The PG-Dip in Power Plant Engineering is aimed at engineers, scientists and technologists employed by or interested in the power industry. The programme consists of five compulsory core modules and three electives and students may choose from a selection of modules offered at UCT or other partner institutions.

Entrance requirements

This programme is open to students with a background in engineering-related topics. Minimum entrance requirements include a recognised qualification on NQF level 7, like a Bachelor of Science, Engineering or Technology (B.Tech). Students should also have a provable basic, working understanding of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics before joining this programme. Acceptance to the programme is at the discretion of the selection committee.

How to apply

Click here for information on the application process and to apply online. 

Course Curriculum

Courses are offered in block format as it is aimed at working professionals who would like to do these courses on a part-time basis. It is intended that students will complete four courses per year and should be able to complete their studies in two years. This will mean that a student will need to attend four, one-week-long contact weeks per year. Learning material is provided before the course starts and students will be required to periodically submit assignments for the course. For details of courses at UCT consult the postgraduate handbook.

The course selection must be approved by the programme coordinator - Dr Leon Malan. Please ensure at registration that there are no timetable clashes for courses.  

PG Dip in Power Engineering Course Schedule

Elective courses from the Post Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Science and Technology are offered at North West University.

Courses offered at Stellenbosch University are offered by the Centre for Renewable Energy Studies (CRSES). 

Courses offered at the University of Pretoria are offered by the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

Participation at other universities: 

To complete courses at other universities, students will be required to comply with the rules and regulations of each university. You will be expected to complete the necessary application process for the courses and arrange payment. Once you have completed the course, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the relevant universities to arrange for a credit transfer for the marks to appear on the academic transcript at UCT.

Participation in individual courses:

Interested students may do some of the courses as occasional students and will receive academic credits or may do the courses for continuous professional development (CPD) and will officially be awarded with CPD points. Please contact A/Dr Leon Malan for more information.