Aeronautical Engineering – Wits University

Aeronautical Engineering – Wits University

The aeronautical engineer is involved in the design, development and modification of the components and systems of all types of flight vehicles – including fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, sail planes, airships and missiles.

Qualification: BSc (Eng)

School: Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering

Faculty: Engineering and the Built Environment

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Programme overview

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering – Aeronautical Engineering (BScEng Aeronautical) is a four-year professional degree. You will share the first two years of study with the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students to provide you with a firm foundation in the engineering sciences. From the third year, emphasis is placed on aeronautical design and on the study of aircraft behaviour. The practical aspects of your training are important and you will be required to complete project work during your vacations. Much of this project work is carried out in co-operation with the aircraft industry.

Why Wits?

Wits offers the only accredited undergraduate Aeronautical Engineering degree on the African continent. While there are other accredited degrees that describe themselves as Aeronautical, ours is the only degree which teaches aircraft design (the others only teach aerodynamics, or structures, or some other component of our full offering). Ours may also be the only undergraduate aircraft design degree in the Southern Hemisphere. Graduates of this degree programme have gone on to work at Rolls Royce Aero Engines (Justin Mills), Airbus Industrie (Byron Mansfield; Arne Schwarck), and NASA (Prinal Naidoo). Graduates have also started their own companies designing drones with innovative design (Matthew Whalley).

Career Opportunities

Design, develop and manufacture aerospace vehicles and their component systems

  • Research, design and development
  • Management and production side of the aeronautical industry
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Aircraft Design Engineer
  • Automotive Aerodynamics Engineer
  • Aircraft Systems Design Engineer
  • Propulsion Engineer
  • Airline Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Production Manager

Entry Requirements

Engineering and the Built Environment

ProgrammeMinimum Admission Requirements Selection procedures
APS  Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in Engineering BSc (Eng)  (4 years)English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5 Mathematics – 5 Physical Science – 5Note: Due to the limited number of places available, admission is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on final NSC results. Generally students who achieve at least 70% in Mathematics, Physical Science and English stand a greater chance of being accepted.
  • Aeronautical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Metallurgy
  • Mining
Bachelor of Engineering Science in the field of Digital Arts 
(3 years)
42+English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Physical Science – 5
Applicants will be required to complete additional selection criteria, e.g. workshop, interview.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering 
BEngSc (BME)
(3 years)
42+English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Physical Science – 5
Bachelor of Architectural StudiesBAS
(3 years)
34+English HL or 1st Add Lang – 4
Mathematics – 4
Acceptance is dependent on departmental selection procedures. Applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise and may be required to attend an interview. Applicants with a Wits APS of 34 and above may be accepted on this basis. Applicants with a Wits APS of between 29 and 33 may only be considered on the basis of exceptional exercise scores. The selection process for the BAS is conducted by a panel of senior academics from the School of Architecture and Planning, monitored by the Assistant Dean. Selection is based predominantly on performance against the selection exercise, interview and academic performance, although demographic balance is taken into consideration where a choice needs to be made between applicants scoring within the same range.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies
BSc (CS)
(3 years)Bachelor of Science in Property Studies BSc (PS)
(4 years)
36+English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Provided that Mathematics and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning BSc (URP)
(3 years)
36+English HL or 1st Add Lang – 5
Mathematics – 5
Provided that Mathematics and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.

Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2018
Faculty of Health Sciences (All programmes)
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Audiology
Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology

30 September 2018
All other University programmes
Residence applications

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
Course Costs

The average course costs for local students range from R34 000 to R62 000, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered.

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