Bachelor of Engineering Programmes at UCT

The following degrees are available for the field of engineering. Please consult the faculty webpage and the faculty handbooks available on the website for more detailed descriptions, admission requirements and fee information.

Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechatronics

Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electro-Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Energy and Engineering
Bachelor of Science (Honours) specialising in Nuclear Power

(Civil Engineering information to be found in the Built Environment section of this resource )

Postgraduate Diplomas
Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (PGDipProjMgmt)
Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (PGDipEng)
Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Management (PGDipEngMan)
Postgraduate Diploma in Transport Studies (PGDipTransport Studies)

Masters Programmes
Master of Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Project Management
Master of Philosophy

Doctoral Studies
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Architecture
Doctor of Science in Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is offered exclusively in the medical faculty at a masters and doctoral level. See


    Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA)
    AeSSA is a fully-fledged Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RaeS), with a membership that ranges from highly revered aerospace professionals to enthusiastic amateurs. AeSSA arranges lectures, conferences, symposiums, training courses, awards and bursaries. It also carries out accreditation of university and technicon courses on behalf of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). The website has valuable information regarding careers in aerospace, employment and internship opportunities, industry news, articles and links.

    Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA)
    AMMSA is a voluntary association which serves as a platform for mining industry professionals to discuss, evaluate and debate mining and minerals policy, technical innovations, safety and health challenges and advancements in mining in South Africa. The website provides a knowledge hub which has valuable information regarding the sector, mentoring, learnerships, industry links and employment opportunities.

    Association of Mine Resident Engineers (AMRE)
    AMRE represents members drawn from hard rock gold, platinum and other metalliferous mining operations and promotes the advancement of engineers within the mining industry. The website provides valuable information regarding sector information, publications, seminars, presentations and links.

    The Chamber of Engineering Technology (COET)
    COET is a multi-disciplinary organization and membership is open to all the categories of ECSA registered persons. It provides information regarding continuing professional development, career guidance and engineering news.

    The Clinical Engineering Association of South Africa (CEASA)
    CEASA is a voluntary association of clinical engineering practitioners with members practising at all levels within state and private sector healthcare delivery systems in South Africa, the allied medical devices supply and support industry. This is primarily for engineering graduates in the biomedical or electronic fields. This website provides valuable information on job vacancies, clinical engineering training and education, relevant links and up-to-date sector news.

    Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA)
    CSSA is a non-profit organisation, which promotes excellence and innovation in the use of concrete and related products and services. CSSA also provides a forum for networking and technology transfer between its members and local and international affiliates. Information regarding awards, employment opportunities, publications and sector news can be found on the website.

    Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) KEY RESOURCE
    CESA is a non-profit organisation, which promotes the interests of consulting engineers in South Africa and provides quality assurance for clients. Services include: advocacy, the School of Consulting Engineering (SCE), contractual affairs, and the Built Environment Professions Export Council (BEPEC). Useful for links, as well as accessing training courses, certifications and mentorship programmes in the field of consulting engineering.

    Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) KEY RESOURCE
    ECSA is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000. Its core functions are the accreditation of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in specified categories, and the regulation of the practice of registered persons. Consequently, the ECSA is the only body in South Africa that is authorised to register engineering professionals and bestow the use of engineering titles. This website provides valuable information on education and accreditation, the legislation of engineering practice, professional development, a list of national bodies and associations in South Africa and relevant sector information.

    Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers South African Section (IEEE)
    IEEE is a non-profit organisation and professional association for the advancement of technology. The website provides valuable information regarding news, events, employment opportunities, societies, affinity groups and professional activities, related to electrical and electronic engineering in South Africa.

    Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa (IMS)
    IMS is actively involved with the education and training of mine surveyors in South Africa and related professions. The IMS has publications and information regarding mine surveying in South Africa on their website.

    Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, South Africa (ICMEESA)
    ICMESSA is the only learned and vocational institution that caters for all certificated electrical and mechanical engineers in South Africa. The website provides statutory information regarding professional registration and other valuable resources regarding bursaries and sector information.

    Institution of Municipal Engineering in South Africa (IMESA) KEY RESOURCE
    IMESA promotes the interests of municipal engineers and their profession, and creates a platform for the exchange of ideas and viewpoints on all aspects of municipal engineering with the aim of expanding the knowledge and best practices in all local government municipalities. The IMESA offers seminars, an annual conference, a journal, a bursary scheme for full-time civil engineering students, training and awards.  

    Mine Metallurgical Managers’ Association
    MMMA represents the view of the mine metallurgical profession in South Africa and holds conferences and meetings for the purpose of advancing the mine metallurgical profession. The website provides information regarding seminars, publications and bursaries.

    South African Colliery Engineers’ Association (SACEA)
    SACEA is a non-profit ECSA voluntary organisation for engineering and mining professionals. They provide seminars, symposiums, training information and sector information.

    South African Federation of Hospital Engineers (SAFHE)
    SAFHE aims to promote and develop health care building design and engineering in Southern Africa and inter-disciplinary work between the professions. SAFHE hosts meetings, workshops and conferences for continued professional development points and has networking events. It also has valuable resources and sectors news on their website.

    South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE)
    SAIAE represents the discipline of agricultural engineering in South Africa and provides valuable information on bursaries, employment opportunities, the working fields in agricultural engineering, continued professional development and other valuable sector information and links.

    South African Institute of Draughting (SAID)
    SAID is an independent, professional body, which aims to improve the academic and technical qualifications of draughtspersons in all disciplines of technical drawing and design. It provides information regarding training, events and news.

    South African Institute of Measurement and Control
    SAIMC is a national body that aims to advance the standards of theory and practice in the fields of measurement and control. It provides education, training, networking events and the latest sector information. It also advertises employment opportunities.

    South African Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (SAINT)
    SAINT is made up of persons involved in non-destructive testing (NDT) in South Africa and neighbouring countries. It provides news and articles about non-destructive testing.

    South African Institute for Engineering and Environmental Geologists (SAIEG)
    SAIEG is a national voluntary group which represents the field of engineering and environmental geology and provides valuable information regarding awards, courses, publications, employment opportunities and other relevant links.

    Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering (SAIIEE)
    SAIIEE represents and promotes all industrial engineers in Southern Africa. The website provides valuable information regarding conferences, links, career development, continuous professional development, sector news, a journal and a magazine dedicated to industrial engineering in South Africa.

    Southern African Institute of Mining And Metallurgy (SAIMM)
    SAIMM is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members with up-to-date news surrounding technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors. The website provides valuable information on career guidance, scholarships, mentoring, employment vacancies, publications and sector information. It also hosts various events and conferences.

    South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE)
    SAIMechE represents the discipline of mechanical engineering in South Africa and covers all fields of application as diverse as automobile, energy generation, process engineering, heavy manufacture, design, management, research, mining and education. The website provides valuable information on career development, employment opportunities, a research and development journal in the field of mechanical engineering,

    South African Institute of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects (SAIMENA)
    SAIMENA is the only technical society in South Africa dedicated to marine engineers and naval architects. SAIMENA provides a bursary fund, continuous professional development courses, a journal and relevant links.

    South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)
    SAIEE is dedicated to the interest of professional electrical and electronic engineering in South Africa and provides professional registration. The SAIEE provides bursaries, scholarships, mentorship, continuous professional development, outreach initiatives, publications and up-to-date sector information and news.

    The South African Irrigation Institute (SABI)
    SABI is a non-profit South African irrigation organisation dedicated to the promotion of improved designs, equipment, methods and management for the efficient use of irrigation water and optimisation of all other associated resources. It has more than 450 members from various disciplines. The website provides valuable information on career guidance, employment vacancies, training courses, a news publication, a magazine, conferences, events and up-to-date sector information on their website. There is also a membership list which is useful for speculative applications.

    Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA)
    SEIFSA is a national employer federation representing the metal and engineering industry, which provides valuable information on industry news, skills development, useful links, major companies in the field, training information, related associations, events, workshops and training.

    World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) KEY RESOURCE
    WFEO is an international, non-governmental organization representing the engineering profession worldwide. It provides a valuable source of advice and guidance on the policies, interests and concerns that relate to engineering and technology. The website provides information on awards, industry news, conventions, the UNESCO engineering report, events and technical committees.


    The Engineer
    The Engineer is an international magazine that provides a mix of up-to-date industry and recruitment news, features and analysis of emerging technologies, innovations and applications across industries. This publication also includes the latest jobs and interviews with leading engineers.

    Engineering News KEY RESOURCE
    Engineering News is a weekly news magazine that offers the latest up-to-date information on the different sectors of engineering in South Africa and abroad. This South African-based website also advertises job vacancies.

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
    IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 163,000 members in 127 countries and it reflects the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. IET provides up-to-date engineering news, resources, career guidance, scholarships, awards, conferences, events, seminars, courses, media publications and volunteer initiatives.

    New Scientist
    The New Scientist website is an online resource for international science and technology jobs, courses and careers advice.

    NRF SET Career Guides
    The National Research Foundation (NRF) provides career guides and sector information for the fields of science, engineering and technology (SET) in South Africa.


    Access graduate jobs and internships by logging into MyCareer if you are a UCT student. Be sure to set up job email alerts and check our website regularly for news and events.

    South African Government Jobs

    A free website dedicated to advertising all available Southern African Governments Vacancies including health. Also includes information on Tenders/Quotations and Public Notices/Campaigns. Covers National Government, Provincial Government, Municipal Government, Public Entities and Tertiary Institution, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and International Agencies.
    Advertised information is provided by the relevant Government structures and authorities but is not the official website of any government organisation.

    The Provincial Government Handbook Website KEY RESOURCE
    This website provides information related to tenders and vacancies for each provincial government in South Africa. The links directly redirect you to the official provincial vacancy website.

    Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
    The department of rural development and land reform lists their built environment and engineering-related vacancies across South Africa.

    South African and African Career Service and Recruitment Agencies

    In terms of the film career in South Africa it is suggested that you join an agency and have an agent to secure roles and jobs more easily. Please note that recruitment agencies and employers’ firms should never ask you to pay for the promise of a job. Please be aware of this.

    Careers24 is a job search agency, advertising various positions.

    Grad Connection
    Grad Connection is a specialist recruitment agency operating in South Africa for graduates, providing information on career guidance, job vacancies, bursaries and internships.

    P-Net is a job search agency across industry sectors and built environment and engineering.

    Robert Walters
    Robert Walters is a job search agency across industry sectors and built environment and engineering.

    CA Engineering: Technical Engineering and Mining Recruitment
    CA Engineering: Technical Engineering and Mining Recruitment is a specialist recruitment agency for engineering jobs on the African continent, including South Africa.

    General International Career Service and Recruitment Agencies

    Aviation Job Search
    Aviation Job Search is an aviation job vacancy website, useful for mechanical and aeronautical engineers.

    Careers in Aerospace
    Careers in Aerospace is a comprehensive career guidance website for young people interested in aviation, space and defence. Job vacancies in these fields are also listed.

    Engineer Jobs
    Engineer Jobs is an international engineering job website.

    Engineering & Technology Jobs
    Engineering and Technology Jobs is an international job vacancy website for careers in engineering and technology.

    Flight Global
    Flight Global provides up-to-date information regarding the aviation industry and has a job vacancy section.

    Gradcracker is an international job vacancy website, listing jobs for different sectors of engineering.

    Just Engineers
    Just Engineers is an international career and job website for professionals in the engineering field.

    Mathtech is a UK engineering recruitment specialist and provides comprehensive career guidance information.

    Nuclear Graduates
    Nuclear Graduates provides comprehensive information about the nuclear industry, including case study examples and job vacancies.

    The Structural Engineer Jobs
    This structural engineering jobs board is an international online recruitment site for structural engineers.

    Country Specific International Career Service and Recruitment Agencies


    Engineering Jobs
    Engineering Jobs is a recruitment agency and job site, which advertises engineering jobs in Australia.


    EuroEngineerJobs is a recruitment agency and job site, which advertises engineering jobs in Europe.

    EuroEngineering comprises of leading engineering service companies from across Europe and advertises job vacancies.

    New Zealand

    Engineering Jobs in New Zealand
    Engineering Jobs in New Zealand is a recruitment agency and job site, which advertises engineering jobs and relevant work visa information in New Zealand.

    UK and Ireland

    Careers Group
    Careers Group is a UK career service and provides career guidance and international job vacancies.

    GradIreland KEY RESOURCE
    GradIreland is a recruitment agency and job site, which advertises engineering jobs in Ireland.

    Prospects KEY RESOURCE
    Prospects provides careers advice and job and course opportunities to students and graduates.

    Target Jobs KEY RESOURCE
    Target Jobs is a comprehensive career guidance and job website for the UK.

    Engineer Jobs UK
    Engineer Jobs UK provides the latest news, jobs and career advance for the field of engineering.

    USA and Canada

    Engineering Careers
    Engineering Careers is a recruitment agency and job site, which advertises engineering jobs in Canada.

    Engineer Jobs
    Engineer Jobs is a continuously updated database of engineering jobs in the USA.

    Randstad is a recruitment agency and jobsite, which advertises engineering jobs in Canada.


    NGOs and NPOs are both involved in community-based initiatives but are structured differently. A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level. A non-profit organisation (NPO) is a trust, company or other association of persons established for a public purpose and of which its income and property are not distributable to its members or office bearers, except as reasonable compensation for services rendered. Registering as a NPO enhances credibility for government funding and every non-profit organisation (NPO) in South Africa is issued an NPO number.

    Please research carefully the volunteer organisation you decide to work with.

    EngineerAid is an international development charity, working to provide remote solutions to engineering and technology problems in the less economically developed countries by providing a platform to engineers to collaborate and solve problems.

    Engineering for Africa KEY RESOURCE
    This is a non-profit organisation, which offers students who have an interest in engineering the opportunity to travel to Africa and work with both locals and experienced engineers. There are projects in Ghana, Malawi, Liberia and Guinea.

    Engineering for Change
    Engineering for Change aims to improve the lives of underserved communities by better preparing the global development workforce, optimizing the solutions in the development cycle, and ensuring public health and safety. This organisation offers paid and volunteer opportunities.

    Engineers Without Borders – International KEY RESOURCE
    Engineers Without Borders – International (EWB-I) is an international federation of national Engineers Without Borders/Ingeneiurs Sans Frontiers (EWB/ISF) Member Associations whose mission is to facilitate collaboration, exchange of information, and assistance among its member groups. EWB-I helps its Member Associations improve their capacity to assist under-served communities in developing countries.

    International Volunteer HQ
    International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is a volunteer travel company focused on providing affordable volunteer travel experiences. They provide volunteer abroad projects in over 30 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, South America and the Pacific in teaching, childcare, construction, conservation or healthcare.

    My Hands and Heart KEY RESOURCE
    My Hands and Heart is a non-profit organisation in South Africa, which acts as a volunteer management network and advertises a range of local volunteer opportunities.

    National Youth Service Programme KEY RESOURCE
    The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is inviting unemployed science, engineering and technology graduates (18 to 35 years of age) to volunteer their services towards the implementation of the Youth into Science Strategy under the auspices of the National Youth Service Programme. Volunteers will be paid and placements commence in January annually.

    South African NGO Network (SANGONet) KEY RESOURCE
    Charity/non-governmental organisations (NGO) sector recruitment pages for paid employment. Includes a wide range of job roles. Also includes NGO profiles – a useful resource to scope organisations for opportunities.

    United Nations Volunteers
    Being a UN Volunteer can be an immensely satisfying professional challenge. There are constant requirements for highly qualified women and men in roles from engineering and project management to vehicle maintenance. Short-term and long-term assignments are available in a variety of countries.

    Voluntary Services Overseas
    VSO is an international development organisation that uses volunteers to fight poverty and reduce inequality. There are various opportunities in a variety of countries.


    This information covers government funding initiatives, links to all higher education institutes in South Africa and some relevant education based websites in South Africa and the UK/USA.



    Masters Studies
    International site, search by country, useful but not comprehensive.

    Masters Portal
    International site, search by country, useful and comprehensive.

    Find a Masters
    International site, search by country. Useful. Contains information regarding funding and postgraduate open days.


    PhD Studies
    International website, search by country, useful but not comprehensive.

    Find a PhD
    International website, search by country, institution and subject. Contains information regarding funding.

    PhD Portal
    International website, search by country, useful and comprehensive.

    Doc Links
    An international website aimed at increasing understanding and establishing better links between African and European doctoral candidates. Provides useful information regarding funding, mentorship, research support, PhD resources and networking opportunities.

    UCT Doctoral Applicants Webpage KEY RESOURCE
    See for more details of PhD opportunities across the faculties and how to apply  

    Association of Commonwealth Universities KEY RESOURCE
    A site search for ‘vacancies’ provides links to sites for seeking job opportunities in Commonwealth universities, including all SADC countries except Angola and Congo.

    See additional resources on academic postgraduate opportunities. Particularly useful for Masters considering Doctorate study and PhD researcher/early career post docs.

    South Africa

    South African Department of Higher Education and Training KEY RESOURCE
    Go to institutions for a list of public universities then research courses via online prospectus.

    South African Department of Higher Education and Training KEY RESOURCE
    Use search function for “register of private higher education institutions” then research courses via online prospectus.

    National Research Foundation
    The NRF was established in 1998 from the amalgamated of the Centre for Science Development (CSD), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Foundation for Research Development (FRD) and is a good website for staying up-to-date with research initiatives/centres, job and funding opportunities.

    Universities South Africa  (previously HESA)
    Universities South Africa, formerly known as Higher Education South Africa (HESA), is a membership organisation representing South Africa’s universities. The new name was launched on 22 July 2015 in order to reposition the organisation as a representative body of South Africa’s public universities, that aims to promote a more inclusive, responsive and equitable national system of higher education.

    SA Bursaries KEY RESOURCE
    A comprehensive website outlining various bursaries in South Africa across different disciplines.


    Postgraduate Information
    Good website for finding UK based Masters with useful “insight” articles but limited information on opportunities worldwide.

    These are websites which provide directories of graduate schools in the USA and Canada and information regarding programmes, funding, immigration and other resources.


    PneuDrive Challenge
    The PneuDrive Challenge is a competition which was set up in 2008, to give the best mechanical, electronic and mechatronic engineering students a chance to use their talents to bring together engineering theory, the latest technology in drive engineering, pneumatics and business reality.

    Sasol Baja SAE competition
    The Sasol Baja SAE competition aims to expose tertiary students to planning, design and manufacture of a real world engineering project. 

    Shell Ideas360
    Shell Ideas360 is a global competition that connects students to develop ideas to tackle the pressures on the world’s food, water and energy resources. It represents an exciting opportunity to collaborate with like-minded innovators, Shell experts and mentors to expand students’ horizons.

    Student Competitions KEY RESOURCE
    This is an international and up-to-date website which allows you to search for competitions for university students.


    UCT is committed to the principles of diversity and transformation, specifically a transformed university where there are no stereotypical views of others based on their gender, race or disability.


    Youtube: Inspiring the next generation of female engineers
    A TEDx talk by Debbie Sterling, the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, on the gender gap in engineering and science. Sterling is an engineer, spokesperson, and one of the leading voices in the movement to encourage girls to be interested in engineering and technology. Sterling constructs ‘engineering’ toys for girls and her website is:

    Diversity-Related Engineering Professional Bodies & Associations

    The Association of South African Women in Science & Engineering (SAWISE) KEY RESOURCE
    SAWISE supports the idea of strengthening the role of women in science and engineering in South Africa and offers scholarships, outreach initiatives, mentorship, relevant links and job listings. It is a useful resource for women in science and engineering.

    National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
    This US-based association aims to engineer opportunities for minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. This website provides valuable information, resources and relevant links to diversity in engineering and employment, primarily aimed at the US market but provides useful information.

    The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)
    NOGLSTP is a US-based professional society that educates and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The website provides information regarding networking, programmes, mentoring, scholarships, workshops, awards, various media resources and sector insights.

    National Society of Black Engineers of South Africa (NSBE)
    NSBE is a voluntary organisation which was established to ensure full participation of black engineers in the mainstream economy and aims to promote the profession of engineering among Black people in South Africa. The website provides information regarding the NSBE’s member companies in South Africa, which promote skills development through in-service training, mentorship, conferences, networking events and employment to new graduates. Another useful link on this website is the job portal.

    Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
    OWSD provides research training and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages of their career. This website provides valuable STEM information regarding PhD fellowships, workshops, mentorship and awards.

    Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
    OSTEM is a US-based national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields and is primarily for students. OSTEM hosts LGBTQA-oriented events and provides mentoring and advice, workshops and information sessions, networking with professionals and professional recruiting.

    Women in Engineering (WomEng) KEY RESOURCE
    WomEng is a recognized non-profit organization, which aims to develop the next generation of women engineers and leaders in Africa. This organisation provides workshops, mentorship and leadership programmes and information sessions.

    Women in Science, Technology and Engineering (WISE)
    The Women in Science, Technology and Engineering (WISE) is an international organisation which inspires girls and women to study and build careers using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). This organisation provides training, recruitment resources, funding information, and advertises engineering-related job vacancies.

    Women’s Engineering Society (WES)
    The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is an international, UK-based, professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. It provides mentoring and training services for women in the field of engineering and the website also has valuable information regarding funding, job vacancies and other career resources.

    Diversity-related Services, Awards and Scholarships

    UCT provides various services and resources related to diversity and transformation. See the links below.

    UCT Disability Centre
    The UCT Disability Service works towards the removal of any physical, policy, information and attitude barriers that might prevent students and staff from fulfilling their potential. The centre provides information regarding different forms of support, resources, bursaries, funding opportunities, advocacy, counselling, academic and examination accommodations, technical assistance and other services.

    UCT Funding Boards
    Please check the postgraduate funding boards ( and undergraduate funding boards ( currently on the UCT website for up-to-date details on other diversity-related scholarships, fellowships and bursaries.

    UCT- Harvard Mandela Fellowships
    This fellowship is intended to strengthen connections between the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute (at the Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research, Harvard University) and UCT, to provide opportunities for UCT staff to gain international experience, and to support the professional advancement of academics working particularly, but not only, in the humanities and social sciences. To be eligible, applicants must have been awarded the PhD degree at the time of application, and have permanent or T3 academic posts at UCT. In line with UCT’s equity objectives, preference will be given to applicants from the designated groups, with particular emphasis on black South African applicants.

    List of Scholarships for African Women and Developing Countries
    Afterschool Africa provides an up-to-date and comprehensive list of scholarships (undergraduate, Masters, MBA, PhD and Postdoctoral) that are open for women from African and developing countries.

    Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMF)
    The MMF awards education grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills.

    Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Programme (MMUF)
    MMUF is an equity-inspired program that is awarded to highly performing Black students who are entering the final year of a three-year first degree or the third year of a four-year professional degree from the sciences and humanities at UCT and other participating undergraduate institutions. The program offers financial support, organized mentoring and is designed specifically to provide students with a greater awareness of what it means to be an academic. 

    Mwalimu Nyerere African Union (AU) Scholarship Scheme
    The AU scholarship is only for applicants with physical disabilities for masters in social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, education sciences and sports sciences and closes in March annually.

    National Research Foundation (NRF)
    The NRF provides various postgraduate funding bursaries and scholarships. Preference is given to equity candidates.

    Opportunities for Africans (OFA) KEY RESOURCE
    The OFA is an online information platform that seeks to connect Africans to opportunities, such as scholarships, internships, fellowships, bursaries, conferences, jobs, competitions and volunteering positions. This is a comprehensive and up-to-date website.

    Scholarships for Women
    This website provides comprehensive information regarding scholarships, awards and funding opportunities for women.

    The description regarding UCT’s policy towards diversity in engineering and employment is sourced from the UCT Disability Service Page ( and the Transformation at UCT Page (