36 months
6146 USD/year
3073 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This Chemistry programme from University of Pretoria focuses on the fundamental aspects of the discipline and aims to provide students with a thorough background in the chemical sciences. 

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Everything around us involves chemistry. Chemists recognise the major role science plays in supporting modern lifestyles. Chemistry is responsible for many aspects of our lives: the clothes we wear are made from synthetic fabrics produced by chemical processes; the drugs used for curing many illnesses are the result of intensive chemical research; a chemical process produces the paper we write on, and the ink we write with is a mixture of many chemicals. 

Chemistry assures the quality of the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Our bodies are a complex mixture of chemicals, and the principles of chemistry are fundamental to understanding the processes involved in the functioning of all living organisms and the development of new medications and materials. It is the interaction and collaboration of chemistry with the other sciences and engineering that meet the ever-increasing demands of a modern society. 

All the subjects taught in this programme have theoretical and practical components. First-year modules in mathematics and physics are compulsory for the BSc (Chemistry) degree. More advanced modules in mathematics and programming are recommended for students who want to pursue postgraduate studies in the computer modelling of molecules, materials or processes.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Chemistry programme from University of Pretoria are employed in most technology-based institutions and work in laboratory environments that form part of industrial, research or academic institutions. A chemist must be able to participate in teamwork in a multidisciplinary environment and in a wide variety of enterprises in both the private and public sectors. It is important to note that the type of work available to a graduate in chemistry depends on the level of the qualification obtained. Advanced qualifications will eventually lead to positions in research and / or production management and require management and financial planning skills. 

Many career opportunities exist in the fields of education, research, journalism, environmental protection, food and beverages, energy, water, health, sports, pharmaceutics and cosmetics, geology, mining and law enforcement. These include the well-known professions of synthetic chemist, materials scientist, chemical pathologist, forensic chemist, analytical chemist, drug analyst, patent lawyer, environmental chemist, geochemist, food chemist, polymer chemist and soil chemist.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry 
  • Organic chemistry 
  • Inorganic chemistry 
  • Calculus 
  • Mathematics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications will close when the available study spaces are filled (close on availability of space). All applicants are therefore strongly advised and encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible after 1 April and to check the application site regularly.


430 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants with school-leaving qualifications other than the South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Independent Examination Board (IEB) should meet the following admission requirements for undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria.
  • The first requirement to study a bachelor’s degree in South Africa is a Universities South Africa (USAf) exemption. USAf coordinates and issues exemption certificates based on the prescribed requirements stipulated in the gazetted exemption regulation. All applicants who obtained a school-leaving qualification other than the South African NSC or IEB, must submit a Certificate of Complete Exemption* or Foreign Conditional Exemption obtainable from USAf. The University of Pretoria no longer accepts exemption based on mature age.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6146 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6146 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    3073 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3073 USD per year during 36 months.
  • SADC Countries: From $3 073–4 184
  • Non-SADC countries: From $6 146–8 368

Living costs for Pretoria

8592 - 10309 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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