Students are normally enrolled and admitted to the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for their first year; where they do their Advanced Level Sciences. They come to the School of Engineering in their second year based on their performance. At this stage they do Fundamental Engineering Sciences at the end of which they get streamlined in the three Departments of the School – at third year. The Diploma students on the other hand, are enrolled directly to the School under the respective Departments.

For admission to the Diploma Programmes, the applicant should satisfy the following requirements:

  1. At least Ordinary level passes in Mathematics and English Language and any one Science subject from: Science, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry.
    N.B. If a candidate offers Physical Science and Science, this will be counted as one subject.
  2. Two (2) subjects from other subjects such as Additional Mathematics, Biology, Principles of Accounts, Commerce, History, Literature in English, Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing, etc.
  3. Candidates holding a good Advanced Certificate (i.e. an average score of at least in a subject relevant to the School’s programmes may be admitted to Diploma programmes in the first year

For admission to an undergraduate degree in the School of Engineering, a candidate must fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Meet the General Entrance Requirements of the Copperbelt University, i.e. should have obtained FIVE (5) GCE ‘O’ Level credits or better in the Zambian School Certification or its equivalent, and
  2. Satisfy the following particular requirements prescribed by the School of Engineering as follows; at least ordinary level passes in the following subjects;
    1. English language
    2. Mathematics
    3. c) Either one or two subjects from Physical Science, Science, Chemistry, and Physics.
      N.B. If a candidate offers Physical Science and Science, this will be counted as one subject.
    4. Depending on the subject(s) taken by the student in (c) above, a candidate may be required to have taken either one or two subjects from Biology, Additional Mathematics, Geography, Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing, History, Literature in English, Human and Social Biology, Religious Subject, Zambian Language, Commerce, and Principles in Accounts.

For admission to a postgraduate degree in the School of Engineering, a candidate must fulfil the following requirements:

  •  Masters Degree [MEng(Hons), MSc, MPhi
  •  BEng (Hons) Degree with minimum CREDIT or Second Class Division Two (2:2)
  •  Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD):
  •  BEng Ordinary Degree + 48 Credits from Electives in the Graduate School
  •  MEng (Hons), MSc, MPhil Degree
  •  BEng (Hons) Degree with min. Credit or Second Class Division Two through MPhil to PhD

Rules & Regulations

In summary, we employ a variety of assessment methods in the school of Engineering. All Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes are non-modular or course-based, which means you undertake courses of study with continuous assessment, phase tests, projects and at the end of the year you are assessed through written examinations.

Most courses are assessed by a single exam (usually lasting between two and three hours), and many also incorporate coursework in the form of a report describing a project assignment. Project-based courses are assessed by one or more reports, in some cases written jointly with group members.

The final year project (worth 48 Credits at BEng(Hons) or 72 Credits at MEng(Hons) of the final year) is assessed by a combination of written thesis, oral examination and presentations. Project work, assessments and feedback in tutorial sessions are vital for students’ understanding about how different aspects of the curriculum interlink and this helps the student understand the practical context for the skills and knowledge they are developing.

The teaching year is divided into three terms of 10 weeks each for undergraduates and diploma programmes, while the postgraduate is divided into two semesters of 14 weeks each. Although at postgraduate, the teaching year is divided into semesters for organisational purposes, this is fitted into the traditional pattern of three terms.

Student Handbooks

As a student in the School of Engineering you are privileged to know that you are le crème de la crème of Zambian youth from secondary school as you enter engineering with the best GCE ‘ O ’ Level results (currently between 6 and 8 points). We expect you to perform to the best of your ability. Forget about secondary school, now you have to work harder and read a lot independently as we prepare you to become a graduate engineer who designs, add value to Zambian natural resources and create jobs.

Therefore to be successful, you need to follow rules and regulations laid down for you to maximise your success in your academic life in the School of Engineering. The regulations are laid down in handbooks for your preferred programmes. These handbooks can be downloaded as follows:


    • Aeronautical Engineering
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Mechatronics Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
    • Communication, Network & Signal Processing Engineering
    • Civil Infrastructure Engineering
    • International Construction Management & Engineering