Prospective undergraduates

What is chemical engineering?

What is the difference between chemistry and chemical engineering?

What is mineral processing?

What is process engineering?

What do chemical engineers do?

Where do chemical engineers work?


Stellenbosch University boasts both the highest student success rate in the country and the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member in South Africa. It ranks among the top 300 universities in the world and the top 20 in BRICS countries (per the Times Higher Education World University rankings).

The Department of Process Engineering is home to 18 full-time academic staff members. Besides being active researchers in their fields, the academics are also dedicated to continuously improving the teaching and learning environment. The Faculty of Engineering awarded the “Lecturer of the year” prize to Process Engineering staff members two years in a row (Prof. Burger in 2015 and Prof. Bradshaw in 2016), and a number of staff members frequently present educational research at the University’s annual “Scholarship of Teaching & Learning” conferences.

Of course, Stellenbosch is situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The historic town and the beautiful natural surroundings all combine to create an exceptional living environment. Read more about the University at

The admission requirements and selection criteria can be found here (of hier vir die Afrikaans), or you can consult the Faculty Year Book (section 2.4, page 32). There are different ways to apply. The application process is described here.
You can also contact the Engineering Faculty’s secretary, Nicole Hartzenburg, by sending an email to if you have further queries.

Request a quotation here for an estimation of tuition fees at Stellenbosch University.

If you are interested in applying for a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering, complete an institutional application at Please take note of the application deadlines for international and South African candidates.

General admission and application queries:

Please contact the University Client Service Centre at +27 21 808 9111 or send an email to

Faculty-specific queries:

Please contact the Faculty Secretary:

Ms Nicole Hartzenburg
Faculty Secretary


What in the world do chemical engineers do? This film illustrates the substance and breadth of chemical engineering’s contributions. May you also be inspired to change the world!