WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,032 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
Campus:Westville; Pietermaritzburg
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

UKZN’s position within the African continent has led to the development of a unique Marine Biology programme able to service requirements from the southern African eastern seaboard and neighbouring Indian Ocean Rim countries.

The University’s linkage with the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI-SAAMBR), the CSIR and EKZN Wildlife (all of them in Durban), plus close working relations with other institutes involved in marine research and management outside the province, have led to a suite of academic programmes developed to attract both national and international students/scientists and place the UKZN as a center of expertise in tropical and sub-tropical marine biology.

On the research side, the largest component of the marine research initiative has historically comprised the Estuarine Research Programme. Estuaries are arguably the most threatened of all South African marine ecosystems, as they cover a small surface area but are subject to extreme levels of utilization.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
– NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science/Physical Science/Life Science at level 4.
– Admission points required: 28-48 (highest scoring students took first; BSc in Industrial and Applied Biotechnology requires a minimum point score of 30).
– The closing date for applications is 30 September.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $128

1. Applications to study must be made in the prescribed manner via the Central Applications Office (, and must include presentation of the Matriculation Certificate where specified.
2. An applicant who has studied at any other tertiary education institution must, in addition, present an
academic record and a certificate of conduct from that institution.
3. For new admissions:
– APS (Accumulated points score)
– Selections are processed on a sliding scale, on academic merit, with the minimum as per subject requirements.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Marine scientist
– Meteorologist
– Geophysicist
– Hydrogeologist
– Hydrographic surveyor
– Hydrologist

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,032
Tuition Fees for International Students: $12,747

South African students pay R50275 per year as tuition fees.
Students from SADC countries pay local tuition fees plus a levy of R3400 (R1800 per semester)

Application fee:
– All students from SADC and other African countries pay: R470
– All students from outside of Africa: U$146
– Students from within Africa but outside SADC and from the rest of the world are required to pay US $ 14 535.00 per annum; i.e. U$ 6 895.00 per semester (first or second) inclusive of the international levy, where registration is required for one semester only to complete a qualification.


Relevant Contact

Prof. Albert Modi
Dean, College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science
Main Office
For General Enquiries
Admissions Office
For Admission Enquiries