Where and when to apply

All first-year applications to study at MUT are submitted through the Central Applications Office (CAO) online at  This is a simplified way of applying for more than one programme, using one application form, and paying a single application fee.  You can track the progress of your application by going to and enter your CAO number, or sending an email to or call +27 268 4444.

When you make your application through CAO, remember that MUT will give preference to those students who meet the admission requirements for a particular programme, and those that have made MUT their first choice.

Applications open in January and close on 30 September with late applications accepted until 30 November.

Important Closing Dates:

  • Faculty of Engineering – first semester applications: 30 September
  • Faculty of Engineering – second semester applications: 31 May
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences: 30 September
  • Analytical Chemistry – second semester applications: 31 May
  • Faculty of Management Sciences: 30 September

Please Note:  Late applications accumulate a fee determined by the CAO.



Faculty of Management Sciences

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Natural Sciences

  • English | Maths | Accounting
  • All at 50% and above
  • Further departmental screening processes
  • A minimum of 25 points is required for all programmes
  • English | Maths | Physics
  • All at 50% and above
  • Further departmental screening processes
  • English | Maths | Physical Science | Agricultural Science | Life Sciences
  • All at 50% and above
  • Further departmental screening processes


SGCE, GCE, GCSE, IGCSE, HIGCSE, Cambridge School certificate

A-Level passes must be A, B, C, D, or E

AS-Level passes must be A, B, C, or D

O-Level passes must be A, B, or C

IGCSE passes must be A, B, or C

HIGCSE passes must be 1, 2, or 3

Application documents (for South African applicants)

  • Grade 11 final results, grade 12 June exam results, National Senior Certificate or Statement of Results
  • Identity Document or ID card
  • Students transferring from other universities should submit an academic record and a certificate of conduct.

Non-South African applicants

  • A valid passport
  • A valid medical insurance cover
  • Police clearance certificate
  • SGCE, GCE, GCSE, IGCSE or Cambridge School Certificate

MUT My First Choice

The number of spaces for first-time entering students is around 3500 across all three faculties. By the end of October, Mut receives over 80 000 applications from first-time entering students. The selection process is quite difficult and without a doubt, MUT selects those that chose MUT first, provided they meet our selection requirements.

Each year, thousands of students ask why they should apply on time and make MUT their first choice. Here are some of the reasons:

  • Making MUT your first choice is the ultimate way to demonstrate your interest in MUT. This is an opportunity for you to differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd.
  • Competition is keen. Each year MUT receives over 80,000 applications. Putting MUT first gives your application a better chance for consideration.
  • If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be given immediate attention. You could be one of the first among your classmates to own a MUT student card!


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Engineering Qualifications and Career Opportunities

Diploma: Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering uses principles of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology (Life Sciences), and Economics to produce, transform and transport chemicals, minerals and energy.   A chemical engineer designs large-scale processes that convert chemicals, raw materials, living cells, micro-organisms, and energy into useful products.

The course trains students to be technicians qualified to assist a chemical engineer or plant operator in the control, maintenance and functioning of processes involved in the production of chemicals. The technician’s duties include research, economic evaluation and unit operations.

Diploma: Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment, including public works such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, harbours, sewerage systems, pipelines, structural component of buildings and railways. 

The course qualifies the technician for employment with civil engineering contractors, consultants, Government departments or municipalities, where he/she would form part of a team usually managed by a professional engineer or technologist. The technician could be involved in the design and construction of Civil Engineering structures such as roads, bridges, dams, railways, harbours, buildings and airports.

Diploma: Surveying

Scaled base maps are essential to any construction planning or development of land. The course qualifies the student as a surveyor who has the ability to prepare maps of various scales set out for the required structures, transportation routes, industrial and residential properties. 

Diploma: Construction Management and Quantity Surveying (Building)

Construction management is concerned with organising, scheduling, mobilising and directing equipment, material and personnel in performance of a construction contract.    A quantity surveyor is responsible for estimating the amount and cost of materials and labour needed for building and how long it will take to complete a building project.

After completing the course students specialise in either construction management or quantity surveying. The course provides essential skills and knowledge needed in the construction of housing, schools, community facilities and other building projects.

Diploma: Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the technology of electricity.  Electrical engineers work on a wide range of components, devices and systems, from tiny microchips to huge power station generators.

The course equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for working in electrical power generation and distribution environments, process control environments and electronic communication environments. The course may include design, development and work on computer-based systems. 

Diploma: Mechanical Engineering

This branch of engineering is concerned with machinery and mechanical power.  It encompasses the design, production, and use of machines and tools.

The diploma qualifies students for a wide range of occupations. There are employment opportunities in the manufacturing industry, motor industry, ship building industry, aircraft industry, power stations and on the mines.

Management Sciences and Career Opportunities

Diploma: Accounting, Cost and Management Accounting

Cost Accounting is part of Management Accounting which establishes budgets, standard costs and actual costs of operations, processes departments or products in an organisation or enterprise. Cost Accounting includes the analysis of variances, profitability or social use of funds. Costing data provided by the cost accountant serves as a managerial tool for planning, controlling and decision-making.

Diploma: Cost and Management Accounting is geared to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles, techniques, methods and practice of Cost Accountancy, as well as the use of cost information for planning, control and decision- making. Cost information is used for the preparation of reports required by management for such purposes as the formulation of policies, planning and controlling activities, decision-making, disclosure of information to external entities and employees

Diploma: Human Resources (HR) Management

This course covers all the necessary activities involved in the provision and maintenance of human resources within an organisation. This includes recruitment, payroll management, human resource development and organisational development to name a few. Graduating students will have the requisite knowledge to easily join organisations as Skills Development Facilitators (SDFs) Employee Assistance Plan Managers (EAPs) and in many other human resource management positions.

The human resources practitioner or manager has an important role to play in ensuring that an organisation has a suitably skilled and efficient work force. The diploma qualifies students for a range of HR occupations in the areas of recruitment, employee benefits, talent development and management.

Diploma: Marketing

This diploma involves understanding consumer needs and formulating means to promote and supply products and services to meet those needs efficiently and effectively. The diploma qualifies students for a wide range of occupations in the areas of marketing, advertising and public relations.

Diploma: Office Management and Technology

This diploma provides students with professional administrative and communication skills.  It is intended for those students wishing to become administrative assistants, Secretaries, Personal Assistants, office professionals at an intermediate level in any sector of the economy. At the end of the programme, students will be able to provide independent and competent management support, which enables them to plan and execute tasks creatively, professionally and efficiently.

The course gives students the business and administrative skills and knowledge to understand how business operates and to administer an office efficiently and effectively. 

Diploma: Public Management

This diploma equips students with the theory and practical skills needed to administer and manage the provision of government services effectively and efficiently.

The government provides many essential services to communities in South Africa, including housing, education, transport and the provision of municipal services through local government. A huge administrative infrastructure employing thousands of public servants organises the delivery of these services through the various government departments.

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Health Science - Medical Laboratory Sciences (BHSc-MLS)

This four-year degree includes clinical practice in an accredited Training Laboratory for the last 18 months of the programme. In the fourth year of study, students need to select an area of specialisation in which they will practice from one of the following disciplines: Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Pathology, Cytogenetics, Cytopathology, Haematology, Histopathology, Immunohaematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology, Forensic Science and Pharmacology.

BSc: Environmental Health

Environmental Health Practitioners are trained to inform, assist, advise and interact with the population in the workplace, homes, and public recreational areas to promote the health and safety of all members of the community. All students who take up the course will be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Job opportunities: Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality Management Officer; Waste Management Officer, Environmental Management Officer, Veterinary Public Health Officer, Meat Inspectors, Occupational Safety Officer and Environmental Protection.

Agriculture: Animal Production

Students are equipped with theory in all aspects of animal production and practical application of animal production in industry and extension contexts.


Students are prepared theoretically and practically, for a career in the fields of agricultural development or extension and to promote the development of sound agricultural practice in the farming industry.

Diploma: Biomedical Technology

The diploma qualifies the Biotechnologist for employment in a pathology laboratory. Alternate employment opportunities include positions in laboratories linked to the food or medical industry, or in sales divisions of the medical equipment and pharmaceutical products industries.

Diploma: Analytical Chemistry

The diploma prepares students for positions in analytical laboratories, where many types of analysis are made, using a variety of techniques including classic wet chemical methods and sophisticated instrumental methods. Graduates may find work in routine analytical quality control laboratories or in research laboratories which explore new processes and techniques of manufacture.

Diploma: Community Extension

To train students to improve the standard of living of rural communities by:

  • Motivating communities to participate in self-help projects, particularly in order to promote food security and alleviating poverty; and
  • Effectively communicating improved functioning of rural and urban households by extending domestic, social and agricultural skills into the communities.

Diploma: Information Communication and Technology (ICT)

The ICT Diploma prepares students for the development and management of IT systems in a distributed environment.  Current specialisation options are:

(1) Software Development: Students are empowered to design and produce software products and systems to meet specified needs so that they work reliably and their production and maintenance is cost-effective.

Career paths: Applications development, Programming, Systems development, Systems analysis, Database administration. 

(2) Communication Networks: Students are provided with the knowledge and skills to design, develop, implement and manage networks by integrating knowledge of modern network topologies and protocols to create an appropriate and adequate environment of communication and information sharing. 

 Career paths: Network design, Network administration and Network technologist.

Diploma: Nature Conservation

To cater for the human resources needs of conservation organisations, and to initiate self-employment opportunities for students by providing theoretical and practical expertise in the field of conservation studies. This is a functional and well recognised qualification, which is a prerequisite for appointment and promotion as a nature conservator.


MUT is a diverse Institution anchored in our communities and driven by our strategy statement which is:  shape and own the future. 

MUT strives to offer students an unforgettable campus life by providing valuable academic programming, academic support services to enhance students’ progress, leadership and entrepreneurial development programmes, an active sports culture, and a sense of community service. 

MUT Radio

MUT encourages students to volunteer to become presenters, news readers, programme anchors, producers and news editors. Stay tuned to MUT radio station by downloading the MUT Radio App from Playstore or listen live on MUT Radio 

Who knows, you may be the presenter we have been searching for?

MUT Brand Ambassadors

Sign up to become an MUT brand ambassador. You get a chance to be profiled in our publications as you contribute to the initiatives of the University to create an exciting campus.


The Library Services provides a wide range of instructional services to assist staff and students in the use of information sources and library facilities.

MUT has two libraries – one in the main campus, and another in the North campus. Our libraries provide comprehensive access to a wide range of material across all faculties and disciplines.


The safety of our students is paramount to the University. We endeavour to make MUT a home away from home by creating a safe environment during your stay at MUT. We run various safety campaigns to encourage our students to take issues of personal safety seriously and to ensure that our students are safe off-campus and at our residences. The university has measures in place to ensure your wellbeing. Several on and off-campus security measures exist which are constantly being developed and supplemented as the need arises. Students are urged to take cognisance and make use of these services and resources that seek to address their safety for the duration of their study.


It is a home—a place where you belong!

There is a diverse range of housing options ranging from traditional residence to apartments.  MUT offers 1680 beds to new students on the main campus. This means first-year students are prioritised for accommodation on the on-campus residences.  Living in one of MUT’s residences, you and your fellow classmates will share a range of experiences and aspirations. You will live in a diverse community of students and create lasting friendships.  While each residence at MUT has unique features and amenities, all provide reasonable quality accommodation, facilities and resources.


The Student Health Services afford students access to a fully equipped on-campus clinic where you will be attended to by professional nurses and a part-time medical doctor from Monday to Thursday between 8am and 3pm, and between 8am and 12pm on Friday. First aid care and ambulance transportation to the nearest hospital is also provided to students after hours. Services offered include Primary Health Care, Preventative Health Services as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health Services.


Mangosuthu University of Technology recognises the value and importance of participating in sporting activities and encourages its students to get involved in sports. The Sport Department is looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to a variety of sports, both competitive and recreational, so that students can excel not only academically, but also in other ways that will enhance their experience at MUT.

The student gymnasium located in the Student Centre offers students free weights, cardio equipment, organised sports, and indoor sports facilities.


Did you know you can afford to study at MUT?

Giving hope to academically excelling students is our main objective, and we believe your financial circumstances should never stand in the way. That is why MUT offers the most competitive tuition fee structure, ranging between R4 530 and R15 350 per semester depending on the course and subjects. Residence fees range between R4 120 and R11 150 per semester. Travel expenses, meals, stationery and text books are not included in the tuition and residence costs. Our financial aid resources and policies ensure that MUT is affordable for all prospective students.