BEng (Civil) at University of Stellenbosch

The qualification prepares students for engineering science, design, and project-based career through fundamental understanding, use, and appropriate application of engineering methods, skills, tools, and information technology. The qualification also provides a platform for lifelong learning.

Minimum admission requirements for the four-year BEng programmes

• Write the NBTs AQL and MAT
• An NSC aggregate of at least 70% (excluding Life Orientation)
• Mathematics 70%
• Physical Sciences 60%
• English Home Language 50%, with no Afrikaans requirement, OR English First Additional Language 60%, with no Afrikaans requirement, OR
English First Additional Language 50% with Afrikaans Home Language 50% OR English First Additional Language 50% with Afrikaans Second Additional Language 60%

• Applicants are also subject to selection according to selection criteria for the four-year BEng programmes According to the Faculty’s selection guidelines and selection requirements), your selection mark is calculated by using the marks (out of 100) or your Grade 11 subjects (for conditional selection) or Grade 12 subjects (for final selection) as follows:

Selection mark = Mathematics percentage + Physical Sciences percentage + (6 x Matric average)

The Matric average is calculated from the six best Matric subjects’ percentages (excluding Life Orientation).

The maximum score is 800. Note that Mathematics and Physical Sciences normally also contribute to the average.

Over the last few years, a selection mark of 600 or more gave students a good chance on admission to certain programmes, but in others, 640 or more were required.

In other words, to have a reasonable chance of selection for some programmes, your mark for Mathematics, as well as your NSC average,
should be above 76, and Physical Sciences above 65, while for other programmes Mathematics average marks of at least 80, together with a Physical Sciences mark of at least 70, will be needed.

Admission requirements

For admission to the University you need:
• A National Senior Certificate or school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board as certified by Umalusi with admission to bachelor’s degree studies; or
• A university exemption certificate issued by the South African Matriculation Board to students with other school qualifications.
Admission to bachelor’s degree studies requires that you obtain a mark of at least 4 (50-59%) in each of four designated university admission subjects.

Duration 4 years

Is civil or chemical engineering better?

With Civil Engineering you will probably spend your time travelling from site to site e.g. Construction sites etc.

With Chemical Engineering you will more likely be office based e.g. In the refinery or chemical plant or even working for a bank as a business analyst etc. Ultimately, it’s what you enjoy personally.

Can I be a civil engineer with a chemical engineering degree?

Chemical engineers could also find themselves working in the other fields of engineering, such as civil engineering or electronic engineering (or at least projects or sectors that intersect with them).

What jobs can I do with a civil engineering degree?

Building control surveyor.

CAD technician.

Consulting civil engineer.

Contracting civil engineer.

Design engineer.


Nuclear engineer.

Site engineer.

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE), Civil Engineering (CE) Jobs by Salary

Job TitleRange
Structural EngineerRange:R228k – R562k
Graduate Civil EngineerRange:R179k – R308k
Senior Civil EngineerRange:R435k – R872k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)Range:R131k – R839k