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Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Metallurgy and Materials Engineering involves the engineering principles required to concentrate, extract, and refine metals, materials, and carbon (coal) materials, as well as to develop new alloys and materials, including ceramics and composites.
Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Metallurgy and Materials Engineering involves the engineering principles required to concentrate, extract, and refine metals, materials, and carbon (coal) materials, as well as to develop new alloys and materials, including ceramics and composites.

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Core subjects in Materials Engineering focus on the structure and behaviour of materials and their conversion into usable forms (through heat treatment, welding and forming processes, and powder metallurgy). As in Chemical Engineering, the Materials Engineering curriculum also focuses on the issues of environmental engineering, management, and professional ethics.

There is a strong emphasis on design and project work, with the programme culminating in an extensive laboratory project and a large design project. The degree programme provides a sound foundation for future postgraduate study, as well as a career in technical management.

Design, operate and manage industrial plants which extract and refine minerals and metals, and convert them into more useful and valuable products by developing and enhancing their properties

  • Extractive Metallurgist
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Metallurgical Plant Design Engineer
  • Corrosion Engineer
  • Foundry Engineer
  • Heat Treatment Engineer
  • Failure Analysis Consultant
  • Tribologist Materials Consultants
First year
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Engineering Profession
  • Engineering Analysis and Design IA and IB
  • Engineering Mathematics IA and IB
  • Engineering Physics IA and IB
  • Applied Mechanics for Engineering
  • Elective from Faculty of Humanities
Second year
  • Chemistry II (Metallurgy)
  • Mathematics II
  • Introductory Mineralogy and Earth Sciences
  • Computing for Process Engineering
  • Introduction to Extractive Metallurgy
  • Practical Metallurgy
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Process Engineering Fundamentals
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Economic Concepts IA
Third year
  • Numerical Methods (Metallurgy)
  • Metallurgical Thermodynamics I and II
  • Engineering Failure Analysis
  • Kinetics and Transport Processes in Metallurgical Engineering
  • Solidification, Heat Treatment and Microstructure
  • Environmental Process Engineering
  • Crystal Structure and Analysis
  • Process and Materials Design I and II
  • Corrosion and Wear
  • Non-Ferrous Pyrometallurgy
  • Engineering statistics
Fourth year
  • Physical Chemistry of Iron and Steel
  • Manufacturing Metallurgical Design
  • Research Project Management for Process Engineers
  • Particulate Systems
  • Process Control
  • Welding and Forming Processes
  • Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials
  • Hydrometallurgical Processes

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5

Mathematics
Level 5

Physical Sciences
Level 5

Wait-listing
  • Students with English, Mathematics and Physics at Level 5 will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.
  • Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in English, Maths and Physical Science stand a greater chance of being accepted.
  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

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