University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Name: UKZN


Language of Instruction: ENGLISH

Opening Date for Applications: March 2014 (Apply to CAO, not UKZN)

Closing Dates for Applications: June 2014 – MBChB (medicine)

September 2014 – All other programmes

National Benchmark Tests: UKZN does not require its applicants to write the NBT’s. You will be advised to do so, if your degree selection committee requires it. However, we recommend that you write the NBT’s anyway, because most other universities will not consider you without them.

Contact Details:

For General Enquiries at any campus, dial 031 260 1111. For Student Applications, contact the Central Applications Office (CAO) at 031 268 4444 or 086 0860 226 or email them at – you must do this to receive an Application Form.

Claim to Fame:

UKZN is the only university in SA that offers Agricultural Engineering (Pietermaritzburg Campus) – a qualification that is recognised by the Engineering Council of South Africa and is in serious demand by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Continuing with academics, UKZN’s research output is third in the country, with excellent postgraduate research being done on TB and HIV treatment and drug development. This is also a safe space for anybody to learn one of our great country’s favourite past times, the Toi-Toi. Amandla Awethu!



UKZN offers its students a sound academic foundation, which will enable graduates to successfully enter the job market. The university has 5 campuses which offer a range of degrees (some qualifications are repeated at the different campus). Follow the link for a list of all degrees offered by UKZN, and the campuses where they are presented

What’s on Offer?

Click on each college heading for a faculty prospectus

College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science

Engineering: Agricultural, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical;

BSc: Land Surveying

B: Agricultural Management

BSc Agric: Agribuisness, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Plant Sciences, Animal and Poultry Science

BSc: Life Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biological, Biomedical Science, Crop and Horticultural Science, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Computational Physics, Computer Science and Information Technology, Dietetics, Environmental Science, Geological Science, Human Nutrition, Industrial and Applied Biotechnology, Industrial Mathematics, Marine Biology, Microbial Biotechnology, Operations Research, Augmented Programme (4 year), Foundation Programme (4 year).

College of Health Science

Communication Pathology: Audiology; Communication Pathology: Speech- Language Pathology; Dental Therapy; Medical Science: Anatomy; Medical Science: Physiology; Occupational Therapy; Optometry; Pharmacy; Physiotherapy; Sport Science; Dip Oral Health; Nursing; Medicine (MBChB).

College of Humanities

B Ed (education).

B A (general studies): Cognitive Science, Cultural & Heritage Tourism, Drama & Performance Studies, International Studies, Music, Musci and Drama Performance, Philosophy Politics & Law, Visual Art, Community & Development Studies, Architectural Studies, Social Work, Theology.

B Soc Sci (general studies): Geography & Environmental Management, Government, Business & Ethics, Housing, International Studies, Management & Communication Studies, Philosophy Politics & Law, Psychology.

Dip: Jazz & Popular Music.

Dip Music Perf: Classical, African Music & Dance, Opera, Choral Studies.

College of Law & Management Studies

B Laws (LLB), Laws (part time).

B Admin, Business Administration, Business Science, Commerce, Com Accounting.

Management Studies Extended Curriculum (Access Programme).


Admission Requirements

UKZN uses the “Admissions Points Score (APS)” system to calculate your academic score. This is then used during the selection process, and allows you to see if you meet the entrance requirements to be considered for your chosen degree. Follow the link to calculate your UKZN APS (UKZN is different, because they allocate 8 points to an academic result between 90%-100%).

Entrance Requirements – follow the links bellow to see if you meet the Entrance Requirements into your intended degree:

Agriculture, Engineering and Science

Health Science *note that most health science degrees have to be indicated as your first choice on your application form, in order for your application to be considered.


Law and Management Studies

*Note that meeting the entrance requirements does not guarantee your acceptance into UKZN.*

CAO – Central Applications Office

All prospective students must apply to UKZN through the CAO, this means that you can apply to any (or all UKZN campuses) in one application. The CAO Application Forms are available at most high schools, but if you do not have access to an application form, you can call or email the CAO to get one delivered directly to your postal address (sees contact details). Thereafter, you pay an application fee to the CAO and send them all the necessary documentation via post. They will contact you when you are offered a place at UKZN. Follow this link to the CAO website

**PLEASE NOTE: UKZN only allocates most of its places to students after the final matric (NSC) results have been released, so DO NOT STRESS if they have not contacted you by December – you are probably still being considered.**



Being a part of a residence is the best way to get the full varsity experience; it is safe, fun and convenient, with easy access to sports grounds and academic facilities. UKZN offers a multitude of undergraduate residences across its five campuses.

For a more detailed description of UKZN’s residences, and their contact details, follow the link

EDGEWOOD – Pinetown (Education)

A total of 631 students are housed in one of 11 Edgewood residences, all are same sex residences and some are self catering (most being catering residences at an additional cost). There are both single and sharing rooms available.

HOWARD COLLEGE & MEDICAL SCHOOL – Durban (Law, Nursing, Engineering, Social Sciences, MBChB)

On-campus residences accommodate 2162 students in two residence areas, namely: Charles Smith Hall and Albert Luthuli Hall. Charles Smith Hall is comprised of 12 residence blocks and is centrally located close to the main academic buildings, shops and medical school. Albert Luthuli Hall is a bit further away, to the Western Side of campus, close to the sports fields.

Off-campus residences: St Hiller is a mixed gender, self catering residence which comprises of fully furnished 2 and 3 bedroom flats. You will have your own bedroom, but will share a lounge, kitchen and bathroom with your flat mates. J V Smit is a catering residence that has 90 large rooms, laundry facilities, parking space and a tennis court.

PIETERMARITZBURG – (Agriculture, Science, Engineering, Humanities)

Approximately one third of all Pietermaritzburg students stay in res. Petrie Hall is a women only residence that is situated close to the Science Block and Student Administration. William O’Brien Hall is a men’s residence, where each student will have his own single room and parking bay. Malherbe Residence is a co-ed residence where men and women share common rooms, but living quarters are kept separate. Denison Hall is a quiet co-ed, self catering residence that is mainly used by older students.

WESTVILLE – (Health Sciences, Business Sciences, Science)

On Campus residences accommodate 1810 students. The res blocks are co-ed, and students will have to cater for themselves using the shared kitchen areas. However, O-block is a women only res and does allow for a catering service, at an additional cost.

Off campus residence is a self catering residence that accommodates 713 students. All undergraduate students will have to share a double room.

 Getting into Residence

You apply to get into residence on your CAO application form – the earlier you do, the better! Spaces are limited. However, getting into res can be touch and go (especially for whities on Westville Campus), so we recommend a plan B; like staying with friends or family members.



UKZN is relatively good value for money; with fees similar to that of the University of Pretoria. Follow this link for the 2013 Fees Handbook.

Application Fee: R170.00

The first time you change your mind, regarding degree/s you applied for, is free of charge. Every subsequent change costs R100 (not all universities have this option).

Late Application Fee: R300.00 (not all universities have this) *Health Sciences will not accept late applications.

 First Year Tuition Fee:

B Com Accounting – R26 680

BSc Civil Engineering – R31 200

MBChB (Medicine) – R31 760

LLB (Law) – R25 980

BSc – from R24 660 (Industrial & Applied Biotechnology) to R31 570 (Life & Earth Sciences)

Residence Fee:

Double room, per person – R14 782.95

Single room (large) – R20 245.68

Catering Fee:

3 meals/day for 7 days/week – R12 000 (rough indication)

Financial Aid:

You are eligible to receive Financial Assistance from UKZN if your Family’s gross annual income does not exceed R150 000. The NFSAS Loan/Bursary – where 40% of your loan is deducted if you pass all of your subjects – will probably be part of the package. You will need to jump through a lot of hoops to apply for Financial Assistance, and even if you are found to be financially needy, you may only receive a loan (which you will have to pay back with interest). Preference will be given to students with excellent academic results. Follow this link for more information on Financial Assistance and contact details



Shuttle Service

There is a shuttle service between all campuses, except the Pietermaritzburg campus. Many students opt to use their own transport, including walking and cycling, which is safe as long as you travel in groups and keep your wits about you. Walking to and from the various Pietermaritzburg campuses is very safe.

First Years & Cars

No problem! Most residences reserve parking bays for their first years, you will just need to buy parking disk for campus – but the guards usually let you in if you tell them that you have an appointment with, say, Prof Maharaj… but go buy the disk anyway, people!




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