Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Chemical Engineering

Qualification code: 90130
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 112178
APS/AS: 18
Purpose statement:
The specific purpose of the Diploma in Chemical Engineering is to build the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities and skills required for further learning towards becoming a competent practising professional engineering technician. This qualification provides: Preparation for careers in engineering and areas that potentially benefit from engineering skills, for achieving technical proficiency and competency to contribute to the economy and national development. The educational base required for registration as a candidate or a professional engineering technician with ECSA (Refer to qualification rules). Possible admission to an appropriate Advanced Diploma NQF Level 7 qualification, or equivalent. The qualification reflects the new standard for engineering technologists as required by the Engineering Council of South Africa based on the new HEQF (ECSA document E-02-PN rev.3, 26 November 2015: Qualification Standard for Diploma in Engineering: NQF Level 6). This qualification is primarily vocational, or industry-oriented, characterised by the knowledge emphasis, general principles and application or technology transfer. The qualification provides learners with a sound knowledge base in a particular field or discipline and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to specific career or professional contexts while equipping them to undertake more specialised and intensive learning. Programmes leading to this qualification tend to have a strong vocational, professional, or career focus and holders of this qualification are usually prepared to enter a specific niche in the labour market. Engineering learners completing this qualification will demonstrate competence in all the Exit Level Outcomes contained in this standard.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. 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. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

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

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

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CEF2601 - Chemical Engineering Fundamentals IIB (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501, CHE181T
CEP2601 - Chemical Engineering Practicals I (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:CEF1501
Co-requisite:CEF2601, SPP2601, TPH2601, CET2601
CET2601 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501, CEF2601
CPT2601 - Chemical Engineering Computational Techniques I (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:EUP1501
ENM2601 - Engineering Management I (Offered from 2021)
MAT2691 - Mathematics II (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT1581
ORC2601 - Organic Chemistry (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:CHE181T, CHE1PRA
Co-requisite:ORC2PRA
ORC2PRA - Organic Chemistry II (Practical) Co-requisite:ORC221F or ORC2601
REE2601 - Reaction Engineering (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:CEF1501, MAT1581, CHE181T
Co-requisite:CET2601, MAT2691, CEF2601
SPP2601 - Separation Principles IA (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501
Co-requisite:CEF2601
TPH2601 - Transport Phenomena IA (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501
Co-requisite:CEF2601

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
CED3601 - Chemical Engineering Design (Offered from 2022) Pre-requisite:CEF1501, CEF2601
Co-requisite:CET2601, SPP2601, REE2601, CPT2601
CEP3601 - Chemical Engineering Practicals II (Offered from 2022) Pre-requisite:CEP2601, CEF2601, SPP2601
Co-requisite:REE2601, PRC3601, MPP3601
MPP3601 - Mineral Processing Principles (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501, CEF2601
Co-requisite:SPP2601
PRC3601 - Process Control (Offered from 2022) Pre-requisite:MAT1581, CEF1501
Co-requisite:CEF2601
Group B. Choose 1 from the following.
CWL3601 - Workplace- based Learning: Chemical Engineering (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:ENG1503, EUP1501, MAT1514, CHE181T & CHE1PRA, MAT1581, DRC1501, CEF1501, CEF2601, EMT1501, PSE1501, ORC2601 & ORC2PRA, MAT2691, TPH2601, CET2601, REE2601, SPP2601, ENM2601, CPT2601, CEP2601
Co-requisite:PRC3601, MPP3601, CED3601, CEP3601
CWL3602 - Work Directed Theoretical Learning: Chemical Engineering (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:ENG1503, EUP1501, MAT1514, CHE181T & CHE1PRA, MAT1581, DRC1501, CEF1501, CEF2601, EMT1501, PSE1501, ORC2601 & ORC2PRA, MAT2691, TPH2601, CET2601, REE2601, SPP2601, ENM2601, CPT2601, CEP2601