Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Research Excellence at University of Pretoria

Research at the University of Pretoria (UP) is at the apex of the University’s long-term strategic plan, UP 2025, which is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa. Equally important is the University’s international visibility and the impact of its research and innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and in the region. UP therefore deliberately balances its focus on research and innovation and the partnerships fostered by creating an environment that is conducive to scholarly pursuits. A wide range of research and professional areas underscores the strength of UP in research and postgraduate education, and also the areas in which UP is positioned as a research leader in Africa and internationally.

UP has been home to some of Africa’s most significant leaders in research. Each year the increasing number of National Research Foundation-rated researchers is evidence of the University’s commitment to attracting and retaining researchers of the highest distinction, as well as young researchers with the potential for research excellence.

It is through the sustained individual and collective actions of our researchers that UP continues to strengthen its identity as a leading research-intensive university in Africa.

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Academic Programmes

Available Postgraduate Programmes

The hopes of South Africa rests, to a very large extent, on developments in Science, Engineering and Technology. The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences provides leadership in the fields of natural sciences and mathematics. It has substantial records of research achievement, with highly qualified academics who actively engage in research and in the generation of new knowledge, who teach at postgraduate levels.

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Research Areas and Supervisors

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences rates among the most diverse and best science faculties in South Africa. The Faculty is intensely involved in four of UP’s Institutional Research Themes, which are Energy, Food, Nutrition and Well-being, Genomics and Animal and Zoonotic Diseases.

UP aims to create an enabling environment in which our postgraduate students and their supervisors can function optimally. Our supervisors provide academic guidance and mentorship to students and are key role players in the administrative efficiency of postgraduate study.

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Research That Matters

FINDING SOLUTIONS TO AFRICA'S CHALLENGES

Prof Jean Lubuma
Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Through our postgraduate research, the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences strives to be the leading science faculty on the African continent. We endeavour to achieve this by contributing solutions to challenges the continent is facing in relation to poverty and food, energy and water, security, climate change and its impact on agriculture, animal and human health, as well as economic sustainability.

The Faculty is one of the most diverse science faculties in South Africa and has embarked on a process to significantly improve its academic standing both nationally and internationally. In terms of the ISI Web of Knowledge field rankings that measure performance based on the volume and impact of research outputs, the Faculty is performing well in a number of research fields, including Plant and Animal Sciences, Environment and Ecology, and Agriculture.

The strong research ethos of the Faculty is re-emphasised by the fact that more than 100 of our scientists are formally recognised by the National Research Foundation’s peer evaluation system for the high quality and impact of their research, nationally and internationally. Many of our academics and researchers are internationally recognised as leaders in their respective fields. The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences boasts six NRF A-rated researchers.

GENERATING NEW SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE

Prof Edward Webb
Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences contributes substantially to the building of research and teaching capacity in South Africa by producing highly skilled graduates, as well as generating new scientific knowledge through our research publications.

A significant number of our scientists are evaluated internationally and acknowledged by the National Research Foundation as researchers of high international standing – and in some cases, as world leaders in their fields. The Faculty is proud to host 50% of the A-rated researchers, and 40% of the NRF-rated researchers at UP.

In this Faculty, we constantly push the frontiers of knowledge and develop new technology that will help the Faculty to stay in step with the challenges of a continuously changing world.

We endeavour to enhance the postgraduate student experience and the research outputs of the Faculty and support our postgraduate students’ careers, particularly those of the young academics in science.

Institutes, Centres and Units

The internationally acclaimed institutes, centres and units that are aligned to the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences address global challenges, such as sustainable energy, safe water, biodiversity and conservation, climate change and natural disasters, through a range of multidisciplinary research programmes.

The breadth and diversity that this Faculty has to offer, as well as the currently well-recognised fields of excellence, provides for immense potential to further advance the University’s research profile.

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Your Postgraduate Journey

The University of Pretoria welcomes you to its comprehensive and exciting postgraduate degree programmes. Your postgraduate journey starts from the point of registration to graduation, with guidance from an academic supervisor allocated to you. As soon as a supervisor has been appointed to oversee your research project, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which stipulates responsibilities of the student and those of the supervisor, must be signed.

A plagiarism policy should also be signed together with the MOA. In order to support your efforts to graduate successfully and on time, there are critical milestones that should be achieved during the whole journey. Details of the milestones are given in an online system called the Graduate Research Management (GRM) system that has been developed to facilitate monitoring of progress of students in the postgraduate journey.

The GRM system will help you to monitor your progress in terms of achievement of all the pertinent milestones in your postgraduate journey. In addition, various structures of the university are there to provide you with a wide range of academic as well as administrative support. More information about the postgraduate journey and support programmes offered can be found in the postgraduate roadmap.

Funding Opportunities

As a postgraduate student or prospective student at UP, there are a number of research resources available to you to identify suitable research funding opportunities. Apart from the University, many companies and institutions offer scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate studies. The University manages a number of financial funds on behalf of institutions who provide such funding. Applications for financial assistance, bursaries or funding must be submitted concurrently while you apply for admittance to your postgraduate programme. Funding is subject to approval and availability.

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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

If you are not at all able to pay university fees due to financial need, you have to apply for financial support in the year preceding your studies, irrespective of whether you have been admitted to study, to allow time for processing your financial aid application. No loan or bursary is however guaranteed by UP.

 

 

 

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Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation

With 10 000 students in our accommodation spaces, the University of Pretoria (UP) is proud to be known as the largest residential university in South Africa. If you are looking for that special place that you can call your home away from home, a residence at UP is just the place for you. While living in a residence, you will be able to take part in a variety of different events, join every committee you can think of, take part in a variety of sport, do community outreach projects and make a lot of new friends. All of this is available in our residences, where academic progress is on the forefront.

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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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Library

Library

The Department of Library Services (DLS) plays a key role in supporting the University of Pretoria in its pursuit of academic and research excellence.

By keeping abreast of the latest technological and professional advances and providing up-to-date information services, the library’s staff members and eleven site libraries are able to provide a relevant and stimulating environment for our students and staff.

Have a look at our world-class libraries:

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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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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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Sport

Sport

With more than 30 sport clubs and 10 sport academies, TuksSport offers a home for dedicated sport people.

TuksSport not only focuses on top performers, but also on club contestants and recreational sport participants. It provides a comprehensive high performance support programme for participants on national and international level, including scientific and medical support, sport testing, training, fitness, technical and tactical expertise, sport injuries and sport psychology.

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Culture & Arts

Culture & Arts

Students at the University of Pretoria (UP) are invited to participate in our wide range of cultural organisations and activities.

Here we harness, cultivate, improve and integrate the wide range of talents, numerous priceless treasures and impeccable facilities of the University to the benefit of all students, personnel and the community at large. Among others, the University boasts its own symphony orchestra, various choirs, film festivals, literature competitions and a variety of concerts.

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Student Counselling

Student Counselling

As a student you may encounter some personal difficulties. The University of Pretoria (UP) offers students academic, therapeutic and emotional support.

This is rendered by a professional multi-disciplinary team consisting of counselling, educational and clinical psychologists.

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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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Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Students are the lifeblood of the University of Pretoria (UP) amaintaining a safe environment that allows students to study and participate in sport, cultural and social activities with peace of mind. Existing security measures are constantly monitored and reviewed while new, innovative measures are implemented to improve the safety and security of all students and personnel....

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

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