Vaal University of Technology

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Courses & Programmes

National Diploma: Analytical Chemistry

Four or five semesters of class attendance at the University, plus one or two semester Workplace Integrated Learning.

What are the Functions of a Chemistry Graduate?

Analysis of samples by the wet methods or using analytical instrument, writing reports on analysis and implementation of approved methods of analysis. Quality control in enterprises such as the following: petrochemical industries, fertilizer industries, mining industries, water purification plants, food processing factories, dairies, pharmaceutical factories, sewerage plants, etc. A chemistry researcher develops new analytical methods, theories and concepts as well as investigative and synthetic research.

Career Opportunities

A career in Chemistry offers challenging and exciting opportunities in both the private and public sectors. There is a continuous demand for trained Analytical Technicians with a diploma or a BTech qualification.

Entry level : Laboratory Assistant

Middle level : Laboratory Technician

Top level : Laboratory Manager

Research opportunities at both industry and research institutions as well as lecturing positions for those who holds a Master or Doctoral qualification.


Semester 1 Semester 2

Chemistry I

Physics I

Mathematics I

Applied Communication Skills (Module 1)


Computer Skills

Analytical Chemistry I

Inorganic Chemistry II

Analytical Chemistry Practical I

Physical Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry II

Applied Communication Skills (Module 2)

Semester 3 Semester 4

Inorganic Chemistry III

Physical Chemistry III

Organic Chemistry III

Analytical Chemistry II

Analytical Chemistry Practical II

Analytical Chemistry III

Analytical Chemistry Practical III

Chemical Quality Assurance

Physics II / Mathematics II


Semester 5 Semester 6

Chemical Process Industries II

Entrepreneurial Skills

Industrial Chemical Analysis

Physics II / Mathematics II


Chemical Industry Practical P1

Chemical Industry Practical P1


Chemistry Project P2



Assessment takes the form of tests, assignments, practicals, tutorials and final examinations.

Articulation Options

Baccalaureus Technologiae: Chemistry

Admission Requirements:

ND: Analytical Chemistry or BSc: Chemistry with Mathematics 2.


This a one year full-time or two years part-time course.


Semester 1 Semester 2

Analytical Chemistry IV

Inorganic Chemistry IV

Research Project IV

Physical Chemistry IV

Organic Chemistry IV

Research Project IV

Magister Technologiae: Chemistry

Admission Requirements:

BTech: Chemistry or BSc Hons: Chemistry.

(Research Methodology subject / workshop must be completed within a year of registration).


Two years full-time or four years part-time.


Research project by dissertation.

Doctoris Technologiae: Chemistry

Admission Requirements:

MTech: Chemistry or MSc: Chemistry.


Two years full-time or four years part-time.


Research project by thesis.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning refers to that component of co-operative education that can only be conducted by the employer. This learning provides the student with an opportunity to apply and develop the academic knowledge he / she received at the University to relevant problem situations in industry and exposure to typical organisational culture, human relations and working conditions.

The curriculum is designed in such a way that the student may opt for a one year industrial exposure or six months industrial exposure. There are staff members appointed to co-ordinate the WIL by visiting students at the work place on a continuous basis.

Professional Bodies

Membership to a professional body is not compulsory but is advisable. However, students at BTech, MTech and DTech level are advised to affiliate with the South African Chemical Institute which is a body regulating all chemistry related matters in both Universities and Industries.