Our department offers a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Research), which is a 100% research-based programme. This programme generally requires full-time study and research under the guidance of a supervisor(s) over a period of 18 – 24 months. Part-time candidates who are working in the industry are considered, and enrolment stretches over approximately three to four years. The residency culminates in the submission and examination of a thesis, as well as academic articles as part of fulfilment and attainment of the degree.

Candidates eligible to apply for a master’s degree in the Department of Process Engineering include graduates with a four-year undergraduate degree leading to a professional qualification such as BEng and BSc Eng, or graduates with a BSc Honours degree in one of the following fields: computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics, chemistry, biological sciences or physics. Note, however, that completion of a MEng is not a qualifying degree for registration as an engineer if a candidate comes from one of the last-mentioned fields.

Programme Information

Admission requirements:
– Qualifications

  • BEng degree
  • Hons BSc degree
  • Applicable 4-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Applicable Postgraduate Diploma
  • MTech

Minimum academic requirements:

  • A candidates with BEng qualification: 65% average for degree completed in four years, >65% average for degree completed in five years.
  • SA candidates with Hons BSc qualification: 65% average. Preference will be given to applicants with average of 70% and above.
  • SA candidates with MTech qualification: 65% average and above
  • International candidates: 65% average / Second Class Upper Division pass for degree completed in minimum time. Results of individual modules are also scrutinized. Preference will be given to candidates with a First Class Pass.

All applicants are encouraged to apply for research funding, especially NRF funding. As most South African funders only make funding available to SA citizens, international students are strongly encouraged to apply for funding from their home countries or other international funders.


  • Full-time enrolment for approx. 2 academic years
  • Part-time enrolment of approx. 3 – 4 years
  • 100% research-based programme


  • Submission of thesis
  • Submission of articles in accredited research journals

SAQA credits:

  • 180 credits (thesis)
  • NQF level 9

Postgraduate Support

Contact Mieke de Jager, our Postgraduate Manager, if you have any queries or need support.

Postgraduate & Research Manager

Stellenbosch University reserves the right to change the degree structure, modules and their content, lecturers, fees, admission requirements, delivery mode, semesters in which modules are offered and related issues. Admission is subject to selection and the number of students per cohort is limited.


The postgraduate application process is as simple as completing the online application and submitting the supporting documents.

Tuition Fees & Bursaries

More information about Study & SU Residence fees can be found below, including opportunities and information about bursaries.

FAQs & International Students

Some answers to questions about the postgraduate programmes including information about International Students