Pulp and Paper Technology :: Durban University of Technology Department of Chemical Engineering

Durban University of Technology (DUT) Department of Chemical Engineering Pulp and Paper Technology

Pulp and Paper Technology is a specialist field of chemical engineering which involves the study of the processes required for the conversion of raw materials such as wood, into pulp and paper products.

Pulp and paper products are indispensable in our daily lives; products such as newspapers, toilet tissue, books, boxes, etc. are an essential component of modern civilization and it is impossible to imagine life without them.

A pulp and paper technologist must have a wide variety of talents. He/she must understand how and why a given process works, in order to set up and operate equipment in the process. A pulp and paper technologist is a creative problem solver, who applies scientific knowledge and technical expertise to ensure that the process runs in the most cost effective and efficient way, and with due regard to safety and the environment.

A person who wants to embark on a career in Pulp and Paper Technology must have a basic knowledge of chemistry and physics, and an aptitude for solving problems logically.

Why Study at DUT?

  • In pursuit of academic excellence, the mission of DUT is primarily to provide formal tertiary education and training in accordance with the manpower and technological needs of the country while striving to encourage and excel in research.
  • The Dept of Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper is recognised as a leader in Chemical Engineering teaching and research in South Africa.
  • In keeping with the philosophy of vocational training, the Department has one of the most comprehensive laboratory facilities in the country, and is actively involved in relevant research.
  • The Department has extensive interaction with industry, research organisations, the Engineering Council of South Africa, and the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers; all courses offered are current and relevant.

Qualifications Offered

The following qualifications in the field of Pulp and Paper Technology are offered:

  • National Diploma : Pulp and Paper Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology : Pulp and Paper Technology

Entry Requirements
National Diploma Pulp and Paper Technology Entrance Requirements
Bachelor of Technology Pulp and Paper Technology (BTech) Entrance Requirements

NOTE: Phase out of information for the BTech in Pulp and Paper Technology

As gazetted in the Government Gazette, Vol. 613, No. 40123, 06 July 2016, the last date for first time entering students enrolling in academic programmes that are not aligned with the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework is the 31st December 2019. This means that you will not be able to enroll for a Bachelor (BTech) Degree at DUT, or at any other institution in South Africa after this date.


The National Diploma in Pulp and Paper Technology aims at producing a person who fully understands Pulp and Papermaking processes, and who is competent to work in any production process in a pulp or paper mill. Successful graduates would find employment as process controllers and supervisors ; this would obviously depend on the capabilities and performance of the individual.

The National diploma is a 3 year programme consisting of 24 months of theoretical tuition and 12 months of appropriate industrial training.

A matriculation endorsement, with at least a D symbol (Higher grade) or B symbol (Standard grade) in Mathematics and Physical Science.

The National Diploma in Pulp and Paper is offered on a full time basis, and only at the Steve Biko campus. First year in-take is done in the first semester. Application for this programme is done via the CAO and closes on the 31 October.

This programme is fully supported by the Pulp and Paper industry, but the in-take is restricted to approximately twenty persons, who meet the above requirements. In addition a limited number of bursaries are available to students who meet the entrance requirements as well as additional criteria set by industry.

On completion of a National Diploma or degree in engineering or science, a candidate may enrol for the Bachelor’s degree in Technology: Pulp and Paper . This programme is designed to prepare students for positions in technical management or as process technologists. The degree is presently offered on a two year part time basis.

Bursaries cover full tuition fees as well as a monthly allowance.


Contact Information

Chemical Engineering

Head of Department:
Yusuf Makarfi Isa (Ph.D)
Tel: 031 373 2502
Fax: 031 373 2285
E-mail: YusufI@dut.ac.za
Location: Steve Biko Campus, Block S4 Level 1


Secretary: Ms K Ntuli
Tel: 031 373 2218 / 2384
Fax: 031 373 2285
E-mail: khanyisilen@dut.ac.za
Location: Steve Biko Campus, Block S4 Level 1

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