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Frequently asked questions

What do I need to qualify for degree studies at university with the National Senior Certificate?

A National Senior Certificate (NCS) with a matric exemption

What are the subjects and point requirements for the Engineering & the Built Environment subjects at UCT?

Please note: Mathematical Literacy is not accepted.

  • Architecture: English, Mathematics or Physical Science and your next four best subjects
  • Construction Studies: English, Mathematics, Physical Science and your next three best subjects
  • Engineering and Geomatics Programmes: English, Mathematics and Physical Science and your next best three subjects
  • Property Studies: English, Mathematics and your next best four subjects

Click here for the entrance requirements.

Please note that English needs to be at Home Language or First Additional Language level.

Can I do aeronautical engineering at UCT?

The Aeronautical Engineer develops, designs and tests aircraft, missiles, satellites and other aeronautical systems. Although UCT does not offer a degree with the words 'aeronautical' or 'aeronautics' in its title, the EBE Faculty through its degree programmes in the major engineering disciplines, provides a broad foundation for any person who wishes to pursue a career in any of the more specialised fields of engineering. Prospective students are advised not to specialise at too earlier a stage but to follow one of the broad-based degree programmes.

What is the difference between undergraduate and postgraduate study?

Undergraduate study is the first degree that students will enrol for. On completion of the undergraduate degree, students may then apply for postgraduate study and pursue a higher qualification - eg. Honours, Masters and PhD.

Where do I find out information about funding opportunities?

Click here to find out about the funding opportunities.

Where do I find out information about student housing?

Click here to find out about student housing.

Are the degrees internationally recognised?

  • 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.

Where do I find out information on fees?

Click here for the updated fees booklet.

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