Chemical Engineering

The Department of  Chemical Engineering'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. UCT's degree programmes are fully accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa. 


The four-year undergraduate degree prepares graduates for careers in the chemical, metallurgical, and process industries. There is a limited amount of specialisation in the areas of minerals processing, bioprocess engineering, catalytic processing, and environmental process engineering. The degree focuses on the development of technical expertise, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills. For more information, refer to the Undergraduate Faculty Handbook .


The department has dynamic research programmes and students who have obtained satisfactory results in their undergraduate courses are encouraged to return for postgraduate study. Postgraduates may register as Masters or PhD students. The purpose of the MSc degree is to master the scientific method, with emphasis on critical evaluation of all information and data. The purpose of the PhD degree is to develop new insights in the field of Chemical Engineering. Both the MSc degree and the PhD degree incorporate the planning and execution of a research project within a particular time frame. For more information, refer to the Postgraduate Faculty Handbook.







Chemical Engineering Building, South Lane, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, Western Cape
South Africa



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