School of Engineering


Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is concerned with planning, designing, constructing and managing the physical infrastructure and facilities needed for the smooth functioning of contemporary society so that the optimal quality of life can be ensured for its people.


Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineeering)

The degree of Bachelor of Science in the field of Civil Engineering is an Honours equivalent, professional Bachelors degree that extends over four years. 

  • The 1st year concentrates on physics, chemistry and mathematics to provide a solid scientific foundation. Additionally, an introduction is given to communication, drawing and the design process.
  • Mathematics continues to be taught in the 2nd year but the application of scientific principles is introduced by way of the major Civil Engineering subjects of Fluids, Geotechnics and Structures together with Engineering Materials and Surveying.
  • The 3rd year involves the development of the theoretical basis of Civil Engineering through the application of scientific principles – primarily in the disciplines of Fluids, Geotechnics and Structures.
  • In the final year, attention is focused on the application of engineering theory to resolving practical Civil Engineering problems. This culminates in students undertaking extensive design and investigative projects. 
  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths and Physical Science Level 5 (65%), English and Life Orientation Level 4 (50%) and three other subjects from the designated list

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    33 - 48


CASSE is an Alternative Access and Academic Support Programme that caters for prospective students whose academic potential was not realised due to a disadvantaged educational background.

  • Entry requirements:

    NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Physical Science Level 4 (50%)

  • Application Performance Score (APS) range:

    26 - 48

How to Apply

All first-time South African applicants to UKZN for entry into degree/ diploma study (Grade 12s and undergraduate transfer students from other institutions) must apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Master of Science in Engineering

At the postgraduate level, students can specialise in their field by studying for a Master of Science (MSc) degree. Generally, students will use this degree to expand on their undergraduate studies and develop a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of their chosen discipline. 

Doctor of Philosophy

A Doctor of Philosophy programme is offered where students engage in novel research supervised by academic members of staff. This is typically three years of fulltime study and normally follows on from a Master of Science Degree.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to our College office. Visit the College website to see the steps to follow, download the application pack/ forms and access the link to apply online


Research Areas

We are a research-led institution, producing knowledge for the rapidly-changing and information-rich world.

Student dissertations

UKZN Research Space was developed to increase the visibility, availability and impact of tour students’ research output.

Academic staff

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Prof Mohamed Mostafa

Academic Leader: Civil Engineering | 031 260 3709

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Dr Muthukrishna Kumarasamy

Programme Co-ordinator: Civil Engineering | 031 260 7571

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  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structures
  • STRg pavement
  • Geotech Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • EFML Lab (Environmental, Fluids & Mechanics Lab)
  • Main Computer LAN
  • 4th Year Design Studio
  • Masters Studio
  • PhD Studio
  • STRg Studio (Masters & PhD for Transport)
  • EFML PG Studio & Research Assistants Offices

Student resources

These resources are for current students in the Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering disciplines. They’re meant to be used as tools throughout your. academic journey.

Contact us

Mrs Ooma Chetty

Ms Winile Shozi

Physical Address

Centenary building,
Howard College,
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Mazisi Kunene Road,
Glenwood, Durban,