Engineering offers excellent careers for men and women. Professional engineers are primarily concerned with the progress of technology by innovation, creativity, and change. Their work requires original thought, discretion, and sound judgement, and usually centres on people and technology.
The four-year Bachelor of Engineering programmes (BEng) equip students with a broad knowledge base. In the first year all students take the same compulsory subjects; thereafter they start specialising in the specific programme in which they are interested. Since the first year of study is largely common to all BEng programmes, students that have passed all the first-year subjects in their first year of study may change to any other BEng programme at the start of their second year of study. In the first two years, a foundation of mathematics and the natural and engineering sciences is laid, and in the third and fourth years, students learn how to apply their knowledge to solve technical problems and how to develop business opportunities. With this broad knowledge base, BEng graduates can take up a variety of occupations both within and outside the engineering industry. They often establish and manage their own companies as entrepreneurs.
Professional accreditation and international recognition
All our BEng programmes are accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), giving our graduates access to registration as Professional Engineers after acquiring the relevant experience in practice. In line with the Washington Accord, our BEng degrees are recognised world-wide in such countries as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, to name a few.
Language of instruction
The University adopted a new language policy in 2016, for implementation from 2017 onwards. According to this policy the University wants to revise the English offering upwards so as to achieve full accessibility to SU for academically deserving prospective and current students who prefer to study in English. At the same time the University wants to sustain access to SU for students who prefer to study in Afrikaans and to further develop Afrikaans as a language of tuition, where reasonably practicable.
Details of the undergraduate language offering in the BEng programmes can be obtained via the Faculty's website.
All postgraduate programmes are offered in English.
Admission and selection
The minimum admission requirements and selection process for all BEng programmes, including the extended degree programmes, are set out here.
Extended BEng degree programmes
Extended degree programmes were introduced to help students with an inadequate school background to master the BEng programmes. These extended degree programmes offer alternative access to the programmes of the Faculty of Engineering.
Extended degree programmes require one extra year of study, which precedes the curriculum of the four-year programmes. Students who have completed this extra year successfully, and who meet certain additional requirements, may continue with the curriculum of the four-year degree programmes of the Faculty of Engineering.
One cannot apply directly for an extended degree programme, but should apply for a four-year BEng programme. Applicants will automatically be considered for an extended degree programme, provided they meet the admission requirements for the extended degree programmes.
Admission requirements for the extended degree programmes
- A National Senior Certificate (NSC) certified for admission to bachelor's studies, or an exemption certificate from the Matriculation Board
- An average of at least 60% in the NSC
- Mathematics 60%
- Physical Sciences 50%
A language mark that meet one of the following requirements:
- English Home Language 50%, with no Afrikaans requirement OR
- English First Additional Language 60%, with no Afrikaans requirement OR
- English First Additional Language 50% AND Afrikaans Home Language 50% OR
- English First Additional Language 50% AND Afrikaans Second Additional Language 60%
- Over and above the aforementioned requirements, candidates are subject to selection according to selection criteria, similarly to the four-year BEng programmes.