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Studying Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria

The Faculty


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

Are you ready for a challenge? Do you want to discover new things and change the world? If the answer is yes and you choose to register for one of the programmes offered by the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS), the most diverse faculty at the University of Pretoria, you may indeed contribute to changing the world. In NAS you will learn to answer as-yet unanswered questions and be part of a scientific community dedicated to respond to the grand challenges facing humanity. Research is focused, among others, on achieving food and water security in Africa, making renewable energy affordable to African populations and eliminating poverty-related diseases. Here you will be at the forefront of scientific research and will be inspired to think innovatively. You will be able to pursue careers ranging from the proverbial A to Z: from an actuary to a zoologist, from a forensic expert to a meteorologist. Moreover, you will not be limited to careers that already exist as the critical thinking skills that you learn at NAS will ensure that you will remain competitive in a rapidly changing job market. The challenges facing humanity can only be solved by teams of scientists who work together across disciplinary boundaries. These teams consist of dedicated experts in the various disciplines who are already active in the Faculty, as well as scientists who move comfortably between disciplines in their search for new solutions to old problems. Together they can effect positive change in the world. All the resources used by humans are extracted from the earth or grown in the soil. NAS has world-class capabilities to support both these activities in ways that will ensure a more sustainable future. I am excited about being part of the journey to realise this future, and I hope you are too! As a student, you will be mentored by expert scientists while developing your knowledge and skills in state-of-the-art research facilities where you can access the support you need to excel in a challenging academic environment. We are looking forward to being part of your journey towards becoming a scientist and making a difference that will benefit the world now and in the future. #ChooseUP, we hope to see you next year

Our research focuses, amongst other things, on solving grand challenges and working for society, by finding cures for poverty-related diseases such as Tuberculosis, HIV/ AIDS and Malaria. We are committed to finding solutions to global food security and clean water. We use innovative teaching practices and new technologies to convey knowledge. We teach our students to be exceptional problem solvers, and equip and afford them the opportunities to be the next Einstein or a Nobel prize winner.
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. You will always find notes, tips and resources available online to help you understand concepts better and for additional revision.

Our Faculty degrees are internationally recognised. Once you graduate from UP, you will have had access to programmes that allow you to be ready for the workplace or able to start your own business and contribute to the economy with job creation.

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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 the UP's residences.

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Academic Programmes


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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Student Accommodation


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Hatfield Accommodation

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Erica

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Asterhof

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House Nala

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House Khutso

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Madelief

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House Mags

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Nerina

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TuksVillage

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Tuks Ekhaya

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House TAU

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The Tower

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College

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Morula Legae

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Mopane

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Azalea

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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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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.

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 university with the city of Tshwane 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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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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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.

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

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