WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,987 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Student Intake:Limited
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Campus:Howard; Durban; Pietermaritzburg
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

The Electronic Engineering curriculum is designed to prepare students for a career in the all-pervasive discipline of electronic information handling, which has become crucial to the promotion of efficiency and productivity in so many facets of both commercial and industrial life.

This includes all aspects of telecommunications, the design of computers and microcomputer systems, microwave engineering, electronic equipment manufacture, and many other similar activities.

We believe we achieve this by offering a degree with a strong emphasis on the principles of electronic communication, while at the same time permitting a wide range of different applications of electronics to be studied.

For example, in the third year, the curriculum includes such courses as Electronics, Digital Systems, Electromagnetic Theory, Physical Electronics, Communications, Control Systems and Power Electronics.

Like Computer and Electrical Engineers, Electronic Engineers also attend a course on Engineering Management and Labour Practices in preparation for the world of industry.

Final year students are required to take the Engineering Business and Entrepreneurship courses. They also take six courses covering detailed aspects of electronic engineering and include the following: Digital Communications, Digital Processes, Electronics, Digital Signal Processing, Control Systems, and Embedded Systems.

A number of optional courses, from which students choose three, are also offered. These include Acoustics, Artificial Intelligence, Microwave Engineering, Superconductivity, Data Communications, Image Processing, Automation and Power Electronics.


Year 1

CHEM181 Chemistry for Engineers 1A Or CHEM163 Chemistry & Society 1
ENCH1TC Tech. Communication for Engineers
ENME1DR Engineering Drawing
MATH131 Mathematics 1A(Eng) (16)
MATH132 Applied Mathematics 1A(Eng)
PHYS151 Engineering Physics 1A or PHYS110 Mech., Optics & Thermal Phys

CHEM191 Chemistry for Engineers 1B or CHEM173 Chemistry & Society 2
ENEL1ED Electrical Design 1 or ENAG1DE Engineering Design
ENME1EM Intro. to Engineering Materials or ENAG1MT Intro. to Engineering Materials
MATH141 Mathematics 1B(Eng)
MATH142 Applied Mathematics 1B(Eng)
PHYS120 Electromag, Waves & Mod. Phys or PHYS152 Engineering Physics 1B

Year 2

ENEL2CA Computer Methods 1 (8)
ENEL2EA Electrical Principles 1 (16)
ENEL2PA Physical Electronics 1 (8)
ENME2TF Thermofluids (8)
MATH238 Mathematics 2A (Eng) (16)
MATH239 Applied Finite Mathematics
PHYS251 Optics and Wave Motion
ENEL2CB Computer Methods 2 (8)
ENEL2ED Electrical Design 2 (8)
ENEL2EB Electrical Principles 2 (16)
ENEL2EN Environmental Engineering (8)
ENEL2FT Field Theory (8)
ENEL2PB Physical Electronics 2 (8)
MATH248 Mathematics 2B (Eng) (16)
ENEL2WS Workshop Training (DP)

Year 3

ENEL3CC Computer Methods 3 (8)
ENEL3DA Electronic Design 1 (8)
ENEL3DS Digital Systems (16)
ENEL3SS Systems and Simulation (8)
ENEL3TA Analogue Electronics 1 (8)
MATH354 Mathematics 3 (Eng) (8)
STAT370 Engineering Statistics (8) ENCH4ML Engineering Mgmt &
Labour Relns (8)
ENEL3AE Analogue Electronics 2 (8)
ENEL3CO Communications (16)
ENEL3CS Control Systems 1 (8)
ENEL3DB Electronic Design 2 (8)
ENEL3DE Digital Electronics (8)
ENEL3EM E-M Theory (8)
ENEL3PE Power Electronics 1 (8)
MATH360 Numerical Methods (8)

Year 4

ENEL4DA Electronic Design 3 (16)
ENEL4EC Analogue Electronics 3 (8)
ENEL4DS Digital Signal Processing (8)
ENEL4EE Engineering Entrepreneurship (8)
ENEL4EB Engineering Business (8)
ENEL4ED Electronic Design Project (32)
ENEL4TB Selected Topics in Electronic  Eng. (8)
ZULN101 Basic isiZulu Language Studies 1A or Elective
ENEL4VW Vacation Work (DP)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
NSC degree pass
– Mathematics and Physical Science Level 6 (70%)
– English and Life Orientation Level 4 (50%)
– 3 other subjects with at least 2 from the designated list

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $128

How to apply
The discipline of Electronic Engineering accepts only a limited number of students into first year on the Durban campus. A smaller additional number are accepted to do first year in Pietermaritzburg but have to transfer to Durban from second year onwards.
Prospective students are invited to visit Electronic Engineering to discuss their future careers with members of staff, attend a University Open Day, or phone the contacts listed below.

The actual application is done through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Apply to UKZN online at: Contact the CAO on: 031 268 4444

Career Opportunities

With the tremendous growth of the information, manufacturing and telecommunications industries there are many challenging and exciting jobs awaiting each graduating Electronic Engineer.

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Acoustic consultant
– Aerospace engineer
– Broadcast engineer
– CAD technician
– Control and instrumentation engineer
– Design engineer
– Electrical engineer
– Electronics engineer
– IT consultant
– Network engineer
– Nuclear engineer
– Sound engineer
– Special effects technician
– Systems analyst

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,987
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R49538 per year as tuition fees.
Students from SADC countries pay local tuition fees plus a levy of R3400 (R1800 per semester)

Application fee:
All students from SADC and other African countries pay: R470
All students from outside of Africa: U$146

Students from within Africa but outside SADC and from the rest of the world are required to pay US$ 14 535.00 per annum; i.e. U$ 6 895.00 per semester (first or second) inclusive of the international levy, where registration is required for one semester only to complete a qualification.

Relevant Contact

Miss Dumisile Ngcobo
Teaching and Learning Enquiries
Miss Bennedin Mokoena
Teaching and Learning Enquiries