School of Engineering

Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering

The central philosophy of the Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering disciplines are to ensure that the undergraduates gain an enduring capacity for continuous and effective self-education throughout life.

Disciplines

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers work with generation, transmission, distribution and control of electrical power from generating sets at power stations to factories and homes.

Electronic Engineering

Electronic engineers are responsible for the design, management and specification of an almost endless list of hitech appliances, equipment and systems.

Computer Engineering

Computer engineers design and manage computer systems from small LANs to networks that span the world via cables, optical fibres and radio/ satellite links.

Programmes

Bachelor of Science Engineering
(Electrical Engineering)

This curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the environment in which the generation, transmission, and use of electrical power takes place.

  • 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

Bachelor of Science Engineering
(Electronic Engineering)

This curriculum prepares students for the all-pervasive discipline of electronic information handling, which has become crucial to commercial and industrial life.

  • 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

Bachelor of Science Engineering
(Computer Engineering)

Computer systems are applied to the management, control and dissemination of information and the control and management of systems of all forms. 

  • 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

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 for entry into degree/ diploma study (Gr 12s and undergraduate transfer students from other institutions) must apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Master of Science in Engineering

A Master of Science in Engineering by research can be undertaken in the various programmes in Engineering as follows:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering

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

Research Areas

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

Research Groups

We have a number of research groups that specialise in areas of research in Biotechnology. 

Student dissertations

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

Academic staff

Prof Tom Walingo

Prof Tom Walingo

Academic Leader: Electrical , Electronic and Computer Engineering
Walingo@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 1518

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Mr Jonathan Parker

Mr Jonathan Parker

Programme Co-ordinator: Computer Engineering
parkerj1@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 1030

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Dr Rudiren Pillay Carpanen

Dr Rudiren Pillay Carpanen

Programme Co-ordinator: Electrical Engineering
pillayr21@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 1217

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Prof Viranjay Srivastava

Prof Viranjay Srivastava

Programme Co-ordinator: Electronic Engineering
Srivastava@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 2759

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Facilities

Laboratory work plays an important role in our curricula, and is used to verify or test the students’ understanding of engineering phenomena. Practical work tests and solidifies the students’ grasp of a particular subject, while also demonstrating various measurement techniques and tools. Laboratory timetables are drawn up at the beginning of each semester, dividing the class into groups of 3 or 4 persons.

  • Second Year – EE 2-07 South | This laboratory is for 2nd year students
  • Materials Science Laboratory – EE G-12 North | For research and final year students
  • Illumination Laboratory – EE 1-27 North | For 4th year students
  • Computer Laboratory – G-08 South | 24 hour Computer Laboratory
  • Acoustics Laboratory – G-08 North | For research and final year students
  • Machines Laboratory – G24 North | 4th Year Electrical Programme students
  • Machines Laboratory – B-07 South | For 3rd year Practicals
  • High Voltage Laboratory – G26 North | For research and 4th year Electrical Programme students
  • Control Laboratory – EE 2-13 South | For 3rd and 4th year students
  • Communications Laboratory EE 2-01 North | For 3rd and 4th year students
  • Advanced Communications Laboratory – EE 2-02 North | For 3rd and 4th year students
  • Electronics Laboratory – EE 2-11 North | For 4th year students
  • Machines Research Laboratory – 3-01 North | For research and 4th year students
  • Digital Systems Laboratory – EE 2-14 South | For 3rd year students
  • Digital Signal Processing Laboratory – EE 2-15 South | For 4th year students
  • Computer Laboratory – EE 1-16 South | For 3rd year students
  • Electrical Computer Lab. EE – 1-15 South | For 4th year Electrical Engineering students
  • Electronic Computer Lab. EE – 1-14 South | For 4th year Electronic Engineering Students|
  • Electronic Laboratory – EE – 1-13 South | For 3rd year Electronic Practicals
  • Microwave Laboratory EE – R-01 – North | For research and 4th year students
  • Machines Laboratory EE – B-07 – South | For 2nd and 3rd year Machines practicals
  • Machines and Drives Research Laboratory – EE 1-30 North | For research and 4th year students

The Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering Buildings are open between 07h30 and 17h30 on weekdays. Computer facilities in G-08 South are available 24 hours a day to students registered in the Discipline. Other computer facilities are available in the Fishbowl, Level 6 Shepstone and in the Venter Laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering Building – see venues for specific times.

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

Ms Bennedin Mokoena

Ms Dumisile Pretty Ngcobo

Physical Address

Electrical Engineering building,
Howard College,
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Mazisi Kunene Road,
Glenwood, Durban,
4041