• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Chemistry is known as the central science because it lies between Physics and Mathematics on the one hand, and Biological and Earth Sciences on the other. It is concerned with matter and how it changes. As a chemist, you will study the structure, composition, behaviour, and energetics of substances. You will explore what happens when atoms and molecules react, and try to understand the underlying changes that occur. You will observe phenomena in the world around us, and your discoveries could impact our everyday lives. Chemistry course is offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg .

Chemistry trains you to think logically, analytically, and creatively. Basic Chemistry skills have applications in patent law, commerce, management and teaching, drawing on the language of Mathematics and the laws of Physics to describe the world from a chemical, biological, and physical point of view. Chemistry plays a vital part in our understanding of the structure and interactions of matter in the universe.

Career Opportunities

  • Administrators
  • Agricultural Research
  • Applied Chemical Research
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Chemical Services
  • Consultants
  • Environmental Research
  • Food and Drink Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry Research
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Materials Research
  • Medical Research
  • Patents
  • Pesticides Industry
  • Petrochemical Industry
  • Personal Care Chemistry
  • Sales of Scientific Equipment
  • Science Publishing
  • Science Teacher
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Water Treatment and Analysis
  • Quality Control and Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Chemistry
  • Algebra 
  • Calculus
  • Auxiliary Mathematics
  • Introductory Life Science 
  • Physics

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

APS 40+

  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
  • Mathematics
Level 6
  • Physical Science
Level 5
  • Wait-listing
Applicants with 38-39 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5100 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2550 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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