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College of Science, Engineering and Technology

South Africa has a continuous hunger for science, engineering and technology skills. The country's need for skills ranging from astronomy to software development and engineering is so prominent that the government is looking abroad for attracting qualified talent. Although current skill gaps cannot be filled overnight, Unisa's College of Science, Engineering and Technology is well positioned to help satisfy the need for high-quality human resources. Each year, just over 1, 000 students register for our formal programs in the natural sciences, engineering and computing.  

These disciplines are grouped into three schools: the School of Science, the School of Engineering and the School of Computing.  

School of Science: This consists of the departments of Statistics, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Chemistry. Facilities include modern chemistry and physics laboratories with cutting-edge equipment such as three spectrometers used for chemical analysis, representing an investment of more than R7 million.  

School of Engineering: This School is based at the Florida campus in Johannesburg, where engineering students have access to modern engineering laboratories and equipment. The School offers six primary engineering disciplines, including chemical, civil, electrical and mining engineering. Engineering programs include certificates, national diplomas, BTech degrees and postgraduate qualifications.  

School of Computing: This School offers a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, national diplomas and certificate courses.  

Students also have the opportunity to enroll for short learning programs offered by the College's Centre for Software Engineering and the Bureau of Engineering.  

More about our programs  

The College's programs contribute directly to developing scarce skills in science, engineering and technology that will open many career doors for students who successfully complete our programs.  


In all, students can choose from six primary engineering disciplines: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mining Engineering.  

Engineering study options start with the national diploma, which is designed to prepare students for positions as engineering technicians within the broader engineering team. In most cases, the College's engineering diplomas include a combination of theoretical and practical training, as well as workplace experience (called 'experiential learning').  

The College's BTech degrees in engineering are ideal for students who want to move up from engineering technician to technologist. Technologists are more senior members of engineering teams, with skills that emphasize project management and coordination rather than simple day-to-day operational functions.  

The next logical step after the BTech degree is to register for one of the College's MTech degrees in engineering. These programs are mostly research based; students will conduct research on a particular engineering issue or problem, and write a dissertation on the topic.  


A wide selection of programs prepares students for careers ranging from datametrics and programming through to software development and engineering. Depending on their interests and academic background, students can choose from a range of national diplomas, BTech degrees and Bachelor's degrees.  

The national diplomas are typically aimed at students with a grade 12 education, seeking entry-level positions in information technology. Students can either register for a generalized diploma in information technology or specialize in web and applications development or software development.  

The BTech degree in information technology is ideal for students already working in the field, who want to improve their career mobility by developing their skills in software, networks and database engineering.  

In the case of Bachelor's degrees, the College offers a general BSc degree in Information Technology and Computer Science, as well as seven specialized BSc degrees. Specialization areas include scientific computing, software engineering, computational statistics and decision modeling and computing.  

After completing an undergraduate computing program, students can go on to register for a postgraduate qualification. This could take the form of an MTech degree in information technology or a BSc honors degree in computer science, followed by an MSc degree and then a doctorate.  

The sciences  

The College offers opportunities for studies in branches of science such as astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics and statistics. Mostly, the study path starts with a three-year Bachelor of Science degree, meaning that students must have university exemption.  

In the mathematical sciences, students can choose from six specialized BSc degrees, including applied mathematics, statistics for management and financial modeling. Students have a similar range of choices in the natural sciences, with six specialization opportunities available in streams such as astronomy, chemistry and biochemistry, physics and mathematics.  

After completing an undergraduate program, students can then register for a postgraduate degree program (honors or masters), and finally a doctorate.  


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