Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment's website.
The University of Cape Town's mission to be a world-class African university is clearly reflected in the quality of our Faculty's teaching and research. Our research is internationally recognised for excellence and is of great relevance to the national and international needs of industry, as shown by the considerable industrial funding of research programmes and projects.
The Faculty comprises six departments which include the engineering and built environment disciplines: Architecture, Planning and Geomatics; Civil Engineering, Construction, Economics and Management, Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The built environment sector of the faculty comprises the first three departments in this list. Internationally and locally the trend has been to incorporate all these disciplines in one faculty.
The BSc (Eng) degrees in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electrical & Computer, Electro-Mechanical, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics are accepted by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as fulfilling the academic requirements for registration as a professional engineer. The degrees are internationally recognised in terms of the Washington Accord.
The BSc (Construction Studies) and the BSc (Hons) degrees in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management are accredited by the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). In addition, the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
The BSc (Property Studies) and BSc (Hons) degrees are accredited by the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP). The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has accredited the BSc (Hons) in Property Studies only.
The Bachelor of Architecture degree is a professional degree and graduates are eligibile for membership of the Institute of South African Architects. The BSc (Geomatics) degree allows graduates to register as Professional Land Surveyors.
For full details on international accreditation and further information on the professional status and recognition of the degrees please consult the Faculty Handbook under General Information.
We take pride in our diverse student body and believe our learning environment is considerably enhanced by the rich exchange of ideas that transpires from this diversity. Links with other African universities and leading academic institutions around the world have encouraged an active student exchange programme between our university and others, as well as bringing world-class researchers and teachers to UCT.
If you are a prospective student at undergraduate or postgraduate level we are sure that you will be excited by the range and depth of degree programmes that are offered in this Faculty.
Professor Francis Petersen
Dean: Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment