'Working together to promote premier, multi-disciplinary research and development in the area of minerals beneficiation'


Dear Applicant

We are delighted that you are considering postgraduate study with the Minerals to Metals Initiative.

Opportunities in minerals beneficiation research exist for:

  • Industry involvement through active research collaboration
  • Postgraduate study across a wide range of disciplines and topics
  • We also offer a trans-disciplinary and inter-institutional Master of Philosophy degree programme specialising in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development

Before making a formal application for postgraduate study you are strongly advised to contact us in order to obtain advice about your proposed study. Making contact with the initiative is particularly important for candidates interested in research since they must ensure that it has the facilities and the expert supervision that will be necessary. Any new research postgraduate student has to be assigned to an academic staff member. It is helpful to identify in advance any special conditions that may apply in the candidate's proposed area of study.

International students

The Minerals to Metals Initiative welcomes applications for postgraduate study from international students. It is important that you are aware, that as an international student, you are responsible for funding your studies for the duration of your degree programme. You will need to take into consideration the cost of air fares, visas, medical insurance, tuition fees, books, daily travel, food and clothing. Your fees are payable prior to registration.

A limited number of scholarships are available to graduates who are not South African. These are awarded on a competitive basis and preference is given to senior candidates.

The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment offers a generous system of international scholarships to encourage student diversity. The scholarships are awarded to first time registering postgraduates on the basis of academic merit. The award is granted for one academic year at a time. International students should apply to their own government or appropriate ministry for details on funding. Students with outstanding debts will not be permitted to register the following year or to graduate.

Any enquires into funding or the application process should be directed to Admissions at the University of Cape Town. View guidelines for international postgraduate applicants, or view international full degree study information.


Limited financial support is available in the form of scholarships, bursaries and student loans. Certain awards are granted exclusively on academic merit, while others take financial need into account.

View information on funding your studies, or contact the Postgraduate Funding Office.

You need to ensure you are in a position to finance your studies and support yourself before proceeding with your plans.


EBE Faculty prospectus/handbook
This book provides you with information on the degree programmes on offer in the EBE Faculty, the entry requirements, the curriculum and course details.

UCT Postgraduate Prospectus
To view what is available at postgraduate level from all the Faculties at UCT.

2014 Research-based Education for Masters and PhD Students: A Handbook
The EBE faculty booklet serves as a guide to postgraduate students on all matters of research for higher degrees, and spells out the responsibilities of both students and supervisors.

Closing Dates

All applications must be received by the following dates:
30 September: All international and SADC applicants
31 October: All South African applicants

Unless otherwise stated on page 1 of the Directions for Applicants, the above closing dates apply.

Application Procedures

Apply using UCT’s online application system, or download the application form if you do not have access to the internet. A non-refundable application fee of R100 for RSA and SADC applicants and R300 for NON-SADC International applicants is applicable. For more information on the application process and payment of application fee, please read the Post Graduate Application Guide.

Selection for postgraduate study is based on academic merit and working experience. Paying an application fee does not mean that your application will be successful.

Tel: +27 21 650 2128 / 2129

Please note that if the following documents are not submitted this will cause a delay in the processing of your application.

1. Submission of academic qualifications

a.   UCT Graduates
Applicants who are, or have been registered students at UCT are not required to submit a copy of their UCT academic record.
b.    South African Universities other than UCT
If you are, or have been registered as a student at another South African university you should:

  • obtain in a sealed envelope from the university concerned an original full transcript of your academic record for all the years of study (this transcript must include all details of courses taken and the marks obtained).
  • attach certified copies of your degree certificates to your application form.

c.    Foreign Universities
If you have been, or are a registered student at a university or similar institution outside the Republic of South Africa, you must:

  • obtain in a sealed envelope from the university concerned an original full transcript of your academic record for all the years of study (this transcript must include all details of courses taken and the marks obtained).
  • attach certified copies of all your degree certificates to your application form.
  • documentation not in English must be accompanied by an original sworn translation, signed by a Notary Public.
  • an original SAQA evaluation certificate or a certified copy signed by a Notary Public. The onus is on the student to apply timeously to SAQA, as this process is quite lengthy. Your foreign degrees have to be evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Contact SAQA

2. Certified copy of your Identity Document/Passport

3. Certified copy of your school leaving certificate (excludes UCT graduates)

4. A detailed curriculum vitae. PhD applicants to please include in their CV a summary of their Master's research and list any publications which may have arisen through their research.

5. Letters of reference in a sealed envelope (one from the professor under whom you have studied and if applicable one from your employer).

6. Any new applicant for postgraduate study has to be assigned to an academic staff member who will ultimately become their supervisor. Applicants must contact ( the Minerals to Metals Initiative and indicate the area of research they are interested in prior to their formal application. Include with your application the name of the academic staff member you made contact with and a description of your area of research. PhD applicants see guidelines for PhD proposals.

7. The medium of instruction and examination at UCT is English. We require students to be proficient in English before they register. You will need to include an original copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score or a letter from your institution confirming that the medium of instruction at your university was in English.

We advise that you regularly check the status of your application once you receive confirmation from UCT Admissions Office that they have received your application.

General enquiries for the Department of Chemical Engineering can be directed to:  

Postgraduate queries can be directed to:
Mrs Belinda Davids
+27 650 5518