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Studying Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria

The Faculty

Message from the Dean

Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) – Prof Barend Erasmus

Welcome to the University of Pretoria. Our Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, also known as NAS, is the best home you could choose for expanding your passion for life and exploring new opportunities and careers in the sciences. Just like the fields of study we work across, our faculty thrives on diversity – NAS is diverse in talent, disciplines, and the way we look at the world. This diversity has inspired thousands of students before you, and I’m sure it will also provide the fuel to boost your curiosity about the wonderful world of science.

We have something for everyone – from being on the forefront of astronomy research and helping to strengthen our country and continent’s food security through agriculture and plant sciences, to the fundamental mathematical and physical sciences.

We offer a few unique degrees, such as our BSc in Nutrition and BSc in Meteorology – and while you may see similar offerings elsewhere, we also offer interesting double-major options.

As a NAS student, you will be mentored by leading scientists, and trained in the use of state-of-the-art equipment. We value excellence in teaching and learning, too, and you will enjoy high-quality support as you increase your knowledge and skills. You will be at the forefront of scientific research, and you’ll be inspired to think in new ways.

At NAS, you will have the opportunity to use your knowledge to the benefit of society, and make a positive impact on the world. Many of our researchers work closely with industry partners, and this real-world experience will give you the edge when interviewing for a job. We also have programmes in place that will teach you how to start your own business, or help you land that crucial first job.

Here you will be part of THE UP WAY, which is our way of life at the University of Pretoria. It’s how we teach, learn, innovate, impact and live in an ethical, caring and sustainable way.

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences offers programmes that will unlock these opportunities for you, and launch you on the pathway to a fulfilling career that makes an impact in the real world.

So, Choose UP, and we look forward to welcoming you next year!

Explore Our Campus

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The University of Pretoria's (UP) Hatfield Campus is situated in Lynnwood Road, Hillcrest, in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The campus is one of the most picturesque in the country. It is spread over 24 hectares and also houses most of the University's residences. The lively Hatfield cosmopolitan shopping area is within walking distance of UP's residences.

Academic Programmes

Some of the academic programmes

BSc (Culinary Science)

BSc (Food Science)

BSc (Nutrition)

BSc (Geography and Environmental Sciences)

BSc (Meteorology)

BSc (Geoinformatics)

BScAgric (Plant Pathology)

BSc (Plant Science)

BSc (Agric Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management)

BSc (Engineering and Environmental Geology)

BSc (Ecology)

BSc (Entomology)

BSc (Mathematical Statistics)

BSc Agric (Applied Plant and Soil Sciences)

The University of Pretoria (UP) has earned the well-deserved reputation for teaching excellence for more than a century. Highly qualified academics, actively engaged in research and the generation of new knowledge, teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Alternative Admissions

NAS extended programme

To MBChB & BChD from BSc (Biological Sciences)

To Healthcare sciences programmes from BSc

To BVSc & BVetNurse from BSc (Biological Sciences), BScAgric, etc

A Student's Perspective

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UP Voices

UP Voices

UP Voices

UP Voices

UP Voices

Student Accommodation

Welcome to TuksRes - "Your home away from home"

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Hatfield Accommodation

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House Nala

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House Khutso

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House Mags

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Tuks Ekhaya

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House TAU

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The Tower

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Morula Legae

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Other Interests

Teaching and Learning during COVID-19

Teaching and Learning during COVID-19

Many of you may be wondering what the future holds for students at the University of Pretoria (UP). UP is continuously blazing a trail with innovative 21st century teaching and learning methods. Even in the midst of a pandemic, our academic year is well on its way to successful completion. We will continue to shape employable and sought-after graduates who are prepared to take on the challenges of the world.

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International Students

International Students

The University of Pretoria (UP) enhances its international standing through multifaceted internationalisation programmes. The programmes are facilitated and coordinated by the International Cooperation Division (ICD), who ensure that the doors of UP are always open to international students, academics, administrative staff, collaborative researchers, policymakers, funding organisations and other stakeholders.  On average, UP has over 4,000 international students annually.

The University of Pretoria (UP) enhances its international standing through multifaceted internationalisation programmes. The programmes are facilitated and coordinated by the International Cooperation Division (ICD), who ensure that the doors of UP are always open to international students, academics, administrative staff, collaborative researchers, policymakers, funding organisations and other stakeholders.  On average, UP has over 4,000 international students annually.

The internationalisation programmes spearheaded by the ICD include:

  • International students (including short-term exchange programmes, full academic programmes, joint degrees)
  • International programmes and agreements (including visiting professors, conference attendance, institutional agreements)
  • International mobility projects (students, academic staff and administrative staff covered)

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Financial Support

Financial Support

The University of Pretoria is proud of all the academic achievements of our students. And if you choose UP, we have the [email protected] Assist Financial Awards for new first-year students who have excelled academically.




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Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities

The University of Pretoria's Disability Unit supports students with disabilities in partnership with departments and faculties.

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The Javett Art Centre

The Javett Art Centre

With one foot firmly rooted in academia, and the other imbedded in the public, the Javett-UP makes the art of Africa accessible, relevant and engaging.

The building is on the south campus of the University of Pretoria and connects the Hatfield campus to the South Campus via a bridge over Lynnwood Road.

Underneath the building, the student gallery links UP’s Departments of Architecture and Visual Arts and a number of other exhibition spaces, housing various temporary exhibitions.

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Student accommodation and NSFAS

Student accommodation and NSFAS

Student accommodation is much more than just having a place to stay. Your student life at the University of Pretoria will be an unforgettable experience. The services and activities offered by TuksRes, which is UP's Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, will enhance your student experience as you become part of our community.

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Postgraduate Academic Support

Postgraduate Academic Support

The University of Pretoria (UP) values its people and strives to create an enabling environment to induct researchers into a productive research culture. It is crucially important that researchers obtain support and encouragement when completing postgraduate qualifications, applying for grants, becoming rated or receiving negative feedback on submitted papers or applications.

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Study Support

Study Support

As you embark on the amazing journey that is the life of a university student, the whole world is opening up to you.

You’ve chosen the University of Pretoria (UP) as your partner on this journey and we are honoured. We intend to stand with you every step of the way.

We strive to help you graduate on time with a range of support offerings to ensure that you can excel in an academically challenging environment.

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SRC and Student Life

SRC and Student Life

One of the best ways to make the most of your time at the University of Pretoria (UP) is to take advantage of all that our campus has to offer.

There are various student structures that organise the large variety of student life activities on campus. Experience new things, make a difference to your own life and the lives of others, and have fun doing so!

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Future Africa

Future Africa

The University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus is the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

Issues of critical relevance to Africa are tackled: from sustainable development and good governance, citizen participation and human rights, to advancing innovation for the bioresource economy.

In a world where ideas and technologies evolve rapidly and the challenges we face are multifaceted and transnational, Africa needs a new generation of original thinkers with international perspectives, yet with a scholarly vision and voice that is rooted in Africa.

The Future Africa campus provides a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and other societal role players will engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and impact. Here the continent’s brightest young geneticists, chemists, economists, lawyers, engineers, social scientists and other specialists are able to work side by side in an environment that facilitates world-class creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

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What next?

How to apply?

We're delighted that you're interested in studying with us.


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Any further questions?

Our Course Enquiries team are ready to hear from you. You can get in touch in the following ways:


  • Cnr Lynnwood Road and Roper Street
    South Africa
  • www.up.ac.za
  • 012 420 5241 / 012 420 5039
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