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.


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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

block-pic-undergrad-chemChemical 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

block-pic-undergrad-minMineral 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.


The Department offers two postgraduate qualifications:

Masters in Engineering (MEng)

block-pic-undergrad-chemCandidates with a BEng degree, Hons BSc degree, MTech degree or a PGDip are eligible to apply for a MEng (Research) in either chemical or extractive metallurgical engineering.


block-pic-undergrad-chemCandidates with an applicable Masters degree are eligible to apply for a PhD in either chemical or extractive metallurgical engineering.


Industry and Research links

Anglo American Platinum

Centre for Excellence in Catalysis (c*change)

Department of Science and Technology (DST)

GE Intelligent Platforms









Minerals Education Trust Fund (METF)



National Research Foundation (NRF)


Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA)


Post-Harvest Innovation (PHI) program

Protein Research Foundation


RCL Foods

Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA)


SARChI Research Chair in Biofuels and Other Clean Alternatives


South African Minerals to Metals Research Institute (SAMMRI)

South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI)

Stone Three Mining Solutions

Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI)

Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP)

The Alborada Trust through the Cambridge-Africa Alborada research fund

The Ernest Solvay Fund


Water Research Commission

Wilhelm Frank Trust



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