From the second year to the final year, the medium of tuition is mainly Afrikaans. Most text books are in English. Students may write their assignments, tests and examinations in either English or Afrikaans. All postgraduate courses are presented in English.


The Faculty has a comprehensive Research Brochure.


The Faculty of Engineering is at the forefront of basic and applied research, and enjoys international recognition for its work. By focusing on cutting-edge and inter-disciplinary research, the Faculty is experiencing strong growth in its research and postgraduate programmes. It has a long tradition of close cooperation with industry. Both contract research and consultation for industry are facilitated by various internal organisations. These include the Centres for Process Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Civil Engineering, and the Institutes for Thermodynamics and Mechanics, and for Industrial Engineering.

Research activities are supported by excellent staff, as well as world-class experimental laboratories, computational facilities and research infrastructure. We are fortunate in attracting students of the highest calibre. Postgraduate students can expect to be supervised by top-notch researchers and academics who share their knowledge in a collegial environment.

Our faculty is research-intensive and is the largest contributor to the research income of Stellenbosch University.

The historic and picturesque town of Stellenbosch


Stellenbosch is a vibrant university town with a rich history. It is South Africa's second oldest town after Cape Town, and was founded in 1679. The town has approximately 170 000 inhabitants. The picturesque town has oak tree-lined streets and is surrounded by majestic mountains and vineyards.

The Stellenbosch wine region is one of the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere. Stellenbosch is situated about 60 km from Cape Town, which allows students to have the best of both worlds: a small-town atmosphere, only 30 minute's drive from the exciting, vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. For the nature lover, there are hiking and biking trails as well as rock climbing in the surrounding mountains. With the sea only 30 kilometres away, those who enjoy beautiful beaches, swimming, surfing, diving and other water sports, will be in their element!

The town of Stellenbosch and the University offer students a wide range of opportunities and excellent facilities for nearly all types of sport, cultural activities and student fun.


Non-South African students

The International Office at Stellenbosch University can assist all non-South African students. 
Their contact details are as follows:

Telephone: +27 21 808 4628 Fax: +27 21 808 3799


General Enquiries

Please contact the Faculty Secretary, Mr Minnaar Pienaar

Telephone: +27 21 808 4835 Fax: +27 21 808 4576


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General Enquiries:   Faculty Secretary, Mr Minnaar Pienaar

Tel: +27 21 808 4835

Fax: +27 21 808 4576


International Enquiries:

Tel: +27 21 808 4628

Fax: +27 21 808 3799