The PhD programme in Chemical Engineering is 100% research based, requiring full-time study and enrolment of three years. Part-time enrolment is considered ad hoc, e.g. if the candidate is full-time employed as an engineer and wants to do research in the industry in collaboration with a supervisor in the Department. A dissertation is produced for evaluation, as well as sufficient academic articles that are submitted and accepted in accredited academic journals as part of fulfilment and attainment of the degree.

Candidates eligible to apply for a PhD in the Chemical Engineering Department include graduates with a MEng or MSc Eng degree in Chemical/Extractive Metallurgical Engineering or graduates with an MSc degree in one of the following fields: computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics, chemistry, biological sciences or physics. Note however, that completion of a PhD 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

  • Applicable Master’s degree with minimum average of at least 65%
  • Secured a supervisor with position in research group (preferred)
  • Suitable research topic (established in collaboration with supervisor)

Full-time registration

  • 100% research-based programme
  • Full-time enrolment for approx. 3 academic years
  • First year of registration without title
  • Accepted formal PhD proposal within first 12 months of registration (requirement)

Part-time registration

  • 100% research-based programme
  • Part-time enrolment for approx. 4 – 5 academic years
  • First year of registration preferrably with title
  • Register after proposal has been reviewed and accepted


  • Submission of dissertation for examination
  • At least three published and/or submitted articles in accredited research journals

SAQA credits

  • 360 credits (dissertation)
  • NQF level 10

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

Tuition Fees & Bursaries

More information about tuition and accommodation fees can be found below, including opportunities and information about bursaries.

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