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Programme overview

A primary focus for civil engineers is the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of physical infrastructure – facilities that include water and waste management; transportation and communications; structures and public buildings. These provide for all people’s basic needs, as well as providing a platform for economic growth and are needed by people regardless of their level of economic development.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Civil Engineering (BScEng Civil) is a 4 year professional degree. In the first two years of study, the focus is on the development of competencies in mathematics, science, computing, communication and engineering design/problem - solving. Courses in the latter two years include geotechnical engineering, hydrology, hydraulics and infrastructure planning and management, structural engineering and construction materials.

As developmental and environmental concerns make new demands and raise new challenges for our society, the demand for high level civil engineering skills increases.


The University’s undergraduate engineering degrees are recognised by the Engineering Council of South Africa and have received the approval of professional accrediting bodies in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. Career opportunities for engineers are in high demand and extend beyond the engineering sector.

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Career Opportunities

  • Civil engineer
  • Bridge Engineer
  • Site engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Earthquake Design Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Water Resource Manager
  • Hydrologist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Engineer 
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Consultant
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Entry Requirements

Engineering and the Built Environment
Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in Engineering BSc (Eng) 
(4 years) 
  English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Note: Due to the limited number of places available, admission is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on final NSC and school leaving results.

Generally students who achieve 70% in Maths, Physical Science and English stand a greater chance of being accepted.  
• Aeronautical 40
• Chemical 42
• Civil 36
• Electrical 36
• Industrial 40
• Mechanical 40
• Metallurgy 42
• Mining 40
Bachelor of Engineering Science in the field of Digital Arts
(3 years)
42 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering
BEngSc (BME)
(3 years)
42 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies BAS
(3 years)
34 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4
Mathematics - 4
Acceptance is dependent on departmental selection procedures. Applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise and may be required to attend an interview. Applicants with a Wits APS of 34 and above may be accepted on this basis. Applicants with a Wits APS of between 29 and 33 may only be considered on the basis of exceptional exercise scores. The selection process for the BAS is conducted by a panel of senior academics from the School of Architecture and Planning, monitored by the Assistant Dean. Selection is based predominantly on performance against the selection exercise, interview and academic performance, although demographic balance is taken into consideration where a choice needs to be made between applicants scoring within the same range.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies 
BSc (CS)
(3 years) 

Bachelor of Science in Property Studies BSc (PS)
(4 years)
36 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning BSc (URP)
(3 years)
36 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
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Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2017
Faculty of Health Sciences (All programmes)
Bachelor of Architecture
BA in Speech and Hearing Therapy

30 September 2017
All other University programmes
Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
  • Complete an online application for financial aid or residential accommodation
  • Download an application
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Course Costs

The average course costs range from R38728 to R48550, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered. 

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