Mastering Science

Through PAMSA’s Process Research Unit, post-graduate BSc chemical engineering students are able to take their studies to a Masters and PhD level thanks to bursaries and positions offered by our member companies. MSc and PhD students are enrolled at the universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch, KZN, Wits and North West.

Successful candidates gain advanced skills during their post-graduate training in specialist fields such as wood science, chemical analysis, material and energy balances, process modelling, material flow analysis and separation techniques.

Short courses

PAMSA also offers a number of short courses on request which can be tailor-made for specific mill requirements.

  • Resource efficiency and cleaner production
  • Cleaner production focusing on energy
  • Hands-on pulp and papermaking
  • Wet end chemistry
  • Refining basics
  • High yield pulping
  • Water and effluent treatment
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About the Process Research Unit

PAMSA’s Process Research Unit was formed to expand a regional research initiative and promote the sustainability of the local pulp, paper and packaging industry. Apart from its bursary programme, the unit coordinates research for the development of processes to efficiently utilise biomass feedstock (trees) for conversion to bio-products (paper and chemicals) and energy with minimal environmental impact. It also seeks to develop academic/research centres of excellence, both locally and abroad and engages in collaborative partnerships with industry and government agencies.