BEng (Electronic Engineering)

Programme Code: 12130091

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The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria is a leading source of graduates in the engineering, built environment and information technology professions. We achieve this by a focus on research to drive innovative and enquiry-led teaching for educating and positioning our students to be leaders in their professions. The Faculty has extensive and cutting-edge teaching, learning and laboratory facilities integrated with the excellent suite of facilities and services offered by the University. We facilitate access to our qualifications through our extended study programmes, but expect our students to excel and develop as future professionals through our study programme offering. We invite you to consider enrolling in one of our study programmes if you share our vision of excellence and want to position yourself as a leader in the professions that we support.

The Faculty is organised in four schools: the School of Engineering, the School for the Built Environment, the School of Information Technology and the Graduate School of Technology Management. The School of Engineering is the largest of its kind in the country in terms of student numbers, graduates and research contributions and offers programmes in all the major engineering disciplines, with many specialisations also offered at undergraduate and graduate level. 
The University of Pretoria aims to be internationally competitive, while also locally relevant.  Advisory boards at both faculty and departmental level promote alignment and excellence in our teaching and research activities. Where applicable and available, our study programmes are accredited by statutory and professional bodies at both national and international level.

More programme information

Electronic engineering is one of the three internationally accepted and closely related subdisciplines in the traditional field of electrical engineering (electrical engineering, electronic engineering and computer engineering). Electronic engineering entails the vast and constantly expanding field of the “electronic world and era”. There is hardly a technological system in the world that does not rely on electronics and electronic engineering. An electronic engineer is someone with a talent for introducing new technologies and upgrading old technologies.

An electronic engineer has a good understanding of the basic sciences and a good education in the theoretical and practical aspects (including design methodology) of electronics and electronic engineering systems. With the drastic increase in the development of new electronic systems all over the world, it is essential to be well prepared for the work of an electronic engineer.
The electronic engineering degree at the University of Pretoria was developed over many years to provide exactly what the industry expects from such an engineer. This is an exciting world, with the “half-life” of microelectronics and photonics being approximately two-and-a-half years. There are constant improvements and developments.
Electronic engineering is used in almost all information, communication and technology (ICT) application fields, especially those of telecommunications (cellphones, broadcasting, internet service providers (ISPs), telecommunications companies (Telcos), global positioning systems (GPSs)), transport (aeroplanes, ships, trains, motor cars), consumer equipment (iPods, induction stoves, fridges, microwaves, televisions), peace-keeping operations (avionics, night vision, electronic warfare, smart bombs, drones, laser target designators), medicine (bioengineering, diagnostic systems, rehabilitation engineering, intensive care units, laser surgery), robotics (mechatronics, mine robots, spacecraft), entertainment (video games, shows, casinos), mining, manufacturing, navigation, communication, satellite surveillance (day and night, entrance control, face recognition) and photonics (lasers, optical fibres, networking).
Electronic engineers have to be innovative and ensure that they stay abreast of new technologies. Many electronic engineers move very quickly into management, where their analytical, synthesis, managerial and leadership skills are used to reach the highest levels of corporate management. A number of graduates of this Department have sold their ideas (patents) for hundreds of millions of rands.
The aim of electronic engineering is to do things faster, cheaper, in smaller sizes and with much more control and artificial intelligence. Typical subsystems that form part of larger electronic systems are amplifiers, transmitters, receivers, control systems, sensor systems, power supplies, radio frequency (RF) subsystems, micro- and nanoelectronics and microprocessors, digital signal processors (DSPs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Most electronic systems use a standard process of measurement (sensing), calculate/compare/ store information and controlled outputs (actuators) with extensive computing and communication power.


Academic unit

Faculty: Engineering, Built Environment & IT

School: Engineering

Closing dates for application

SA : 30 September 2013
Non-SA : 31 August 2013

Estimated cost

R31 360 - R34 496

Course contact

  • Name: Client Service Centre
    Tel: 012 420 3111

Additional information

Minimum subject and achievement requirements, as set out above, are required. On first-year level a student has a choice between Afrikaans and English as language medium. In certain cases, tuition may be presented in English, for example, in electives where the lecturer may not speak Afrikaans or in cases where it is not economically or practically viable.

Admission requirements

Provisional admission to the Four-year study programme in the School of Engineering is only guaranteed if a prospective student complies with all the requirements in the table below. If that is not the case, the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT) will be used together with the NSC results to determine whether such student can be given admission to the Four-year degree programme or the Five-year Engineering Augmented Degree Programme (ENGAGE).

Provisional admission to the Four-year study programme in the School of Engineering can also be considered based on the results of the compulsory NBT, meeting the minimum NSC requirements of Afrikaans or English at an achievement level of 5, Mathematics at achievement level 6 and Physical Science at achievement level 5, together with an APS of 30.
Admission to ENGAGE in the School of Engineering will be determined by the results of the NBT, NSC results, an achievement level of 5 in Mathematics and 4 in Physical Science, as well as an achievement level of 4 in Afrikaans or English, together with an APS of 25.
Students may apply directly for admission to the ENGAGE programme.

Minimum Requirements

Achievement level


Afrikaans or English


Physical Science







Duration of study

4 years

Main curriculum information

  • First Year

    First semester

    Second semester

    Graphical Communication


    General Chemistry

    Materials Science

    Humanities and Social Sciences 1


    Recess Training:

    Introduction to Laboratory Measurements and Computer Simulations


    Linear Algebra



    Electricity and Electronics

    Humanities and Social Sciences 2


    Second Year

    First semester

    Second semester


    Differential Equations


    Electrical Engineering

    Introduction to Programming

    Professionalism and Technical Communication

    Community-based Project


    Numerical Methods

    Engineering Statistics

    Linear Systems

    Digital Systems

    Community-based Project


    Third Year

    First semester

    Second semester

    Engineering Management


    Analogue Electronics


    Modulation Systems

    Impact of Engineering Activity

    Microwaves and Antennas

    Stochastic Communication Systems

    Control Systems

    Electronic Engineering Design


    Fourth Year

    First semester

    Second semester


    Engineering Professionalism

    DSP Programming and Application

    Advanced Electronics



    Recess Training:

    Practical Training and Report