UP Mechanical Engineering

UP Mechanical Engineering

UP Mechanical Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria is a leading and dynamic faculty that is one of the foremost providers of high-level intellectual capital and research in the country. The Faculty is renowned for its unique approach to innovation, its international status and links with industry.
The Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering is one of 14 departments in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, and is the largest Department of Mechanical Engineering in South Africa. Its graduate and postgraduate students are trained to become top quality engineers, owing to the Department’s internationally accepted programmes.
Its excellent staff, comprising of 24 world class academic staff members, and 17 most capable members of the support staff, and facilities that include sophisticated experimental and computer laboratories have enabled the Department to establish various internationally renowned centres of excellence. Facilities include the following:

  • A unique laboratory for structural mechanics, which is one of a very small number worldwide
  • A superbly equipped vibration and controls laboratory
  • Various wind tunnels and engine test facilities
  • An excellent heat transfer laboratory
  • Excellent workshops.

Message from the Head of the Department

The Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering’s commitment to quality is aligned with University of Pretoria’s status as one of the top research universities in the world and one of the foremost providers of high-level intellectual capital. Furthermore, we are renowned for our unique approach to innovation and design, as well as our international status and links with industry, which gives us a competitive advantage in international technology development.
The Department frequently adjusts its under- and postgraduate training to ensure a unique contribution to the training of high-level human resources demanded both nationally and internationally. Your decision to register at this Department may change your life: you are taking the first step towards an exceptional career-oriented and academic training, and you are committing yourself to life-long learning, continued personal growth and service to the community. You will learn to:

  • equip yourself with specialist knowledge, insights and skills
  • develop skills that are in demand in both the South African and the international labour market
  • develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • do research
  • make responsible specialist decisions, and
  • talk and write confidently about your chosen field as an expert.


Mission and Vision

Departmental Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering is to prepare engineers for success and leadership that is recognized internationally for its quality in the conception, design, implementation, and operation of mechanical- and aeronautical-related engineering systems.

Departmental Vision

Our vision is to provide students with an education that is recognized internationally for academic excellence and a focus on quality that stresses the fundamentals and is focused on real world systems and products. It will provide an integrated education that provides experiential learning through a rich offering of team-based design-build-operate projects, both in the classroom and a state-of-the-art Learning Laboratory.

Undergraduate Prospective Students

We appreciate your interest in the University of Pretoria. Choosing a university is an exciting, but also a daunting task. The choice of the institution and your course of study are, however, very important decisions. Quality of education will have a determining impact on your future career and quality of life, and hence it is essential that you make an informed decision.

(Please note that you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view the Yearbooks / Programmes as they are available only in PDF-format. Some of the files may take a few minutes to download, so please be patient.)

Undergraduate Mission



The Department offers a comprehensive and exciting postgraduate programme comprising course work leading to honours degrees, master’s degrees based on research and research-based PhD degrees.
Engineering students may register for the BEng(Hons), MEng, PhD and DEng degrees. Candidates with a BSc or BTech background may register for the BSc(Hons)(Applied Sciences). Students may also register for selected modules for non-degree purposes.
For more information, the postgraduate brochure can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

Postgraduate Brochure for 2018

Multi-disciplinary Post Graduate Programme in Physical Asset Management
This post graduate programme consists of a course-based Honours Degree followed by a research dissertation for Masters Degree purposes. The Honours Degree can be completed full-time over a one year period, or on a part-time basis, typically over two-to-three years. Completion of the Masters Degree dissertation normally requires one year full time, or two-to-three years part- time research. The programme is structured to achieve specific objectives. 
BScHons Applied Science Mechanics: Physical Asset Management brochure
Registration, module changes & administrative enquiries: e-mail: mechpostgrad@up.ac.za
Curriculum structure, master’s & doctoral degrees Prof N J Theron
+27 12 420 3309 
e-mail: nico.theron@up.ac.za
The postgraduate exam timetable can be found on the noticeboard page.
Postgraduate external examiner report form
Faculty Title and External Examiner Registration Form 
Departmental Title registration form
Exam timetable

Contact Details

General Departmental contact information
Physical address:
Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Engineering I building
University of Pretoria
Lynnwood Road
A campus map in pdf format can be downloaded here. The engineering 3 building is building number 82 on the map.
Directions to the University of Pretoria,  can be found under Maps & Directions.
For an interactive map of the campuses and surrounds, click here
(We are on the Hatfield campus in Building 82)
Postal address:
Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
University of Pretoria
Private bag X20 Hatfield
South Africa
General Enquiry telephone number: +27 12 420 3104
General Enquiry fax number: +27 12 362 5124
Undergraduate and Postgraduate student enquiries: ilka.meyer@up.ac.za; karabo.kunene@up.ac.za