Welcome to Stellenbosch University

About Us

​​​The Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University is one of South Africa's major producers of top quality engineers. Established in 1944, it currently has five Engineering Departments, namely:

Civil Engineering

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering

Process Engineering (Chemical Engineering)

The Faculty is housed in a large complex of buildings with modern facilities. It has excellent teaching facilities and research laboratories. The Faculty has approximately
3 800 students, of whom approximately 2 900 are undergraduate and 9​00 postgraduate.

Engineering degrees awarded at Stellenbosch University


BEng (Civil)

BEng (Chemical)

BEng (Electrical & Electronic)

BEng (Industrial)

BEng (Mechanical)

BEng ( Mechatr​onic)



Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering

​​MEng (Structured)

MEng (Research)​




The Faculty Calen​dar contains detailed information on degree programmes and their admission requirements.​


Recognition of degrees

All our BEng degrees have been accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for registration of graduates as Professional Engineers after acquiring the relevant experience in practice. These degrees are also recognised in the overseas countries signatory to the Washington Accord, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, to name but a few.

In addition, Stellenbosch University's engineering degrees generally provide direct admission to postgraduate study programmes in engineering at international universities. An engineering degree obtained at Stellenbosch University therefore literally opens the door to the world!


The Faculty of Engineering is at the forefront of basic and applied research, and enjoys international recognition for its work. By focusing on cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research, the Faculty is experiencing strong growth in its research and postgraduate programmes. It has a long tradition of close cooperation with industry. Both contract research and consultation for industry are facilitated by various internal organisations in the five departments. These include:

Centre for Civil Engineering

Centre for Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Centre for Pro​cess Engineering

Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies

Institute for Industrial Engineering

Institute for Thermodynamics and Mechanics


Research activities are supported by highly competent staff, as well as world-class experimental laboratories, computational facilities and research infrastructure. We are fortunate in attracting students of the highest calibre​ . Postgraduate students can expect to be supervised by top-notch researchers and academics who share their knowledge in a stimulating and collegial environment.

Our Faculty is research-intensive and is one of the largest contributors to the research income of Stellenbosch University.


Community Interaction

The Faculty brings hope through a variety of community interaction projects that fall under social responsibility and contract research.

Contract research carried out in the research centers and institutes is closely interconnected with the activities of the five academic departments. Apart from the essential research expertise that is made available to industry, a substantial amount is ploughed back into the Faculty in the form of postgraduate bursaries, research material, apparatus, software, books and research travel.

The Faculty meets its social responsibilities through interaction with school communities with programmes such as TRAC and Maths Tutor programmes. TRAC, funded externally, provides learners country-wide the opportunity to get a better understanding of physical sciences by means of practical, experimental work. The national head office is based in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty also plays a role in the oversight of the programme. With the Maths Tutor Programme engineering students present tutorials to learners at local high schools in order to stimulate their interest in engineering and to help learners in obtaining better pass marks in this essential subject for engineering studies.

The Faculty of Engineering has several Outre​ach programmes to stimulate interest in science, engineering and technology.


The historic, picturesque town of Stell​enbosch

Stellenbosch is a vibrant university town with a rich history. It is South Africa's second oldest town after Cape Town, and was founded in 1679. The picturesque town has oak tree-lined streets and is surrounded by majestic mountains and vineyards. The Stellenbosch wine region is one of the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Stellenbosch is close to Cape Town , which allows students to have the best of both worlds: a small-town atmosphere, less than an hour's drive from the exciting, vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. For the nature lover there are hiking and biking trails, as well as rock climbing in the surrounding mountains. With the sea only 25 kilometers away, those who enjoy beautiful beaches, swimming, surfing, diving and other water sports, will be in their element!


Student life

The town of Stellenbosch and the University offer students a wide range of opportunities and excellent facilities for nearly all types of sport, cultural activities and student fun.