WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,955 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Campus:Hatfield Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

This programme focuses on the fundamental aspects of the discipline and aims to provide students with a thorough background in the chemical sciences. Undergraduate training in this programme provides an opportunity to combine chemistry with other fields of interest, such as physics, geology, mathematics and computer science, or subjects from the biological sciences, such as biochemistry, microbiology and botany.

In the first year of study, students are introduced to chemistry. This is followed by a more in-depth study of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry in the second and third years. All the subjects taught in this programme have theoretical and practical components.

First-year modules in mathematics and physics are compulsory for the BSc (Chemistry) degree. More advanced modules in mathematics and programming are recommended for students who want to pursue postgraduate studies in the computer modelling of molecules, materials or processes.

Postgraduate degrees in chemistry-based programmes are research-oriented. The one-year honours degree consists of advanced modules in analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and includes two practical projects undertaken with departmental research teams of the student’s choice.

MSc and PhD studies involve research projects in the specialised fields of organic and organometallic synthesis, electrochemistry, nanotechnology, computer modelling of compounds and materials, chemical education and separation science, with the emphasis on industrial, environmental, food, forensic and clinical applications.

Experienced research leaders and excellent research facilities are available to expand the international research profile of the Department and expose students to the frontiers of research in their field of choice.

Admission Requirements


English Home Language
AS/A Level – C

AS/A Level – C

Physical Sciences
AS Level – C

Cambridge A-Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission.

International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.

The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.

Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).

Grade 11 results are used for the provisional admission of prospective students. Final admission is based on the Grade 12 results.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email

The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

**Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th September
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st August

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employed in most technology-based institutions and work in laboratory environments that form part of industrial, research or academic institutions. A chemist must be able to participate in teamwork in a multidisciplinary environment and in a wide variety of enterprises in both the private and public sectors. It is important to note that the type of work available to a graduate in chemistry depends on the level of the qualification obtained.
Advanced qualifications will eventually lead to positions in research and / or production management and require management and financial planning skills. Many career opportunities exist in the fields of education, research, journalism, environmental protection, food and beverages, energy, water, health, sports, pharmaceutics and cosmetics, geology, mining and law enforcement. These include the well-known professions of synthetic chemist, materials scientist, chemical pathologist, forensic chemist, analytical chemist, drug analyst, patent lawyer, environmental chemist, geochemist, food chemist, polymer chemist and soil chemist.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,955
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,910

An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:
– to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
– to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

Martha Tshoke
Undergraduate Student Administration
Johannah Mashaba
Undergraduate applications and enquiries
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