Postgraduate Diploma in Power Plant Engineering Courses

The PG-Dip in Power Plant Engineering is aimed at engineers, scientists and technologists employed by or interested in the power industry. The programme consists of five compulsory core modules and three electives and students may choose from a selection of modules offered at UCT or other partner institutions.

Entrance requirements:

This programme is open to students with a background in engineering related topics (including students who graduated with a B-Tech degree). As a minimum, students should have a working understanding of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics before joining this programme. Acceptance to the programme is at the discretion of the selection committee.

How to apply

Click here for the information on the application process and to apply online. Please note the closing date for applications is 31 October.

Course Curriculum

Courses are offered in block format as it is aimed at working professionals who would like to do these courses on a part time basis. It is intended that students will complete four courses per year and should be able to complete their studies in two years. This will mean that a student will need to attend four, one-week long contact weeks per year. Learning material is provided before the course starts and students will be required to periodically submit assignments for the course. For details of courses at UCT consult the postgraduate handbook.

The course selection must be approved by the programme coordinator (Priyesh Gosai). Please ensure at registration that there are no timetable clashes for courses.  

Compulsory Core Modules:

Overview of the Power Plant Industry (Semester 1 - 2020)

Power Plant Systems Analysis (Semester 1 - 2020)

Systems Engineering (Semester 2 - 2020)

Materials and Mechanics (Semester 2 - 2020)

Leadership in a Technical Environment (Semester 1 - 2019)

Elective Modules (Choose any 3):

Suggested elective modules are listed below. Students are welcome to consider other courses offered by the partner institutions. More information can be found on their websites or from contacts given below. Note that partner institutions may elect not to deliver some courses, therefore it is advised that you consult the institution before registration.

University of Cape Town:

Turbine Plant Engineering (Semester 2 - 2019)

Power Plant Boilers: Thermofluid Processes and Controls (Semester 2 - 2019)

Stellenbosch University:

Renewable Energy Systems (Semester 1 - 2019)

Introduction to Solar Energy (Semester 1 - 2019)

Courses offered at Stellenbosch University form part of the course offering by the Centre for Renewable Energy Studies (CRSES). For more information go to the website

North West University

Nuclear Physics (Semester 1 - 2019)

Nuclear Engineering I (Semester 1 - 2019)

Courses offered at North‑West University form part of the course offering in the PG-Dip in Nuclear Science and Technology. For more information go to the website

University of Pretoria

Reliability Engineering (Semester 1 - 2019)

Condition Based Maintenance (Semester 1 - 2019)

Advanced Finite Element Methods (Semester 1 - 2019)

Please note that courses at University of Pretoria are not presented in single blocks. Lecture days are spread over the semester.

Courses offered at University of Pretoria form part of the course offering by the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. For more information go to their website 

Participation at other universities:

To complete courses at other universities, students will be required to comply with the rules and regulations of each university. You will be expected to complete the necessary application process for the courses and arrange payment. Once you have completed the course, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the relevant universities to arrange for a credit transfer for the marks to appear on the academic transcript at UCT.

Participation in individual courses:

Interested students may do some of the courses as occasional students and will receive academic credits or may do the courses for continuous professional development. Please contact Priyesh Gosai for more information. 


The costs for doing this programme is based on the cost per course taken, where any student would need to complete eight courses. For the courses offered by UCT, the cost for each course in 2018 is R 6 480. Therefore to complete eight courses in the programme would cost R 25 920 per year for the two year programme. For budgeting purposes it is suggested that students assume an annual increase of 6%. Annual fee increases are published by the university at the end of the year. 

The costs for doing courses at other institutions can be determined by contacting those institutions directly. 

Key Contacts:




Mr Priyesh Gosai

021 650 5730

A/Prof. Wim Fuls

021 650 2600