Durban University of Technology Chemical Engineering


Durban University of Technology Chemical Engineering

Head of Department: Dr M Chetty
Sec: Mrs Seshna Sewsanker
Tel: 031 373 2218 / 2123
Fax: 031 373 2285
Location: Steve Biko Campus, Block S4 Level 1
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Chemical Engineering

Durban University of Technology Chemical Engineering, The department aims to become a Chemical Engineering School of Excellence with comprehensive undergraduate teaching program, and a vibrant post-graduate research program focusing on developing technologies for addressing South Africa’s needs.
The Department of Chemical Engineering is nationally recognized for its best practice for chemical engineering teaching and applied research amongst the Universities of Technologies. The Department continues to be on the forefront of curriculum development and is currently driving the process of re-aligning the chemical engineering National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology curricula to the newly registered SAQA qualifications.
In pursuit of educational excellence, the department commits itself to :

  • Developing and maintaining a relevant programme, with a good balance between theory and practice to fulfill the needs of the Chemical and Allied Industry, and society at large.
  • Providing the best affordable teaching and training to facilitate quality of our students’ expertise.
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with industry.
  • Maintaining a robust and relevant research programme.

Entrance Requirements
National Diploma Chemical Engineering Entrance Requirements
Bachelor Technology Chemical Engineering Entrance Requirements
Master of Technology Chemical Engineering Entrance Requirements
Doctor of Technology Chemical Engineering Entrance Requirements

Pulp and Paper Technology

Head of Programme: Mr J Pauck
Sec: Ms S Singh
Tel: 031 373 2123
Location: SB Campus, S4 Level 1
Durban University of Technology Chemical Engineering, Pulp and Paper Technology is a specialist field of chemical engineering which involves the study of the processes required for the conversion of raw materials such as wood, into pulp and paper products.
Pulp and paper products are indispensable in our daily lives; products such as newspapers, toilet tissue, books, boxes, etc. are an essential component of modern civilization and it is impossible to imagine life without them.
A pulp and paper technologist must have a wide variety of talents. He/she must understand how and why a given process works, in order to set up and operate equipment in the process. A pulp and paper technologist is a creative problem solver, who applies scientific knowledge and technical expertise to ensure that the process runs in the most cost effective and efficient way, and with due regard to safety and the environment.
A person who wants to embark on a career in Pulp and Paper Technology must have a basic knowledge of chemistry and physics, and an aptitude for solving problems logically.
Why Study at DUT?

  • In pursuit of academic excellence, the mission of DUT is primarily to provide formal tertiary education and training in accordance with the manpower and technological needs of the country while striving to encourage and excel in research.
  • The Dept of Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper is recognised as a leader in Chemical Engineering teaching and research in South Africa.
  • In keeping with the philosophy of vocational training, the Department has one of the most comprehensive laboratory facilities in the country, and is actively involved in relevant research.
  • The Department has extensive interaction with industry, research organisations, the Engineering Council of South Africa, and the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers; all courses offered are current and relevant.
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Qualifications Offered
The following qualifications in the field of Pulp and Paper Technology are offered:

  • National Diploma : Pulp and Paper Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology : Pulp and Paper Technology

Entry Requirements
National Diploma Pulp and Paper Technology Entrance Requirements
Bachelor Technology Pulp and Paper Technology Entrance Requirements
Durban University of Technology Chemical Engineering, The National Diploma in Pulp and Paper Technology aims at producing a person who fully understands Pulp and Papermaking processes, and who is competent to work in any production process in a pulp or paper mill. Successful graduates would find employment as process controllers and supervisors ; this would obviously depend on the capabilities and performance of the individual.
The National diploma is a 3 year programme consisting of 24 months of theoretical tuition and 12 months of appropriate industrial training.
A matriculation endorsement, with at least a D symbol (Higher grade) or B symbol (Standard grade) in Mathematics and Physical Science.
The National Diploma in Pulp and Paper is offered on a full time basis, and only at the Steve Biko campus. First year in-take is done in the first semester. Application for this programme is done via the CAO and closes on the 31 October.
This programme is fully supported by the Pulp and Paper industry, but the in-take is restricted to approximately twenty persons, who meet the above requirements. In addition a limited number of bursaries are available to students who meet the entrance requirements as well as additional criteria set by industry.
On completion of a National Diploma or degree in engineering or science, a candidate may enrol for the Bachelor’s degree in Technology: Pulp and Paper . This programme is designed to prepare students for positions in technical management or as process technologists. The degree is presently offered on a two year part time basis.
Bursaries cover full tuition fees as well as a monthly allowance.