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Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
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. This course is offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg  . 
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Core subjects in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering  from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 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.

Career Opportunities

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

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.

General Requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5732 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5732 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    2866 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2866 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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