Undergraduate Programmes


(NDips and BTechs)

The last intake for FEBE Diploma programmes (except the for HEQSF aligned Quality and Operations Management diplomas only), took place in 2016. As these programmes are now phasing out, all students are required to complete their qualifications no later than 2020 (time to completion + 2 years).

The last intake for all BTech programmes, will be the January 2019 Registration period, as legislated nationally. As all BTech programmes are phasing out, students are required to complete their qualifications no later than 2020.


New Engineering and Built Environment degrees

Click here to download the UJ phaseout letter

Communication on phase out qualifications for students

In line with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Council of Higher Education’s (CHE) new Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQSF) and Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) guidance, the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at University of Johannesburg has rolled out its accredited three year Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) and new Bachelors qualifications. These new programmes are developed furthering our approach to Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) – the University of Johannesburg is a member of the CDIO consortia.

Consequently, most of FEBE’s National Diploma and BTech programmes will be gradually phased out. The last intake of the three year National Diploma occurred in January 2016. We urge National Diploma graduates / alumnus who have not registered or completed their BTech, to register and complete their degrees as soon as possible. 2019 marks the last intake of BTech students.

BEngTech Programmes

The programmes supports expanded access, improved quality and increased diversity of provision, and reinforces a stronger and more co-operative relationship between Higher Education and training institutions and the workplace. In addition, the programmes are responsive to the needs of individual citizens, employers in both public and private sectors, as well as the broader societal and developmental objectives. The programmes provide for improved articulation towards postgraduate qualifications and exit-level outcomes are aligned with those of the Engineering Council of South Africa ECSA), a signatory of accords associated to the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). The University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment – The First in South Africa to roll out the widest and comprehensive range of BEngTech Degrees.

New FEBE qualifications

These qualifications are primarily industry oriented, as the knowledge taught emphasises on general engineering principles and application. The qualification provides students with a sound 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. Programmes leading to this qualification tend to have a strong professional or career focus and holders of this qualification are normally prepared to enter a specific niche in the labour market.

Tailored for Relevance

Specifically, these programmes are designed to build the necessary knowledge, understanding, abilities and skills required for further learning, towards becoming a competent practicing engineering technologist. This qualification completed provides:

  1. Adequate preparation for careers in the engineering profession
  2. An educational base required for registration as a Professional Engineering Technologist with ECSA.
  3. Entry to NQF level 8 programmes e.g. BEngTech (Honours) and Postgraduate Diplomas. Subsequently, this will pave the way for the graduate to enrol for Master’s Programmes.
  4. The BEngTech is the entry-level qualification for candidacy, i.e. Engineering Technologist (in this regard)

Exit-Level Outcomes/Graduate attributes of the new BEngTech:

As required by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), the BEngTech Programmes will be assessed against eleven exit level outcomes (ELO). These are listed below as follows:

  1. Problem Solving
  2. Application of scientific and engineering knowledge
  3. Engineering Design
  4. Investigation
  5. Engineering methods, skills, tools, including Information technology
  6. Professional and Technical Communication
  7. Impact of Engineering Activity
  8. Individual and Teamwork
  9. Independent Learning
  10. Engineering Professionalism
  11. Engineering Management

FEBE UJ Engineering Academic Pathways

The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment offers essentially three Bachelors Programmes. • Three (3) year BEngTech (Engineering Technology Qualification)

  • Three (3) year new Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Construction; Bachelor Urban and Regional Planning; Bachelor of Mine Surveying)
  • Three (4) year BEng Degree (Engineering Science Qualification)