Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours in Structural Engineering

Qualification code: 90152
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 144
SAQA ID: 110664
APS/AS: 60
From 2024, Engineering modules will be offered as year modules only. Please click on the modules to see further information.
Purpose statement:
The Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours Degree is a postgraduate qualification, characterised by the fact that it prepares students for industry and research. The qualification serves to provide students with the advanced knowledge in specialized engineering fields. The knowledge emphasizes structural engineering principles and application. Also the qualification provides students with an in-depth knowledge base in a particular field or discipline and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to particular career or professional contexts, while equipping them to undertake more specialised and intensive learning. This qualification demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours Degree may form part of a combination of qualifications to meet the educational requirements for registration in the category candidate engineer. This qualification typically follows a Bachelor's Degree, Advanced Diploma or relevant NQF level 7 qualification and serves to consolidate and deepen the student's expertise in structural engineering field and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of the discipline. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours Degree enhances the application of research and development as well as specialist and contextual knowledge to meet the minimum entry requirement for admission to a cognate Master's Degree. The Master's Degree programme is usually in the area of specialisation of the Bachelor Honours Degree. The programme design reflects the new standard for engineers as required by the Engineering Council of South Africa based on the new HEQF (ECSA document E - 09 - PT , Rev.1, 14th of March 2013: Qualification Standard for Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours : NQF Level 8). The specific purpose of educational programmes designed to meet this qualification are to build the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities and skills required for further learning towards becoming a competent practicing Professional Engineer. This qualification provides: a) Preparation for careers in engineering and areas that potentially benefit from engineering skills, for achieving technical proficiency and competency to make a contribution to the economy and national development. b) The educational base required for registration as a Candidate and/or a Professional Technologist with Engineering Council of South Africa. c) Entry to a Master's qualification. Engineering students completing this qualification will demonstrate competence in all the Exit Level Outcomes contained in this standard.
This qualification will be presented online only.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. 
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

While you are deciding on the modules for which you will be registering, write down the module names and codes so that you have something to refer to when completing your registration.

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)