Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Industrial Engineering

Qualification code: 90136
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 112692
APS/AS: 18
Purpose statement:
The purpose of the qualification 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. Constituents from industry endorsed the qualification via advisory committee meetings for Industrial Engineering. The qualification will increase the institutional reputation; and attract more international learners, especially from Africa, leading to an improved global scholarly output.
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


Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ADM2601 - Advanced Manufacturing (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MTC2602
IPR3601 - Work-directed Industry based Industrial Engineering Project (Offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MTC2602, EPT2602, SME2601, FEW2601, FPM2601, ENM2601, EQP2601, INC2601, ADM2601, MED2601
MAT3700 - Mathematics III (Engineering) Pre-requisite:MAT2691(Not applicable to 90128, 90133,90134 and 90142)
OPR2601 - Operations Research (Offered from 2021)
SIE3601 - Industrial Engineering Simulation (offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:EDG1501 & EUP1501