Admission requirements

Please note that the below admission requirements are subject to change pending selection and possible faculty-specific requirements.

Study information is subject to change and summarises the general fields of study. This information was compiled for introduction and orientation purposes and the North-West University accepts no liability for inaccuracies that may occur in this guide. The official yearbook of the University must in all cases be consulted during the process of compiling a programme for a specific field of study. Download the yearbook here: https://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/yearbooks

Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the University reserves the right to select candidates for admission to certain fields of study. This means that prospective students who comply with the minimum requirements will not automatically be admitted to the courses in question. Because of the capacity limitations and the high demand from students for admission to particular fields of study, students will be selected on the basis of their Grade 12 results for admission to these fields.

Engineering

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Degree

Field

Requirements

APS

Campus

Possible Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer and Electronic Engineering
  • Electromechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering

CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE

Applicants who have yet to write the final school-leaving examination will be conditionally accepted with the following grade 11 results: 

  • Afrikaans or English (the language of instruction in either the Home or First Additional Language level) at least 60% 
  • Mathematics at least 60% 
  • Physical Science at least 60%


FINAL ACCEPTANCE
Applicants will however only be finally accepted when they meet the
following requirements: 

  • Afrikaans or English (the language of instruction in either the Home or First Additional Language level) at least 60%
  • Mathematics at least 70% 
  • Physical Science at least 70% 
  • APS at least 34

Additional entry route:
Students with 65% in both Mathematics AND Physical Sciences, and an APS of 31, may have the opportunity to write a test as an additional point of entry.

Students with 40%+ in both Mathematics and Physical Sciences and at least 60% in the language of instruction can apply for the 1-year Xcel bridging programme: https://engineering.nwu.ac.za/
engineering/xcel-programme.

  • DURATION: 4 years

34

Potchefstroom

Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering with Minerals Processing

Chemical Engineers are involved in the research, design, development and management of industrial processes where raw materials are converted to products with higher economic value. For instance, turn corn to cornflakes, hops to beer, coal to petrol and algae to electricity.  The chemical industry is one of the greatest gross domestic product contributors in South Africa. Chemical engineering is one of the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

Electrical and Electronic Engineers enable the modern world by moving electrical energy from the source to the point of application. They do this as efficiently as possible, by applying their knowledge of power systems, power conversion, power conditioning, and electrical machines. Training provided by leading experts in power quality, power electronics and electrical machines, sets NWU Electrical and Electronic Engineers apart in industry. Our engineers thrive in power utilities and electrical consulting industries and relate well to the challenges of utilizing renewable energy sources as part of the energy solution of the future. Electrical and Electronic engineering is the number one scarce skill in South Africa.

Your options as an electrical, electronic or computer engineer in South Africa and abroad are:

  • Telecommunications
  • Energy and electric power
  • Semiconductors
  • Aerospace
  • Bio-engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Education and research
  • Transportation
  • Automotive

Computer and Electronic Engineers make the world a more efficient place by connecting humans and the world we live in, to the digital world of computer systems and the internet. They do this by using electronics, embedded computers and the skill of programming to control mechatronic systems and to build the internet. Computer and electronic engineering is the number one scarce skill in South Africa.

As a computer and electronic engineer you will have great employment prospects in South Africa and abroad. Industries include:

  • Telecommunications
  • Energy and electric power
  • Semiconductors
  • Aerospace
  • Bio-engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Education and research
  • Transportation
  • Automotive

Electromechanical Engineers ensure the safe and efficient operations of plants and factories by combining elements of electrical and mechanical engineering. Their knowledge of electrical machines, power electronics, strength of materials and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, together with legal knowledge with respect to occupational health and safety make them invaluable to industry. Electromechanical engineering is under the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

Any mine or manufacturer in South Africa and abroad will greatly benefit from your skills.

Mechanical Engineers are involved with the development, manufacturing, management and maintenance of transport, energy conversion, manufacturing, generator, weapon and cooling and heating systems, as well as industry installations, process equipment, manufacturing machinery and mining equipment. (Nuclear Engineers (post grad studies) design systems that utilizes nuclear processes for energy.) Mechanical and nuclear engineering is under the top 3 scarce skills in South Africa.

As a mechanical engineer you will work in South Africa or abroad in the following industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Aerodynamics
  • Energy technology
  • Power generation
  • System maintenance
  • Robotics
  • Plant layout and management
  • Food processing plants

Industrial Engineers enable people, technology, information, materials, methods and money to work together productively and effectively. Industrial Engineering originated more than a century ago from the industrial revolution when industries started to search for the best, cheapest and fastest way to manufacture products. However, today it is imperative to employ Industrial Engineers in various industries due to advancements in technology and the current demand of the market place. Industrial engineering is under the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa.

As an industrial engineer you will work in South Africa or abroad in the following industries:

  • Manufacturing, mining and energy
  • Food and beverages
  • IT and telecommunications
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Healthcare
  • Banking and finance
  • Agriculture
  • Consulting

Mechatronic Engineers develop and support the advanced industrial automation systems of the future that make use of the internet of things. They accomplish this by combining knowledge of electronics, measurement and actuation, embedded systems and control theory to control mechanical structures and mechanisms. Their knowledge of computer programming and data analytics allow them to develop intelligent and effective mechatronic systems.

Mechatronic Engineers will find employment in:

  • The process controls
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical device development
  • Agricultural processing environments

The North-West University offers hands-on practical experience in on-campus laboratories for electronics and industrial automation.

HEQSF alignment

All universities in South Africa were obligated by law to take part in a National Project driven by the regulatory bodies (Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), to align all qualifications with the Higher Education Qualification Sub Framework (HEQSF). The NWU is thus currently in an ongoing process of aligning our qualification and programme offering with the requirements of the HEQSF.

Prospective students must take notice of the fact that NWU qualification names, programme names as well as the composition of curricula may change due to the HEQSF Project, prior to registration for the 2025 academic year. Successful candidates are advised to contact the relevant faculty  to ensure that they register for the correct qualification, programme and / or curriculum.