University of Cape Town Department of Chemical Engineering

University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Chemical Engineering

The department’s tradition of excellence is reflected in the fact that almost a third of South Africa’s chemical engineers graduate from UCT. As the custodian of the largest national research programme, the Department is recognised as the leading academic department of its kind in Africa. UCT chemical engineering graduates are highly sought after in the workplace, and occupy key positions in top companies. Our degree programmes are fully accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa.

What is chemical engineering? 

Almost everything you use in daily life – plastics, metals, textiles, paper, food and beverages, toiletries, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals – has been made with the help of a chemical engineer. Chemical engineers are instrumental in the process of converting raw (and sometimes recycled) materials into finished products. This process is complex and involves research and development, design, construction, daily plant operation, and management.

Career opportunities

Chemical engineers work in many different and exciting workplaces – not only in the expected settings of the petrochemical and mining industries, but also in a wide variety of process-based disciplines, such as the food, beverage, paint, and pharmaceutical industries. As UCT-trained chemical engineers have excellent general problem-solving skills, they also end up in fields like banking, marketing, and IT.

About the Department of Chemical Engineering

Why choose Chemical Engineering Department?

Undergraduate Studies

Postgraduate Studies

Courses offered by this Department

Entry Requirements

Application Guidelines

Contact Information

Chemical Engineering Department
: 021 650 2518

Physical address
Chemical Engineering Building
South Lane, Upper Campus
University of Cape Town

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