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Degree In Mechanical Engineering At UNISA

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Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Engineering: Mechanical

Qualification code:BTMEE
NQF level:7
Total credits:120
SAQA ID:62323
Purpose statement:
Persons achieving this qualification should be able to independently integrate mechanical engineering principles and specialist knowledge, apply these to determine appropriate ways of approaching activities and establish and use criteria to judge processes and outcomes. This qualification is intended for engineering practitioners in the industry. A qualified person with sufficient experience will be able to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a Professional Technologist in this field of Engineering.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2021, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2021 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: 
Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester:

  • For the 2021 academic year, you must register for your semester 1 and 2 modules by 12 March 2021. There will be no semester 2 registration period. No exceptions or registration extensions will be permitted.
  • The maximum number of credits that will be allowed is 120 credits.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Examination timetableTransitional arrangements

Curriculum for this qualification

Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours in Mechanical Engineering

Qualification code:90151
NQF level:8
Total credits:120
SAQA ID:115823
Maximum time to complete this qualification: 3 years
  • Admission requirements
  • Student fees and funding your studies
  • Application for admission
  • Registration
  • Curriculum

Admission and re-admission requirements

Qualification admission requirements

Please note:

  • Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the specific admission requirements for your chosen qualification.
  • Unisa reserves the right to withdraw any offer for admission to the 2021 academic year should it be found that you do not meet the statutory, college and/or minimum admission requirements for the qualification to which you have been admitted. In such a case, the university will refund any registration fees paid towards the said qualification.

An appropriate NQF 7 qualification from an accredited provider of higher education. A minimum of 60% for the major(s), or for a selected number of NQF 7 modules in the qualification.
Unsuccessful applicants may appeal to the College of Graduate Studies: Postgraduate Administration Department ([email protected]) and will be required to provide a motivation for special admission. The motivation must incorporate the following:
academic motivation offering evidence of your ability to study a postgraduate qualification,
work experience relevant to the qualification and courses completed since graduating with the Bachelor’s degree or Advanced Diploma.

These appeals will only be considered if the enrolment target of the particular qualification has not been met and/or additional enrolment spaces are available.
Click here if you don’t meet the admission requirements above to view alternative options.

Student fees and funding your studies

Application fee

Pay the application fee of R115 once you’ve received your student number.

Please note:

  • The application fee is only applicable to students who do not have a formal Unisa student number.
    * Student numbers issued for short learning programmes and the Graduate School of Business Leadership are not formal Unisa student numbers. These students will be issued with a formal Unisa student number.
  • The application fee is a once-off fee.
    * You only need to pay the application fee once when you receive your formal Unisa student number. 
  • Use the student number you receive from Unisa AND the application fee reference number (ie STUDENTNUMBER 5370810030). Visit for banking details and payment information.
  • The due date for the application fee is the closing date for the application period. Any application submitted without an application fee will not be processed. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your proof of payment.
  • This application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa or do not qualify for admission to Unisa.

Student fees

Click here to find out more about Unisa’s student fees, and the bursaries and loans for Unisa students.

Apply for admission

Unisa will accept applications for admission to the 2021 academic year from 1 September to 15 December 2020 (CTA programmes have an earlier closing date). Additional application dates may be announced if there are still spaces available for the 2021 academic year. 

Please note:

  • You must apply for each new qualification even if you already have a formal Unisa student number. This includes first-time Unisa applicants, Unisa students changing to a new qualification and/or changing the specialisation of their current qualification, and applicants completing an undergraduate qualification who wish to continue with postgraduate studies.
    * Student numbers issued for short learning programmes and the Graduate School of Business Leadership are not formal Unisa student numbers.
  • You may apply for a maximum of two qualifications, ranked in order of preference (although you may only register for one should both of your applications be successful). Please note that no changes may be made after the closing date for applications.
  • Unisa will inform you of the outcome of your application. You must accept or decline Unisa’s offer within the prescribed period of time.
  • If you accept Unisa’s offer for the 2021 academic year, you may only register for the qualification and specialisation for which you received an offer. You may also only register during the relevant registration period.
  • Should you decide not to register for the 2021 academic year for any reason, you will need to re-apply for admission for the 2022 academic year.


Successful applicants should visit the registration website in December 2020 for updated registration information, includes registration dates and 2021 fees:

Curriculum / modules

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.Once you have selected your modules, proceed to calculating your student fees

Group A. Compulsory
EDP401M – Engineering Design Project IV
Group B. Choose any three of the following groups (B, C, D, E , F )
AUC401M – Automatic Control IVPre-requisite:MOM3602 & MOMPRB3
MOM401M – Mechanics of Machines IVPre-requisite:MOM3602 & MOMPRB3
Group C.
SOM401M – Strength of Materials IVPre-requisite:SOM3602 & SOMPRB3
STA401M – Stress Analysis IVPre-requisite:SOM3602 & SOMPRB3
Group D.
FMA401M – Fluid Mechanics IVPre-requisite:FMA3602 & FMAPRB3
TMA401M – Turbo Machines IVPre-requisite:FMA3602 & FMAPRB3
Group E.
RAC401M – Refrigeration and Air Conditioning IVPre-requisite:THD3602 & THDPRB3
THD401M – Thermodynamics IVPre-requisite:THD3602 & THDPRB3
Group F.
MMN101M – Maintenance Management
PRT401I – Production Technology IV

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