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Motto: Inspiring Greatness
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: January 2004
No of Students: 46,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Nana Poku
Campuses: Westville, Howard College, Pietermaritzburg, Edgewood & Nelson Mandela School of Medicine
Ranking: 5th in Africa (Webometrics ranking)
Website: https://www.ukzn.ac.za/
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The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is a public university in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The university was formed in 2004 following the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville. The University of Durban-Westville was established in the 1960s as the University College for Indians on Salisbury Island in Durban Bay. Student numbers throughout the 1960s were low as a result of the Congress .. more

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is a public university in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The university was formed in 2004 following the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville. The University of Durban-Westville was established in the 1960s as the University College for Indians on Salisbury Island in Durban Bay. Student numbers throughout the 1960s were low as a result of the Congress Alliances’ policy of shunning apartheid structures. This policy gave way in the 1980s to a strategy of education under protest which sought to transform apartheid institutions into sites of struggle. Student numbers grew rapidly and in 1971, the College was granted University status. The following year, the newly named University of Durban-Westville moved into its modern campus in Westville and was a site of major anti-apartheid struggles. UDW became an autonomous institution in 1984, opening up to students of all races. The University of Natal was founded in 1910 as the Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg, and it was achieved independent University status in 1949 owing to its rapid growth in numbers, its wide range of courses and its achievements in and opportunities for research. By that time, the NUC was already a multi-campus institution, having been extended to Durban after World War 1. The distinctive Howard College building was opened in 1931. In 1946, the government approved a Faculty of Agriculture in Pietermaritzburg and, in 1947, a Medical School for African, Indian and Coloured students in Durban. Both universities were among the first South African Institutions to merge in 2004, following the government’s higher education restructuring plans. The University of KwaZulu-Natal counts 5 campuses – Edgewood Campus, the Nelson Mandela Medical School, Howard College, Pietermaritzburg Campus and Westville Campus.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal ranks 5th in South Africa, and 6th overall in Africa, according to Webometrics’ ranking of African universities, making it one of the most prestigious universities in Africa. The University boasts international partnerships in 46 countries, providing its students with global opportunities for academic exchange that enhance the student experience. This is boosted by the university’s international reputation for academic excellence. The University of KwaZulu-Natal Teaching & Learning Office exists to provide leadership in all areas of teaching, learning and institutionalised research related to the University. The university provides a dynamic and innovative research environment, spearheaded by its internationally recognised research centres. The Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) is one of the largest and most successful in Africa. UKZN boasts 10 prestigious South African Science and Technology Research Chairs, ranging from Quantum Information Processing to Gravitating Systems. It equally boasts 6 NRF A-Rated researchers. The university has over 46000 students fully enrolled, with over 4% of those being international students. Its academic staff is over 13000.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal has several support services and facilities to accommodate its university community. It comprises 5 campus libraries and several branch libraries, as well as four special collections of regional and national interest. The Science and Technology Education Centre at UKZN aims to encourage high school learners with enquiring minds to pursue careers in Science and Technology. The Information Technology and Communication Division maintains a highly sophisticated data network and places a strong emphasis on facilities for students. The Key Campus Driving Academy offers driving lessons to staff and registered students from all UKZN campuses. The University’s Risk Management Services offer a comprehensive range of security services for the safety of student and staff. The multi-million-rand KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS (K-RITH), an international centre of scientific research, is located on the Medical School campus. K-RITH is a ground-breaking partnership between UKZN and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in the United States. Also, the university offers extensive sporting, cultural and extramural facilities.
notable alumni from the University of KwaZulu-Natal include Imani Sanga (ethnomusicologist), Lize Heerman (singer-songwriter); and from its founding institutions, recognisable names like Steve Biko (anti-apartheid activist), Alan Paton (author), Roy Padayachie (former minister).

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COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES

School of Applied Human Sciences (Disciplines)

  • Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS)

School of Arts (Disciplin.. more

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES

School of Applied Human Sciences (Disciplines)

  • Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS)

School of Arts (Disciplines)

Pietermaritzburg Campus

  • ACCS
  • Fine Art
  • Art History
  • French
  • Ceramics
  • isiZulu Studies
  • Digital Arts
  • Media Studies
  • Drama
  • Painting
  • English Studies

Howard College Campus

  • Italian
  • Drama and Performance Studies
  • Kiswahili
  • English Language Development
  • Linguistics
  • English Studies
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • French
  • Music
  • German
  • Translation Studies
  • isiZulu Studies

School of Built Environment and Development Studies

  • Architecture
  • Community Development
  • Development Studies
  • Housing
  • Planning
  • Population Studies

School of Education (Disciplines)

Adult Education, Development, Leadership & Management

  • Adult Education
  • Education and Development
  • Higher Education Training & Development
  • Social Justice Education
  • Teacher Education & Professional Development

Education Studies

  • Educational Psychology
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Teacher Development Studies

Languages & Arts Education

  • Afrikaans Education
  • English Education
  • Language Pedagogy & Acquisition
  • Literary Critical Studies
  • Media Education
  • Teaching Creative Writing
  • Visual Methodologies
  • Zulu Education

Mathematics & Computer Science Education

  • Mathematics Education
  • Computer Science

Science & Technology Education

  • Science Education
  • Technology Education

Social Science Education

  • Social Science Education

School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (Disciplines)

  • Classics
  • Ethics Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Ethics Studies (PG)
  • Philosophy (PG)
  • Religion & Social Transformation
  • Religion Studies (PG)
  • Theology
  • School of Social Sciences

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, ENGINEERING & SCIENCE

School of Engineering (Disciplines)

  • Bioresources Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Studies
  • Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering
  • Land Surveying
  • Mechanical Engineering

School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Disciplines)

  • Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Extension & Rural Resources Management
  • Agricultural Meteorology
  • Animal & Poultry Science
  • Crop Science
  • Dietetics & Human Nutrition
  • Food Security
  • Geography
  • GIS and Earth Observation
  • Geology
  • Horticultural Science
  • Hydrology
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science

School of Chemistry and Physics

School of Life Sciences (Disciplines)

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cellular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Microbiology

School Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (Disciplines)

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

School of Clinical Medicine (Disciplines)

  • Anaesthetics
  • Clinical & Professional Practice
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics & Child Health
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Psychiatry

School of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences (Disciplines)

  • Anatomical Pathology
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Biomedical Resource Unit
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • HIV Pathogenesis Programme
  • Physiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Optics & Imaging
  • Virology

School of Health Sciences (Disciplines)

  • Dentistry
  • Audiology
  • Optometry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences (BELS)

School of Nursing & Public Health (Disciplines)

  • Nursing
  • Telemedicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Rural Health
  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Biostatistics and Bioethics and Medical Law
  • Traditional Medicine

COLLEGE OF LAW AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES

Graduate School of Business and Leadership (Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Local Economic Development

Masters

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies (Coursework or Full Research)

Doctoral

  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (Disciplines)

  • Discipline of Accounting
  • Discipline of Economics
  • Discipline of Finance

School of Law (Programmes)

  • Bachelor of Laws: Full-time (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Laws: Part-time (LLB)
  • LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM In Medical Law
  • LLM In Labour Studies
  • LLM In Constitutional Litigation
  • LLM In Child Care and Protection Law
  • LLM in Business Law
  • LLM in Advanced Criminal Justice
  • Interdisciplinary Masters in Childcare & Protection
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Investigation and Criminal Justice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Relations

School of Management, IT and Governance (Disciplines)

  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and Supply Chain
  • Management
  • Public Governance
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Admission Requirements (Undergraduate programmes)
(1) National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate
1.1 Applicants to undergraduate degree programmes must be in possession of a National Senior Certificate for Degree Studies (NSC-Deg) or a Senior Certificate with endorsement.
1.2 Applicants to undergraduate diploma programmes must be in pos.. more

Admission Requirements (Undergraduate programmes)
(1) National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate
1.1 Applicants to undergraduate degree programmes must be in possession of a National Senior Certificate for Degree Studies (NSC-Deg) or a Senior Certificate with endorsement.
1.2 Applicants to undergraduate diploma programmes must be in possession of a National Senior Certificate for Diploma studies (NSC-Dip) or Senior Certificate.

(2) Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction at UKZN is English,  and UKZN requires a pass in English (Home Language or First Additional Language (FAL)) at Level 4 (50% or above) but note that the College of Law requires a pass in English Home Language at Level 5 or English as FAL on Level 6.  For admission to Diplomas or Alternative Access programmes a lower performance in English may be acceptable. In the Senior Certificate, a pass for English at First or Second Language HG E is required.

(3) Life Orientation
UKZN degree programmes require a pass in Life orientation at Level 4.  Access Programmes may consider a pass at Level 3.

(4) Minimum Composite Academic Performance Score
(NSC-Deg and Senior Certificate)
Each programme has determined a minimum composite Academic Performance Score required for admission to the programme. This is, however, the minimum score required for consideration and learners just meeting this minimum cannot be assured of admission.  Applicants to programmes are ranked according to APS and selection is done from the top down until the number of places available in the specific programme is filled. Competition for places is high and it is unlikely that applicants not meeting the APS for a specific programme will be considered.

(5) Subject requirements and Levels of Performance
In addition, subject requirements and minimum Levels of performance in specific subjects are set for admission to UKZN programmes.  Applicants who did not include the correct subjects in their NSC-Deg or who did not obtain the required level of performance in specific subjects required for admission to a programme will not be considered.

Admission Requirements (Postgraduate Programmes)

Postgraduate Diplomas (NQF 8)
-An appropriate Bachelor’s degree OR
-Admission to the status of that degree in terms of Rule GR7 (a) OR
-Attained a level of competence as defined by rule GR7 (b)
-A School/College may prescribe further criteria for admission to study. Consult College Handbooks on www.ukzn.ac.za.
-Some Schools/College may accept and Advanced Diploma for entry into a Postgraduate Diploma if HEQF (Higher Education Qualification Framework) requirements are met.

Duration: A minimum of at least two consecutive semesters. Except with the permission of Senate all modules shall be completed at the University.

Curriculum: The curriculum will contain advanced reflection, practice and research methods in the area of specialization and may include a sustained research project in accordance with College rules approved by Senate.

Bachelor of Honours Degrees (NQF 8)
-An appropriate Bachelor’s degree OR
-Admission to the status of that degree in terms of Rule GR7 (a) OR
-Attained a level of competence as defined by Rule GR7 (b)
-A school/College may prescribe further criteria for admission to study. Consult College Handbooks on www.ukzn.ac.za.

Duration: A minimum of at least two consecutive semesters. Except with the permission of Senate all modules shall be completed at the University.

Curriculum: The curriculum for the Honours degree shall include a prescribed research project as one of the modules which shall account for a minimum of 25% of the credits for the degree.

Masters by Coursework and Masters by Research (NQF9)
-A relevant prerequisite degree OR
-Admission to the status of that degree in terms of Rule GR7 (a) OR
-Attained a level of competence as defined by rule GR7 (b)
-A School/College may prescribe further criteria for admission to study. Consult College Handbooks on www.ukzn.ac.za

Duration for Coursework
A minimum of two consecutive semesters (full time) or 4 consecutive semesters (part-time) before the degree may be conferred.
With permission and in terms of College regulations, periods of attendance at the graduate level at another institution or in another College may be accepted. (Consult with relevant School).

Duration for Research
A minimum of two consecutive semesters (full time) or 4 consecutive semesters (part-time) before the degree may be conferred.

Curriculum for Coursework
Candidates shall complete all modules of which one will be a dissertation on a research topic to be approved by Senate. The dissertation module will normally comprise 33-50% of the credit value of the degree.

Curriculum for Research
Candidates shall be required to pursue an appropriate programme of research on a subject on a subject falling within the scope of the studies presented at the University. Students must also adhere to possible other conditions prescribed by Colleges/Schools.

Doctor of philosophy or supervised Doctor degrees by research (NQF 10)
-A relevant prerequisite degree OR
-Admission to the status of that degree in terms of Rule GR7 (b)
-A School/College may prescribe further criteria for admission on www.ukzn.ac.za.

Duration: A minimum of four consecutive semesters (full time) or eight consecutive semesters (part-time) before the degree may be conferred.

Curriculum: Students will be required to pursue an approved programme of research on a subject falling within the scope of studies at the University. Such a programme shall make a distinct contribution to the knowledge or understanding of the subject and afford evidence of originality shown either by the discovery of new facts and by the exercise of independent critical power. Students must also adhere to other possible conditions prescribed by Colleges/Schools.

International Students Entrance Requirements

Undergraduate
International applicants are subject to a selection procedure based on academic merit and the number of spaces available. An applicant with non-South African school-leaving certificates must contact the South African Matriculation Board directly to determine if they qualify for admission to degree studies in South Africa.  Please contact Tel: +27 (0) 12 4812487 or consult www.hesa-enrol.ac.za or write to exemptions@hesa-enrol.ac.za

International applicants may qualify for an exemption through AEB or Cambridge examinations if they have two A-levels (‘A’ – ‘E’) and three O-level passes (‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’) or equivalent. However, certain subject groupings are also required. It is not sufficient to pass in O-levels only.

Please note that Faculties may have a subject, level and minimum performance (in O and A levels) requirements for admission to their programmes. Please ensure that you have your original documents available at registration and arrange for official translations where applicable.

Postgraduate
Candidates should have completed a four-year Bachelor’s degree or a three-year degree plus a one-year full-time Honours degree in the relevant field to enrol for a Masters degree. All applicants should apply to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to obtain a certificate of evaluation of qualifications prior to applying to the University.

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Durban is a city in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. It is the third most populous city in the country, after Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is located on the east coast of South Africa, looking out upon the Indian Ocean. It lies at the mouth of the Umgeni River. Durban has been inhabited since 100000 BC, home to communities of hunter-gatherers throughout the area of present-day KwaZ.. more

Durban is a city in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. It is the third most populous city in the country, after Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is located on the east coast of South Africa, looking out upon the Indian Ocean. It lies at the mouth of the Umgeni River. Durban has been inhabited since 100000 BC, home to communities of hunter-gatherers throughout the area of present-day KwaZulu-Natal. European settlement began with a band of Cape Colony traders led by Francis G. Farewell, who charted the port in 1824 and named the site Port Natal. The land was ceded to the group by Shaka, the Zulu king, and the Old Fort was built. Durban was founded in 1835 on the site of Port Natal, named after Sir Benjamin D’Urban, the governor of the Cape Colony. In the late 1830s and early ’40s, the Boers clashed with the British over control of Durban, with the Boers eventually accepting British annexation under military pressure. It became a borough in 1854, and it was established as a city in 1935. The city has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and pleasantly warm and dry winters. The average temperature in winter is 17 degrees Celsius and in the summer 24 degrees Celsius. Durban is home to about 3.4 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the country. It is an ethnically diverse city of mixed beliefs and traditions, with Zulus forming the largest ethnic group. After apartheid, there was an African population boom, with the number of Black Africans increasing while the number of people in other groups decreased. The city’s demographics indicate that 68% of the population is of working age, and 38% of the people in Durban are under the age of 19. It is home to the highest number of dollar millionaires added per year in any South African City, with the number rising 200% between 2000 and 2014.

Durban is home to a natural harbour, one of the world’s major commercial ports. Development of the port began in 1855. It serves the Witwatersrand industrial region, and it is a major container port and point of entry for bulk raw materials, capital goods and industrial equipment. After World War I, Durban changed from a typical Victorian town to a modern metropolis with skyscrapers and storey buildings. The city id the headquarters of South Africa’s sugar industry. It is equally a centre of diversified manufacturing activity. The city’s proximity to KwaZulu-Natal’s game and nature reserves renders it a prime touristic destination. Some of these parks and reserves include the Durban Botanical Gardens, Hawaan Forest, Umgeni River Bird Park, Mitchell Park Zoo. The city is equipped with several stadiums and sports facilities, like the Durban Ice Arena, the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Kingsmead Cricket Ground; these facilities support activities like Sky car rides, bungee jumping, ice skating, birthday parties, school excursions, and sporting events. The Greyville Racecourse is a country club with a golf course, and Kings Park Stadium hosts the internationally renowned Sharks Rugby Team. The city was one of the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Because of its pleasant climate along with beaches, markets, cuisine, art districts, and hotels, Durban has earned the name “new darling of South Africa”. Transport in Durban relies on air, sea, rail and roads. The King Shaka International Airport handles both domestic and international flights. The city has a long tradition as a port city, and it is the busiest port in South Africa. Metrorail operates a commuter rail service in Durban and its surrounding areas. Buses and Taxis handle road transport within and without the city. Durban is equally a hotbed of educational activity, being the home to several private and public schools, from secondary to tertiary institutions. It is home to the Durban University of Technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Mangosuthu University of Technology.
The city, therefore, provides a natural appeal to students considering further education in one of its many tertiary institutions.

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Type: Public Institution
Motto: Inspiring Greatness
Affiliated to: AAU; ACU; HESA
Established: January 2004
No of Students: 46,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Nana Poku
Campuses: Westville, Howard College, Pietermaritzburg, Edgewood & Nelson Mandela School of Medicine
Ranking: 5th in Africa (Webometrics ranking)
Website: https://www.ukzn.ac.za/
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