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The Home of Chemical Engineering at Stellenbosch University.

Welcome to the Department of Process Engineering, situated within the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University. We take pride in doing cutting-edge research whilst delivering well rounded and highly skilled professional chemical engineers. Our team includes 20 full-time academic staff, 20 postdoctoral researchers, and 28 technical and support staff. Here you will find information about our research focus and academic programmes, as well as contact details of our staff.

Applications for our Bachelor’s Degree (BEng) in Chemical Engineering for the 2022 intake has closed, but applications for postgraduate studies are still open. 

May your journey with our department, in whichever capacity, be positive and enriching. Please reach out to us and let us know how we can assist you.

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Prof Christie Dorfling

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Our facilities, current research projects, and students’ experiences

The Department of Process Engineering has excellent facilities for students studying chemical engineering. This video gives you a tour of our facilities, and showcases some of the research projects currently undertaken at the department. Students also share their student experiences studying chemical engineering at SU.


Within the Department, our research foci can be grouped in to six main research areas:
Bioresource Engineering
Extractive Metallurgy
Separations Technology
Waste Valorisation
Water Technology
Machine Learning


The Department offers a four-year, ECSA accredited, undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree in Chemical Engineering, which leads to registration as a professional engineer. We take pride in developing highly skilled, well-rounded professional chemical engineers.

BEng Chemical Engineering

Chemical 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!

Graduates with this qualification can work in a variety of engineering industries, including process design and management, mineral processing, petrochemical, water technology, machine learning, bioprocessing, waste valorisation, and many more.


The Department currently offers three postgraduate qualifications:


Candidates with an applicable Master’s degree are eligible to apply for a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Masters in Engineering (MEng) (Research)

Candidates with a BEng degree, Hons BSc degree, MTech degree or a PGDip are eligible to apply for a MEng (Research) in Chemical Engineering.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Chemical Engineering

Candidates with a BTech qualification are eligible to apply for a PGDip in Chemical Engineering.

What Chemical Engineers Do


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