Postgraduate Qualifications in Chemical Engineering

The Department offers three postgraduate enrolment options for local and international students who come from various undergraduate backgrounds, including:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemical Engineering (full-time or part-time enrolment),
  • Research-based Master’s degree (MEng) in Chemical Engineering (full-time or part-time enrolment), and
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Chemical Engineering (full-time enrolment option only).

Our department does not currently offer a taught/structured master’s degree. Further, our department offers access to cutting-edge laboratories and facilities, and research is performed in close collaboration with industry as well as international partners. Research is conducted within any of our six research groups; information about our research groups are detailed here.


Visit the opportunities page for all the latest bursaries and research projects our department has to offer.

South Africa’s academic programme runs according to the calendar year (January – December). Applications for the 2022 intake open 1 June 2021, and the deadlines are as follows:

  • PGDip applicants (local): 30 November, (international): 30 September, as the visa application process can take 6 – 8 weeks to complete and all students have to start the programme at the start of the first semester in 2022.
  • MEng, international applicants: 30 November, but candidates are encouraged to apply sooner as the visa application process, after formal admission, takes 6 – 8 weeks to complete.
  • MEng, South African applicants: 30 November
  • PhD applicants (both local and international): Applications open 1 June, and will be considered without any application deadline.

Minimum admission requirements and programme details are discussed below – click on the relevant programme button. All applicants are encouraged to follow the formal application procedure, as explained on the Application Procedure button. We strongly discourage applicants to contact multiple supervisors on their personal email addresses as this does not reflect well on the candidate.

Research Groups

Bioresource Engineering
The Bioresource Engineering group is large, diverse and ambitious and includes dynamic researchers who are working to find solutions for some of the big and pressing questions that society needs to address in our lifetimes.
Extractive Metallurgy
The sustainable production of valuable minerals and metals from ore (or metal-containing waste material) is critical for a prosperous and safe world.
Separations Technology
Traditional separation processes like distillation have been around for centuries. However, the underlying fundamentals of these processes are in many cases still not fully understood.
Waste Valorisation
It is well-known by now that what has traditionally been considered “waste” presents a greatly underutilized resource. Wastewater, for example…
Water Technology
Water, of adequate quality, is a core resource for human development, industry and agriculture. Whilst this resource may have been plentiful and abundant in the distant past, rapid urbanisation and population growth, industrialisation…
Machine Learning
Advances in online monitoring and data collection present an opportunity to enhance the efficiency, sustainability and profitability of engineering processes.

Our facilities and current research projects

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