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About Us

About Us

The School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering is situated in the Richard Ward building located on the University's Braamfontein Campus East.

The School's team of academic, technical and support staff are committed to the vision to maintain and build its reputation as a world-leading hub of knowledge and development in the fields of Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in Africa and beyond, and to render excellent and outstanding service to our student body.

The  in the School are experts in various field of engineering and apart from being committed lecturers, are also actively involved in cutting edge research activities that spans a range of areas in Chemical, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.

We currently have two NRF/DST Chairs: Clean Coal Technology and Sustainable Process Engineering. as well as the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Chair of Fabrication and Welding Engineering in the School, in addition to a number of research groups in sustainable engineering and metals and materials manufacturing and beneficiation. We also take part and support a number of research focus areas in the Wits NRF/DST  located in our School. 

Degrees offered


The School offers a 4-year BSc (Eng) degree in Chemical or Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Our undergraduate programmes are continually reviewed, modified and aligned to reflect the very best of current practices within industry and the wider profession.


  • Postgraduate Engineering Diploma
  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • PhD


The Metallurgical Engineering part of the School was one of the founding departments (together with the Schools of Mining Engineering and Geosciences) of the University when it was established firstly as the Kimberley School of Mines in 1896 and continuing after the Anglo-Boer war as the South African School of Mines in 1904.

Chemical Engineering teaching and research commenced at the university shortly after its inception as the University of the Witwatersrand in 1922. Both departments in the School have a long and proud history of producing leaders in the local industry in their various disciplines and providing the local economy with highly skilled and sought after engineers.

Today the School has a total staff compliment of 56 made up of academic and non-academic staff, and a student community of approximately 850 students of which about 700 are undergraduates. 

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