Wits Chemical Engineering Postgraduate course

Chemical Engineering is the branch of engineering which deals with large scale industrial processes which convert, by physical or chemical change, raw materials into products with a higher economic and social value. Examples include, the production of plastic and synthetic fibres, petroleum from coal, paper, fertiliser, cement, food processing, water and effluent treatment and others technologies.

Undergraduate study at Wits

The School is part of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, and offers undergraduate BSc (Eng) degrees in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering.

The BSc (Eng) degree is a four-year degree programme.

Curriculum

The first two years of study are mostly common to both disciplines, while the last two years offer opportunities for specialisation in either Chemical Engineering or Metallurgical Engineering.

In addition to the necessary courses in the basic sciences, there are first and second year courses which provide students with an introduction to the analysis of Chemical Engineering as well as Metallurgical and Materials principles and practices.

Towards the end of the second year the Chemical Engineering students cover more specialised process engineering topics while the Metallurgical Engineering students study various aspects of the extraction, refining and application of several key metals.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid base for their diverse careers by emphasising sound problem-solving abilities in conjunction with a thorough understanding of the principles of engineering.

Practical experience

During the vacation at the end of third year, students are required to obtain practical experience by working with an engineering company that deals with chemical engineering and/or metallurgical engineering practices. The fourth year curriculum allows a student to choose a number of optional courses, depending on aptitudes and interests.

Applications for Chemical Engineering

Prospective students should note that the School is not involved with the formal admission process; applications are handled by the University’s Student Enrolment Centre.

HOWEVER, the staff of the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering are always happy to discuss the available career options with prospective students, either as individuals or as a school group. Visits to the School for groups of prospective students from a school can usually be arranged on suitable notice.

In either case, contact:
Undergraduate Administrative Officer
School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, South Africa
Tel : 27 (11) 717 7529
Fax : 27 (11) 717 7591
e-mail: maria.modiba@wits.ac.za

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