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Tuition Fees:$3,829 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc Eng)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Campus:Upper Campus
Application Deadline: 31 July 2021
Programme Overview

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum is structured to provide students with a fundamental understanding of solid mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials, which is conveyed via formal lectures, experimental investigations, laboratory sessions and the solving of structured problem sets.

Engineering design is made central to the curriculum and thus forms the core of the programme. The programme draws in content from other Mechanical Engineering courses with design philosophies and principles of best practice and develops both team and individual skills.

The knowledge and skills that are developed through the curriculum are brought together through a number of capstone design courses and, towards the end of the degree, equip students with the skills to enter the broad area of professional engineering practice associated with the processing and manufacturing industries.

Curriculum

First Year

CEM1008F Chemistry for Engineers

MAM1020F Mathematics IA for Engineers

MAM1021S Mathematics IB for Engineers

MEC1005W Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

MEC1007F Mechanical Engineering Drawing

MEC1008S Introduction to Mechanical Design

MEC1009S Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

PHY1012F Physics A for Engineers

PHY1013S Physics B for Engineers

MEC1000X Practical Training I

Second Year

CSC1019F Foundations of Computer Programming for Engineers

EEE2041F Introduction to Electrical Engineering & Power Utilisation

EEE2042S Introduction to Analogue & Digital Electronics

MAM2083F Vector Calculus for Engineers

MAM2084S Linear Algebra and DEs for Engineers

MEC2046F Materials Science in Mechanical Engineering

MEC2047S Engineering Dynamics

MEC2048S Mechanical Engineering Design

MEC2049F Solid Mechanics I

MEC2050S Thermofluids I

MEC2000X Practical Training II

Third Year

MEC3078S Mechanics of Machines

MEC3076F Stress Analysis and Materials

MEC3077F Thermofluids II

MEC3080S Thermofluids III

MEC3081S Manufacturing Sciences

MEC3082S Mechanical Engineering Machine Element Design

MEC3074F Measurement and Actuators

MEC3075F Computer Methods for Mech Engineers

MEC3079S Fundamentals of Control Design

MEC3083W Engineer in Society

STA1008F Statistics for Engineers

Fourth Year

MEC4047F Mechanical Vibrations

MEC4063C Industrial Ecology

MEC4103F Product Design

MEC4104F Manufacturing and Nanotechnology

MEC4107S Fundamentals of Control Systems

MEC4108S System Design

MEC4109S Engineering Professionalism

MEC4110W Final-Year Project

Elective Core Courses

MEC4045F Numerical Methods in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

MEC4105F Finite Element Analysis

MEC4113F Heat Transfer and Psychrometry

Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate

FPS 510

Mathematics ≥ 80%

Physical Sciences ≥ 75%

NBT scores of Proficient for AL, QL and Maths

International Students

A-level

• at least C for English at IGSCE/O-level; and

• at least C for Mathematics at A-level and C for Physics at A-level

AS-level

• at least C for IGSCE/O-level English; and

• at least B for Mathematics at AS-level and C for Physics at AS-level plus two other AS-level subjects with B symbols

Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC)

At least four Higher level subjects with level 1 passes in Mathematics and Physical Science

International Baccalaureate

full IB Diploma with at least a Grade 6 pass at SL or a Grade 5 pass at HL for each of the subjects Mathematics and Physics

Note: Mathematical Studies is not acceptable

OTHER NON-SOUTH AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS

School-leaving subjects MUST include Mathematics.

Applicants from some countries (eg Angola and DRC) must have completed the first year of a four-year degree programme at a university in their country of origin before applying to UCT.

Applicants with only O-Level and/or IGCSE subjects need to complete the first year of a four-year degree programme at a university in their country of origin, before applying to the UCT.

Applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Meeting the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission may be limited due to available capacity.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Apply online

You will need a working email address and your South African identity number. If you are an international applicant, you need your passport number.

Applications close

31 July of the year prior to study for South African and international applicants.

Application status

Check your application status online or follow the directions on your letter from the admissions office in order to log in and determine your application status. Should you not have received your login and password, you may also use your names and birth date.

Career Opportunities

Graduates find exciting employment opportunities with the design, development and manufacture of technologies, products and processes. These include;
– Automotive
– Aircraft and space industries
– Marine engineering and
– Naval architecture
– Air conditioning and refrigeration
– Food and packaging industry
– Bio-mechanical research and development
– Energy and power utilisation
– Robotics
– Computer-aided manufacturing and design
– General manufacturing and production

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,829
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,829

Please note that fees and payment requirements differ for local and international students. A further distinction is made between international students from the SADC region, international students from elsewhere in Africa, and international students from outside Africa. The following information does not apply to students registering at the Graduate School of Business (GSB).

South African citizens and South African permanent residents

An initial payment of fees (for tuition and residence) is due by January. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. You will be allowed to register if the initial payment has not been received by the due date.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment),

plus if applicable;

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due 30 June 2020.

International students from the SADC region

An initial payment of fees (tuition and residence and the administrative service fee) is due before registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

The amounts due are:

Tuition cost initial payment R27,000 (or the full fee where this is lower than the initial payment), plus

Non-refundable administrative service fee R4,000

plus if applicable

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

International Students

International students must make a minimum initial payment towards the tuition fees, international term fees and residence fees (where applicable), prior to registration. If payment is not received on or before the due date, a one-off late payment fee of 8% of the unpaid amount will be charged. Allow a minimum of 14 working days for the payment to reflect in UCT’s bank account.

Payment due prior to registration for:

UCT full-time international fee-paying students (except Master’s & PhD students): R95,000

This is not the full cost. Final payment is due in June.

plus if applicable:

Residence (catering) initial payment R33,000, or

Residence (self-catering) initial payment R21,500

This is not the full residence cost. Final payment is due in June.

Relevant Contact

 
Miss Celeste Wilson
Undergraduate Manager
 
Miss Carlyn Hewitson
Undergraduate Admin Assistant