Process Engineering Stellenbosch University

Process Engineering Stellenbosch University

Welcome to the Department of Process Engineering, situated within the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Here you will find information about our research focus, contact details of our academic and support staff, as well as information about undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities and the latest news.

Undergraduate

The Department offers a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in Chemical Engineering, which leads to registration as a professional engineer and equips the engineer with broad training.

Read more here about what our degree entails.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering relates to the design, management and optimisation of processes used to produce valuable products from raw materials. These products are crucially important to almost every sphere of the modern society, be it in the form of basic consumables, commodities, or environmental services. The chemical engineer therefore plays a pivotal role in society and has the opportunity to improve the everyday lives of people!

Mineral Processing

Mineral processing refers to the application of chemical engineering in the mining and minerals industry. More specifically, it involves the design, management and optimisation of processes used for the extraction of valuable minerals from ores.

Postgraduates

The Department offers two postgraduate qualifications:

  • Overview

The Department offers two postgraduate enrolment options for local and international students who come from various undergraduate backgrounds, including a research-based Master’s degree (MEng) in either Chemical or Extractive Metallurgical Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering in either Chemical or Extractive Metallurgical Engineering. Our department does not offer a taught/structured master’s degree.

Further, our department offers access to cutting-edge laboratories and facilities, and research is performed in close collaboration with industry as well as international partners.

Postgraduate prospectus 2018
Download our departmental postgraduate prospectus for 2018 here. For more information regarding our research groups, please click on the Research tab above. Upon application, please notify the postgraduate manager, Mrs Mieke de Jager, of your research interest(s), and your application documents will be sent to the applicable researcher(s).

  • MEng

The MEng (Research) is a 100% research-based programme, generally requiring full-time study and research over a period of 18 – 24 months. Part-time candidates who are working in the industry are considered, and enrolment stretches over approximately three to four years.

A thesis is produced for evaluation, as well as sufficient academic articles, as part of fulfilment and attainment of the degree. This Department does not offer a taught/structured Masters degree.

Candidates eligible to apply for a Master’s degree in the Process Engineering Department include graduates with a four-year undergraduate degree leading to a professional qualification such as BEng and BSc Eng, or graduates with a BSc Hons degree in one of the following fields: computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics, chemistry, biological sciences or physics.

Note however, that completion of a MEng is not a qualifying degree for registration as an engineer if a candidate comes from one of the last-mentioned fields.

ProgrammeAdmission RequirementsFormatEvaluationSAQA Credits
MEng (Chemical)MEng (Metallurgical)1. Qualifications
a. BEng
b. Hons BSc
c. Applicable 4-year B
degree
d. PGDip
e. MTech
2. Minimum academic requirements
SA candidates with BEng qualification: 60% average for degree completed in four years, 65% average for degree completed in five years.
SA candidates with Hons BSc qualification: 65% average. Preferance will be given to applicants with average of 70% and above.
SA candidates with MTech qualification: 65% average
International candidates:65% average / Second Class Upper Division pass for degree completed in minimum time.
3. Selection by department
Full-time enrolment for 18 – 24 months.100% research-based programme.Submission of thesis.Submission of articles in accredited research journals.180 credits (thesis)NQF level 9
  • PhD

The PhD programme is 100% research based, requiring full-time study and enrolment of two to three years. Part-time enrolment is considered in special cases, e.g. if the candidate is employed as an engineer and wants to do research in the industry in collaboration with a supervisor in the Department. A dissertation is produced for evaluation, as well as sufficient academic articles that are submitted and accepted in accredited academic journals as part of fulfilment and attainment of the degree.

Candidates eligible to apply for a PhD in the Process Engineering Department include graduates with a MEng or MSc Eng degree in Chemical/Extractive MEtallurgical Engineering or graduates with an MSc degree in one of the following fields: computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics, chemistry, biological sciences or physics. Note however, that completion of a PhD is not a qualifying degree for registration as an engineer if a candidate comes from one of the last-mentioned fields.

ProgrammeAdmission RequirementsFormatEvaluationSAQA Credits
PhD (Chemical)PhD (Metallurgical)1. Applicable Master’s degree with minimum average of 65%
2. Suitable research topic
3. Selection by department
Accepted formal PhD proposal within first 12 months of registration.Full-time enrolment for 2 – 3 years.

100% research-based programme.

Submission of thesis.Submission of articles in accredited research journals.

Acceptance of articles in accredited research journals.

360 credits (dissertation)NQF level 10

 

  • Application Procedure

In order to apply for postgraduate study, the following steps have to be completed:

1. Complete the University’s institutional application. Should you require assistance with finalising and completing your online application, feel free to contact our Client Service Center on info@sun.ac.za / 021 808 9111 for assistance. Please ensure that ALL necessary supporting documents are uploaded – if your application is incomplete it will not be processed and you will not be considered for departmental admission.
This is of critical importance for international students as the application has to be evaluated by the International Office.

2. Complete a departmental application form and submit it to the postgraduate manager, Mrs Mieke de Jager (miekedup@sun.ac.za).

Kindly include the following documents with your departmental application, as stated on the application form: academic record, qualification certificates, curriculum vitae, identification document or passport, and three reference letters (preferably from academic referees). The reference letters should include the contact details of your referees and give an indication of your abilities with regard to: independent scientific work, understanding of technical concepts, design, execution and interpretation of scientific experiments, and technical writing ability.

  • Tuition Fees

Request a personalised quotation here for an estimation of tuition fees at Stellenbosch University.

  • Funding and Bursaries

 

The Department has many exciting research opportunities available for Masters and Doctoral candidates, although not all research opportunities offer bursaries. The possibility of funding is dependent on factors such as availability, academic record, and nationality. All applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain their own funding.

Students are also encouraged to sign up for the TakeNote newsletter, which regularly communicates many funding opportunities.

Contact Us

Physical Address

Department of Process Engineering
C/O Banghoek & Bosman Road
Stellenbosch
7600
South Africa

Postal Address

Department of Process Engineering
Private Bag X1
Matieland
Stellenbosch
7602
South Africa