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Industrial Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Industrial engineers apply science, mathematics, and engineering methods to understand and integrate complex systems and processes. They increase productivity and quality by finding improved ways of doing things.

Industrial engineers are often involved ‘behind the scenes’, answering questions such as:

How do vehicle manufacturers economically produce hundreds of variations of the same vehicle?

How can South Africa streamline its public healthcare delivery to ensure quality care for all?

How can you safely and quickly send money to your family in another country, if they don’t have a bank account?

Industrial Engineers need to have knowledge and skills in a wide variety of disciplines. An Industrial Engineering degree at Wits will equip you with a solid foundation in the science of Engineering with an emphasis on developing analytical techniques and generalised problem solving skills. 

The Bachelor of Industrial Engineering offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg is a 4 year full-time course. The first two years of study are common to the three branches taught in the School - Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering. From the third year onwards the curriculum becomes more focused on specific Industrial Engineering theories, principles and tools.

Wits has a strong history of collaboration with industry and other world class institutions. This enables students to tackle realistic projects within industry from the third year onwards. In final year, the second half of the year is dedicated to project work (design and research). These projects are often industry-related whilst others are at the forefront of the School's research, and frequently lead on to postgraduate study.

Career Opportunities

  • Enterprise Resource Planning Consultant
  • Inventory Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Logistics Engineer
  • Management Consultant
  • Production and Operations Manager
  • Process Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Supply Chain Consultant
  • Technical Manager

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Engineering Profession
  • Engineering Analysis and Design 
  • Engineering Mathematics 
  • Engineering Physics 
  • Applied Mechanics for Engineering
  • Elective from Faculty of Humanities

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • APS 42+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
  • Level 5
  • Mathematics
  • Level 5
  • Physical Sciences
  • Level 5


  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5728 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5728 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    2864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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